The Region and Nation Literature Association


1. The organisation for which this is the Constitution shall be called The Region and Nation Literature Association (hereafter RNLA)

2.RNLA has the following aims:

(a) primarily, to further the academic study of

(i) national and regional aspects of the literatures in English of the United Kingdom;
(ii) other literatures in English, particularly in relation to the literatures of the United Kingdom, and to each other;

(b) to give some attention, where appropriate, to the relationship between literature in languages other than English (presented in translation), and literature in English;

(c) to arrange biennial conferences on the 'Literature of Region and Nation', as defined in 2 (a) and 2 (b) , above;

(d) to arrange for the publication and dissemination of the Proceedings (either wholly or in part) of such conferences.

(e) to take, as and if necessary or required, any other measures that will further 2 (a) , 2 (b) , 2 (c) , and 2(d), above.

3. The language of all conference presentations, discussions and proceedings shall be English.

4.A business meeting shall be held at each conference, if possible on the penultimate day.

5.The 1996 business meeting shall elect a President, in the
first place for a period of two years. Thereafter, proposals for President for a period of two years (signed by the proposer, seconder, and six other conference members) must be received by the Secretary at least 24 hours before the business meeting. A President may be re-elected no more than twice. It is envisaged that election as President would follow a
distinguished academic career and/or distinguished services to RNLA.

5. The 1996 business meeting shall elect a Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer, in each case in the first place and thereafter for periods of four years. Thereafter, proposals for Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer (in each case signed by the proposer and seconder) must be received by the Secretary lat least 24 hours before the business meeting.

6.The 1996 business meeting shall establish an Executive Committee, this committee to consist of the Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer, plus three other members proposed and seconded from the floor of the business meeting. The Executive Committee may, if necessary, co-opt additional members.

The Executive Committee is encouraged to meet at least once between conferences. It is, however, envisaged that most of its business will be carried out via mail, fax, or telephone.

The President will have the right to be present at Executive Committee meetings and to vote. He/ she will also have the right to be consulted between meetings. Each committee member (except the Chairperson) will have one vote. The Chairperson will, if necessary, have the casting vote. At committee meetings decisions can only be made if at least four committee members are present. When decisions are made without meetings all committee members must be consulted.

7.The Presidential duties will be as defined by the Executive Committee. The duties of the Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer, will be as normally understood and as the Executive Committee as a whole decides.

The duties of the Executive Committee will include organising business meetings (including receiving items for, the agenda) securing venues for conferences (such venues to be discussed and approved by the appropriate business meeting) liasing with and advising conference organisers, and- as necessary and possible, establishing membership requirements (including subscriptions) and exploring sources of supporting finance.

The Chairperson will report to each business meeting.

8. Resignations should be conveyed to the Chairperson or Secretary, as appropriate.

9. Proposed changes to the RNLA Constitution must be notified to the Secretary at least two months before a Conference and must be signed by a proposer and seconder.

August 1996.

Updated by Susanne Hagemann.