The Society for Late Antiquity (SLA), established in 1997 at the Second "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" conference at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, is an umbrella group devoted to coordinating activities that promote the study and understanding of Late Antiquity. According to the Society for Late Antiquity Bylaws, these activities include disseminating information; encouraging interaction among scholars, students, and laypersons; and fostering scholarly study. For our purposes, "Late Antiquity" is defined as broadly as possible in chronological, geographical, and methodological terms. Autonomous activities and endeavors sponsored by SLA include (1) The biennial "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" Conferences; (2) The Journal of Late Antiquity (JLA); (3) The Late Antiquity Newsletter; (4) LT-ANTIQ, the Late Antiquity Discussion Group; (5) The Late Antiquity sessions at the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress; (6) and the sessions organized by SLA as an affiliated member at the annual meetings of the American Philological Association, now the Society for Classical Studies.
The Society for Late Antiquity has two membership categories. Voting Members comprise all those in attendance at the "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" conferences. Adjunct Members are those who subscribe to the LT-ANTIQ discussion list or to the Late Antiquity Newsletter.
The current Governing Board includes Kristina Sessa, organizer of the previous Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference; Andrew Cain, Editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity; Ralph Mathisen, Webnaster, Editor of the Late Antiquity Newsletter, and administrator of the LT-ANTIQ discussion group; and At-Large Members Elizabeth Buchanan, Hallie Meredith, and Hope Willard.