Call for nomination to the Council of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC)


Nominations are now closed.

Notice is hereby given of the call for nomination for a number of places as regional representatives, identified below, on the Council of WAC.

The Council is the main governing body of WAC between meetings of the WAC Assembly (the Assembly only meets during major WAC Congresses). Full details of the role, responsibilities, and make-up of the Council are given in Article 9 of the Statutes which is appended below for information.

The usual practice is that one representative from each of WAC’s fourteen (14) regions steps down every four years. However, owing to a variety of different situations in regions there are slightly more nominations required than normal.

Nominations are required therefore for the following positions:

• Senior Representative, North Africa
• Junior Representative, North Africa
• Senior Representative, Central Africa
• Junior Representative, Central Africa
• Senior Representative, Western Africa
• Junior Representative, Western Africa
• Senior Representative, Northern America
• Junior Representative, Northern America
• Junior Representative, Central America and the Caribbean
• Junior Representative, Southern America
• Senior Representative, Southern Europe
• Senior Representative, Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia
• Junior Representative, Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia
• Senior Representative, Eastern Asia
• Junior Representative, Eastern Asia

Nominations should be sent by email to WAC Secretary, Akira MATSUDA, at amatsuda@l.u-tokyo.ac.jp, by 5th July 2016. Every nomination needs to include a short CV and the WAC membership number of the nominee. Enquiries about the WAC membership number should be addressed to WAC Membership Secretary, Gunes DURU, at wac.membership@gmail.com .

In cases where more than one person has been nominated for a position, an election will be held in accordance with Statutes 9.4 (reproduced below). Present members of Council whose positions are listed above are eligible for re-nomination. Please note especially Statutes 9.4 [d] that states:

“within each Regional Electoral College, members shall only be eligible for nomination to the Council if they are not from the same country as the continuing incumbent Regional Representative on the Council.”

The new Council will meet for the first time during WAC-8.

ARTICLE 9: The Council

9.1
The Council shall be the main governing body of WAC between meetings of the Assembly and shall carry into effect the policies established by the Assembly, including the receipt of annual reports from international organising committees. It is hoped that the Council will be able to meet biennially.

9.2
The members of the Council shall be:

a] the Officers of WAC;

b] two representatives from each Regional Electoral College, a Senior Representative and a Junior Representative;
(To be eligible for election as a Senior Representative a person shall at that time have been in permanent employment within archaeology or a related discipline for a period of more than five years. To be eligible for election as a Junior Representative a person shall not at that time have been in permanent employment within archaeology or a related discipline for a period of more than five years.)

c] twelve representatives of Indigenous peoples/the Fourth World to be appointed by organisations such as the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, and the International Indian Treaty Council for a limited period as determined from time to time by the Council.

Indigenous representatives who are WAC members shall be nominated by Indigenous groups in a traditional manner.

Indigenous representatives shall serve for the term between Congresses.

If a vacancy occurs, an Indigenous representative can be appointed by the executive to serve the remainder of a term between congresses.

Indigenous representatives shall seek input from Indigenous groups, regional Indigenous organizations and groups to ensure and inclusive a nomination process is conducted.

Nominations will be voted upon by Indigenous representatives who are WAC members attending the Congress.

d] members of WAC appointed to positions by the elected officers, including the editor(s) of Archaeologies; and the Membership Secretary. These appointed positions will not have voting rights but will attend to report on their activities as and when necessary.

9.3
Each member of the Council shall have one vote.

9.4
The Regional Representatives shall be elected by secret postal ballot of the individual members within each Regional Electoral College. The ballot shall be conducted as follows:

a] there shall be a separate list of candidates for the position of Senior Representative and for that of Junior Representative;

b] the ballot for each position shall be by the single transferable voting system;

c] where there are three or more candidates for election, and the two sexes are represented, a member’s vote shall be valid only if three votes have been cast in rank order, at least one of which must be for a female and one for a male;

d] within each Regional Electoral College, members shall only be eligible for nomination to the Council if they are not from the same country as the continuing incumbent Regional Representative on the Council.

9.5
Members of the Council other than Officers of WAC (whose term on the Council shall be determined by their period in office) shall be elected for a term of eight years. Half the Council shall retire every four years and a new Council will take office immediately after each International Congress (i.e. at a Council meeting convened immediately following the last Assembly meeting during a Congress).

The Executive retains the right to dismiss a council member from the WAC Council on one of the following conditions:

a] The Council member concerned fails to respond to 2 correspondences within 60 days asking for his/her individual reply regarding WAC Council duties and activities without a reason deemed valid by the majority of current WAC Executive members (without advance notice of absence from discussions).

b] The Council member concerned fails to renew his/her WAC membership for a period more than 3 months after expiration of membership without a reason deemed valid by the Executive.

c] The Council member concerned fails to fulfil the duties of the Council member as stated in the statutes.

9.6
Members of the Council shall be eligible to serve for more than one period of office.

9.7
The Council shall administer the affairs of WAC in accordance with these Statutes and the decisions and policy of the Assembly. The Council will have full power to take any decisions which may be necessary or desirable in the interests of WAC, including the waiver or modification of particular subscriptions, as well as any termination of membership. Meetings of the Council shall take place at such times and places as it shall decide. Members of the Council who are unable to attend meetings may vote in all matters arising at any meeting by post or by duly authorised proxy. To enable such members to consider the issues properly the Secretary shall circulate to all members of the Council the agenda for each meeting at least 1 month before the date of the meeting.

9.8
The Council shall prepare and present a report to each Assembly on all matters of concern to WAC which have occurred since the previous meeting of the Assembly.

9.9
In the event of there being a vacancy on the Council, for whatever reason, the Executive shall decide whether and how to fill it but in no case shall the term of a member of the Council selected pursuant to this clause exceed that remaining of the vacancy to be filled.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Council Regional Representatives

Purpose
The Council Regional Representatives are responsible for representing the interests of their region on the WAC Council.

Accountabilities
These positions are elected from the membership of WAC. The Council Regional Representatives are accountable to the President, as the elected leader of WAC, and to the elected members of the WAC Council.

Responsibilities

  • Where possible, attend meetings of the WAC Council and Assembly.
  • Contribute to discussions on the WAC Council mailing list.
  • Represent the views of their constituency in Council discussions.
  • Assess the impact of WAC policies on members in their constituency.
  • Identify potential professional opportunities for the organisation and its members.
  • Present WAC activities in the region.
  • Identify needs of local archaeologists that may be met by WAC and its current programmes.
  • Enlarge WAC activities by identifying potentially useful and promising initiatives that meet expectations of local archaeologists and may be carried out by WAC.

Methods

  • Attend local meetings.
  • Prepare and collect questionnaire aimed at identifying WAC potentials in the region.
  • Write short entries to local papers and webpages.

Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to WAC’s aims and activities. Experience within WAC organisational structure.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.