THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF IRISH MEDIEVAL STUDIES
AN CUMANN MEIRICEÁNACH UM LÉANN NA MEÁNAOISE ÉIREANNAÍ
Meeting on September 29th 2016, 4pm ET
Meeting called to order 3:05p Central/4:05p Eastern. Present = Brian, Deanna, Máire, Jenny, Jimmy, Kat,Lahney, Lee, Vicky. Notes taken by Máire.
Jimmy Schryver financial report.
Discussion of fees concerning Kalamazoo debt owed to Notre Dame and the printing costs for Eolas. Printing costs = delayed due to VP debate at Longwood, but expected to be roughly same as Volume 7. Many memberships incoming this fall bolster ASIMS income. Appears ASIMS have yet to pay Barry Prize winner or K’zoo Farrell Speaker. Jimmy estimates payment of these debts will reduce current accounts down to several hundred, but JSTOR is meant to pay fees to ASIMS that will bring up balances. Jimmy reminds/requests that those who are owed should get in touch with him; asks for assistance reaching out to Aidan re: Farrell. Jimmy = optimistic that JSTOR will make payments soon.
Notes on Kalamazoo
a. Session 1: Farrell Lecture
Brian reporting on conversation with relevant folks. Elva Johnston agreed and set to speak as Farrell Lecture; Patrick Wadden says he doesn’t usually go to K’zoo but will make exception to be respondent. Needs to be giving paper to receive institutional support so Brian suggests Patrick give 2nd paper on Farrell panel—Vicky/Jenny suggest that Patrick instead give paper on their panel (Brian says any open ASIMS panel if relevant to him). Brian suggests having respondent may not be most important element, but should be ideally someone in ASIMS. Deadline for settling all of this = Saturday, October 1st, but get another 2 weeks after that to sort out issues like second speakers and respondents.
b. Session 2: The Life Course in Medieval Ireland
Brian thinks this session is a go but no one seemed to know if all papers are filled.
c. Session 3: Round Table on Pedagogy
Roundtable is good to go but participants need to send organizer (James) a PIF for K’zoo ASAP.
d. Business Meeting
e. Reception, now that Notre Dame can’t co-host. $770 was 2016 cost.
Discussion of reception now that Notre Dame have decided to back out of co-hosting due to lack of faculty rep on site because Amy = on sabbatical. Need to have reception = agreed upon by ASIMS board due to ability to publicize ASIMS, solicit submissions for Eolas, but difficulty is finding co-host as ASIMS cannot pay full value of reception ourselves. Kat argues there are Notre Dame faculty who often do attend, and who can be asked if they’re going to be at K’zoo, and therefore might serve on ground at K’zoo. Lahney, Máire suggest approaching other organizations or institutions…e.g. medieval studies at Catholic University (Kat has contact), Harvard Celtic (can ask Tasha Sumner). Possibly CSANA though their budget is not much bigger than our own. Jimmy points out deadline for reserving reception space at K’zoo is October 1st; Brian notes can reserve now in hopes of sponsors and then cancel later if needed.
Normal scheduling = just before banquet on Friday, though possibility exists to move it if needed. Jenny = making reservation in next week for banquet; will be sending out poll to find out what folks like, don’t like but probably will again go with Zazio’s due to privacy of space.
ADDITIONAL ON K’ZOO: Deanna needs third speaker/paper/respondent for her panel; CFPs to be reissued this week. Brian will issue CFPs to entire ASIMS mailing list. Possibility Patrick might be able to fit in there but will need to check with him. Brian says will email Patrick.
Eolas and Book Reviews.
Kat has sent out list and reports for Cathy that there should be 4 or 5 book reviews. Also reports 2 articles are in review stage, and hopes to have at least one more from someone who has contacted her re: stylesheets and preparation. Deadline = 10/15. Barry Prize winner has said will submit Barry paper as full article, but has not heard from Aidan about Farrell lecture. If all comes in and are solid then next volume should be okay (though more articles would be nice). Máire will remind colleague Shane Lordan re: submitting by deadline also.
ASIMS Conference at Glenstal in October 2017. Colmán proceeding on this
Brian reports it is likely that we are good for ASIMS conference at Glenstall in 2017. Weekend has been booked, September 29th to October 1st. Shannon Ambrose has drafted CFP and sent it to Brian; closing date for paper proposals = March 1st, 2017. No theme as of yet; perhaps one needed? Most didn’t think theme used in past; want to keep options wide for all potential submitters in and out of Ireland…as currently in CFP (“any aspect of medieval Irish studies”).
JSTOR and payments.
“Finally managed to find someone at JSTOR who will take care of this, so it’s happening” (Brian)
EBSCO and the agreement.
Kat = happy with agreement, doesn’t “look funky”, should not conflict with EBSCO. Signing of agreement would get Eolas listed in the many EBSCO-hosted databases…and widen our base outside just the “Irish collection” in JSTOR considerably. ASIMS also would get 20% of revenue. Board agrees Brian should sign.
Changing the by-laws.
Brian set up functioning election site in June but needs to pursue regarding changing of by-laws.
Máire Johnson: “I’d like to add to the agenda the possibility of ASIMS adding our name to the letter (I posted it on our Facebook page some weeks ago asking what folks thought) decrying the arrest and incarceration of academics in Turkey.”
Máire will contact necessary email contact to get ASIMS included on letter. Lee had to depart meeting at 3:45/4:45.
Any other business.
Máire reported on recruiting for ASIMS and Eolas at Mid-America Medieval Association meeting in Emporia, 9/17/2016 and at CSANA in Nova Scotia.
Consensus held that next meeting should be in January.
Meeting adjourned (Kat moved, Vicky and Máire seconded) at 3:55p Central/4:55p Eastern