INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR AESTHETICS/ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE D'ESTHÉTIQUE
Article I. Aims
To give institutional recognition, world-wide, to aesthetics as a field of humanistic knowledge, to encourage and promote inquiry in aesthetics, and to disseminate its findings.
To expedite exchange between national societies of aesthetics; to promote the creation of national societies in countries where none are in existence; to provide a forum for aestheticians who are not members of any national society.
"Aesthetics" embraces all studies of the creation and appreciation of the arts, of the aesthetic values of art and nature, of industry and everyday life, and of the relations of those activities and values to economic, political, and social life and other modes of human culture.
Article II. Membership
The Association shall be made up of the following:
1) constituent societies: every national society of aesthetics that seeks admission to the Association and that, having been admitted, remains active and in good standing.
Any society applying for or enjoying membership in the International Association for
Aesthetics/Association international d'esth‚tique (IAA/AIE) shall have at least twenty (20) active members.
The secretary of each constituent society is to furnish the Secretary-General a list of the names and mailing addresses of that society's members.
2) individual members: individual aestheticians who seek admission to the Association, and who, having been admitted, remain in good standing.
3) student members: students, undergraduate or graduate, who seek admission to the
Article III. Officers
The officers of the Association shall be the President, the First and Second Vice-Presidents, the Secretary-General, the Assistant Secretary-General.
The First Vice-President or, when unavailable, the Second Vice-President, shall deputize for the President when necessary. The Secretary-General and the Assistant Secretary-General shall serve as Treasurers for the Association. No country shall be represented by more than one officer at any one time.
Article IV. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall be made up of
1) the officers,
2) delegate members, one from each constituent society, selected by that society,
3) non-delegate members, five in number, elected by the individual members.
All members of the Executive Committee shall be individual members of the Association who are recognized and established scholars in aesthetics. No country shall be represented by more than two members of the Executive Committee at any one time, excluding delegate members.
Each member of the Executive Committee shall hold office from one Congress to the next.
The President of the IAA/AIE shall serve for one term and shall not be eligible for re-election.
The Secretary-General shall serve for no more than two consecutive terms.
Incoming members shall be seated at the first General Meeting of the International Congress. The out-going President shall open that meeting and introduce and turn over its chairmanship to his or her successor.
In order to ensure continuity on the Executive Committee, the out-going President and Secretary-General shall be ex officio members until the next congress.
A meeting of the Executive Committee shall be called by the President of his own accord or upon request by one-third of its membership. One-third of the membership of the Executive Committee shall be a quorum.
The Executive Committee shall rule on all applications for admission to the Association. It shall authorize international congresses, appoint organizing committees and congress liaison committees, and make all other policy decisions in the name of the Association.
Article V. Congresses
An international congress shall be held every three or four years.
There shall be a Congress Liaison Committee, made up of the officers and of three other members of the Executive Committee appointed by the President when the site of the next congress has been decided. This committee shall be charged to work in close conjunction with the host Organizing Committee, to report annually to the Executive Committee concerning preparations for the Congress, and to transmit to the Organizing Committee recommendations from the Executive Committee concerning these preparations.
There shall be at least one General Meeting open to all members of the Association in attendance at each congress. The time of the meeting shall be fixed by the Congress Liaison Committee. A second General Meeting may be called by the Executive Committee or by majority vote at the first meeting.
Article VI. Elections
The Executive Committee shall draw up a slate of no more than five candidates for the position of President and Vice-President and a slate of no more than three candidates for the Secretaryship.
There shall be no more than one candidate from any single country among these eight candidates.
Election from this slate shall be by mail ballot by all individual members. The three candidates receiving the highest notes on the Presidential-Vice-Presidential slate shall be elected President, First Vice-President, and Second Vice-President, respectively. The two candidates receiving the highest votes on the Secretaryship slate shall be elected Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General, respectively.
The Executive Committee shall draw up a slate of no more than four candidates, at least one of whom shall be from a country that does not have a national society, for the election of two non- delegate members. There shall be no more than one candidate from any single country on this slate. Election from this slate shall be by mail ballot by all individual members. The two candidates receiving the highest votes shall be elected.
The Secretary-General shall be charged to supervise these elections and is authorized to employ the secretaries of the constituent societies in doing so. The voting shall take place at such a time that the results can be announced at the first General Meeting.
Those present and voting at the first and second General Meeting shall be entitled to nominate a slate of no more than five candidates, at least one of whom shall be a from a country that does not have a national society, for the election of three additional non-delegate members. There shall be no more than one candidate from any single country on this slate. Election shall be by all those present and voting at the General Meeting at which the nominations are submitted for balloting.
The candidates receiving the highest votes shall be elected.
Article VII. Nominating Committee
A Nominating Committee composed of three members of the Executive Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. In advance of each election, the Nominating Committee shall canvass the membership and submit a slate of officers and the four nominees for delegates-at-large to the Executive Committee for approval.
Article VIII. Unexpired Terms of Office
The Executive Committee shall appoint a suitable member to fill any office made vacant by resignation or death. If the unexpired term is longer than one year, that term shall be considered as a full term in meeting restrictions on consecutive terms.
Article IX. Dues
The amount of the annual dues to be paid to the Association by the individual members shall be determined by the Executive Committee. The constituent societies may make voluntary contributions to the Association. Dues for student members shall be one-half the regular rate for individual members.
Article X. Removal from Membership
An individual or society may, for reasons communicated to the party concerned, be suspended temporarily from membership or reinstated to active membership by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
An individual or society may, for reasons communicated to the party concerned, be removed from membership by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee.
Article XI. Honorary President
The office of Honorary President shall be established and shall be filled on the recommendation of the Executive Committee. Ordinarily a single Honorary President will be appointed at any time but, under special circumstances, more than one may be named. The office of Honorary President shall be for one term, a term being from one Congress to the next, but an Honorary President may be reelected. The Honorary President shall not serve on the Executive Committee in any capacity.
Article XII. Honorary Life Membership
The Executive Committee may designate an individual Honorary Life Member upon retiring from the office of Honorary President or as any other appropriate recognition of distinction. Honorary Life Members are exempt from the payment of dues.
Article XIII. Amendments
Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed either at a general meeting of the Association, or at any time by the Executive Committee, or by at least fifteen members in good standing of the Association. They shall take effect when approved by two-thirds of the members participating in a mail ballot.
Article XIV. Bylaws
The Executive Committee shall have the right to make and amend bylaws that implement this Constitution, consistent with the aims of the Association. These bylaws shall be made available to the membership.