Constitution

1. Name The Association shall be called ‘The British Association for Holocaust Studies’ (BAHS).

2. Aims The Aims of the Association shall be to promote and defend in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, on a non-profit-making basis, the scholarly study of the Holocaust; to advance for the public good the teaching of and educational activities related to Holocaust Studies; to organise conferences; to initiate and support research and publication; to support the teaching of Holocaust Studies in the United Kingdom.

3. Membership (i) Ordinary Members Ordinary membership shall be open to scholars and teachers concerned with the academic pursuit of Holocaust Studies. Ordinary members shall be entitled to vote at meetings of the Association and shall be eligible for membership of the Board.

(ii) Student Members Student membership shall be open to graduate students working for a higher degree in the field of Holocaust Studies.

(iii) Associate Members Associate membership shall be open to (a) those outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland who have a serious academic interest in Holocaust Studies, and (b) those within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with a serious academic interest in Holocaust Studies but who are not professionally involved in the subject. Associate members will not have voting rights but are welcome to attend the Association’s conferences.

4. Election to Membership Application for membership shall be made in the form required by the Board. Applications will be subject to approval by the Secretary. The Association reserves the right to refuse or terminate membership at any time.

5. Subscriptions A subscription is payable annually by every ordinary member, student member and associate member as a condition of membership. The amount will be determined from time to time by the Annual General Meeting. The membership of any ordinary or associate member whose subscription is more than two years in arrears may be deemed to have lapsed.

6. Accounts The balance sheet and income and expenditure accounts of the Association shall be submitted for approval to the Annual General Meeting.

7. The Board of the Association The business of the Association shall be conducted by a Board consisting of the Officers and ordinary Committee members of the Association.

Officers The Officers shall be the President, Treasurer and Secretary. The President shall be elected to hold office for two years. The President is not eligible for immediate re-election. The President shall be pre-elected at the Annual General Meeting held before the year in which he or she is due to hold office. The Treasurer and Secretary shall be permanent positions and shall be affiliated to the University of Southampton as the host institution. The Secretary shall be responsible for all web content and the Association’s Bulletin. In the event of either the Treasurer or Secretary demitting office, the President shall be empowered to appoint a new Treasurer or Secretary subject to consultation with the Board.

Committee Members The Board shall consist of no fewer than three members and no more than nine members. Members shall be elected to the Committee at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for a term of three years. At least one member of the Board shall be affiliated to the University of Southampton as the host institution. In the event of a Board member demitting office mid-term, elections shall be held if the number of Board members drops below three. Members who have completed a full term of office shall be eligible for re-election for one further term, but thereafter cannot be re-elected for a period of 3 years. Presidents-elect shall be ex-officio members of the Committee. The ex-President shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee for one year. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt up to two additional members.

Election Nominations for election to the Committee and to office shall be signed by two ordinary members who have secured the nominee’s consent. They shall either be sent to the Secretary 15 days before the Annual General Meeting or presented to him or her at this meeting.

8. General Meeting There shall be a General Meeting once every two years at a time and place and in a manner determined by the Board for the election of Board members if appropriate, for the receipt of the accounts, and for the receipt of a report on the activities of the Association. A minimum notice of 30 days will be given to ordinary members. Notice of any motion to be proposed by a member shall be seconded by another member and shall reach the Secretary at least 15 days before the General Meeting.

9. Other Meetings Conferences, seminars and study meetings shall be periodically arranged by the Board.

10. Income The income and property of the Association shall be used exclusively towards the furthering of the aims of the Association.

11. Constitution (i) The Constitution of the Association may be amended at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting, upon a 2/3 majority of those present.

(ii) Every member shall receive a copy of the Constitution of the Association.