of the General Assembly of the REELC/ENCLS
17 September 2005.
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
(in alphabetical order): Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths College, University of
London), Laura F. Bulger (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro), Daniele
Chauvin (Paris IV, Sorbonne), Mario Domenichelli (Universita 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 Macri (Universita
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 (Vrye
Universiteit Brussel), Bertrand Westphal (Université de Limoges).
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).
was agreed that the webpage would contain information on what the REELC/ENCLS
is, its Charter, its officers, and provide databases for:
(e.g. conferences, calls for papers…)
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.)
and postdoctoral courses and schools
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.
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.
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.
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.
list-serve and the distribution of information between the website and the
list-serve 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 list-serve. [This will have to be clarified through further discussion
between the General Coordinator and the Webmaster]
Vaupotic was nominated Webmaster of REELC/ENCLS (subject to his institution’s
confirmation of the offer).
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
Charter. 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).
Election of New Officers.
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
General Coordinator undertook to contact all existing national representatives
and/or national associations to ensure that all European countries are
represented in the Council.
4. 2007 Conference.
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
Assembly expressed their gratitude to Prof. Montandon for coming to the rescue.
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
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.