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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

The ARN Board


The board should number max. 6 people in order to represent the academic diversity of the ARN's research foci, while at the same time remaining small enough to be easily managed.

The primary purpose of the board is to ensure the continuity and development of the Amdo Research Network, regular workshops of the network, as well as the network's primary publication, the Mapping Amdo series.

The actual implementation of both the workshop and the series should be delegated, although board members can participate in either activity.



Responsibilities of Board Members

Board members determine the general scope, directions and academic principles underlying a) the ARN workshop, and b) the Mapping Amdo series.


The actual implementation and organisational responsibilities of holding an actual workshop is delegated to a workshop organising committee.


The main responsibility for preparing a particular Mapping Amdo series is the task of the editors of each issue. Editors are appointed by and can be released from their roles by a board majority vote.


In regards to a planned workshop or Mapping Amdo issue, board members can raise issues or concerns, or propose changes. If necessary, the board can enforce such suggestions based on a majority vote. However, consensual agreement is by far the preferred method for any decision-making.


Any vote on any issue can be proposed by any board member.



Admission of New Board Members / Release of Current Board Members

New board members should in principle:

  • Be knowledgeable in an academic field relevant to the research foci of the ARN, and have at some point conducted their own fieldwork in the ARN research area (as defined above).
  • Possess significant linguistic abilities in at least one language relevant to the ARN research area (e.g. Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian).
  • Therefore, should be capable and in general be willing to act as a peer reviewer for the Mapping Amdo series if asked to do so by the current editors (peer review is only possible for board members with a completed PhD).
  • Should in general hold a PhD degree in a relevant field. However, those who are in the process of completing a PhD can also be admitted.


Justified exceptions from these requirements are possible, but should remain exceptions.


The academic experience and expertise of new board members should ideally maintain or enhance the diversity represented within the board.


New board members can be nominated and voted for by the ARN members through general votes (the majority of present members is decisive), either at the occasion of a ARN workshop or via the ARN mailing list.


Board members can require another member to leave the board, again based on a 66 percent majority. Here, the person whose membership is subject to such a vote cannot participate in the voting.


Persons who are no longer able or willing to fulfil the general responsibilities of board members, especially of contributing to the continuity and development of the ARN, should consider leaving the board.