The minutes of the General Meeting held in Florence, 17 September 2005, are attached (pdf file).
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Minutes of the General Assembly of the REELC/ENCLS,
Florence, 17 September 2005.
A General Assembly of the REELC/ENCLS was held at the Rotonda Brunelleschi in
Florence on 16 September 2005, from 18.30 to 20.00, in the context of the
Conference “The Dialects of the Tribe”, Florence 15-17 September 2005. The
Assembly was chaired by the outgoing General Coordinator of the Réseau/Network,
Prof. Mario Domenichelli.
Present (in alphabetical order): Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths College, University of
London), Laura F. Bulger (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro), Danièle
Chauvin (Paris IV, Sorbonne), Mario Domenichelli (Università di Firenze), Gerald
Gillespie (Stanford University), Anastasia Gjurcinova (University of Skopje), Marko
Juvan (SRC of the Slovene Acedemy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubliana), Nijole
Kaselioliniene (Université Pédagogique de Vilnius), Bart Keunen (University of
Ghent), Frans-Willem Korsten (University of Leiden), Gabriela Macedo
(Universidade do Minho), Gabriella Macrì (Università Aristotele Salonicco), Peter
Madsen (University of Copenhagen), Kai Mikkonen (University of Helsinki), Alain
Montandon (Université Blaise Pascal Clermont II), Florian Mussgnug (University
College London), Liedeke Plate (Radbond University Nijmgen), Jola Skulj (ZRC
SAZU Ljubliana), Monica Spiridon (University of Bucharest), Sonja Stosmenska-
Elezeser (Institute of Macedonian Literature), Ales Vaupotic (University of
Ljubliana), Sven Vitse (Vrÿe Universiteit Brussel), Bertrand Westphal (Université de
An offer to set up and manage the website was received from Jola Skulj and Ales
Vaupotic of the University of Ljubliana. ZRC-SAZU would provide technical help
and server space. Ales Vaupotic would be the Webmaster. The offer was
conditional to: a) a clear explanation (to be given at the meeting and confirmed in
writing) of what the REELC/ENCLS wants from the website and how the material
would be submitted; b) the agreement of ZRC-SAZU (to be sought by our
Slovenian colleagues as soon as possible after the meeting).
It was agreed that the webpage would contain information on what the
REELC/ENCLS is, its Charter, its officers, and provide databases for:
- announcements (e.g. conferences, calls for papers…)
- student and teacher mobility (e.g. postdoctoral posts, visiting professors)
- PhD theses (e.g. titles, institutions, abstracts)
- list of members with contact details and areas of research/teaching interests
(and relevant links, e.g. to personal webpages, research projects etc.)
- research projects
- existing doctoral and postdoctoral courses and schools
- job vacancies
Other databases / pages that would be of interest are: lists of national associations
with links to their webpages when they exist; summer schools; relevant
publications, with links to those available online.
The question of the language(s) to be used was discussed at length. The majority
was in favour of publishing information in whatever language it was issued (e.g. a
call for paper posted in French would remain in French); crucially, there is no
expectation that the webmaster translate information received. It is hoped that
members will send information to the webmaster in more than one language when
possible or relevant.
Ales Vaupotic will liaise with Markus Winkler re the possibility of a mirror site
located in Switzerland (this would ensure that if a server is down, the other will
still available), and possible translation of key information / webpage instructions
in French. Bertrand Westphal will initially act as link between Ales and Markus.
The question of whether the instructions on the page itself should be in English or
English and French was not resolved, but the majority was in favour of the simpler,
cleaner solution. It was generally felt that Ales’s and the Slovenian team’s
expertise should guide us on technical matters.
A list-serve and the distribution of information between the website and the listserve
was also discussed. No clear decision was reached however on who would
manage the list-serve and what the relationship will be between website and listserve.
[This will have to be clarified through further discussion between the
General Coordinator and the Webmaster]
Ales Vaupotic was nominated Webmaster of REELC/ENCLS (subject to his
institution’s confirmation of the offer).
The Assembly expressed their warmest thanks to Ales, and to Jola for her good
office in ensuring a solution to what was becoming a serious problem for the
The Charter was approved with some corrections concerning: name;
representatives from national associations; officers’ roles; clearer division between
a Council and an Executive Committee. Bart Keunen will write in these
corrections. The revised Charter will then be circulated to all members. It was
accepted that some further revisions may be required between now and the 2007
conference (e.g. on the question of members registration, membership fees etc. For
the moment membership of the REELC/ENCLS remains free and open to all).
3. Election of New Officers.
The term of office of all officers elected in Brussels in 2003 came to an end. The
General Coordinator, Mario Domenichelli, indicated that he did not wish to stand
again in that role. Lucia Boldrini was elected General Coordinator 2005-2007. She
made it clear that she was prepared to undertake this role only if supported by a
“committee of committed officers” willing to help. Because of time pressure,
officers were not elected on this occasion, and it was left to the new General
Coordinator to solicit members of the Council to act as officers. Of the existing
officers that were present (who can be re-elected for a second term), Jola Skulj,
Monica Spiridon, Bart Keunen, Bertrand Westphal, and Mario Domenichelli as
immediate past CG, were asked to continue as serving officers on the Executive
Committee. Ales Vaupotic will also be co-opted to the Exec Cttee as Webmaster.
The General Coordinator undertook to contact all existing national representatives
and/or national associations to ensure that all European countries are represented in
4. 2007 Conference.
There being no other offer, Prof. Alain Montandon offered to host the 2007
REELC/ENCLS conference in Clermont Ferrand, within his funded project on the
life of literary genres.
The Assembly expressed their gratitude to Prof. Montandon for coming to the
Three priorities were affirmed: A scientific committee will have to be appointed;
financial help should be offered to delegates who wish to participate but have
scarce resources; efforts must be made to integrate and not sideline young
5. Danièle Chauvin moved to thank Mario Domenichelli for the successful
organisation of “The Dialects of the Tribes”; for having served his two years as
General Coordinator, and especially for having brilliantly overcome the moment of
extreme pessimism when it seemed that the REELC/ENCLS was not going to
survive. The Assembly warmly supported Prof. Chauvin’s motion and expressed
its thanks to Prof. Domenichelli.
6. Other Business: Bart Keunen wished to discuss an idea for funding but as there was
no time, the discussion would take place between him and the General Coordinator
at the first available opportunity.
The meeting ended shortly after 20:00.