Restructuring the ISA – Open Letter to the ISA Membership

To:  ISA MEMBERS
Subject: : Restructuring the ISA – Open Letter to the ISA Membership
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:56:32 -0400
From: michael.burawoy@isa-sociology.org

Restructuring the ISA – Open Letter to the ISA Membership isa

Dear Member:

In a few days the representatives of the Research Committees and National Associations (in good standing) will be asked to vote on organizational changes in the ISA that have been proposed by the ISA Executive Committee.

The proposed changes involve the re-composition of the program committee for World Congresses that will give wider representation to Research Committees and National Associations and enable future ISA Presidents to play a more direct role in shaping World Congress programs. If the proposals pass then they will take effect at the 2014 World Congress in Yokohama.

The details of the changes can be found at http://www.isa-sociology.org/restructuring-of-the-isa/. There you will also find the rationales for and against the changes as well as the modification in the ISA Statutes and By-laws that the changes will require. All 4 documents can be found in the three official languages of the ISA, but the English version will govern in case of ambiguity.

We encourage you to read the materials and post your comments and suggestions on the blog and if you have questions I and others will try to answer them.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your representatives to express your views!

All changes in ISA Statutes and By-laws have to be approved by the Assembly of Councils, which is composed of the representatives of the Research Committees and National Associations (in good standing). They will have 90 days to register their vote.

Best wishes for an engaging and open discussion.

Yours sincerely,
Michael Burawoy
ISA President

 

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