S-USIH Minutes 3.1.2013
Agenda – S-USIH Executive Committee Meeting – March 1, 2013
Teleconference, 11:00 am – 1: 00 pm EST
1. Officer’s reports (updates)
2. 2013 Conference Update (Allison)
3. Planning virtual Annual Meeting of the membership
Proposed new bylaw: (Constitution, Article V, sec. 2: “The Executive Committee may amend the bylaws by a majority vote….”)
11. For the purposes of effective planning, the Executive Committee may arrange to have Conference Committee Chairs elected two or more years before the conference for which that chair is responsible.
[Per Article III, sec. 1, only the most recently elected Conference Committee Chair is an officer of the Society and shall serve on the Executive Committee. Per Article III, sec. 10, the term of office of a Conference Chair expires at the end of the conference for which that chair is responsible.]
S-USIH CONFERENCE CALL MARCH 1, 2013
Present: Paul, Lora, Allison, Lisa, Ray
Spoke to contacts at journals—MIT Press, Cambridge UP
Will be able to put together a report regarding this information
Ad hoc comm. on public intellectuals group with Larry Friedman—Lisa, Andrew, Tim, Ray, Paul, ELQ
Do another conference call with Larry
April 25-27, 2013 is the next conference
Lisa provided an overview of how the conference unfolds—sounds excellent!
Intellectual History Newsletter is a model for our journal—Capper believes we don’t need to do a journal
Could we digitize issues of the newsletter? The editors would like to see that happen but Capper does think it is digitized
Thomas Bender said the editors hold the copyright; Capper might be the last of those editors who has access to all the issues.
Should we consider partnering with MIH?
Paul made clear that we would like to collaborate with MIH
Capper replied, there is no need to create a second intellectual history journal
Editor at Cambridge UP said that MIH does not have an official affiliation and suggested it might migrate closer to S-USIH.
We could create a new type of journal and consider how the Baffler re-created
Are we hoping to compete with MIH or create a niche or fill a need or will all three potentially happen?
Lora: perhaps we do start small with a newsletter-like publication and begin to build from there. Do we want to cause a rift among our senior colleagues?
Paul can create a discussion about the journal with a larger audience in the annual meeting.
Annual meeting: Paul has a possible addition to the by-laws for electing conference chairs two years out
Lora: can we create a rotation of places for the conference
Ray: I think we should consider approaching Harvard as the site for 2014 conference
Working on transferring account information from Mike to Lisa so that Lisa can begin to use the bank account
Will begin to take care of invoices from Curtis and Ray
Election calendar: March 30—candidates; April 15—ballots out; First week of May, elections
Annual meeting: specific topics to focus discussion in the on-line meeting
Future journal; revenue possibilities; white paper on digital scholarship; collaboration with Public Intellectuals; other S-USIH events
Proposal for longer terms for officers
Annual meeting on-line for March 18-20
We need reports from officers by March 16
Minutes to meetings on the site by March 16
Proposals to be discussed will generate the discussion
Perhaps use the three days to organize the discussion
Blogging controversy with Nils Gilman
Prompted Ben to outline posting and comment policy and that these post/comments do not represent the society
More daily bloggers are coming—they will start as guest posters and move on from there if things seem to be working
Mary Ellen Lennon might run for the chair pub comm.
Should there be a clear policy for the relationship between the blog and the society?
Each blogger is responsible for guest posts but we really need to be careful how posts go up considering how the blog affects perceptions of the society and the field
Nixon library fell through for a reception
CFP is out and widely circulated.
Deadline is June 15
People are beginning to collaborate on items for the conference