About Membership


Sign up for membership of the Royal African Society (RAS) today to join a growing network of individuals committed to Africa's advancement in the 21st century. 

Who can become a member of the Royal African Society?

Anyone. Our members are drawn from all walks of life and include Africans in Africa, Africans in the diaspora, as well as people from a wide range of professional backgrounds, artists, writers and activists, politicians and business people. You can join the RAS whether you’re a student or someone with a professional, academic or personal interest in Africa. We run a diverse range of events and programmes, so you’ll find something . We offer both individual and corporate membership.

What are the benefits of being a RAS member?

As a RAS member, you would enjoy access to a wide range of wonderful benefits, saving you hundreds of pounds per year! See below for some of the key benefits of membership: 

  • FREE personal subscription to African Affairs, the world's top-rated African Studies journal
  • FREE access to SOAS Library, the world's largest reference library on Africa
  • FREE entry to our flagship Annual Lecture and other high-profile RAS events
  • PRIORITY notice of our events and festivals and exclusive members' news 
  • Discount on tickets to the African Studies Association of the UK's Biennial Conference (Birmingham, 11-13 Sept 2018)
  • Discount on selected books with publishers James Currey and Boydell & Brewer
  • Discount on subscription to other journals/publications, including Africa Confidential (50% off 1st year) and The Africa Report (30% off 1st year)
  • Plus other attractive benefits brokered through our partnerships!

What am I signing up for as an RAS member?

Becoming a member of the RAS means you will contribute to keeping Africa high on the UK's social, political and cultural agenda. You would also be signing up to be part of the most dynamic, influential and [yes] fun organisations promoting Africa in the UK. What are you waiting for? Join today!

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