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The Round Table

From: Arthuriana
Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2013
pp. 66-72 | 10.1353/art.2013.0006

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NEWS

From the North American Branch

NAB Officers 2011–2014 (for full addresses, see Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society [BBIAS])

  • President: Joan Tasker Grimbert (Catholic University of America)

  • Immediate Past President: Kevin J. Harty (La Salle University)

  • Vice President: Kevin Whetter (Acadia University)

  • Secretary–Treasurer: Joseph M. Sullivan (University of Oklahoma)

  • Bibliographical Secretary: Anne Berthelot (University of Connecticut)

  • Graduate Student/New Member of the Profession: Brandy H. Brown (Pennsylvania State University)

  • ARTHURIANA Editor: Dorsey Armstrong (Purdue University)

Advisory Committee:

  • Romance Languages: Carol Dover (Georgetown University)

  • Canadian Representative: Ann Howey (Brock University)

  • Celtic: Matthieu Boyd (Fairleigh Dickinson University)

  • English: Michael Twomey (Ithaca College)

  • Germanic: David F. Johnson (Florida State University)

  • Romance Languages: Carol Dover (Georgetown University)

  • Post–Medieval: Susan Aronstein (University of Wyoming)

Past issues of BBIAS and ARTHURIANA:

For back issues of the BBIAS, contact Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Sullivan, (jsullivan@ou.edu). Back issues for most years from 1979 to the present are available and cost $45.00 each. For back issues of arthuriana, contact editor Dorsey Armstrong (sarmstr@purdue.edu).

Your BBIAS Abstracts:

Members are reminded that for inclusion in the society’s annual bibliography, they should send bibliographic entries and abstracts for articles or books published in 2012 to Anne Berthelot (anne_berthelot@hotmail.com).

Minutes of the International Arthurian Society—North American Branch Business Meeting, held at the 47thAnnual International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.:

The meeting was called to order at 12:08 p.m. by Joan T. Grimbert, presiding.

President’s Report: The meeting agenda was adopted and the minutes from the May 2011 meeting were approved. J. Grimbert introduced herself and Kevin Whetter respectively as new branch President and Vice-President. She began her report by announcing that the NAB was in excellent shape, thanks in large part to the fine work of Secretary-Treasurer J. Sullivan. The membership then approved a motion from the EAC to apply some of the branch’s surplus revenue to travel grants for graduate students, independent scholars, and unemployed scholars for the summer 2014 IAS congress in Bucharest. The grants will be need-based and adjudicated by committee. The membership then approved a motion based upon a suggestion by Brandy Brown and supported by the EAC to institute the ‘Fair Unknown’ award. This will be an annual award, by which the branch intends to encourage young Arthurian scholars and that it hopes will serve also as a recruitment tool for the NAB; it will be awarded for the best paper on an Arthurian topic presented by a graduate student at the preceding International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. The editor of Arthuriana will work with the winner to refine the paper into an article that will be published in the journal. Applicants must have actually read their papers at Kalamazoo, should submit the same paper they have read, and must be IAS-NAB members. J. Grimbert then introduced Keith Busby, President of the IAS, who updated the branch on the society’s efforts to bring its operations more fully online. K. Busby reported that while the IAS’s website is currently defunct, he and International Bibliographer Raluca Radulescu are actively consulting with colleagues on what a new and improved site would look like, a project for which the IAS has sufficient funds. Additionally, K. Busby reported that the committee which the international membership elected at the Bristol congress in 2011 on the future of the BBIAS will soon consider proposals by two well-regarded presses to bring the publication online. The committee will report its recommendations before the Bucharest congress in 2014 to the international membership, whom it will consult by email. J. Grimbert then reported on the 23rd International Congress of the IAS at the University of Bristol (25–30 July 2011). The meeting was a great success: it was superbly organized by Elizabeth Archibald and Ad Putter, with excellent papers and well-organized excursions to famous Arthurian sites in the area. President Grimbert encouraged branch members to attend the 2014 international congress in Bucharest.

Secretary-Treasurer’s Report: J. Sullivan reported that the branch’s finances and membership numbers are in good...



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