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EASA Ballot On The Objects Of The Association

This e-vote asks you to decide on the following proposed changes: (a) doing away with the distinction between the categories of Ordinary Member and Associate Member; (b) extending voting rights to Student Members; and (c) doing away with the requirement that an application for membership be supported by a current member of the association, or ‘sponsor’.

The implication of the first change will be that individuals who currently fall in the Associate Member category will become voting members of the Association. However, cost and other concerns will make those not principally resident of Europe or primarily affiliated with a European institution ineligible to stand for election to the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee believes that the first two proposed changes will ensure greater democratic participation in the affairs of the Association and will better reflect its goals and aims. There is little motivation for keeping the Associate Member category separate from the Ordinary Member category, and none of our sister associations (e.g., European Sociological Association, European Association of Geographers, European Political Science Association) makes comparable distinctions. Extending Student Members the right to vote will give the next generation of anthropologists in Europe a greater sense of ownership in the Association.

The third proposed change does away with a requirement that slows down the enrolment process; incurs administrative costs to the association; takes the time of colleagues to write letters of support; deters prospective members with no established networks from joining; prevents planned streamlining of the membership process; and prevents any future agreement with sister organizations for join membership.

All three changes will require amending the constitution as follows:

1.4 The Association will have five four categories of membership: founder members, ordinary members, honorary members, associate members and student members

1.4.2 Ordinary members are social anthropologists who have been admitted to membership by decision of the Trustees.

Eligibility for ordinary membership is based on one of the following criteria:

Possession of a Master degree (or equivalent) in social anthropology (or equivalent) from a European university, or

Possession of a teaching or research post in social anthropology which is at a European university or European institution of equivalent standing.

1.4.4 Associate members are those who do not meet the criteria for ordinary membership, but who can show evidence of substantial and active involvement in the pursuit of social anthropology as a scholarly subject in a European country.

1.5 An applicant for Ordinary Membership, Associate Membership or Student Membership should be communicated to the membership administration by the applicant and supported by the sponsor. Decisions regarding membership are taken by the Trustees.

1.6.1 Founding Members, Ordinary Members and Honorary Members have the right to receive the Association's publications, to attend its Conferences, to speak and vote at the Members Forum, to stand for election as Trustees if they are reside principally in Europe or are primarily affiliated with a European institution and to vote in elections for the Trustees.

1.6.2 Associate Members have the right to receive the Association's publications, to attend its Conferences, but not to vote at the Members Forum, or to stand for election as Trustees or to vote in elections for the Trustees.

1.6.3 Student Members have the right to receive the Association's publications, to attend its Conferences, to speak and vote at the Members Forum, to vote in elections for the Trustees, but not to vote at the Members Forum, or to stand for election as Trustees or to vote in elections for the Trustees.

2.3 All Members of the Association will be entitled to attend the Members Forum., but Associate Members and Student Members will not have the right to vote.

3.4 Candidates of election as Trustees must be Members of the Association and must be principally resident of Europe or primarily affiliated with a European institution, and their nomination must be supported by another Member.

You are asked to vote as to whether you agree to these revised objects, which were shared with members over the summer. In order to do so, use the link and passcode emailed to you.