Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ELECTION CALL !! Deadline extended! Distinguished Scholar Nominations-Deadline Extended


Dear Colleagues:

By now you will have received a preliminary notice from Nanette about our upcoming elections.

In keeping with last summer's decision and in accord with our charter which calls for elections either before the annual convention or within 30 days of the convention, the Nominations Committee of the GSCIS alerts you to the following:

Open slots on the Executive Committee (2017-2019):
Chair and Vice Chair
Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean
Representative for Africa
Representative for Asia
Representative for the Middle East
Representative for  Developing Eurasia

Newsletter Editor
Communications Director

  A threshold of 15% of members voting is required for a valid election.We did not meet the threshold last year and so agreed that anyone eligible to be nominated for a second year (that is, anyone who has not already served two years on the EXCOM) would be automatically nominated for a second time. This does not preclude anyone else from being nominated by the membership for the same slot but these three persons are the Nominating Committee's preferred slate which we hope you will endorse with a 15% threshold. This year, the automatic nominees are:

Pichamon Yeophantong (Asia)

 Kevin Funk-Newsletter Editor,
and Matthew Bishop- Treasurer)

All other terms are for two years, assuming the threshold is reached.

If you would like to serve the caucus, or would like to nominate someone for ANY position, please write to the Chair ASAP at
 The Chair will forward your nomination to the Nominations Committee composed this time of EXCOM members who are not running for election this year.

Please respond to Nanette ( on behalf of the Nominating Committee, by December 23 (deadline has been extended). Please send bios of candidates when you respond. The election slate, their bios, and balloting process will be sent out soon after.

In nominating persons, please take note of the following sections of the Charter of the GSCIS
(Amended Charter as of March 2015: for full charter click here)

1. The officers of the Global South Caucus for International Studies shall be as follows: Chair, a Vice Chair who will also serve as the Program Chair, a Secretary/Communications Manager, a Treasurer and a Newsletter Editor.
2. The term of office for the Chair and Vice Chair shall be two (2) years, unless the Executive Committee votes, under extraordinary circumstances, to extend these terms for no more than two additional years.
3. The term of office of the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be two (2) years. These two officers may stand for re-election to one other term, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.
4. The term of office of the Newsletter Editor shall be two (2) years. This officer may stand for re-election to one other term, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.
Executive Committee
5a. The Executive Committee shall consist of all current officers (as in Article IV.1), the immediate past chair of GSCIS serving ex-officio, and five (5) at-large members representing the following areas:
i) Latin America and the Caribbean; ii) South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific; iii) Africa; iv) Middle East/North Africa; v) developing Eurasia and/or North-South. The designation ‘North-South” refers to scholars working on issues linking North America and Europe with the global south.
5b. In so far as is possible, the Caucus shall endeavor to rotate the at-large membership among the various sub-regions of the broader regions of the global south.
6. At-large members shall serve a non-renewable term of two (2) years unless the Executive Committee votes, under extraordinary circumstances, to extend these terms for no more than two additional years.  However, three at-large members will initially serve a one-year term (renewable for another year by election), in order to allow for rotating terms and the maintenance of institutional memory.

The Executive Committee serves as the nominating committee for committees other than itself. For membership of the Executive Committee, a nominating committee composed of three to five members of the Global South Caucus chosen by the Chair shall nominate candidates. Self-nominations are encouraged. The Chair and Vice Chair may also submit their own nominations to the committee.
The Vice Chair is eligible to serve as Chair as is any member who is deemed to have played a sufficiently active role in the caucus.
Candidates nominated should meet the required criteria of geographic and disciplinary diversity. The committee should take into account the contributions of nominees to the Caucus and the ISA.
Bios of prospective candidates shall be e-mailed to members before the annual election (which normally coincides with the annual business meeting) or before any by-election. Ballots shall be returned by e-mail within a specified period of time. New officers shall normally be presented to the membership at the annual meeting. 
In extraordinary circumstances, elections may take place no more than thirty (30) days after the annual meeting. In such a case, the terms of members of the EXCOM will expire with new elections rather than at the annual meeting.

Thank you,

Dear Global South Caucus members,
It is once again time to solicit nominations for our GSC Distinguished Scholar Award to be presented at the Annual ISA Convention next February. As has been our tradition, we rotate regions each year and for 2017 our scholar will be from Latin America or the Caribbean.
Criteria for nominees is the following, as noted on the ISA website,
  • A distinguished record of scholarship and policy contributions reflecting a sustained interest in global south affairs.
  • It is not required that the nominee be an ISA member but s/he should be familiar with the association and usually will have participated in some way in the past.
Members and friends of the GSC are asked to submit nominations by email to me with a note substantiating consideration of the nominee and a bio/CV (or web link to one) by December 15, 2016. Final decisions will be made by the GSC Executive Committee serving as well in its capacity as the Nominations Committee.
Many thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you!
Nanette Svenson
Chair, Global South Caucus
International Studies Association

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