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GST Bylaws

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Bylaws of the Gender & Sexualities Taskforce

Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology

 

Ratified October 28 2017

 

Article 1 NAME

The name of the organization shall be the Gender and Sexualities Task Force (hereafter GST). The GST is an established section of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). SEM is a non-profit non-governmental international organization founded in 1955 to promote the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts.

 

Article 2 OBJECTIVES

The GST is devoted to creating a space for the study of music, gender, and sexuality, especially as they intersect with other elements of identity including race, ability, class, religion, and age. The GST advocates for the dismantling of white hetero-cis-patriarchal capitalism (one paper, presentation, or dance party at a time) and the envisioning of new paths of resistance in and beyond the academic professions.

 

Article 3 MEMBERSHIP

A. Membership in the GST is open to all members of SEM.

B. GST members have the right to participate in business meeting discussions and to vote.

C. Business meetings are open to all attendees of the SEM Annual Meeting.

D. The GST collects member dues to be put toward GST-specific projects and initiatives. Suggested annual dues are $10 for employed people and $5 for students, unemployed people, or contingent workers.

 

Article 4 ELECTED OFFICERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Two elected officers, titled Chair and Vice-Chair, shall manage all current affairs of the GST.  The Chair shall communicate with membership through email and social media, maintain the GST website, call and facilitate business meetings, supervise the Section account, report on financial affairs during business meetings, and file all relevant reports requested by SEM leadership.  The Chair shall delegate tasks to the Vice-Chair as needed. These two elected officers will serve staggered two-year terms.

B. The Vice-Chair shall support the Chair, assisting with duties as delegated, and becoming accustomed to the responsibilities and procedures of the Chair. The Vice-Chair will serve for one year before taking the position of Chair.

C. The Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of GST business meetings (noting discussions, proposals and motions along with names of individuals who make them, and decisions).  The secretary shall forward these records to the Chair.  The Secretary will serve a one-year term.

D. The Program Coordinator shall coordinate formation of GST-sponsored panels to the SEM Annual Meeting and arrange occasional keynote speakers and invited roundtables.  The Program Coordinator will serve a one-year term.

E. The Activism Coordinator shall coordinate any GST political engagement (e.g. outreach to host community groups at the SEM Annual Meeting, fundraising, letter-writing) inside or outside the SEM.  The Activism Coordinator will serve a one-year term.

 

Article 5 ELECTIONS

A. A call for nominations shall be announced at least one month before scheduled elections.

B. Voting shall occur online during the month of February.

C. If more than two candidates run for a single position, voters shall rank them in order of    preference, and votes shall be tallied using an Instant Runoff Vote system. If no candidate receives a majority of top choice votes, last place candidates shall be eliminated one at a time, and ballots redistributed to remaining top choices, until a majority winner emerges.

D. If a single election must be held to fill two seats, and more than two candidates are running, voters shall rank them in order of preference, and votes shall be tallied using a Single Transferable Vote system. Top choice votes shall be counted, and lowest vote-getters eliminated one at a time until two candidates each exceed 1/3 of current top-choice votes. Ballots that go to a winning candidate in excess of 1/3 shall be redistributed as fairly as the voting software allows (preferably by fraction).

E. No members shall hold more than one office at a time. 

F. A vacancy in any office may be filled by a membership election pursuant to the process in sections A-E above.

 

Article 6 COMMITTEES AND PROGRAMS

A. Standing Committees shall include:

1. The Marcia Herndon Award Committee, which will award a monetary prize for the best article-length or conference paper-length work, striving to uphold the objectives of the GST set forth above.  Submissions must be sent to the Committee and must have been completed during the previous two calendar years.  The Committee will be composed of three or four GST members.  The most recent recipient of the Award will be strongly encouraged to serve on the following year’s committee, for the period of one year.

2. The Herndon Book Prize Committee, which will award a monetary prize for the best monograph or edited collection, striving to uphold the objectives of the GST set forth above. Submissions must be sent to the Committee and must have been completed during the previous two calendar years.  The Committee will be composed of three or four GST members.  The most recent recipient of the Prize will be strongly encouraged to serve on the following year’s committee, for the period of one year.

B. GST members may decide to create initiatives utilizing GST resources. Examples have included dance parties with the host community of the SEM Annual Meeting and the fieldwork mentoring program. Updates on such programs shall be given at the GST Business Meeting.

 

Article 7 BUSINESS MEETINGS

A. A business meeting shall be held at every annual meeting of SEM and shall be announced to membership through the listserv and/or Facebook and listed in the SEM program book.

B. An agenda shall be circulated to membership in advance of the meeting.

C. Meetings must have quorum of 10 or more people being present.

 

Article 8 RULES OF ORDER

A. The Chair shall facilitate the business meetings. 

B. Every member is allowed to speak at business meetings. Every member has the right to make a motion or proposal directly. 

C. Consensus shall be the goal of every decision made during business meetings. In the event consensus cannot be reached, decisions are to be made by simple majority unless otherwise specified elsewhere in these bylaws. 

D. Minutes of business meetings will be passed on to all members and will be, if necessary, discussed at the next business meeting.

 

Article 9 BYLAWS

A. The bylaws of the GST can be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of membership present and voting at a business meeting, or two-thirds majority of those voting in an online election. 

B. A proposed amendment to the bylaws shall be submitted with the names of at least ten (10) GST members first to the Chair, who will send it along to the Section members through the listserv. 

C. Voting on the proposed amendment shall take place online between thirty (30) and sixty (60) days from the time membership are notified of the amendment.

 

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