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Canadian Association of Slavists
Annual General Meeting
University of Western Ontario, London
31 May 2005
Minutes of the AGM
The meeting was called to order at 3:35 PM with 21 members present.
Presentation from Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences:
Jacqueline Wright introduced Donna Pennee, Vice President for Women’s and Equity Issues, who spoke on the following:
Following the Federation presentation, the meeting was opened by Bohdan Harasymiw, who asked that members stand for a moment of silence in honour of members who have passed on: Gleb Zekulin and Michael Marunchak.
Approval of agenda: Gust Olson (m), Elena Baraban (s), carried
Approval of minutes of the 2004 AGM: Zena Gimpelevich (m), Natalia Pylypiuk (s), carried.
1. President Maxim Tarnawsky:
The President’s written report may be found online, at the CAS website.
He spoke to the following:
The Secretary-Treasurer’s written report may be found online, at the CAS website.
She noted the following:
The President noted that this was required due to the CAS Fund’s loss of charitable status.
Natalia Aponiuk asked how long it will take to regain status; the Secretary-Treasurer responded that it could be anywhere between 2 and 6 months.
The Programme Chairperson reminded the members about the UWO President’s reception following the AGM, and spoke to the following:
Bohdan Harasymiw thanked the Programme Chair for the very good job he had
done in the face of distance-related complications. He also broached the subject
of participants who were lapsed or non-members. The discussion which followed
raised the following points:
The president asked that the Association show some tolerance in this area, to ensure quality presentations at the conference. The question was put forward for discussion by the new Executive.
The Programme Chair voiced his appreciation for the positive feedback he had received, both before and at the AGM, and noted that there had been no complaints so far.
The Editor’s written report may be found online, at the CAS website.
He highlighted the following:
The Editor informed the members that Bohdan Nebesio, who has done an excellent job as Assistant Editor of the journal, is leaving to take a position at Brock University; a replacement will be required.
The Editor also raised the question of an electronic versus a printed format for the journal, given the printing and mailing costs. He mentioned that SSHRCC might be pushing to have current issues online, under the premise that funding coming from the public should be used to support a journal available to the public domain. He is looking into various answers to the problems, which might include production of a CD that could be marketed to libraries.
The President responded with the suggestion that CAS should consider all options, but proceed slowly. He noted that the Federation will have to deal with the financial issues at some point, as well, and would likely offer all associations some guidance at that time.
5. Graduate Student Representative: Tamara Kotar
6. International Relations Committee: Paul Austin
Gimpelevich for Austin: nothing to report at this time.
7. Nominating Committee: Natalia Pylypiuk, Chair
Past-President and Nominating Committee Chairperson, Natalia Pylypiuk, announced that the CAS Executive named Bohdan Harasymiw CAS Honorary President for 2005-2006 in recognition of his long service and devotion to the Association. A previous announcement was made prior to the AGM, at the CAS Annual Banquet.
Nominations were posted, and the Committee Chairperson invited the Harasymiw to proceed with the elections of new officers.
The following members were elected or continue to serve (*) in the designated positions:
* Maxim Tarnawsky, University of Toronto
Past President & Chair, Nominating Committee (2004–2006)
* Natalia Pylypiuk, University of Alberta
Natalia Aponiuk, University of Manitoba
Heather Coleman, University of Alberta
* Zina Gimpelevich, University of Waterloo
Programme Committee, Chair
Taras Koznarsky, University of Toronto
Programme Committee Members
Pamela Jordan, University of Saskatchewan
John McCanon, University of Saskatchewan
Bozena Karwowska, University of British Columbia
Managing Editor,Canadian Slavonic Papers (2001–2006)
* Oleh Ilnytzkyj, University of Alberta
Elena Baraban, University of Manitoba
Arkadi Kliouchanski, University of Toronto
Maryna Romanets, University of British Columbia
Lavinia Stan, St. Francis Xavier University
Graduate Student Representative
No election held prior to AGM
International Relations Committee
* Paul Austin, McGill University
Alison Rowley, Concordia University
Megan Swift, University of Victoria
STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST
Maxim Tarnawsky reported that the deadline for submissions has been changed to July 1, which would allow papers written up to the end of the academic year to be submitted. He reminded the membership that there were two prizes of $250, one for an undergraduate student and one for a graduate student, to be used solely for attending the CAS conference. Winning papers would be considered for, but not guaranteed, publication in the CAS journal.
Connie Wawruck-Hemmett asked if winners could still apply for conference funding, and the President replied in the affirmative.
Motion: Connie Wawruck-Hemmett (m), Lavinia Stan (s): that all reports be accepted. Carried.
1. Maxim Tarnawsky reporting for members John Barnstead and Norman Pereira: a new tenure track position in the Russian Studies Department at Dalhousie University has been established. Members were invited to inform their colleagues and graduate students to watch for the coming public announcement.
2. Natalia Pylypiuk invited members to visit the CAS website to view Calls for Papers, and spoke regarding two upcoming events to be held at the University of Alberta:CaSTA (Canadian Symposium on Text Analysis) fourth annual symposium,“Digital Technologies: Tools, Methods, Solutions,” 3-7October 2005; and “Meaningful Marginalities: Religious Influences and Cultural Constructions,” a Collaborative Analysis of Medieval, Modern, Central European, and North American Contexts, May 11, 12 and 13, 2006.
Motion: Maxim Tarnawsky (m), Robert Karpiak (s): that the meeting be adjourned. Carried.
Adjourned at 4:55 PM
Minutes taken at the request of Secretary-Treasurer, Zina Gimpelevich, by Connie Wawruck-Hemmett.