Adopted December 1, 1994
Amended November 20, 1997
Revised November 17, 2000
Revised November 29, 2007

I. Mission Statement

The AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG), an interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), is a network of scholars interested in anthropological research on HIV infection and AIDS. The mission of the AARG is to supports anthropological research on AIDS. To this end, AARG:

  1. Works to use anthropological research in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
  2. Advocates for AIDS research within anthropology.
  3. Promotes AIDS research by anthropologists within the broader AIDS research community.
  4. Provides a forum for anthropologists working on AIDS to meet and communicate about their work.
II. Membership

Membership is open to all interested persons. Persons do not have to be a member of either the American Anthropological Association (AAA) or the SMA to join AARG. Membership dues are established by the Steering Committee. Membership runs from November 1 to October 31st of each year to coincide with the annual AAA meeting. The members’ business meeting will be held at least once annually, at the AAA meetings in November.

III. Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the AARG, including setting policies, caring for general affairs, setting and collecting dues, organizing meetings, and providing general oversight of the AARG. The Steering Committee shall meet at least once annually at the AAA meetings, and may meet additionally at the SfAA meetings, or at other times at the discretion of the AARG officers. Only AARG members can serve on the Steering Committee. The Chair must announce decisions voted on by the Steering Committee during the membership business meeting.

IV. AIDS and Anthropology Bulletin

The Bulletin is the official publication of the AARG. The Bulletin serves to inform AARG membership of the activities of the organization and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information of interest to the AARG membership. It is issued biannually, March, and October. A full membership list will be maintained electronically on the web. Solicitation of nominations for elections will be done electronically.

V. Revising the Bylaws

These Bylaws can be revised upon vote by the membership. Any AARG member can submit a proposed change to the Bylaws in writing to the Chair no later than two weeks prior to the business meeting at the AAA meeting. Election of new officers and changes in bylaws takes place on the web prior to November AAA meeting and are confirmed at the meeting.

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