SITM Business Meeting|
Saturday 17 July 2007 in Lille
Francesc Massip opened the meeting with a reference to the date (7/7/2007),
which suggested to him the climax of perfection, reuniting three times the
number 7, related to the idea of completeness (7 days of the week, 7 ages of
the world and of man, 7 days of the creation, 7 musical notes, 7 virtues and
vices, 7 planets of the precopernican universe, etc.)
He recalled that since 1986, when Jean Claude Aubailly invited him to
participate in the SITM Colloquium in Perpignan, he exercised his committment
to the association as National Representative, General Secretary, Director
of the Colloquium in Girona (1992), member of the Organizing Committee of
the Colloquium in Elx (2004) and most recently as President. He described
his experience of these past years as a constant source of inspiration and
satisfaction, full of intellectual and personal discoveries, for which he
expressed his heartfelt gratitude.
At the same time, he expressed his desire for a stronger communication and
cooperation between the organs of SITM with the aim to improve its functioning.
In this regard, he remembered that shortly after having been elected President,
he had to apologize for the misunderstanding that had occurred with reference
to the publication of the Proceedings from the Elx Colloquium. The Director
of the Colloquium, Josep Lluìs Sirera, claiming that he had not been informed
that a selection of papers presented at Elx would be published in EMD, had
decided on a unilateral basis to cancel the promised publication. This was
an arbitrary decision against which the President expressed his protest.
With regard to the XIIth Colloquium, Francesc Massip underlined that it had
been extraordinarily well organized and developed. He expressed special thanks
to the following:
- Estelle Doudet of the Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion de l'Université de Lille 3, as general coordinator of the Colloquium and responsable for the lodging.
- Darwin Smith, Director du Groupe d'Étude sur le théâtre médiéval du CNRS, visible conductor of the sessions and infatigable animator
- Robert L.A. Clark, Kansas State University
- Véronique Dominguez, Université de Nantes and Marie Bouhaïk-Gironès, Université d'Amsterdam, responsible for registration and administration
- Gabriella Parussa, Université de Tours, responsible for the programme
- Georges Vandalle, Université de Lille
- Isabelle Ragnard, director of the marvellous concert at the Palais Rihour
- the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Lille, for the reception at the the chapel of Philippe Le Bon
- the City of Arras, for the reception at the Town Hall
- the Médiathèque d'Arras
The President then thanked Alan Hindley for compiling and editing selected
articles from the SITM Colloquium in Elx in EMD (2004, vol. 8; 2005, vol. 9)
and Jelle Koopmans for taking over as General Editor and for the publication of
a further selection of papers from Elx in EMD (2006, vol. 10). He expressed his
hope that Jelle Koopmans continue his leadership as General Editor.
Francesc Massip congratulated SITM for having accomplished the aim expressed
at Elx to incorporate new members from Eastern European countries and he
underlined the importance of the association to open itself, thus allowing a
steady renewal. He then directed a special thank to Jesse Hurlbut for
maintaining the SITM website.
He then thanked Lenke Kovács for her efficient work as SITM Secretary,
especially for updating the membership lists. The President congratulated
the Secretary for her administrative and economic supervision, including the
collection of membership dues, a question which he suggested should be
discussed later by the Assembly.
Finally, he recalled that simultaneous translation, which had only been
offered during the two SITM colloquia held in the Catalan Countries (Girona
and Elx), is the sole way to render feasible the plurilingual nature of Europe.
He admitted that gathering funds to cover the high costs was not an easy task
but he expressed his desire that future SITM sessions should be held with
With regard to the approval of the Minutes of the Business Meeting from Elx,
Max Harris suggested a vote whether to accept votes by delegation (proxy
votes) and whether to require a majority vote.
In the discussion prior to the vote, Max Harris expressed himself
against the acceptance of proxy votes, alleging that everybody who wanted to
vote should stay for the Business Meeting. Bob Clark remarked that assistance
is not always possible. He proposed that proxy votes (expressed in a written
form) should be accepted from members who paid their dues and who registered
for the conference. The Assembly decided to allow proxy votes under the proposed
conditions and to require a simple majority for votes. Everybody agreed
that these decisions should be included in the Statutes.
|2. ||Secretary's Report.
Lenke Kovács told that her first task when taking over as SITM Secretary
was to update the different national membership lists, something which was
quite time consuming but at the same time very necessary. In February 2006,
she sent the first Newsletter as a paper copy and/or in an electronic form to
c. 350 former members and was also made available by Jesse Hurlbut on the SITM
website. The second Newsletter was issued in March, this time mainly as an
e-mail attachment. Paper copies were sent to those members who had asked for
it previously and the electronic version was also made available on the website.
The Secretary thanked Jesse Hurlbut for keeping the website updated and she
thanked all the national representatives (especially from the USA, France,
Canada, Great Britain, Poland, Italy and Japan) for having collected the dues
and for the good contact during the last three years.
At present, SITM has 113 paid up members in the following countries:
Austria (1), Belgium (1), Canada (7), France (23), Germany (5), Great Britain
(7), Hungary (1), Israel (1), Italy (7), Japan (5), Mexico (1), Netherlands
(2), Poland (7), Portugal (1), South Africa (1), Spain (21), Switzerland (2)
and USA (20). With regard to the membership dues, the Secretary suggested to
find a more efficient way to collect them. Moreover, registration for the
conference should not be made possible until the fees are paid.
Between 2004 and 2007, SITM's fortune has gone up from approximately 2000 €
to 5000 €. This growth will enable SITM to considerably increase the sum of
money spent on bursaries: Groningen 2001, c. 1100 €; Elx 2004, c. 2100 €;
Lille 2007, c. 3300 €. Lenke Kovács informed that SITM has received eleven
bursary requests from young or unaffiliated scholars. As some of the funds
from the national representatives have not yet been transferred, bursaries
will probably not be paid until October.
|3. ||EMD Report.
Jelle Koopmans told that Alan Hindley produced two EMD volumes as chief
editor (vol. 8, 2004 and vol. 9, 2005) and that he himself was responsible
for the most recent issue (vol. 10, 2006). He remembered that there had been
some problems with the publication of the Elx papers, as acceptance of articles
also in Spanish is not a standing strategy. He announced that EMD will stick
to bilingual volumes in English and French. He further told that EMD, as a
peer-reviewed journal, for strategical reasons will not use the editorial
board for peer-reviewing and he suggested that, given the scope and broadness
of the journal, a Review Editor should be appointed for EMD. Jelle Koopmans
informed that the contact with Brepols enables SITM to publish a selection of
papers from the Lille Conference in two volumes with 15 paper each, plus
reviews. Moreover, thanks to the initiative of Véronique Dominguez and some
other colleagues, a volume with 12 to 15 papers on the Renaissance of Medieval
Drama will be published by Brepols and Édition du Septentrion. Those who wish
to have their papers published have to make clear if they want to have it
included in the first or in the second volume of EMD. Articles for the first
volume (scheduled for 1 December 2007) have to be submitted by 1 September
2007. Articles for the second volume (scheduled for October 2008) have to be
submitted by 1 May 2008.
With regard to the papers on the website, Darwin Smith explained that
under French copyright, authors remain the intellectual owners of the site.
Papers may continue on the site, even if the same articles are published,
something which, as Jelle Koopmans added, EMD is aware of. Darwin Smith told
that those who wish to have a revised version of their article on the website
may send it by 1 October 2007.
|4. ||Next Colloquium.
Cora Dietl invited SITM to hold the 13th Colloquium in Giessen (Germany)
and her invitation supported by a highly illustrative powerpoint presentation
was unanimously accepted by the General Assembly. As simultaneous translation
during the Colloquium will most probably not be feasible for reasons of budget,
Cora Dietl announced as a possible solution to offer written translation of the
The topics for the Colloquium will be chosen among those agreed upon by the
- Manuscripts and Archives
- Travelling Players
- Relationship between Plays and Traders
- Humanist Plays
- Fools and Fastnacht
- Theatre in German and Germany
- Printing of the Drama
- Influence of Germanity in the Theatre of the Hispanic World
- Devils and Diablerie
|5. ||Election of the new President and Secretary.
Three candidates were proposed as President: Darwin Smith, Jesse Hurlbut
and Jelle Koopmans, who declined from being a candidate in favour of Darwin
Smith. In the following votations, Darwin Smith was elected President and Marie
|6. ||National Representatives.
Finally, there was a discussion on the necessity of having national
representatives and the General Assembly agreed that in the future, this
figure could be abolished but that, for the moment, those countries who
wished to maintain national representatives could do so.
Submitted 26 September 2007
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