Meeting of the 2011-2013 REELC/ENCLS Executive Committee, Ohrid, Macedonia, 3 September 2011

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Meeting of the 2011-2013 REELC/ENCLS Executive Committee

September 3, 2011

Meeting started at 14 PM

Minutes taken by Sara Pesatori


Members present: Marina Grishakova, César Domigues, Bernard Franco, Jola Škulj, Aleš Vaupotič, Brigitte Le Juez, Sonja Stojmenska-Elzeser, Sanna Nyqvist, Sandra Vlasta, Sara Pesatori

Fabien Pillet invited to present his view on the website development


Election of the GC. The candidature of Marina Grishakova approved for the post of General Coordinator of the ENCLS.


Marina Grishakova announces the agenda and provides information on every point of the agenda.


Ballot. Considerations on the possibility of adopting the online vote. At the General Meeting (Ohrid, 2nd September 2011) only 8% of members voted; online voting could involve more members; in addition to this, online voting gives the members more time to read candidates CVs and form opinions. Decision on electronic ballot to be made later.


Bibliography. An urgent issue as the bibliography is not developing well. The necessity of taking into consideration already existing bibliographies and conceptions of comparative literature to compile the ENCLS bibliography. Suggestions:

1) Bernard Franco: each one should send their references and then someone could collect them and pass them on to the system. An objection to this is the need of an editor. Bernard Franco volunteers to serve as the editor of the bibliography. Fabien Pillet offers to assist Bernard Franco in technical matters and is co-opted in the executive committee for this purpose;

2) César Dominguez, who is in charge of bibliographies at his institution, proposes to send the items for the bibliography every year;

3) Conceptual problems regarding comparative literature are pointed out, and it is proposed to organize a workshop of the Executive Committee to discuss the method and principles of selection;

4) César Dominguez: since there are other comparative literature bibliographies, it is necessary to find our own identity. Such an identity should be cross-European;

5) Aleš Vaupotič raises the issue of self-archiving: would it be possible to collect whole texts? Considerations on copyright problems; we might collect texts older than five years; we could have articles but not books; as the Oxford Journals allows self-archiving of articles (post peer-reviewed, final version but without graphic), could we do the same? Most journals do not allow the post-publication of peer-reviewed articles; a) possibility of using links to direct users to the text; it is objected that links do not last; b) possibility of searching using keywords; c) in case we used final versions, we should make it clear; an objection to the use of such texts is that it is impossible to quote the page number (irrelevant, for others, as the link is exact).


Newsletter. The aim is to increase members’ involvement in the network’s activity; we should have both the website and the newsletter as many people do not look at the web page. At least three newsletters per year?

There could also be a private, hidden EC forum to have an archive of what has been discussed.

For now, the decision is to create the newsletter; the forum might come later.

Brigitte Le Juez offers to be in charge of the newsletter. All agree to have three newsletters per year. The newsletter should allow interested people to contact Brigitte for further details.


Funding. Aleš Vaupotič, Fabien Pillet: the Switzerland-Slovenia funding scheme as a temporary solution for the website support. In Florence in 2005 it was suggested to have two websites, with a mirror site: this is another reason for co-opting Fabien as an EC member.

The funding issue is solved for the next two years but what are solutions in the long run?

A possible solution is to change the rules of membership to the network, i.e. by introducing a fee. No decisions on this topic have been taken yet.

The discussion about funding is to be postponed until we know FILLM’s decision. If the network started collecting a membership fee, a number of fiscal problems would arise: the network has to be registered, to have a bank account, treasurer etc. The alternative option would be collecting part of the congress fees or using the private fund to (partially) cover the FILLM membership fee as suggested by Lucia Boldrini. The matter could be discussed in October, possibly through the forum.


Joint publications. So far no news about the proceedings of the Vilnius congress. Suggestion to ask Lucia Boldrini about it.

A special issue of the Revue de Littérature Comparée could be a possible publication; the periodical

is bilingual but now only counts French authors; it could have special issues of 6-7 articles. Editors would write a long introduction; an issue could be dedicated to “what kind of comparative literature do we want?”

Publications: Bernard Franco is writing a book on Comparative Literature to be published in a year: it is suggested that he sends the book’s index in order to have a basis for discussing the possible form of the network’s bibliography.


Network’s visibility. Ideas on connecting with other networks or associations? Does the network have any contacts with non-European organizations? A need to have regular contacts.

It is necessary to be visible at the ICLA 2013 in Paris: the network should participate as such, proposing a panel or a workshop. Participating as official partners would involve costs. Bernard Franco could make enquiries about a possibility of the ENCLS participation as a partner. He proposes a theme: “Europe and Comparative Literature” to be visible and represent the European area. Would this be a panel or a workshop? Roundtable seems to be too small even if it has the advantage of involving people from the network; opting for a workshop that can be advertised either as organized by ENCLS or as collaboration with the network. The issue of fees was raised because the ICLA’s CFP gives priority to workshops/sessions proposals from participating (=paying) institutions.

Proposal of meeting more often, being in contact between the congresses. Organization of a small event in a year time to discuss the ICLA.


Brigitte Le Juez: next year (2012) Cork will host a Comparative Literature conference: with funding the network could participate with a panel.

César Dominguez has funding for a research project which could lead to the organization of seminars at his university: these could be small meetings with papers read in advance; to be organized in 2013.

The network could possibly participate in online seminars for postgraduates in Spain. César will offer more information on this.

Marina Grishakova will apply for a local funding in September: if successful, the proposal would allow to sponsor a small-scale research seminar or a workshop under the ENCLS auspices in 2012.

Sanna Nyqvist will participate in a research funding application where the network could be named as a collaborating partner. The funding could be used in organizing workshops and conferences on the themes of the application.


Videoconferences. Systems for virtual communication. Using Wimba (a free software used for teaching).


Individual projects. How to exchange ideas and information? Forum or a videoconference.

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