Constitution

ARTICLE I: Name, Mission, and Purpose

Section 1. The Association will be known as Association of Teachers of Literatures in English, Bangladesh. 

The abbreviated form of the Association: ATLEB.

The Logo of the Association:

Section 2. ATLEB will be a voluntary, non-profit, non-political literary organization based in Bangladesh.

Section 3. The following is the Mission of ATLEB:

The Association of Teachers of Literatures in English, Bangladesh (ATLEB) aims to build an enduring network among tertiary level teachers of literatures in English. Its mission includes (a) generating interest in, and enthusiasm for, literatures and literary studies in English; (b) promoting research on Bangladeshi writing in English and the literatures of under-represented communities of Bangladesh; (c) encouraging translations of literary works from and into English; (d) and training teachers of literatures in English. To achieve its mission, the association will support and encourage regional and transnational collaborations.

Section 4. The main goals of the Association are as follows:

  1. To sensitize literature teachers to critical, social, environmental, and ethical issues;
  2. Apart from the study of canonical literature ATLEB will give special attention to postcolonial/transnational writings, particularly, Bangladeshi and other South Asian writings in English or in English translations;
  3. Advocating issues that are of particular relevance now in literary studies such as literature and the environment, English Studies and the digital humanities etc.;
  4. To highlight the importance of liberal education in the intellectual growth and development of individuals;
  5. To recognize literary studies as a platform to study the literary cultures and traditions of under-represented communities of Bangladesh;
  6. To publish a biennial journal and, from time to time, bibliographies;
  7. Organizing literary and interdisciplinary conferences, discussions/ talks regularly and publish their proceedings as and when feasible;
  8. To promote creative writing, translation studies, and collaborative research;
  9. To encourage the study of, and research on, the classics and contemporary world literature in English translations;
  10. To conduct workshops in alignment with the aims of ATLEB;
  11. To offer training of teachers of literatures in English;
  12. To establish linkages with institutions, societies, or associations whose objectives are similar to ATLEB’s own purpose and ideals.

 

Section 5. The purposes of the Association are to promote/implement the following:

  1. Study of literature
  2. Conferences – national and international
  3. Training/Workshops
  4. Creative Writing and Translation
  5. Journal publication
  6. Collaborative research

 

ARTICLE II: Rules/Conditions regarding Membership and Membership Benefits

Section 1. Membership of the Association will remain open to all who

  1. a) teach literatures in English at the tertiary level  or,
  2. b) are postgraduate researchers in English Studies with Teaching Assistantship.

Section 2. No member or group of members of the Association shall initiate any activity in the name of the Association without the approval of the Executive Committee of ATLEB.

Section 3. The membership dues (annual fee) in the Association shall be
BDT 1000/-(or its equivalent in foreign currency). And the fees for life membership shall be BDT 10000/-(or its equivalent in foreign currency).

The membership dues shall be for the calendar year (January 1 – December 31).

If membership subscription remains unpaid for six months after it is due, membership may be suspended after giving due notice in writing to the member concerned.

 

Section 4. The Association may offer Honorary Membership to any individuals who have outstanding contributions to the study of literatures in English in the country and beyond. The Executive Committee will be responsible for nominating individuals for such membership. However, the honorary members will not have voting rights.

 

Section 5. All applications of membership will undergo a final screening through a Review Committee specifically appointed for the purpose.

Section 6. Since this is a professional association membership of ATLEB will serve professional interests of the members. Members will enjoy special privileges in various enterprises as and when ATLEB signs MOUs with sponsors. ATLEB shall build an enduring network among tertiary level teachers of literatures in English at home and abroad, and thus members shall have an active platform for participating in different kinds of work related to Literature, and for engaging in research in general and on Bangladeshi writing in English or the literatures of under-represented communities of Bangladesh in particular. Members of ATLEB will have access to different research and classroom materials. They will also have the opportunity to attend conferences/ workshops, and to receive trainings particularly focused on the development of teaching literatures in English. Besides, the membership dues shall include subscriptions to ATLEB Journal.

Section 7. Members whose conduct is deemed detrimental or contrary to the stated purpose and mission of this association and/or who have blemished the honour and reputation of the association may have their membership revoked.

Section 8. All efforts and services of the members toward any of the ATLEB activities and goals shall be considered voluntary. No compensation shall be made to any general member or member of the Executive Committee for the labour and time donated. The list of members may be used for the promotion of the Association’s objectives.

 

ARTICLE III: Advisory Board and the Executive Committee

Section 1. The Advisory Board will consist of a venerable group of senior academicians in the area, who will offer guidance and supervision with regard to the overall functioning of the Association.

Section 2. The Executive Committee (henceforth EC) will consist of 21 members holding the following posts:

President

Vice President (more than one)

General Secretary

Joint Secretary (Finance)

Joint Secretary (Publicity)

Treasurer

Deputy Treasurer

IT Administrator

Web Organizer

Executive Members

Section 3. The EC will not hold the office for more than two consecutive terms; each term shall have a tenure of three years.

Section 4. The EC will appoint the Chief Editor as well as other Editor(s) of the ATLEB journal. They may be members of the EC or from among the general members, and will be appointed to a three-year term. However, the EC may allow them to run for a second term.

Section 5. The EC will also appoint the Conference Chair and Co-Chairs. They may be members of the EC or from among the general members of the Association.

Section 6. The EC will be formed through an election— by a simple majority vote of the present membership— that will take place during the General Meeting. All members shall have a right to vote, and to contest for the election of any office.

Section 7. The outgoing President shall be responsible to solicit nominees for the upcoming EC election, and s/he will then present to the outgoing Executive Committee a list of possible candidates for the upcoming EC. Nominations shall not be accepted from the floor during the General Meeting. Nominees shall present a brief CV, and a Statement of Purpose for the position concerned before the Annual General Meeting. Elections for the positions will take place at the General Meeting.

Section 8. A person running for the EC must have been an ATLEB member for at least one year. President, General Secretary and Treasurer must be based in Bangladesh.

 

ARTICLE IV: Duties and Responsibilities of the EC

Section 1. The President, the Joint Secretary (Finance), and the Treasurer shall be considered the key executives for maintaining a bank account as well as a bKash account in the name of ATLEB.

Section 2. The President of ATLEB will preside over the General Meeting and Executive Committee meetings; s/he will present an agenda in consultation with other members of the Association, preferably two weeks before the General Meeting; and try to seek a consensus on major issues affecting the operation of the Association. Consensus shall be the norm in all its deliberations. In the event that a consensus appears to be impossible, the issue shall be put to a vote by the President and a simple majority will prevail. The outgoing President may serve as an ex-officio member of the new EC.

Section 3. The Vice President will assist the President and others concerned by extending her/his ideas and skills in leading the Association, running the Meetings and Conferences, continuing Association’s publications and web presence, and will perform other duties as and when necessary.

Section 4. The General Secretary will be responsible for conducting all the important correspondence with the members, and any other individuals/organizations in the country and abroad. S/he will pass on any information pertaining to the members’ achievements and any professional announcements to the Joint Secretary (Publicity) and the IT Administrator/Web Organizer for display. S/he will assist the President in conducting the General and Executive Committee meetings, and will also prepare/record minutes of the meetings.

Section 5. The Treasurer will be responsible for collecting annual membership dues; keeping the account of expenditure and revenues and related files up to date; maintaining an account in a local bank as well as a bKash account in the name of ATLEB and s/he will inform the individual members about the nonpayment of their dues. S/he will present the annual report relating to the financial status of the Association and make necessary recommendations regarding its improvement. The Treasurer will also prepare the list of current members of the Association, and provide the General Secretary with a copy of the same. The Treasurer will be assisted in all of her/his works by the Joint Secretary (Finance) and the Deputy Treasurer.

Section 6. The Web Organizer will create and maintain a website for the Association. S/he will actively update the site to maintain the accuracy of its information. The Web Organizer will be assisted in all of her/his works by the Joint Secretary (Publicity) and the IT Administrator.

 

ARTICLE V: Meetings

Section 1. The Association shall hold its General Meeting at least once a year. One-third of the total number of members will constitute the required quorum.

Section 2. Executive Committee Meeting will be held at least once in every 3 months. Two-thirds of the total number of EC members will constitute the quorum for an EC meeting. Member(s) remaining absent from 3 consecutive meetings will be removed from the EC.

Section 3. President may convene special sessions of the General or EC Meetings whenever s/he deems fit. All of the above meetings shall be presided over by the President, or by one of the Vice Presidents nominated by the President for the occasion.

 

ARTICLE VI: Amendment of the Constitution

Section 1. Any amendment, addition, or deletion of this Constitution shall first be approved by two-thirds of the members of the Executive Committee and then by a majority of the members present at the General Meeting.

Section 2. A notice regarding the above shall be emailed to the members prior to the concerned meeting.

 

ARTICLE VII: Code of Conduct

 ATLEB brings together individuals of various backgrounds and academic ranks who are interested in the study of literatures in English, and aspires to create a friendly, congenial space for its members where they can operate without any sense of discrimination or harassment whether verbal or physical.  As a community, we believe in individuality and academic freedom, and in retaining the legacy of liberal, critical thinking; we rely therefore on the integrity and the good judgement of our members. It is expected that we shall not exploit or discriminate against others on grounds such as race, religious creed, age, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, or disability; we shall not use language that is prejudicial or derogatory, or make arbitrary comments/decisions affecting working conditions; we shall not practice deceit or fraud on the academic community or the public. We believe too that gossip and backbiting are detrimental to the academic and spiritual health of our organization and these forms of verbal negativity are thus strongly discouraged.