Bylaws

1. The Enoch Seminar is an open and inclusive forum of international specialists in Second Temple Judaism (early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), who share the results of their research in the field and meet to discuss topics of common interest. The Enoch Seminar was established in 2001 by the Founding Director Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan.

2. Active Members of the Enoch Seminar are University Professors and PhD holders who are specialists in Second Temple Judaism (early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), who have attended at least two meetings of the Enoch Seminar in the previous 5 years.

3. Senior Members for life of the Enoch Seminar are University Professors and PhD holders who are specialists in Second Temple Judaism (early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), who have attended at least 7 meetings of the Enoch Seminar.

4. Associate Members of the Enoch Seminar are graduate students who specialize in Second Temple Judaism (early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), who have attended at least two meetings of the Enoch Seminar in the previous 5 years.

5. The Founding Director is responsible for conducting all activities of the Enoch Seminar, with the assistance of two Vice-Directors, the Board of Directors, the Advisory Board, and the Ethics Committee.

6. The Vice-Directors are two Senior Members of the Enoch Seminar appointed every five years (2010, 2015, 2020, etc.) by the Founding Director to assist the Founding Director in governing the Enoch Seminar. The appointment is renewable. The Founding Director and the Vice-Directors select the members of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board, with unanimous vote. In case of illness or leave of absence, the Founding Director may be temporarily replaced by a Vice-Director and a Vice-Director by a member of the Board of Directors.

7. The Board of Directors is made of the Founding Director, the two Vice-Directors, and 4 to 12 members of the Enoch Seminar (plus a General Manager), appointed every five years (2010, 2015, 2020, etc.) by the Founding Director and the Vice-Directors as the Executive Committee for all activities of the Enoch Seminar. The appointments are renewable. The Board of Directors meets (in-person or online) at least once a year. Enoch Seminar Members, assigned special responsibilities within the organization under the coordination of the General Manager,  may be invited to participate with no voting rights . In case of repeated absences from Board Meetings or resignation, a Board member may be replaced by the Founding Director together with the Vice-Directors.

8. The Advisory Board is made of Senior members of the Enoch Seminar who have distinguished themselves for their scholarship in the field and for their service within the organization. They are appointed by the Board of Directors every five years (2010, 2015, 2020, etc.). The appointments are renewable. The Advisory Board serves as a consultant body for all activities of the Enoch Seminar.

9. The Ethics Committee is made of  five members of the Enoch Seminar  (including two men and two women and one of the Vice-Directors). It is appointed by the Board of Directors every five years (2010, 2015, 2020, etc.). The Ethics Committee evaluates in strictest confidence any complaints regarding a possible breach of the “code of conduct” by any  member of or participant in the Enoch Seminar and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

10. All budgetary matters and financial operations decided by the Board of Directors are managed through the Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies.

11. When the Founding Director steps down, he appoints the new Director. He then becomes Honorary Director and member of the Board of Directors for life. If the Founding Director is unable to appoint the new Director, the Board of Directors shall elect the new Director, by a vote of at least 2/3 margin.

12. Any meetings of the Enoch Seminars shall follow the distinctive format: a seminar in which participants address common questions, papers circulate in advance and the majority time is devoted to discussion. All meetings must have a clearly defined topic and be inclusive of interdisciplinarity and all rigorous scholarly methodologies.

13. In its commitment to diversity, the Enoch Seminar actively welcomes international scholars, persons of different religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation, and seeks gender parity as well as scholars at different stages in their academic careers.

14. The Enoch Seminar fosters an ethos of inclusivity in all its sponsored events. It requires the highest level of professional and ethical behavior, free of all forms of harassment and discrimination, from all its members and from anyone participating in any Seminar or affiliated function.

15. In the annual assembly, members of the Enoch Seminar propose potential topics of the next meeting(s). They may give suggestions and approve non-binding resolutions about any aspects of the activities of the Enoch Seminar. Non-members may participate in the discussion but have no right to vote.

16. The present by-Laws may be modified only by a majority of two thirds of the members of the Board of Directors, including the Founding Director.