THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF IRISH MEDIEVAL STUDIES
AN CUMANN MEIRICEÁNACH UM LÉANN NA MEÁNAOISE ÉIREANNAÍ
Meeting on Monday 20th February, 2017 10am ET
Meeting Began: 10:01am
Present: Brian, Lee, Bridgette, Kat, Vicky, Deanna, Jimmy, James, Shannon
1. Finances (includes Jstor and payments).
Jimmy reported that we’ve paid for all of the Eolas 9 for printing and second shipping. We are left with $2953, but we still have to pay for the ’16 reception. This will cost between $400-500. Brian will send the invoice soon. Jimmy reminded us that we also still haven’t heard from Aidan, which will reduce our balance a little more. Jimmy salon reported that he sent Jstor his bank information and Brian reminded Jimmy to follow up with Jstor and CC Brian.
2. Notes on Kalamazoo 2017
James reported that the sessions are fine, but there is an issue with Notre Dame regarding the reception. There has been a smaller Notre Dame contingent in the last few years. Amy Mulligan is on sabbatical and won’t be there. Notre Dame needs get credit, but they may not be involved. Sarah McGiven, Amy’s current replacement, was nervous to give money, but might feel better now. Brian will remind her that she has agreed to go half on the reception. We need to check out who from Notre Dame will be at Kalamazoo and sidle up to them. Kat will put in a note to Eolas for credit. In the long run, we need to think about alternative partners.
a. Session 1: Pedagogical Approaches to Med Irish Studies
Things for the pedagogical studies are on schedule. James may need to pull out due to money. He will let us know by the end of this month. Brian suggested maybe trying to help by having him as a visiting speaker.
b. Session 2: The Life Course in Medieval Ireland
c. Session 3: Farrell Lecture
Brian has received confirmation from Patrick Wadden and Elva Johnston. Jimmy is going to be our responder.
d. Friday night dinner.
Jenny Immick sent information confirming that the dinner is booked. Jenny has taken a full time job outside of academia (rounds of congratulations Jenny!) and will step down from being the North American representative. Brian asked that we keep the position in mind if interested.
e. Outreach – lots of Irish/Celtic scholars at Kzoo this year
Brian encouraged everyone, especially session organizers, to drop emails to people giving Celtic related talks.
3. Eolas and Book Reviews.
Kat reported that Eolas is doing very well. She currently has three fully reviewed papers. Last year’s Barry’s prize winner has passed peer review. Kat has also heard from Aidan O’Sullivan, but is waiting to hear about book reviews, which should come within the next week. Kathy Swift will step down from being book review editor after this year. Shannon Ambrose agreed to step in to the position as an interim. The position will open at our next elections. Kat encouraged everyone to work on outreach for Eolas. She will make up a flyer and that we can distribute at Kalamazoo. Officers be sure to these print out and distribute.
4. ASIMS Conference at Glenstal in October 2017. Status report?
There was discussion on promoting the Glenstal conference. Dianna and Shannon on Glenstall committee and at the moment Brian, Kat, Jimmy, Bridgette, James, Brian, and Lee are planning to participate (if funding allows for some). There were about 20-30 people at the last Glenstal conference. James has posted to the Irish Archaeology list. We need to lean heavily on as many Irish and American friends as possible. Kat reported that Tom Heron has suggested a reception in Dublin either the day before or after to promote Eolas. James mentioned that Glenstal has a connection with St Patrick’s cathedral. He will contact them and see if we can have the reception there. James just appointed to the RSAI council, so he will also ask the officers for support.
5. Adams and Barry Prizes
Lee reported that we are not where we were last year with only two submissions for the Adam’s prize and one for Barry’s prize. Kat said that she will be sending five. Brian encouraged everyone to lean into grad students who are working on Irish and Celtic Studies.
6. EBSCO and the agreement. This is going ahead (digitization is proceeding).
We have completed digitization. Kat mentioned that Máire scanned Eolas 6, 7, 8, and 9. Kat will send them on to Ebsco. There was a discussion about how much to charge for the digital copies. Jimmy stated that we need to charge the same amount as EBSCO, however he is not sure how much that is. Brian told Jimmy to mark that section of the contract so he can have a closer look.. On Brian suggested that we let Ebsco know we prefer direct deposit as well.
7. Changing the by-laws.
We are sill sitting on this issue. The software is ready but we do not have an up-to-date membership list. Jimmy will send the most up-to-date list to Brian. Deanna suggested that we use the web-site to vote on the by-laws. She will work on this with Jimmy and Brian.
8. Election of next round of ASIMS officers, thinking particularly of Vice President.
Brian reminded everyone that his and Lee’s positions are ending this year. Normally elections held by Vice President, but Brian suggested that perhaps we could use the website. Lee and Deanna will work on this. Last time Brian used google for the election. It is precedent for the new positions to start in September.
9. Kalamazoo 2018. Time to start thinking of sessions and offerings, particularly who to approach for the Farrell Lecture.
After a brief discussion about the Farrell lecture for 2018, there was a consensus that we should probably choose someone from North America as we have had two Irish speakers in a row.
10. Note: Google Hangouts is being retired (possibly) – suggestions for an alternative, please.
Brian reminded everyone that Google Hangouts is possibly being retired, so we need to think about alternative meeting spaces. Shannon suggested GoToMeetings, but they only allow three people per meeting. We need to continue to look into this issue.
11. Any other business.
Brian mentioned that the next meeting will be in April. He also brought up the point that Glenstal may need a deposit. He will get in touch with them and officially book everything.
James may need assistance in getting to America for Kalamazoo and asked if anyone had ideas for giving a talk stateside to help fund him. He would need about $600-700, which equals about two speeches at two universities. Brian asked James to come up with a variety of general topics that he could talk about.
Shannon will be at Hill monastic library in April, so she may be out of touch for a while. She and Kat will set up a schedule to edit Eolas.
Meeting ended: 11:04am