International Systemic Functional
(amended, July 2010)
is a non-profit/not-for-profit organization whose objectives are:
promote scholarship and research in Systemic Functional linguistic theory
and related fields.
encourage the dissemination of the results of research in Systemic
Functional linguistic theory through publications such as journals, books,
or any other means; and to encourage discussion on research issues around
the theory, contact between scholars, and the provision of information about
Systemic Functional linguistic theory via email lists, websites, etc.
organize an annual international Congress around Systemic Functional linguistic
theory and related fields, where as far as possible the Congress venue
rotates, ensuring that members in different regions of the world have
access to the Congress.
encourage and support projects aimed at creating courses, programs, summer
schools and any other appropriate teaching activities which extend
knowledge of Systemic Functional linguistic theory.
offer encouragement, advice and support for local Systemic Functional
linguistic theory meetings/conferences/workshops and other initiatives as
these are organized locally by regional Systemic Functional Linguistics
Associations or other groups from country to country.
establish collaborative agreements and working relations with any other
professional body or group with related interests.
establish and maintain archives in Systemic Functional linguistics and
related linguistic traditions.
in the Association
Membership will be
open to any interested person. No membership fee will be set.
Where local conditions allow, Congress organizers are
encouraged to make contributions to ISFLA from any surplus funds, in order to
support the Associationís work in carrying out its objectives. The association
will maintain regional bank accounts.
General Meeting of the Association
will be an AGM held at the annual international Congress each year. A quorum
will be 20 members of the Association. At the meeting the Chair, the
Secretaries, and the Treasurers will give an annual report to the members of
the Association, and the reports will be published on the ISFLA website. A
motion made at the AGM will be considered passed if a positive vote is recorded
by two thirds of the members present.
of the Association
Association will be run by a Committee consisting of the Executive and elected
committee members. The Executive and the elected Committee members are the
office bearers of the Association.
The Executive will
consist of the following officers:
elected Committee will consist of nine members of the Association elected from
different regions of the world. The Committee will be empowered to co-opt up to
three additional members as needed for special projects. In the case of a
vacancy after the election, the Committee may appoint a member until the next
members of the Committee (non-office bearers, non-voting) will be the immediate
past ISFLA Chair, the immediate past Congress Chair, the present Congress
upcoming Congress Chair, the moderator of the association's email discussion list, and the association's web manager
of Committee members: The Executive and elected Committee members will be elected
for three years.
Committee may set up permanent and ad hoc sub-committees as needed. It will be
open to the Executive on the advice of the Committee or the AGM to create any
sub-committees needed. For special projects it will be open to sub-committees
to co-opt additional members from outside the existing committee structure.
for new Committee members: Elections will be held every three years. At that time,
nominations must be made in writing with the signatures of two members and the
written consent of the nominee. The nomination must be delivered to the
Executive before the annual AGM of the election year. If there are insufficient
nominations, then nominations may be made at the AGM of the election year from
the floor. If there is more than one nomination for any office, a ballot will
be prepared by the Executive.
Duties of the Committee
coordinate the activities of the Association. This includes setting the venue
of the up-coming international Congresses, administering the assets of the
Association, and convening the AGM at the annual Congress.
meetings: The Committee will meet annually prior to the AGM. In
addition, the Committee will maintain contact during the year and be empowered
to deal with any issues and/or emergencies that arise.
of the Constitution or Dissolution
proposal to modify or dissolve the Constitution can come from any Committee
member, or an ordinary member who has attended at least three previous
conferences of the Association. The proposal will be voted on at the AGM and
accepted if at least two thirds of those present vote for the change.