BSECS Nominations for Executive Committee Back

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is seeking nominations for its Executive Committee. We are seeking:

 

Elected post of Executive Secretary (Student members of the Society are not eligible for this position.)

This is an elected post. The office of Executive Secretary is tenable for five years. The Executive Secretary is a Trustee of the Society and sits on all of its sub-committees. If you would like to have an informal conversation with the present Executive Secretary regarding the role, you are welcome to email: secretary@bsecs.org.uk. Deadline: 11.59pm on 6th December 2021

 

Two Ordinary Members (Student members of the Society are not eligible for this position.)

These are elected posts. Ordinary Members hold office on the Committee for three years, with the possibility of a single extension of two years by mutual agreement. We will consider applicants with any areas of experience and interest. Enquiries about this role can be addressed to secretary@bsecs.org.uk. Deadline: 11.59pm on 6th December 2021

 

Assistant Treasurer

This is a co-opted position, meaning that it is not decided by an election. We invite nominations from suitable candidates to join the committee for a period of one year as Assistant Treasurer. Our intention is that this role would enable a committee member to gain relevant experience in advance of the election of a new Treasurer in 2023. Interested candidates should contact the current Treasurer, James Harriman Smith, for further details of the role: treasurer@bsecs.org.uk. Deadline: 11.59pm on 6th December 2021

 

Communications

This is a co-opted position, meaning that it is not decided by an election. Due to the growth of our online communications, we are seeking nominations from suitable candidates to join the committee as one of our two Communications Officers for a term of three years, with the possibility of a single extension of two years by mutual agreement. The post-holder will work closely with our current Communications Officer to develop our digital communications, including our website and social media channels. Enquiries about this role can be addressed to secretary@bsecs.org.uk. Deadline: 11.59pm on 6th December 2021

 

Postgraduate or Early Career Representative

We are also accepting nominations from postgraduate or early career researchers who would be interested in taking on a 3-year role as PG/ECR Representative. This is a co-opted position, meaning that it is not decided by an election. The applicant need not yet be a member of the Society. The key responsibilities include organising seminars and conferences aimed at early-career members of the Society and representing PG/ECR concerns at the Executive Committee. PG/ECR Reps receive a bursary and travel costs to cover their participation in BSECS conferences during their tenure on the committee. Enquiries about this role can be addressed to secretary@bsecs.org.uk. Nominations for this position will be open until January 7th 2022.

 

Duties of the Executive Committee

All members of the Executive Committee are expected to take on responsibility for a particular portfolio of the Society’s activities.

It should be noted that Executive Committee members are required to attend the regular meetings of the committee and sub-committees and the Annual Conference, and that in the event of non-attendance at two successive meetings they risk being removed. The Executive Committee meets three times a year. The Society will pay travelling expenses for Executive Committee members within the UK.

All members of the Executive Committee should be a member of the Society in good standing at the time of their appointment. Those elected to the vacant posts will take up their positions at the end of January 2020.

 

Nominations

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies seeks to create and support a diverse and inclusive community of researchers and scholars from all sections of society and warmly encourages applications to Executive Committee posts from members of under-represented groups. Our Equality and Diversity statement is available here: https://www.bsecs.org.uk/the-society/equality-and-diversity/.

Members seeking to stand for these posts can be self-nominated and should be seconded by a current member of the Society.

Nominees must supply a short election statement (no more than 150 words) setting out their qualifications for and interest in the post; for elected posts this will be made available to voters.

A simple email seconding the application is sufficient; no letters of recommendation are required. If you do not have a seconder who is a member of the Society, for example because you are new to the field, you are welcome to contact secretary@bsecs.org.uk for assistance.

Nominations, secondings and statements should be sent to the Executive Secretary by email, to be received by 11.59pm on 6th December 2021, at the following address: secretary@bsecs.org.uk. Voting for contested elected posts will be carried out in December-January. Further queries about the posts can be addressed to president@bsecs.org.uk.