Association for Iranian Studies, Inc. (AIS)


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Association for Iranian Studies, Inc. (AIS)

Association for Iranian Studies, Inc. (AIS)

Association in Toronto, Ontario

Association for Iranian Studies is a private, not-for-profit, non-political organization of persons interested in Iranian Studies in the broadest sense.

CONSTITUTION OF THE Association for Iranian Studies

This Society shall be known as the Association for Iranian Studies, Inc.

The purposes of this Society is

  • — to encourage the study of Iranian culture and society, including the history, languages, literature, the arts, as well as Iran’s contemporary social, economic, and political situation;
  • — to provide unrestricted opportunities in its publications and forums for the presentation of scientific findings on Iran from all perspectives;
  • — to work to safeguard freedom of inquiry and expression for its members and other scholars in Iranian studies.

Article III. Membership

  1. Categories of Membership. There shall be four categories of members: Regular Members, Student Members, Honorary Members, and Institutional Members.
  2. Regular Members. Regular Membership shall be open to persons who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of Iranian studies through scholarly research, teaching, doctoral work in the field, or through other appropriate accomplishments. Applicants shall be admitted to regular membership by approval of the Executive Committee.
  3. Student Members. The Executive Council may admit as Student Members registered graduate and undergraduate students interested in Iranian studies who meet such qualifications as may be established by the Council.
  4. Honorary Members. Honorary Membership shall be limited to outstanding, internationally recognized scholars who have made major contributions to the field of Iranian studies. Honorary Membership may be proposed at the Council meeting by a voting member of the Council and shall be bestowed by the vote of a two-thirds majority of voting members of the Council. Each Honorary Member shall retain that status until his or her resignation or death. Honorary Members shall be entitled to all rights of Members, but shall not pay dues. There shall be no more than five Honorary Members at any one time.
  5. Institutional Members. The Executive Committee may elect as Institutional Members institutions interested in the study of Iran and who meet such qualifications as may be established by the Council.
  6. Privileges of Members. All members shall be entitled to attend the public meetings of the Society. Each member, other than the second Family Member, shall be entitled to a copy of each number of the Society’s publication(s) issued during his or her membership. Only Regular Members, Honorary Members, and Student Members in good standing shall be eligible to vote and to serve on committees and to be officers and to serve on the Council.
  7. Dues. Members will be required to pay such membership dues as may be set by the Council from time to time.

Dept. of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1C1, Canada