Charter of the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS)

1. Purpose

The European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS) is a membership organization open to all individuals who are engaged in or share an interest in the scholarly study of Israeli society, politics, and culture, and the historical development of these aspects in historic Palestine and Israel.  

The intention is, inasmuch as possible, to provide opportunities for scholars and interested individuals working throughout Europe to develop networks and contacts across the continent and to favour working and scholarly connections between themselves, with the Association, and with other universities worldwide.

The EAIS is committed to the values of:

  • Non-partisanship.
  • Non-advocacy.
  • Transparency.
  • Openness to all.
  • Academic excellence.

In ensuring these values, we embrace rigorous scholarship and informed debate.

2. Membership

The EAIS is a membership organization 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 Executive Committee at its annual September meeting.  There are four categories of membership: (i) ‘Full Membership’ for employed academics; (ii) ‘Associate Membership’ for non-academics with an interest in Israel Studies; (iii) ‘Student Membership’ for those enrolled in MA or PhD programmes; (iv) ‘Retired Membership’ for academics who are no longer gainfully employed and are at least 65 years of age.

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 website and publications, and networking opportunities.  The Association will endeavour to include participants in its activities mainly from the social sciences, humanities, and the arts broadly conceived.

4. Governance

The EAIS is an academically independent organization which is based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.  The university provides support services.  The EAIS runs its accounts through the university where it is located; it also receives external contributions and / or grants through this institution insofar as these are consistent with the aims of the Association.  In the event that any other account in addition to the SOAS account will be opened by the organization, it will be required that these funds be fully accounted for to the Executive Committee in addition to the SOAS funds.

The organization is overseen by an Executive Committee of at least six and no more than 12 voting members and a Chair, and a maximum of six non-voting members. The Executive Committee will draw its membership from the academic community, except for the role of Treasurer which will be assigned to a suitably qualified individual, ideally from the charitable sector.  The Chair is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization; in addition, the Treasurer is responsible for safeguarding the finances.

5. Ratification of EAIS Charter

These by-laws shall require majority approval by two thirds of the Executive Committee.

6. Affiliations

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