International Federation of Vexillological Associations
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (August 2011)|
The flag of the FIAV
|Formation||September 7, 1969|
|Headquarters||Houston, Texas, U.S.
London, United Kingdom
|Membership||55 associations and institutions|
|Official language||French, English, German, Spanish|
|President||Michel R. Lupant|
|Key people||Charles A. Spain, Jr., Secretary-General
Graham M. P. Bartram, Secretary-General for Congresses
The International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV, French acronym: Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques) is an international federation of 55 regional, national, and multinational associations and institutions across the globe that study vexillology, which FIAV defines in its constitution as "the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge."
The FIAV was provisionally organized on September 3, 1967, at the Second International Congress of Vexillology held in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and officially created on September 7, 1969, at the Third International Congress of Vexillology held in Boston, Massachusetts.
FIAV has a three-person Board consisting of a President, Secretary-General, and Secretary-General for Congresses. The Board manages the current affairs of FIAV and convenes the biennial sessions of the General Assembly, which are held during each International Congress of Vexillology. The FIAV General Assembly is composed of a delegate from each of FIAV’s members. The General Assembly elects the Board and is responsible for setting policy.
Current members of FIAV are:
- Argentina Vexillology Association (AAV) (Argentina)
- Bulgarian Heraldry and Vexillology Society (BHVS) (Bulgaria)
- Venezuelan Association of Symbollogy (Venezuela)
- Catalan Vexillological Association (ACV) (Spain: Catalonia)
- The Burgee Data Archives (BDA) (Canada)
- The Canadian Flag Association (CFA) (Canada)
- Belgo-European Studies Center for Flags (Belgium)
- Italian Center of Vexillological Studies (CISV) (Italy)
- Earth Flag Center (Poland)
- Czech Vexillological Society (CVS) (Czech Republic)
- Chesapeake Bay Flag Association (CBFA) (United States: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)
- German Flag Society (DGF) (Germany)
- Flag Heritage Foundation (FHF) (United States)
- The Flag Institute (FI) (United Kingdom)
- The Flag Research Center (FRC) (United States)
- Flag Research Centre of Sri Lanka (FRCSL) (Sri Lanka)
- Flag Society of Australia Inc. (Flags Australia) (FSA) (Australia)
- Flags of the World (FOTW) (The World (Internet); based in Canada)
- Foundation Interdisciplinary Center for Cultural Studies (Argentina)
- Great Waters Association of Vexillology (GWAV) (United States: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio)
- Heraldica Slovenica (HS) (Slovenia)
- The Heraldic Society "THE CLOVER LEAF" (Germany)
- The Heraldry and Vexillology Society of Malta (HAVSOM) (Malta)
- Croatian Heraldic and Vexillologic Association (Croatia)
- Indian Vexillological Association (IVA) (India)
- Institute of Heraldry and Vexillology (IHW) (Poland)
- Breton Vexillology Society (France: Brittany)
- Hungarian Flag Society (Hungary)
- Macedonian Heraldry Society (Macedonia)
- Mauritius Book Publishing (MBV) (Germany)
- National Flag Foundation (NFF) (United States)
- Dutch Association for Vexillology (Netherlands)
- New England Vexillological Association (NEVA) (United States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
- New Zealand Flag Association (NZFA) (New Zealand)
- Japanese Vexillological Association (Japan)
- Nordic Flag Society (NF) (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden)
- North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) (Canada, United States)
- Partioheraldikot r.y. (PH) (Finland)
- Polish Vexillology Society (Poland)
- Russian Centre of Vexillology and Heraldry (Russia)
- Swiss Vexillology Society (Switzerland)
- Spanish Society of Vexillology (SEV) (Spain)
- Belgium Vexillology Society (SVB) (Belgium)
- Society of Genealogy, Heraldry and Archivist “Paul Gore” (SGHAPG) (Moldova)
- Romanian Society of Vexilology (SRV) (Romania)
- French Society of Vexilology (France)
- Southern African Vexillological Association (SAVA) (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
- State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia (SCHG) (Georgia)
- Netherlands Flag Museum Foundation (SVN) (Netherlands)
- Rotterdam Flag Parade Foundation (SVPR) (Netherlands)
- Flag Data Center (Czech Republic)
- Tumbling Waters Museum of Flags (TWMF) (United States)
- The Ukrainian Heraldry Society (Ukraine)
- Western Sweden Heraldry Society (VSHS) (Sweden)
- Vexillological Association of the State of Texas (VAST) (United States: Texas)
- World Vexillological Research Institute (WVRI) (Germany)
- Bandiere Storiche ONLUS, (Italy: Milano) website: www.bandierestoriche.it
- Vexillology Ireland (Brateolaíocht Éireann) (Ireland)
The current members of the FIAV Board are:
- Michel R. Lupant (President) of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
- Charles A. Spain, Jr. (Secretary–General) of Houston
- Graham Bartram (Secretary–General for Congresses) of London
International Congresses of Vexillology
Since 1969, FIAV has sponsored the biennial International Congresses of Vexillology (ICV). Previous Congresses have been held in Muiderberg (1965), Zürich and Rüschlikon (1967), Boston (1969), Turin (1971), London (1973), IJsselmeer (1975), Washington, D.C. (1977), Vienna (1979), Ottawa (1981), Oxford (1983), Madrid (1985), San Francisco (1987), Melbourne (1989), Barcelona (1991), Zürich (1993), Warsaw (1995), Cape Town (1997), Victoria, British Columbia (1999), York (2001), Stockholm (2003), Buenos Aires (2005), Berlin (2007), Yokohama (2009), Alexandria, Virginia (2011) and Rotterdam (2013).
ICV 26 will be held in Sydney in 2015. A Congress consists of presentations of papers on vexillology and the biennial session of the FIAV General Assembly, amid flag-related tours, seminars, and meetings among various vexillologists on specific topics, and ample opportunities for social interaction and networking, usually culminating in a final banquet.
FIAV publishes a newsletter, Info–FIAV (ISSN 1560-9979), that is a chronicle of internal organizational matters. FIAV recognizes The Flag Bulletin (ISSN 0015-3370) as a journal for the publication of scientific articles in the field of vexillology.
The FIAV flag was initially designed by Klaes Sierksma and slightly modified by the organizing committee of the Second International Congress of Vexillology. The flag was introduced on September 3, 1967. Its description is, “On a blue field, extending horizontally from hoist to fly, two yellow halyards forming two interlaced loops.” The knot formed is a sheet bend. The color blue is defined as Pantone Matching System U293 and the color yellow is defined as Pantone Matching System U123. Flags for the three officers were approved in 1999, having been designed by the former FIAV president, William Crampton. All the FIAV flags were slightly modified in 2007 by the Twentieth Session of the FIAV General Assembly in Berlin.
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