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ASEM Articles of Association

Article 1. General regulations.

1.1. The name of the Society is Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism.
1.2 . The name is officially abbreviated as ASEM.
1.3 . ASEM is an international non-profit organization.
1.4. ASEM was officially established on December 5. 2009, in the city of Vladimir
1.5 . ASEM founders are scholars from Russia (S.V. Pakhomov, V.V. Zhdanov) and
Ukraine (Y.Y. Zavgorodniy, S.V. Kapranov).
1.6. ASEM unites scholars who are connected (geographically or thematically) with post-
Soviet countries and who study esotericism and mysticism academically.
1.7. The official languages of ASEM are Russian and English.
1.8. ASEM's activity is conducted in accordance with current legislation of the Russian
Federation and these articles.
1.9. ASEM has neither state registration nor the rights of a legal entity.
1.10. ASEM distances itself from the teachings and practices of any and all esoteric
movements, organizations, or groups, does not participate in any of their activities, does
not aid them, and is not responsible for any such activity of its Members.
1.11. ASEM does not refute, discredit, or criticize mystical and esoteric traditions, be it
from a religious, political, ideological, or any other perspective, and is not responsible for
any such activity of its Members.
1.12. ASEM is officially located in the city where its current Chairman lives.

Article 2. ASEM legal status.

2.1. As per the legislation of the Russian Federation, ASEM has the right to:
2.1.1. have its own seal, forms, symbols, emblem, and other means of visual
2.1.2. to provide information about its activity;
2.1.3. to speak on behalf of its Members in academic and educational communities
and the media;
2.1.4. to join other public associations and organizations;
2.1.5. to create its local branches in Russia and beyond its borders in accordance
with current legislation;
2.1.6 to self-terminate following such a decision made by a majority of ASEM
2.1.7 to conduct its activity without intervention of government bodies or any other

Article 3. ASEM activity.

3.1. The main object of ASEM activity is to promote the academic study of esotericism
and mysticism in post-Soviet territory.
3.2. ASEM shall achieve its goals through:
3.2.1. creating a scholarly environment for this field of knowledge, the
accumulation and exchange of knowledge between scholars;
3.2.2. developing working contacts with other organizations specializing in similar
scholarly activity, including by participation in events organized by aforementioned
3.2.3. the organization of conferences, workshops, seminars, and other venues for
scholarship and research;
3.2.4. participation in various educational events that give adequate coverage to
different aspects of esotericism and mysticism for the general public.

Article 4. ASEM Membership. Application, registration, and termination of

4.1. ASEM allows Full and Associated Membership.
4.2. Full ASEM Members may only be natural persons with an advanced degree, who are
engaged in appropriate scholarly work within recognized universities and have scholarly
publications on related topics;
4.3. Associated Members may be all other academically oriented scholars of esotericism
and mysticism, including young scholars undergraduate and graduate students;
4.4. ASEM Membership is granted on the basis of an application made by the candidate
for Membership, after the petition is considered by the ASEM Board.
4.5. The application for candidacy is sent to the ASEM E-mail address, and must include:
full name; date of birth; academic degrees and titles (if present); position and/or student
status (if present); contact phone number, and E-mail. The application must also list the
candidate's publications on the topic.
4.6. The Board considers an application, votes on it, and informs the candidate within 10
days after receiving the petition. The candidate becomes an ASEM Member after he or
she pays the yearly dues.
4.7. ASEM Membership is certified through a membership card provided by the ASEM
4.8. The yearly dues, paid in the amount determined by the Board, pay for ASEM
organizational expenses.
4.9. The ASEM Board decides whether a candidate is accepted as a full Member or an
associate Member, as well as when/if to move the candidate from one category to another.
4.10. ASEM Membership may terminate:
4.10.1. through a Member resigning.
4.10.2. through a failure to pay yearly dues;
4.10.3. after being expelled by the Board's decision. The Board may expel an ASEM
Member on the following grounds: the Member impedes ASEM activity in any way; the Member discredits ASEM by his or her behavior or is in conflict
with the law; has not been in contact with the Board for over a year and has not
replied to written missives.
4.11. The Board shall then notify such a Member of its decision, and it will come into
force immediately.
4.12. In case of termination of ASEM Membership and an intention to rejoin ASEM, the
candidate pays an additional half years' membership as a fine.

Article 5. Rights and responsibilities of Members.

5.1.ASEM Members have the following rights:
5.1.1. to participate in the general assembly of all ASEM Members, held no rarer
than biannually.
5.1.2. to participate in the election of the ASEM Board (full members only);
5.1.3. to participate in the adoption of the ASEM articles (full members only);
5.1.4. to terminate their ASEM Membership at will;
5.1.5. to make suggestions to the ASEM Board and all ASEM Members for
improving theorganization's activity;
5.1.6. to make requests of an educational or scholarly character to the Board;
5.1.7. to propose their works for publication in ASEM editions;
5.1.8. to receive information on the scholarly activity of other ASEM Members;
5.1.9. to get discounts on organizational fees for ASEM events and ASEM
5.2. ASEM Members have the following obligations:
5.2.1. timely (no later than the end of the first calendar month of the year) payment
of yearly dues;
5.2.2. to comply by the articles currently in force;
5.3. Former ASEM Members do not have the right to any kind of compensation for dues
paid in the past or for any donations they might have made.

Article 6. ASEM regulatory body.

6.1. The highest regulatory body of ASEM is a general assembly of its Members, held at
least biannually either in presentia or in absentia.
6.2. Full ASEM Members elect the ASEM Board.
6.3. Only full Members may be Members of the ASEM Board.
6.4. The Board is elected by a meeting of full ASEM Members once in 3 years starting
from the moment of the organization's official formation.
6.5. A new Board may be elected by absentee ballot. In this case, no less than three months
before the end of the work of the current Board, the ASEM secretary and Chairman request
all full ASEM Members to name their candidates for the new Board in one month's time.
Candidates must be supported by no less than three full Members. A list of candidates
created in this manner is then voted upon. The newly elected Board begins its work as
soon as the powers of the previous Board are terminated. The decision on the new
composition of the Board must be made no less than one month after the end of the powers
of the previous Board.
6.6. The ASEM Board is the ASEM executive, representative, and coordinative body.
6.7. The ASEM Board:
6.7.1. outlines the main directions of ASEM activity;
6.7.2. oversees ASEM scholarly events;
6.7.3. oversees publishing of both printed and electronic ASEM materials;
6.7.4. manages ASEM property;
6.7.5. regulates the admission of Members and the termination of Membership;
6.7.6. maintains correspondence with ASEM Members;
6.7.7. contacts other organizations and private persons on behalf of ASEM;
6.7.8. decides the size, procedure, and form for paying yearly dues;
6.8. All decisions are made by the Board collectively.
6.9. All ASEM Board Members have the right to make statements on ASEM behalf on
further ASEM activity.
6.10. The Board consists of a minimum of five full ASEM Members. If necessary, the
board may consist of more than five Members. The number of Members currently working
on the Board and their responsibilities are decided by the current ASEM Board.
6.11. The Board is led by the Chairman, who speaks on behalf of the Board and the entire
ASEM in matters of organization and representation.
6.12. All ASEM correspondence is handled by the ASEM Secretary, chosen by the Board
from ASEM Members.

Article 7. Articles.

7.1. These Articles may be changed not more than once a year with the consent of a
majority of full ASEM Members.
7.2. The Articles currently in force are those published on the ASEM website.