Dear Working Group members,
The term in office of the current convenors (Lydia C. Cole and Katarina Kušić) is approaching, and we are now actively seeking expressions of interest from members to take over this role.
Becoming a working group convener is a great opportunity to really shape your area of research and expand your networks and horizons. Convener roles can be challenging, but hugely enjoyable and a great stepping stone for the next stage in your career.
The responsibilities of a convenor include: coordinating submissions for the BISA Annual Conference, including both panels and abstracts; organising and coordinating Working Group (WG) events, online or in person, including in collaboration with other Groups and external institutions; engaging and expanding WG membership; keep track of WG’s online presence and communications, as well as reporting to BISA as necessary. The terms are usually for two years, and can be extended once.
As the current convenors, we have found this role to be best fulfilled by a small team. We have a current postgraduate convenor, Tony Horne, who will be continuing in role.
We are planning a handover period in the second half of 2023 so we can support the new team in the transition period until the beginning of 2024, when the new convenors will formally take over.
The deadline for expressions of interest is May 15. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the role.
As per BISA regulations, all convenors must have an up-to-date BISA membership and must be BISA members for the entire duration of their appointment. But you can nominate yourself prior to holding membership. More information about the structure and requirements of BISA working groups as well as eligibility criteria for convenorship can be found the BISA website.
Please send your expression of interest/nomination by 15 May 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘convenorship 2023’ in the subject line. If there are multiple nominations, we can hold a WG election.
We have really enjoyed our time as convenors of the South East Europe Working Group, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the role.
Lydia, Katarina, and Tony