Charter of the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS)

1. Purpose

The European Association of Israel Studies is an independent international and scholarly association devoted to the academic study of Israel. It is politically neutral.

2. Membership

The EAIS is a membership organization to be open to all individuals who are engaged in or share an interest in scholarly enquiry about Israel. There are no restrictions on membership based on citizenship, religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or age.

Members will pay an annual subscription fee, in an amount approved by the steering committee at its annual board meeting. Specific categories of membership will include but not be restricted to the following: “regular membership” for employed academics; “student” status for those enrolled in MA or PhD programs; and “retired” for formerly employed academics. A status for the broader community is an option, subject to steering committee approval.

3. Activities

The EAIS will promote, encourage, and sponsor scholarly activities related to the study of Israel. These activities include: meetings and conferences, panels and workshops, research projects and/or scholarly investigations, a web-site and publications, networking opportunities for the diffusion of scholarly academic conference shall be undertaken. The association will endeavour to include participants in its activities from all academic disciplines including but not limited to the social sciences, humanities, and the arts.

In naming this the European Association of Israel Studies the intention is, in as much as possible, to provide opportunities for individuals working throughout Europe, and the Association will endeavour to develop networks and contacts across the continent. Links between European, US and Israeli universities and academics will be encouraged as well as with Universities and academics in other parts of the world.

4. Governance

The EAIS is an academically independent organization which, for an initial period, will be based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. The university will provide support services. It will run its accounts through the University where it is to be located; it can also receive external contributions and/or grants through this institution insofar as these are consistent with the aims of the association.

The organization is overseen by an Executive Board of at least 6 and no more than 12 people including a chairperson. The Executive Board will draw its membership from the academic community. An inaugural Executive Board comprised of the original Steering Committee will oversee the organization for two years with open elections organised amongst the membership. The Chairman will be responsible for overseeing the administration of the organization; in addition a treasurer will be nominated to safeguard the finances.

5. Ratification of EAIS Charter

These by-laws shall require majority approval of the steering committee.

6. Publications

The EAIS will endeavour to develop its own publication over time. In the interim a web-based newsletter will be distributed amongst members.

7. Prizes

The Association will aim to attract resources for special prizes to authors of the best books and/or graduate research in the field.

8. Affiliations

The EAIS seeks to develop a close working relationship with the AIS (Association of Israel Studies) and MESA (Middle East Studies Association).

It will also develop formal cooperative relationships with other appropriate scholarly societies and with other academic institutions over time, following Steering Committee approval, and insofar as such agreements do not contravene the non-discrimination clause noted at the outset in item # 2.