Let it hereby be known that this text is produced solely for the convenience of English-speaking ASEM members, and is in no way legally binding. ASEM is registered in Russian Federation. You can request an original version of ASEM Articles of Association in Russian if you need an official document.

General information

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 (Russia).
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 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.
1.10. 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.
1.11. ASEM is officially located in the city where its current Chairman lives.

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 organizations;
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.

ASEM Membership. Application, registration, and termination of Membership

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 Chairman;
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:
4.10.3.1. the Member impedes ASEM activity in any way;
4.10.3.2. the Member discredits ASEM by his or her behavior or is in conflict with the law;
4.10.3.3. 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.

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 publications;
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.