[Air-l] the next executive and the future of aoir
sjones at uic.edu
Sat May 7 09:29:45 PDT 2005
I will add my own emphasis to Jeremy's well stated case for involvement
in AoIR. Many (probably most) of us are already members of some sort of
scholarly or professional association. Usually these are large and
disciplinary organizations. While AoIR continues to grow larger, it is
far from the size of most such organizations. And, it is most certainly
not disciplinary. Most of us will not have had, nor will we have, an
opportunity to so directly support and steer an association. AoIR, on
the other hand, is an association in which one can have direct and
immediate impact. For me, few things have been as rewarding as founding
and then shepherding AoIR in its early years. I know all of the
arguments for not getting involved. However, if we always give in to
those arguments and do not argue against them, our scholarly fields
will continue to remain at best disciplinary, giving at most lip
service to interdisciplinarity. Our lives (personal as well as
professional I dare say) will be the poorer for the lack of connections
to people and ideas that AoIR provides us. I urge you to join in the
effort to build the association, to build it into something other than
another, traditional, scholarly association, and into one that can
support interdisciplinarity among colleagues from around the world.
On May 6, 2005, at 1:59 PM, Jeremy Hunsinger wrote:
> I think it is very important for people to get involved in this
> election, and to nominate people to serve on the executive. This
> next period will be very important to AoIR, and there are quite a few
> possible directions that the association might head, for instance:
> Will we develop a journal? or adopt a journal? or something else?
> Will we continue to pursue the Annual, or will we go a different
> What will become of the website, wiki, conference system, and other
> tools we use all the time? Will we have to raise dues?
> Will we begin offering competitive bursaries to the conferences to
> Will we standardize the conference or will we continue our 'every one
> is unique style'?
> Will we require full papers in future conferences?
> Those are just a smattering of the issues that the exec will deal with
> in the next two years, and many of them directly affect all of you.
> I'm sure the rest of the exec can think of even more issues and I'm
> sure you can too. So I'm encouraging you to participate in the
> election, the discussions around it, to nominate people, and to
> determine AoIR's future.
> Personally, I know that I'm stepping down this term, though I might
> stand for election in the future. It has been a great experience, and
> I'd continue it if I could, but I'm entering a new stage in my career
> soon, and want to pursue a few other projects for a while. Other
> original members of the exec are also reaching the end of their terms
> and ex officio terms, so we need people to step up and take the reins
> of AoIR, and help determine its future.
> Let's open the discussion,
> jeremy hunsinger
> jhuns at vt.edu
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