Statute

STATUTE AND BYLAWS OF THE

HELLENIC NETWORK OF AFRICAN STUDIES (HNAS)

1. Establishment

The Hellenic Network of African Studies (HNAS) was established in the context of the Cooperation Protocol which was signed on 11 November 2011 between the University of Peloponnese and the University of the Aegean. Its establishment was approved by the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese and the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean and was ratified by the Senate of the two Universities during the months of February and March 2013.

2. Purpose and aims  

The purpose of HNAS is to create a network linking up Greek speaking scientists, researchers and other persons from all over the world with an active interest in African Studies as well as in the study of the African continent and its institutions from a historical, economic, social, anthropological, cultural, political and legal point of view. HNAS aims at developing strong links with similar networks, which are active in other countries, at cooperating with Departments of African Studies in other Universities as well as with think tanks and at undertaking joint actions with them. HNAS will also strive to become member of relevant umbrella organisations, such as AEGIS (Africa – Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies).

HNAS shall materialize its purpose and aims through joint research activities, articles in scientific journals, publication of monographs and collected volumes, seminars and conferences, consulting services to state and private entities by pooling together the expertise of its members, and any other activity that is not incompatible with its status. It may also offer e-classes on subjects of interest to its members.

3. Seat

The seat of HNAS shall be the premises of the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese in the city of Corinth.

4. Membership

Any Greek speaking scientist, researcher or other person located in Greece or abroad wishing and willing to promote the purpose and aims of HNAS by means of collective synergies may become a member of HNAS.

Interested individuals should submit an application to the Steering Committee accompanying it with a declaration of their intention to promote the aims of HNAS as well as with a short CV showing their engagement with and/ or strong interest in African Studies. The Steering Committee shall decide on the applications.

5. Financing  

HNAS shall be financed from the following sources: (a) voluntary contributions by its members; (b) subsidies that may be allocated by the University of Peloponnese and the University of the Aegean and/or by any other academic institution which may in the future participate in HNAS; (c) grants and sponsorship that may be secured from public or private entities; (d) income from the carrying out of research activities, commissioned studies, consulting, etc.; (e) income from holding seminars, conferences and similar events; (f) income from the sale of books, monographs, collected volumes, etc. published under the auspices of HNAS; and (g) income from other sources which do not contravene the purpose and aims of HNAS.

The net income from the operation of HNAS shall be used to further its aims and to support its actions.

At the end of each calendar year the Steering Committee shall submit a financial report to its members and the Senates of the University of Peloponnese and the University of the Aegean. Said report shall be part of the general report on activities that the Steering Committee shall prepare and submit to the Senates of both Universities.

6. Website

HNAS shall operate a dedicated website, https://hellenicafricanstudies.wordpress.com. The Steering Committee shall be responsible for maintaining the website, whose purpose shall be: (a) to promote the activities of HNAS and its members; (b) to publish texts, articles and commentary written by its members and third persons on matters falling within the scope of African Studies as well as recent developments in the African continent; (c) to published the HNAS Newsletter; (d) to inform a wider audience about African Studies; and (d) to publish any other content that promotes the aims of HNAS.

7. Steering Committee

The Steering Committee shall comprise of two or more members with a term of office not to exceed three years. The Steering Committee shall be responsible for the ordinary operation of HNAS, the promotion of its aims as well as for any other function envisaged in the present Statute and Bylaws.

8.   Amendment  

The present Statute and Bylaws may be amended as required.

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