As the composition of this committee suggests, the IAGS is a truly international association. The members of the Executive Board come from four continents (North America, South America, Africa, and Asia) and our Advisory Board includes members from Australia and Europe.
This representation is reflected in our membership stands at 339 and counting. Of this total we have information of; 146 North America, 88 from Latin America, 66 from Europe, 12 from Asia, 12 from Africa, and 8 from Australia. We are currently undertaking an ambitious membership campaign and aim to have over 400 members by the end of this term.
Moving forward, we have a number of issues to deal with and goals to accomplish. During and immediately after the conference, the Executive and Advisory Boards agreed on several initiatives.
We can mention; to expedite bookkeeping and retain members, we are introducing two year memberships, to allow members as much time as possible to plan for our conferences; we will be submitting a call for site proposals for our conferences in 2013 and 2015. At the same time, we will issue a call for site proposals for 2014. If a compelling proposal is submitted, we would consider experimenting with an annual conference, an idea that has been much discussed but never tried before. We encourage all of you to spread the word about the call for site proposals and to consider submitting something yourselves.
On the idea to enhance our communications abilities and emerging scholar participation, an amendment submitted on June 20, 2011 by Alex Hinton and Daniel Feierstein, created a New Media / Communications Officer position on the Executive Board and a permanent student representative on the Advisory Board. We should also note that, we now have a dynamic emerging scholars group. They have a number of great ideas, including the revival of the IAGS Facebook site and the holding of an emerging scholars conference. They will be in contact in due course with more information.
We wanted to update you on some of the things that are now going on and to let you know that the IAGS continues to grow and flourish.
For this, we owe thanks to all of members.
Executive and Advisory Boards