Passed on December 2, 2005

American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington, DC


Section 1: The name of this organization is: Soyuz, the Post-communist Cultural Studies Interest Group (hereafter cited Soyuz).

Section 2: Soyuz may, at its pleasure, by a vote of the membership, change its name.


Soyuz is formally constituted as the Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association and an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. It is also more broadly conceived as an international community of anthropologists and other scholars working in postsocialist studies. It serves as a vehicle to promote the study of postsocialist societies, the dissemination of current research, and collaborative and interdisciplinary work among an international community of scholars.

To this end Soyuz shall:

Section 1: Maintain a website

Section 2: Establish an e-mail list-serve of its members

Section 3: Hold yearly business meetings at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) meetings, or both.

Section 4: Sponsor at least one panel, roundtable, or a formal session with presented papers at the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS).

Section 5: Organize a yearly Symposium, separate from the AAASS and the AAA, that will bring together scholars working on issues of interest to Soyuz members.

a. The goal of this Symposium is to advance current research on postsocialist societies and facilitate exchanges among scholars.

b. The Symposium will provide scholars working in postsocialist societies an opportunity to present current research and receive feedback. Junior scholars, including graduate students, are especially encouraged to participate.

c. The Symposium will be held every year.

d. Soyuz will encourage participants to publish their papers in a special issue of The Anthropology of East Europe Review.

Section 6: Sponsor a monthly “Book of the Month”

a. This “Book of the Month” section will highlight recent publications of Soyuz members and books of interest to Soyuz members

b. The Book Review Editor will solicit reviews of these books and publish them on the website


Membership in Soyuz will be open to all interested in this field of studies irrespective of race, sex, religion, nationality, or sexual preference.

Members are encouraged to join the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, but membership in these organizations is not required.


Section 1. There shall be a Convenor

a. The duties of Convenor will be to provide leadership and an agenda of activities for Soyuz.

b. The Convenor will convene business meetings in advance of the conventions of AAA and/or AAASS.

c. The Convenor will handle official Soyuz correspondence.

d. The Convenor will call for elections.

Section 2. There shall be a Webmaster

a. The Webmaster will maintain the on-line Soyuz membership list and directory.

b. The Webmaster will maintain all aspects of the Soyuz website and list-serve.

Section 3. There shall be a Secretary

a. The Secretary will maintain records of Soyuz meetings.

b. The Secretary will maintain the Soyuz membership list.

Section 4. There shall be a Programming Coordinator

a. The Programming Coordinator will work with the organizers of the yearly Soyuz Symposiums.

b. The Programming Coordinator will supervise the process by which Soyuz’s sponsored panel at AAASS is selected.

Section 5. There shall be a Book Review Editor

a. The Book Review Editor will be appointed by the officers.

b. The Book Review Editor will select books to be featured as the Soyuz “Book of the Month.”

c. The Book Review Editor will solicit reviews of these books.

Section 6: There shall be a Student Representative

a. The Student Representative will be defined as any person actively working toward but not yet awarded a Ph.D.

b. The Student Representative will be charged with bringing issues of importance to student members before Soyuz

Section 7: The terms of office of all officers shall be two years. If the Student Representative is awarded a Ph.D. during his/her term of office, he/she can serve out the two-year term if there is less than 12 months left of the appointment.

Section 8: Any officer may succeed him/herself in office for one consecutive term.


The Executive Council shall consist of the officers.

a. The duties of the Executive Council will be to shape the general policies and activities of Soyuz and to communicate with members.


Section 1: Elections shall be called by the Convenor every two years.

Section 2: Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by other Soyuz members.

Section 3: Elections will be conducted with members sending their ballots to the Convenor by hard copy or electronic medium.

Section 4: Ballots shall be secret and enclosed in a signed envelope.

Section 5: Thirty (30) days shall be allowed for the return of ballots. Ballots must be received by the Convenor not later than the stated return date to be counted.

Section 6: The candidate receiving a simple majority of the votes for a contested office shall be elected. The Executive Committee shall hold a run-off election within ninety (90) days in the case of a tie.


Section 1. Standing committees shall be appointed to help Soyuz sustain its goals.

Examples of possible committees:

a. Committee on Bylaws

b. Soyuz Symposium Organizing Committee


Section 1: Five (5) percent of members shall constitute a quorum at the Annual Business Meeting.

Section 2: Members who cannot attend the Annual Business Meeting may submit a proxy vote to the Convenor in advance of the Annual Business Meeting. Proxy votes will be included as part of the Quorum.

Section 3: The business of Soyuz shall be transacted by majority vote unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws.


These Bylaws may be altered, amended, repealed, or added to by proposal of the Executive Committee and subject to ratification by a majority of those members responding by the deadline.