NNCORE's Articles

Constitution

The following is only a PROPOSAL to be presented at the NNCORE conference in June 2015.

  1. Title
  2. Aims
  3. Membership
  4. Constituent National Associations
  5. Executive Board
  6. Officers
  7. General meetings
  8. Nominations
  9. Amendments

1. Title

The name of the Association is the Nordic Network for Comics Research, or NNCORE. 

2. Aims

The purpose of NNCORE is
  • To encourage the study of comics in the Nordic countries.
  • To function as a platform for contact and exchange among Nordic scholars who include comics as part of their academic work.
  • To encourage contact and exchange between Nordic scholars and international scholars and academic organizations.
  • To encourage contact and exchange between NNCORE and other national and international comics organizations, academic or not.
  • To make comics research more visible both within academic institutions and in society at large.

The main tools through which the NNCORE will carry out and develop its action will be:  the biennial conference that rotates between the Nordic countries, the action of the Executive Board, the General Meeting of its members, the newsletter and the websites (ADDRESSES HERE?)

 3. Membership

[this is one of the sections that we probably need to develop among us. Last Monday we decided (as I remember it) not to include any requirements as to home, subject etc. – basically, everybody can become a member. We also discussed different kinds of membership, some paying others not, but I’m not sure it needs to be included here?]
 
Membership may be direct or through one of the Association's Constituent National Associations.
 
The annual dues for membership should be approved by the General Meeting.

4. Constituent National Associations

[I’ve maintained this section until we know whether we need national organizations or not]
While open to direct membership, NNCORE is also a federation of its Constituent National Associations: the Norwegian Network for Comics Research (NONCORE J), the Finnish Network for Comics Research (FNCORE), the Danish Network for Comics Research (DNCORE) and the Swedish Network for Comics Research (SNCORE).

Constituent National Associations may organize conferences and otherwise engage in activities that are intended to further the general aims of NNCORE. They should keep the NNCORE Executive Board informed of their work. 

5. Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of the President of NNCORE; one or two members from each of the Nordic countries Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, and one or two representatives from other countries. Each of the four countries has two votes and so does the representative(s) from other countries.

Where there are National Constituent Associations the member(s) from that country should be recognized as representing their National Constituent Association, which should present its nominations for member(s) of the Executive Board to the NNCORE Nominating Committee for confirmation by the General Meeting.

Members of the Executive Board are elected at each biennial general meeting of NNCORE to hold office for a term of two years. There may be re-election for one consecutive term. If a General Meeting is not held on the expiration of this term of office, the term shall continue until a General Meeting is held.

If a vacancy arises through the resignation or death of a member of the Executive Board before the expiration of the term, the member(s) from the country in question should fill the vacancy with an NNCORE member chosen among the NNCORE members from that country.
 
The main function of the Executive Board will be to coordinate the activities of the Association. The Executive Board to set the date and location of biennial conferences, on the principle of geographical rotation around the Nordic countries.
 
It will also be the responsibility of the Executive Board to determine and publish the deadlines for the election of Officers; to agree the Agenda for the General Meeting; to implement decisions approved by the General Meeting; to publish its decisions and actions on the Association’s websites and in the newsletter; to encourage and support collaborative and joint research projects in comics studies; and to seek to raise funds for the Association’s activities and determine the purposes for which the income is used.

6. Officers

Officers of NNORE are: a president, a vice-president, a secretary who keeps record of proceedings, and a treasurer who keeps accounts.

The president is elected by the General Meeting for a term of two years. The president may be re-elected for one consecutive term.

The other officers are elected by and among the members of the Executive Board. 

7. General meetings

NNCORE General Meetings shall be held every two years, if possible, in conjunction with the NNCORE Biennial Conference.

The business of the General Meeting is elections (according to items 5 and 6 above), the perusal and eventual acceptance of reports (including accounts) from the Executive Board and the editor, and other matters the Executive Board or the General Meeting may decide.

An extraordinary General Meeting may be convened with no less than six weeks' notice at the request of the majority of the full membership of the Executive Board or at the request of at least three of the Constituent National Associations.

All registered members of the Association have the right to vote at the General Meeting. The president or, in his/her absence, the vice-president shall preside at the General Meeting, with the exception of elections, which are presided by the chair of the Nominating Committee.

Any matter before the Meeting shall be adopted by a simple majority of the cast votes. If just one member requests it, the vote should be by written ballot.

The President or, in the President's absence, the Vice President. has the deciding vote in case of a tie. 

8. Nominations

Each General Meeting elects a Nominating Committee consisting of one member from each Nordic country (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark) with the function of preparing the elect ions and for the next General meeting.

The Nominating Committee elects its own chairperson. Members of the Board and candidates for NNCORE office cannot be members of the Nominating Committee.

Constituent National Associations and individual members are encouraged to submit proposals to the Nominating Committee before the general meeting.

If at all possible, the Nominating Committee should make an initial report available to members at least five weeks before the General Meeting. The final report is presented at the General Meeting, where nominations may also be made from the floor.

9. Amendments

These articles may be amended by a majority vote of the General Meeting, due notice of the proposed amendment having been given all members in advance.