Society for Emblem Studies Constitution

1. Objectives

The Society for Emblem Studies is an international society which exists to foster the study of emblem books and related materials in literature and the visual arts, their origins and influence on other cultural forms, in all periods, countries and languages. It organises local and international conferences to that end at appropriate intervals. It publishes a periodical Newsletter in order to keep its members informed of developments in the field, and to serve as a vehicle for the exchange of advice and information. The languages of the Society are the recognised languages of international scholarship, though English, French, German and Spanish are preferred.

2. Membership

Membership is open to all persons who, by reason of their scholarly research, teaching or any other activity, have an interest in emblems and emblem books.

3. The Executive Committee

The management of the Society is the reponsibility of an Executive Committee consisting of the Chairman of the Society; the Editor of the Newsletter, and the Treasurer/Membership Secretary. The Committeee is responsible for the routine management of the Society’s affairs, the maintenance of membership details, the circulation of the Newsletter and other materials. The Executive Committeee shall have the authority, at its discretion, to appoint a Vice-Chairman from time to time to assist in the duties of the Committee, and to co-opt other members as appropriate. The Executive Committee has the authority to appoint National Representatives to assist in maintaining membership details and remitting subscriptions.

4. The Advisory Board

The Advisory Board consists of scholars who have an active and established interest in the field, drawn from the various countries and disciplines in which emblem studies are being pursued. Individual members of the Advisory Board further the interests of the Society in their own country or area of study; advise the Executive Committee concerning national and regional interests and wishes; and offer advice on the location, policy, and academic content of the Society’s international conferences. The Society’s National Representatives are automatically and ex officio members of the Advisory Board.

5. The President

The office of President of the Society is held by a distinguished scholar who has by his or her work contributed significantly to the advance of emblem studies. The period of Office of the President is normally five years.

6. General Business Meeting

A General Business Meeting is held at the international conferences of the Society and is open to all members. The period of office of all Office-bearers, except the President, will be for the interval between such conferences, or for three years, whichever is the shorter. At least one third of the Advisory Board shall resign at the end of this period, though all office-bearers are eligible for re-election. Officers shall be re-elected by postal ballot of members.

7. Subscription

Members of the Society pay an annual subscription at a rate to be recommended by the Executive Committee and subject to approval either by postal ballot of the membership or at the General Business Meeting.

8. Affiliated Groups and Associated Institutions

Groups of scholars or institutions which carry out programmes of research, study or teaching may be granted formal affiliation with the Society. Their activities are reported in the Newsletter, and such groups may organise activities in association with or on behalf of the Society. The Society will ensure that all such Groups and Institutions are circulated with the Society’s announcements and calls for papers for meetings.