Third Annual Meeting of the Executive Council of the CEACS/AECEC
Brno, Czech Republic
3 March 2007
Janos Kenyeres (JK) – President
Diana Yankova (Bulgaria) – Vice-President
Jason Blake (JB) – Secretary
Don Sparling (DS) – Treasurer
Katalin Kurtosi (KK) – Editor-in-Chief, Central European Journal of Canadian Studies
Czech Republic – Petr Kylousek (PK)
Hungary – Judit Molnar (JM)
Slovenia – Michelle Gadpaille (MG)
Romania – Rodica Albu (RA)
Serbia – Vesna Lopocic (VL)
Slovakia – Maria Rupprechtova (MR)
Bulgaria – Reni Yotova (RY)
Excused : Croatia – Evaine Le Calve-Ivicevic (ECI)
The meeting was opened at 9:30 a.m.
2. Adoption of agenda
The agenda was passed unanimously.
3. Approval of reports
The report was approved. It can be found on the CEACS website.
2nd Annual Meeting of the Executive Council (Debrecen, Hungary, 29 October
The report was approved. It can be found on the CEACS website.
4. Status of CEACS’s application to become a full member association of the
JK read Guy LeClair’s (ICCS) e-mail, which states that our application is “satisfactory” and will be voted on at the ICCS meeting in May in Edmonton. JK noted advantages of being a full member: as full members have voting rights within ICCS, our voice is better heard.
5. CE Association for Canadian Studies – Overview of current activities
5.1 Activities of the Executive Committee
JK reminded us of our roles and duties in the Executive Committee or Executive Council. DS said that the list of duties should be e-mailed to members.
5.2 Membership and membership fee
DS reported that we now have 215 members (171 academics, 35 students, 6 ‘others’); DS also noted that the strict Feb. 15 deadline for membership applications was generally adhered to.
5.2.1 Membership from outside the CEACS region
JK reported that some Canadianists in the Ukraine are interested in joining our group. JK applauded the extension of CEACS, but expressed concern about potential extra expenses (i.e. if they become a full member, ExCOM and ExCouncil meetings will be more expensive). MG mentioned interest from a Canadianist in Turkey. DS noted the term “Central Europe” could not be extended indefinitely; also that an ‘International’ category of membership already by custom exists. PK stated that a combination of closed borders and open categories could potentially become unwieldy for CEACS. For now, these members will exist as ‘International’ members – i.e. members with full membership rights, but with no representation on the Executive Council.
5.3 Country reports
JB noted that the country reports are not entirely uniform, but that all necessary bibliographical and university information is transparent. It was agreed that this is acceptable. JK mentioned that country reports should go to the local Embassies; this is the responsibility of the national representative. JB pointed out that the country reports are not limited to academic activities. It was mentioned that the Embassies should be provided with a ‘media list’ of experts from our organization who can be contacted by journalists about Canadian issues.
5.4 Grants and awards
DY described the procedures and adjudication process for obtaining grants.
5.4.1 CEACS grants and awards
In future Petr Vurm will send confirmation of received applications via e-mail.
126.96.36.199 Travel grants to attend conferences
JK mentioned that members are not eligible to receive funding for the CEACS conference (i.e. for ‘our’ conference), but it was noted that in the past the Embassies have provided generous support for these conferences. JK noted the need for clarity in stating members cannot receive grants in consecutive fiscal years. DS clarified the conditions of the Grainau conference, namely that speakers are by invitation only, and that for more than ten years the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS) has generously reserved places for Central European Canadianists (currently 5 CEACS members and one from the Polish Association for Canadian Studies), despite limited space and high demand from its own members. At the wish of the GKS, preference should be given to those who have never attended Grainau, though if some time had elapsed since an individual was there s/he should also be considered eligible; it was also mentioned that members should not be discouraged from attending because the topics appear irrelevant to them (i.e. “Constitutional Affairs” could include a literary element, etc.).
188.8.131.52 Research grants to Brno
(see Executive Committee minutes)
184.108.40.206 Class-set grants
MG noted a problem with applying for a class-set grant, namely that one applies for the books after having designed one’s course based on the assumption or hope that the books will be awarded. JK asked whether we should keep the class-set program, as it comes from the same budget as the library support program (i.e. more class-sets means fewer library books). It was noted that eligibility should be restricted to prevent the same people frequently receiving class-set grants (as has been the practice in the past). PK suggest that the national chapters should decide on allocation of class-sets, as they are better aware of needs within a country; however, it was pointed out that this was not practical, as the funding for the class-set (and the whole library support programme) applies to the region as a whole rather than to individual countries. It was agreed that the class-set program should continue for now.
220.127.116.11 Certificate of Merit
It was agreed that the Certificate can be awarded in various categories (teaching, research, translation, etc.). These will be awarded at the triennial conferences. DS said a document with criteria for eligibility should be prepared.
5.4.2 ICCS /Government of Canada grants and awards
18.104.22.168 FEP and FRP grants
JB and DS explained the application and adjudication process. DS mentioned that we have been applauded in Ottawa for the feedback we give after the FEP/FRP grants.
We adjourned for lunch at 12.30 p.m. (After lunch there was a brief of Brno).
The meeting re-commenced at 3.40 p.m.
22.214.171.124 Graduate Student Scholarships, Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies
It was clarified that any graduate students who are members of the CEACS can apply for a GSS grant; however, because these are exceptionally competitive awards, only exceptional MA (and PhD) students should apply. For the Best Doctoral Thesis award, the PhD must have been successfully defended within the preceding two years; a 15-20 page résumé must be submitted.
VL asked about faculty exchanges to Canada; DS mentioned that this can occur only through individual university exchange programs.
5.5 New activities
5.5.1 Summer schools
MG described the existing English/Philosophy summer school at the University of Maribor (Slovenia) and suggested a Canadian focus might be introduced in 2008.
5.5.2 Diaspora Project
VL introduced a plan for the Diaspora Project, which was discussed at length. RA mentioned that she has a possible publisher for our research. MG recommended beginning the project with a website. PK noted that a standardized survey for emigration from the region to Canada is an excellent idea. VL said she would prepare a revised version of her project plan.
DS presented the idea of a ‘Brno Forum,’ namely a concentration of Canadian Studies courses – with visiting lecturers – which could be carried out within the Erasmus program during a semester at Masaryk University. This could occur in Fall 2008.
5.6 Cooperation with the member countries, ENCS and PACS
DS noted the need for official Executive Committee or Council representation at conferences within the region. VL will say a few words on behalf of CEACS at the May conference in Pag; for other upcoming conferences, the speaker will be determined.
5.7 CEACS Constitution
JK suggested changing the name of the Executive Council to “Advisory Board” for sake of clarity. The proposal to vote electronically – i.e. via e-mail – to make constitutional changes was unanimously passed.
6. Canadian Studies internationally: Extension of the Canadian Studies Program
JK stated that he, as President will represent CEACS at the May 2007 ICCS meeting in Edmonton. JK also reiterated the importance of information flow in Canadian studies back to Ottawa. Local Embassies should be au courant of our activities; a media list of experts should be provided to aid journalists in the individual countries.
7. New initiatives – to be discussed in working groups, followed by joint discussion
7.1 CEACS activities
MG mentioned the potential Canadian Studies summer school in Maribor. VL noted that we must make sure that Canadians Studies conferences in the region do not conflict in future.
7.2. CEACS website – introduction of new features and detailed information to improve information-flow
JK praised the CEACS website, stressed its importance, and suggested improvements to it – especially keeping information – e-mail addresses, profiles, etc. – up to date. CEACS journal articles will be published on-line in future, with a two-year time delay.
8. Activities of the CE Canadian Studies Secretariat in Brno
DS noted that fewer students had research stays in Brno in 2006. This was attributed to a lack of publicity. He proposed to send out announcements of the possibility more frequently in future.
9.1 Debrecen conference proceedings
JM mentioned that the new deadline is March 9. MG offered to proofread the articles. It was decided that, although this was a smallish conference, there should nevertheless be blind review. KK said the initial reading (i.e. before the proofreading stage) should be finished by the end of June. The need for a French language editor was highlighted. To save space, there will be no abstracts in these conference proceedings. The volume should appear in early 2008.
9.2 CE Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 6
KK reminded all that we skipped one journal issue because of the Debrecen conference proceedings. She also emphasized that all national representatives should ensure each member receives a journal, and that Volume 4 had to be reprinted to accommodate demand. She expressed the need for a new member to be added to the Editorial Board in the place of the late Nancy Burke. As this is a joint journal, both CEACS and Polish representation should be present.
9.3 Proceedings of graduate seminars (York, Graz)
DS said the York proceedings will be out in one month. The Graz proceedings should appear in time for the next graduate seminar, to be held in St Petersburg in September.
DS reported that all members should receive a copy of the association journal (as well as proceedings of the association’s triennial conference); in addition, extra copies would go to centres/universities. As well, copies of Canadian Studies in Europe (the proceedings of the graduate student seminar) would go to centres/universities. As far as possible copies would be distributed at major events (conferences, seminars); lists would be kept of those who had received their copies, and copies for the remaining members would be sent to embassies in the region with precise instructions on whom they were intended for. KK noted that country representatives should also have accurate lists to ensure that all members receive the literature they deserve.
10. Financial report
10.1 Financial report to end of February 2007
DS presented the Financial report. He noted that postage costs were up because we had to send FRP/FEP grant applications via DHL, as well as several boxes with publications to embassies in the region.
10.2 Financial report estimate to end of fiscal year (31 March 2007)
DS presented a preliminary report that anticipated funds remaining in the account at the end of the fiscal year. These would be earmarked for various purposes (preliminary work on the Debrecen proceedings, conference grants, etc.) and carried over into the next fiscal year.
10.3 Budget request for fiscal year 2007/2008
The budget request will be approximately the same as for the previous year. VL noted that we will need some funds for the Diaspora Project.
10.4 Auditors’ report
The auditor’s report was presented. Notable changes: CEACS should acquire a credit card, as this will facilitate transactions in our many currencies; we will also try to find a less expensive bank. DS mentioned that PK will have signing rights on the CEACS bank account.
11. Next meeting of Executive Council
The idea of a joint Executive Council/Executive Committee/FRP/FEP grant committee meeting was rejected because it would be too long for those involved in all three, and also because the early-January FRP/FEP deadlines are inconvenient for most. The ExCom/ExCouncil meeting will be in February or March 2008.
There was no other business.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.