A. The purpose of the Research Committee on Sociology
of the Arts (RC37) of the International Sociological Association
(ISA) is to encourage research of high quality on the arts and culture
more generally, within and between countries.
A. To fulfill this purpose the Committee engages
in the following activities:
1. It organizes the sessions of the Sociology of
the Arts at the meetings of the ISA.
2. It sponsors or co-sponsors International seminars
on topics of theoretical, methodological or substantive importance
in this field.
3. It arranges for publication of matters related
4. It develops an international roster of sociologists
of the arts and culture, and organizations involved in similar pursuits.
5. It fosters cross-national sociological research
through the international membership in the research committee meetings,
newsletters, and other correspondence.
6. It seeks to keep Its members Informed of RC37
7. It engages in additional activities to disseminate
its activities and encourage intellectual networks in and among
A. Membership in RC37 is open to all members of national
sociological societies, members of research institutes affiliated
with the ISA, research oriented members of national and international
organizations on the arts and culture, as well as non-affiliated
individual scholars who have demonstrated interest in the field
through teaching and research activities.
B. The Individual becomes a member with full voting
rights and other membership privileges upon acceptance of his or
her application by the President and Secretary and payment of annual
dues. Students become members in the same manner, except that they
do not have voting rights or the right to hold office. Non-payment
of dues will lead to loss of membership six months after the final
period paid for, except as provided for in Article III, Section
C. Annual dues of $40 (U.S.) and $12 for students
are payable to the Research Committee Secretary or President (2003).
Dues may be paid for a four-year period. The dues requirement may
be waived in cases of hardship, or when a prospective member's country
has severe currency restrictions, with the approval of the RC President
and Secretary. No dues will be required for members who retire from
full-time employment. The amount is modified during the Business
Meeting at the World Congress, every four years.
A. There will be a President, a Secretary, six Vice-Presidents,
eighteen Members of the Board, and an Honorary Chair. The exact
numbers and titles may be modified during the World Congress Business
B. They will be elected from and by the voting membership
at each World Congress.
A. Election of officers will be held at the World
Congress every four Years
B. A plurality of those voting will constitute election
for President, Secretary, Vice Presidents, and Board Members.
C. Term of office will be for four years with re-election
limited to one term.
D. Nominations will be made at the Business Meeting
by all voting members in attendance. For those not able to attend
and who wish to vote, proxies in writing may be assigned by them
VI. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
A. The President
1. The President as chief executive of the RC shall
preside at the meetings of the RC and its membership.
2. The President will be responsible for seeing that
the sessions of the RC at the ISA meetings are organized and announced,
in cooperation with the Secretary.
3. The President will initiate and carry out policies
in conformity to the RC's purpose as specified by the Officers and
at the request of the membership.
4. The President shares responsibility with the Secretary
for making disbursements and collecting dues from the members.
5. The President will appoint committees or individuals,
who will serve at his or her pleasure, to perform in capacities
related to RC activities.
6. The President will serve as the RC representative
to the Research Council of the ISA.
B. The Secretary
1. The Secretary is responsible for communicating
RC activities and plans to the members no less than once a year.
These include the time, place, and organizers of meetings and sessions
at the seminars, workshops, including the World Congress.
2. The Secretary shares responsibility with the President
for making disbursements and collecting dues from the members.
3. The Secretary shares responsibility with the President
for preparing a membership list.
4. The Secretary shares responsibility with the President
for announcing the time and place of meetings as necessary.
5. The Secretary is the editor of the Newsletter
to be published at least twice a year.
C. The Vice Presidents
1. The Vice Presidents assist the President and the
Secretary in decisions concerning the organization and sponsorship
of RC seminars, workshops, and publications.
2. The Vice Presidents will recruit members to expand
the International scope of membership.
3. The Vice Presidents will organize meetings to
foster more international involvement at regional levels.
D. The Board Members
1. The Board Members will recruit members regionally
to expand the International scope of membership.
2. The Board Members will advise the President, Vice-Presidents
and Secretary when solicited.
VII. EXECUTIVE OF THE RC37
A. The President, Secretary, and Vice Presidents
constitute the Executive.
B. The Executive meets at least once every four years
before the Business Meeting to set general policy for the RC.
C. Major new activities undertaken by the RC must
be approved by the Executive.
D. In case of disability of any member of the Executive
prior to the Business Meeting at the World Congress, the remaining
members of the Executive may appoint a substitute.
E. The Executive will be consulted in writing for
their advice by the President concerning offers from RC members
or representatives of other organizations to organize programs such
as conferences, seminars, workshops and publications under RC sponsorship
or joint sponsorship.
VIII. RC37 OCCASIONAL ACTIVITIES
A. The membership of occasional seminars or workshops
sponsored or co-sponsored by the RC should reflect its international
B. Individuals who wish to organize a seminar or
workshop may present their ideas, proposed date. time, and place
to the President and Secretary, who will circulate the idea to the
Vice Presidents and Board for their opinions.
C. Members wishing to participate may write to the
organizers giving their competencies and interests.
D. Final decisions as to whose participation to accept
will be done by the local organizers, with the approval of the Executive.
IX. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
A. The RC as an international organization cannot
itself engage in research activities.
X. GENERAL MEETING
A. The Business Meeting of the members shall be held
in conjunction with the ISA meetings.
B. Announcement of the Business Meeting will be mailed
to members at least three months in advance, along with a tentative
agenda of business.
C. Action may be taken at the Business Meeting by
a plurality of members present, including voting for officers. On
any issue a majority (over half) of members present may request
a secret ballot.
D. A written petition of 20 members to the President
within six months following the Business Meeting can institute a
mail ballot to the membership on any issue.
XI. COOPERATION WITH OTHER
A. RC37 welcomes the efforts of other international
and national organizations to promote the meeting of scholars to
encourage their research in the arts and culture.
B. RC37 seeks to cooperate with such organizations
on issues of common interest through joint program sponsorship or
such other activities as will serve to advance its purpose.
C. RC37 hopes to continue its joint sessions with
other RCs at the World Congresses.
XII. REVISION OF THE BYLAWS
A. Upon written petition of 20 members to the President, with duplicate
to the Secretary, these Bylaws may be submitted to the membership
B. Revision requires majority (51%) approval by members
in good standing.
C. Revisions may also be made at the Business Meeting
by a plurality of members in good standing.