Bylaws of the Urban Studies Scholarly Interest Group of the SCMS

Article I. Name. The name of this scholarly interest group shall be the Urban Studies Scholarly Interest Group, hereinafter USSIG.

Article II. Purpose. The purpose of the group shall be to provide a forum for researchers and scholars from around the world to promote the free exchange of scholarship on cities, space and media within the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. The USSIG is particularly committed to encouraging a diversity of voices from across institutional and professional boundaries, reflecting the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of urban studies.

Article III. Membership. Membership shall be open to scholars, students, and other persons interested in urban studies. The members making up the USSIG must be Members of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies who are in good standing.

Article IV. Officers.

  1. Appointments. The USSIG shall appoint two (2) of its members to serve as Co-Chairs for a term of two (2) years.  In the event of the disqualification of a member of the USSIG, the members of the scholarly interest group may appoint another individual to replace the disqualified member, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.
  2. Responsibilities. The Co-Chairs shall be responsible for organizing meetings, preparing regular minutes and reports, organizing conference events and special projects, maintaining the listserv and website, communicating with the membership and other duties as necessary. The Co-Chairs, in consultation with the SIG membership, shall suggest potential uses of the annual SCMS SIG fund.

Article V. Elections. No member of the USSIG may vote by proxy.  Where alternates have been appointed, an alternate may vote in the absence of the member for whom he or she has been designated as an alternate. The USSIG shall not have the power or authority to (i) amend the Articles of Incorporation of the Society, (ii) adopt an agreement of merger or consolidation, (iii) recommend to the Members the sale, lease, or exchange of all or substantially all of the Society’s property and assets, (iv) recommend to the Members a dissolution of the Society, a revocation of a dissolution, or a cessation of the business of the Society, (v) amend the Bylaws of the Society, or (vi) fill vacancies in the Board of Directors.

Article VI. Quorum and Required Vote. At all meetings of the USSIG, a simple majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for transaction of business.  The vote of the majority of members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present constitutes the action of the scholarly interest group, unless the vote of a larger number is required by the Act, the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or by the members of the scholarly interest group.  If a quorum shall not be present at any meeting, those present may adjourn the meeting from time to time, without notice other than announcement at the meeting, until a quorum shall be present.

Article VII. E-Mail Deliberations and Voting. When issues are submitted to the members of the USSIG for a vote via e-mail, the members shall have seven (7) business days to respond.  The subject line of the e-mail shall contain the word “vote” to alert the members to the urgency of a response.  The same quorum and voting requirements contained in Article V and VI shall apply to an e-mail vote by the members of the USSIG.

Article VIII. Consent in Lieu of Meeting. Action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to authorization voted at a meeting of the USSIG, may be taken without a meeting if, before or after the action, all members consent thereto in writing.  The consent has the same effect as a vote of the members for all purposes.  The written consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings.

Article IX.  Participation in Meeting by Telephone. A member may participate in a meeting by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can communicate with each other.  Participation in a meeting pursuant to this Article constitutes presence in person at the meeting.

Article X. Waiver of Notice. Attendance at or participation at a meeting constitutes a waiver of notice of the meeting, unless the member at the beginning of the meeting, or upon his/her arrival, objects to the meeting or the transaction of business at the meeting and does not thereafter vote for or assent to any action taken at the meeting.

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