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ALA Membership

Please note: The ALA Treasurer can only answer membership enquiries -- submissions to, registrations for, and questions regarding the ALA annual conference should be separately directed to the conference convenors.

African Literature Association membership rates are as follows:

Membership Level Dues
Sponsor African student in Africa
(Please provide student’s name and mailing address)
African student studying in Africa $5
Income under $20,000 $20
Income from $20,001 to $45,000 $50
Income from $45,001 to $75,000 $75
Income $75,001 and over $100
Sponsor $120
Life Member
(May be paid over five years in payments of $300)
Institutional Member $100

All ALA dues are for the calendar year. As always, the ALA welcomes additional voluntary contributions for books for African libraries or to the ALA Awards Fund. Please specify the amount of your contribution and include it with your payment.

All ALA members receive the Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA) twice a year. This and all other correspondence are sent by airmail at no additional charge to members.

Members should send the following information along with their payment: institutional address, home address, email address, and phone number. Be sure to specify which mailing address you would like the JALA sent to.

We do not accept credit card payments. Only checks written in U. S. dollars and drawn on a US bank or US correspondent bank can be accepted. Please send check or postal money order payable to "ALA" to the following address:

Mohamed Kamara
African Literature Association Treasurer
Department of Romance Languages
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450

Payment may also be made electronically through PayPal. We have established an account with Paypal, a website which allows electronic transfer of funds. This account will allow you to use money from your bank account or credit card to pay the ALA treasury directly. The money will go directly into the ALA’s bank account and you will receive an automated receipt stating that your money has been received. In order to utilize Paypal, you must establish your own free personal Paypal account. If you already have a Paypal account, please feel free to use it. Once you have done that, you may send the ALA money via the following email address:

In order to facilitate the fee structure incorporated into Paypal, and, we hope, to make paying dues easier and faster for many of you, we request that you add $2 to the membership dues if you are paying by Paypal. Also, please enter your mailing address, email address, and phone number in the space provided by PayPal, or send this information in a separate email to the address above.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, do not hesitate to contact the ALA Treasurer by email or by phone at 212.343.1234 ext 2419.

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