ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019
Message from the Outgoing President
It has been a very great pleasure to lead the SAI for the last 2 years with a great team, and some very valuable and impactful events. During the last 2 years, we have particularly developed work on supporting sociologists in the IoT sector, building our postgraduate supports, and engaging in European discussions through the ESA about the direction and future of Sociology in academic and policy communities. The SAI is a fantastic community to be part of, and I hope that we have continued to represent your interests fully and widely. I wish the team the very best with the continued work for our members, and will continue to enjoy my membership of this great community for a long time to come.
Lucy Michael, President 2017-2019
Nominations for President
and Postgraduate Representative
There being no nominations for the above at the time of the AGM, expressions of interest were invited for these positions.
Formal nominations will be accepted until 5 October 2019.
Nominations should be sent with the names of 2 supporting members to the Returning Officer, Jill O'Mahony
JMOMAHONY@wit.ie, by 5pm on 5 October 2019.
If there is only one nomination for each post, the nominee will be deemed elected. Should two or more nominations be received, the membership will be advise of an election. The voting population will be those SAI members who held their membership at the date of the AGM. Elections will be held by electronic means, with invitations sent to those members. In the event of an election, it will be concluded prior to the new membership year on 1 November.
The 2019 Annual Conference was a huge success - read all about it in the latest Irish Journal of Sociology
Connecting sociologies: Reflections on the 46th SAI Annual Conference 2019 - Lucy Michael
SAI STUDY GROUPS
SAI Study Groups are officially-recognized groups of sociologists who share a common interest in a specific topic.
Proposals are now invited to establish the first SAI Study Groups. Subsidies available. Deadline 30 October 2019.
The AGM approved 3 motions as follows:
Motion 1: Constitutional amendment
That elections to the Executive Committee for named Officer positions may be carried out by electronic means where an Officer position is vacant after the AGM. [with immediate effect]
The amendment to the constitution would insert in clause 4, after "Elections to fill vacancies shall be held annually at the Annual General Meeting" the phrase "or by electronic means within the membership year of the AGM if vacancies in Executive Officer positions remain after the AGM, with members at the time of that AGM eligible to vote by such means."
Motion 2: Change of membership fees
Institutions of higher education are invited annuallyl to support the SAI through subvention payment of 500 Euro. Supporting institutions are entitled to 20% discount on full memberships purchased in that membership year.
[This policy will require operationalisation, and the Executive will advise the mode of discounted payment in due course]
Motion 3: Policy
That the SAI promote the development of 'study groups' whereby members would convene to pursue common interests and emerging themes.
The Accounts for 2018 were also approved by the membership.
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A Symposium with Hartmut Rosa in Dublin
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