ISGS: International Society for Gesture Studies


Minutes of the Fourth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) held in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany 2010

ISGS General Assembly
European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder
Wednesday, 28th July, 17.30-19.30h (room: HS8)

Present:

1.0 Welcome and opening of General Assembly (Susan Goldin-Meadow)

1.1 Treasurer's report (Fey Parrill)


Currency = US Dollars

 

 

 

 

 

BALANCE

Balance after 2007 GA

 

 

Credit

Debit

16470.39

Membership revenue, 2007- July 15th, 2010

 

10455.96

 

26926.35

Payments to programmers (membership system, mailing list, voting system)

2388

24538.35

ISGS contribution to sign language translation at 2010 conference

6420.5

18117.85

Student bursaries to support travel costs to 2010 conference

6476.98

11640.87

Misc (domain name reg., transaction fees, postage)

340.05

11300.82

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

15625.53

 

BALANCE AS OF THIS REPORT (prepared 6/15/2010)

 

$11300.82

1.2 Report on retrospective and on-going ISGS activities (2007-2010):

Potential Expenditures:

- An on-line membership database has been created as well as a paypal system for handling payment of membership dues (both systems are linked).

- An on-line voting system has been developed by Ray Amberg (programmer); the voting system is linked with the membership database. The on-line system allows for yes/no, multiple choice and write-in answers.

- Encouragement of members to join the ISGS mailing list as important announcements such as workshops, conferences, job adverts, etc., are circulated via the list.

- The website is hosted on a server at UC Riverside. This server will go down and the website has to be migrated. The migration is in preparation and we will use a commercial web-hosting service so that the website will be independent from the PR manager. As soon as the migration is over the website is ready to be handed over to the new PR manager. This should be around September.

1) Article 4 - The goals of the ISGS are as follows:
4.3 to cooperate with national societies

- proposed revision: To cooperate with national and international societies

2) Article 5 - Affiliations:
5.5   The ISGS may decide to be affiliated with other international
associations which support the study of gestures within their
cultural context, especially the International Association for
Semiotic Studies

- proposed revision: The ISGS may decide to be affiliated with other international
associations which support the study of gestures

3) Article 6 - Membership:
6.5  All those individuals and collectives who have paid their dues are considered members of the ISGS. Members who do not pay their dues for more than two consecutive years can lose their membership status, based on a decision by the Executive Board.

- proposed revision: All those individuals and collectives who have paid their dues are considered members of the ISGS. Members are members for the calendar year in which they have paid dues.

All three votes (show of hands) were unanimously accepted.

Other issues regarding wording and content of the by-laws which require further discussion will be passed on to the new Executive Board.

- Those members who volunteered to run for office and to host the next conference were thanked.
- Members were kindly asked to consider hosting ISGS conferences in the future (especially with regard to 2014) to allow the society to stick to its regular meetings and to plan ahead.

1.3 Announcement of vote on ISGS conference proposal (Susan Goldin-Meadow)

2.0 Editors' information about GESTURE (Adam Kendon)

3.0 ISGS Executive Board membership (Susan Goldin-Meadow)