Minutes Ordinary Meeting 2010

The annual meeting of The James Joyce Italian Foundation began at 3.30pm on 8th February 2010 in the Sala Ignazio Ambrogio of the Dipartimento di Letterature Comparate at the Università Roma Tre, in Via del Valco di San Paolo 19, 00146 Rome. The agenda had been communicated to all members by email and consisted of the following:

1. Messages
2. Approval of the 2009 budget
3. Programme for 2010
4. The election of the new Committee
5. Changes in the statute in accordance with tax breaks now in force
6. Any other business

The President announced news of collaboration between the James Joyce Italian Foundation and Irish universities. As part of the collaboration between the JJIF and The James Joyce Research Centre of University College Dublin, directed by Anne Fogarty, the Third James Joyce Graduate Conference was held on 22nd and 23rd January 2010 in Dublin at UCD. Rosa Maria Bosinelli, John McCourt and Franca Ruggieri represented the Committee and Antonio Bibbò, Sonia Buttinelli, Fabio Luppi and Maria Domenica Mangialavori also took part.
The proceedings of the Third Graduate Conference will be published in the next edition of Joyce Studies in Italy. The next Graduate Conference will be held at the Università Roma Tre on 3rd and 4th February 2011, while the 2012 conference will take place at the University of Belfast.

The president presented the final budget for 2009.
The income for 2009 was made up of enrolment fees and bank interest. The total income amounted to € 2,035.04.
Most of the funds were destined for organisational costs and to pay the accommodation expenses of participants at the Second Graduate Conference, which took place in Rome last year (1st-3rd February 2009). There were also bank charges and payment for the tax revenue stamp. The total expenses amounted to €1,575.20. What remained of the 2009 balance was €459.84.

The President proposed establishing one or more annual study grants, depending on the year’s financial situation, in honour of Giorgio Melchiori. These would be destined for the publication of essays or monographs or to take part in conferences.
Rosa Maria Bosinelli agreed and proposed that the assignation of the grants should be decided by the sitting Committee which can also determine the number and the size of the grant depending on the situation that year. The deadline for applications for the grant was set for 31st March. The Committee may nominate a commission which has final decision regarding the winner.
According to John McCourt the grant should be awarded to students who have completed their PhD studies. Paola Pugliatti suggested not specifying in the pre-announcement the precise terms of the grant.
Agreeing with Paola Pugliatti, Toni Cerutti suggested that the size of the grant should be decided after the official announcement for applications.
The President proposed publishing the minutes on The James Joyce Italian Foundation website, also to publicise how applications for the grant can be made.
On this point, Serenella Zanotti raised the issue of the meaning of ‘Graduate Conference’ and of ‘Graduate Student’. Rosa Maria Bosinelli suggested calling PhD graduates or students “Emerging Students”.

Regarding the 2011 Graduate Conference, which will be held at the University of Belfast, Carla Marengo hoped that in future the host university (in this case the organisers at the University of Belfast) will keep to criteria shared by members of the Committee regarding the acceptance and choice of participants. In this way, the Graduate Conference may increasingly represent the research interests of young scholars. The President again emphasised the great success of the Third Graduate Conference which took place in Dublin and which saw the participation of young scholars from Ireland, France and Italy, with 22 papers organised across five panels with three plenary sessions.
The President reminded the meeting that Anne Fogarty, being responsible for the organisation of the Third Graduate Conference, agreed to make a preliminary selection of the papers which will be included in the next volume of Joyce Studies in Italy. The deadline for contributions is 1st May. In the forthcoming months, the Bulzoni publishing house will launch an online version of Joyce Studies in Italy.
Rosa Maria Bosinelli stressed the importance that some of the Committee members attended the Dublin conference, it being the first international appointment of The James Joyce Italian Foundation. For a more inclusive participation in the organisation of future conferences, there could be a foreign member on the local organising committee and vice-versa.
Rosa Maria Bosinelli again underlined that the selection criteria has been of great use in that it has provided the chance for greater discussion and debate. She also added that it would be a good idea to extend the chance for possible publication to those who did not take part in the conference.
John McCourt agreed with Rosa Maria Bosinelli, saying that he was only in favour of choosing and publishing papers of a certain standard. He therefore proposed that the editing of the proceedings could be entrusted to ‘graduate students’ themselves. While appreciating the idea behind this proposal, Franca Ruggieri stated that it would be difficult to achieve given that the editor of the book needs to have access to funds which can be used for publication. Naturally, this hurdle could be overcome if publication was free or subsidised by other means.
In this respect, Enrico Terrinoni raised the idea of considering publishers that do not ask for contributions, such as Cambridge Scholars Publishing which published the proceedings of the first conference.

Carla Marengo recalled that she had suggested poster sessions for this year’s conference and hoped that future occasions will include mixed forms which will can include presentations of papers, plenary sessions and poster sessions.
Paola Pugliatti then raised the issue of evaluating the conference proceedings and opened the discussion to the system of peer review and double-blind referees, which seems to be the preferable option at present.
Some members said that it is necessary to open up the debate at the next conference regarding what areas to dedicate to Joyce and how to teach Joyce today.

The president asked members for their opinion regarding the choice of logo for The James Joyce Italian Foundation. The members expressed approval.

The President called members’ attention to article 7 of the Statute which regards the election of the Committee, announcing Romana Zacchi’s intention not to stand for the next three-year period and confirming the four requests for reconfirmation.
Rosa Maria Bosinelli proposed that Franca Ruggieri remains President of the JJIF. Paola Pugliatti agreed and proposed that a young scholar becomes part of the Committee.
Carla Marengo thanked Franca Ruggieri for all her work as President of the Foundation and for the work done by the group of scholars that she co-ordinates. Carla Marengo suggested that a greater balance should be maintained in the composition of the Committee to guarantee the presence of representatives from other regions. She therefore proposed the candidacy of Toni Cerutti, of Turin .
Carla De Petris proposed the candidacy of Enrico Terrinoni, which was widely approved. Toni Cerutti, while appreciating the suggestion that he should be a candidate, felt that the candidacy of Enrico Terrinoni was particularly desrving. John McCourt and Antonio Bibbò were nominated to officiate the voting.

The President declared that there were 17 people present with the right to vote and seven delegated votes, making a total of 24 votes.

The vote confirmed Franca Ruggieri as President with 23 votes out of 24 in her favour. The new Committee is therefore composed of: Rosa Maria Bosinelli, Carla Marengo, John McCourt, Paola Pugliatti and Enrico Terrinoni.

The President announced that the statute has been modified due to tax breaks which are now in force and read these to the assembly. To change the statue according to the norms set down in article 148 of the T.U.I.R. and article 4 of the D.P.R. N.633/1972, articles 3, 6 and 11 of the statute are modified, with appropriate additions made and entirely eliminating the words in article 6: “In cases of equal votes, the vote of the President prevails”.
The new text was modified as follows:

\”ART.3 – SOCI
Hanno titolo a far parte dell’Associazione tutti gli individui, persone fisiche, enti e tutte le istituzioni che condividono le finalità dell’Associazione stessa.
Sono soci fondatori le persone fisiche che hanno partecipato attivamente ai lavori preparatori dell’Associazione ed alla sua costituzione. Sono soci onorari quelli che, condividendo le finalità dell’associazione, hanno conseguito particolari meriti nell’ambito delle finalità perseguite dall’Associazione stessa. L’adesione, fatto salvo il caso dei soci fondatori ed onorari, si perfeziona con la presentazione di una domanda scritta al Comitato Direttivo contenente l’esplicita accettazione delle norme statutarie e l’impegno a contribuire al perseguimento degli scopi associativi.
Tutti i soci maggiorenni godono, al momento dell’ammissione, del diritto di partecipazione nelle assemblee sociali nonché dell’elettorato attivo.
Tutti gli incarichi sociali si intendono a titolo gratuito. La quota associativa è intrasmissibile, salvo il trasferimento per causa di morte, e non rivalutabile.

L’assemblea Generale è composta da tutti gli associati.
Essa è convocata dal Presidente. La convocazione deve avvenire con apposito avviso affisso nella sede almeno 15 gg prima della data della convocazione e seguito da invito scritto inviato al domicilio dei soci (anche al recapito di posta elettronica comunicato da ogni associato) con indicati il giorno, il luogo, l’ora e le materie che verranno trattate e la documentazione eventualmente necessaria al fine della discussione. In caso di urgenza la convocazione può essere fatta con un preavviso di tre giorni.
L’Assemblea generale è convocata almeno una volta l’anno per l’approvazione del rendiconto annuale, e comunque ogni qualvolta il Presidente lo ritenga opportuno.
Il Presidente è comunque tenuto a convocarla quando la richieda il Comitato Direttivo e quando un terzo almeno degli associati ne faccia esplicita richiesta scritta.
In caso di impedimento del Presidente, l’Assemblea Generale può essere convocata dal componente del Comitato Direttivo con maggiore anzianità di nomina nella carica.
L’Assemblea Generale è validamente costituita con la presenza della metà più uno degli associati e può svolgersi anche in teleconferenza essendo valida la partecipazione degli associati collegati in questo modo; le deliberazioni sono prese a maggioranza assoluta dei presenti.
Ogni associato ha diritto ad un voto. Disciplina uniforme del rapporto associativo e delle modalità associative volte a garantire l’effettività del rapporto medesimo senza limiti temporali e con diritto di voto.
Le votazioni avvengono per alzata di mano o verbalmente, a meno che un quinto dei presenti chieda la votazione per scrutinio segreto.

L’Assemblea Generale ha i seguenti compiti:
a) nomina il Comitato Direttivo;
b) fissa le norme per l’organizzazione e il funzionamento dell’Associazione;
c) determina gli indirizzi strategici dell’Associazione;
d) delibera il programma annuale di attività;
e) ratifica le decisioni di sua competenza assunte, in via d’urgenza, dal Comitato Direttivo o dal Presidente;
f) determina l’ammontare della quota associativa annua a carico dei soci;
g) approva il bilancio annuale.
Di ogni assemblea si dovrà redigere un apposito verbale firmato dal Presidente della stessa, dal segretario e, se nominati, da due scrutatori. Copia dello stesso deve essere messa a disposizione di tutti gli associati con le formalità ritenute più idonee dal consiglio direttivo a garantire la massima diffusione.

Il Patrimonio dell’Associazione è costituito dalle quote annuali versate dagli Associati, determinate con delibera dell’Assemblea generale, da eventuali proventi da attività commissionate da terzi inerenti lo scopo associativo, nonché da contributi di Enti Pubblici e Privati. L’esercizio finanziario coincide con l’anno solare. La gestione è condotta annualmente dal Presidente sulla base di linee di indirizzo fissate dal Comitato Direttivo. L’Assemblea approva, entro il successivo mese di marzo, il conto consuntivo dell’esercizio precedente.
E’ fatto assoluto divieto di distribuire, anche in modo indiretto, utili, avanzi di gestione, fondi, riserve o capitale durante la vita associativa“.

Those present approved unanimously.

There was no other business.

The meeting ended at 5.15pm.

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