Proposed Bylaws of the
Cognitive/Analytic Scholarly Interest Group of the SCMS
Article I. Name. The name of this scholarly interest
group shall be the Cognitive/Analytic Scholarly Interest Group, hereafter
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 cinema and media using
cognitive and analytic methodologies, within the Society for Cinema and Media
Studies. CASIG is committed to the promotion of interdisciplinarity in the
study of cinema and media.
Article III. Membership. Membership shall be open to scholars,
students, and other persons interested in cognitive and analytic approaches to
the study of cinema and media. The members making up the CASIG must be Members
of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies who are in good standing.
Article IV. Officers.
CASIG shall appoint two (2) of its members to serve as Co-Chairs for a term of
three (3) years. The terms of the
Co-Chairs will be staggered.
Co-Chairs shall be responsible for organizing meetings, preparing regular
minutes and reports, organizing conference events and special projects,
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 CASIG 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 CASIG 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 SCSMI Board of Directors.
Article VI. Quorum and Required
Vote. At all meetings of the CASIG, 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 CASIG 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 CASIG.
Article VIII. Consent in Lieu of
required or permitted to be taken pursuant to authorization voted at a meeting
of the CASIG, may be taken without a meeting if, before or after the action, a
majority of 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.