Presidents Report ‐ Jim Waldram _May 2004-December 2004_Past by dfhercbml


									                         President’s Report May 2004-December 2004
                        Past-President’s Report January 2005-May 2005
                                         Jim Waldram

        It was agreed at the AGM in May, 2004 that I would continue as President of the
Association until January 1, 2005, when Julia Harrison would take over. This was
necessitated by the resignation of Francophone President-Elect, Mauro Perresini. My report
will cover my main activities as both President and Past-President.

       I have been engaged in several activities during this period.

   1. In June of 2004, I represented CASCA at the founding meeting of the World
      Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA), in Recife, Brazil. This important
      event, funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and organized by the then-President
      of the Brazilian Anthropological Association, Gustavo Lins Ribiero, brought
      together the presidents of major national anthropological associations from around
      the world. An agreement was developed and signed that will serve to increase
      cooperation among anthropological associations as we continue to move toward a
      more global anthropology. The details of the WCAA and this agreement can be
      found on the CASCA website.
   2. I commenced work on a CASCA Operations Manual. CASCA has operated largely
      through oral tradition and the memory of executive members. This manual lays out
      how the association operates, the rationale for specific procedures, and includes
      important appendices of association documents that will assist future Executive
      members in their work. In January, our Secretary, Donna Patrick, took on the task of
      finishing this manual, with the input of other Executive members.
   3. I continued to work on organizational aspects of our upcoming conference in
      Merida. This included laying the groundwork for a special Weaver-Tremblay award
      session in honour of the late Herman Konrad, whose work in the Yucatan area has
      been lauded by the Mexican government. I was also able to obtain sponsorship for
      this event from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Industry and Trade, who will be
      represented at the event and reception to follow.
   4. I shepherded the revision of the CASCA bylaws, which have now been approved by
      the government. My thanks to Neil Vallance for his assistance.

        Of course I would not have been able to achieve anything without the assistance of a
talented and dedicated Executive. I wish to thank Michelle Daveluy for her guidance as I
stepped into the office of President, and those individuals who served on the Executive
during my tenure: Janice Graham, Donna Patrick, Florence Piron, Susan Walter, Regna
Darnell, and Julia Harrison. Running CASCA is truly a team effort, and this has been an
extraordinary team! These are exciting, transformative times for the Association and its
journal, Anthropologica. Serving CASCA and its members has been an honour and a privilege,
and I would like to thank the members of the Association for providing me with this
                        President’s Report January 2005 to May 2005.
                                           Julia Harrison
         Taking over the President’s position in January 2005 was a task aided immensely by
the hard work, organizational abilities, and wisdom of the Executive members with whom I
have had the privilege to work. On behalf of the membership I want to begin this report
with an expression of sincere gratitude to Jim Waldram for all of his work over the previous
three years on the Executive (serving as President for and unprecedented 18 months of that
period), and his service to CASCA for many years in other capacities. As CASCA President,
Jim has overseen CASCA becoming a founding member of the World Council of
Anthropology Associations, our bylaw revisions, and out response to the SSHRC document,
From Granting Council to Knowledge Council.
         Other members of the Executive, Donna Patrick (Secretary), Janice Graham
(Treasurer), and Florence Piron (Francophone Member-at-Large) who were also in the final
year of their terms assisted me in learning what is involved in running CASCA. Regna
Darnell (Anglophone Member-at-Large) who joined the Executive last year with me must be
recognized for her management of the conference travel awards for students and her work,
with Past-Past President Michelle Daveluy, on the Salisbury Award Committee. In each of
their portfolios from to facilitating Executive meetings and record keeping, to monitoring
and tightening financial reporting, to assisting with French translation and assisting with
contacts among our Francophone colleagues, to helping students come to Merida—they all
have served our membership in an exemplary manner.
         The Executive was in regular communication over email throughout the year, in
addition to meeting via conference call in December. We have continued the practice of
meeting in person once a year at our annual conference. We continue to function extremely
well in this manner, but the volume of business we engage in has prompted discussion again
about the desirability of some form of administrative assistance being made available to the
Executive. The incoming Executive will take up this discussion.
         Two major activities have occupied my short time as President:
          assisting the organizing committee for our annual conference in Merida;
          the appointment of the Editor-in-Chief and Anglophone Editor for
                  Anthropologica for the next three years.
         Holding our conference in Merida is an exciting departure in the history of CASCA.
This is the first time that our annual conference has been held outside of the country, and it
is the first time we have partnered on a tri-national basis. We are deeply indebted to the
Facultad de Ciencias Anthropologicas/Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán for offering us
this opportunity and for working so very hard to make the event a success. Our other
partners, the Society for North American Anthropology (SANA) joined us here in Merida,
creating a rare opportunity for the three national traditions of anthropology that occupy the
academy in North America to come together. The complexities of this event have been
managed deftly and graciously by all of those on the organizing committee in Merida: Steffan
Igor Ayara-Díaz, Gabriela Vargas-Cetina, Fernández Repetto Francisco, and Ashanti
Rosado-Novelo. Programme committee representatives from CASCA, Alan Smart and
Marie France Labrecque, and from SANA, Ana Aparicio and Jeff Maskovsky deserve
mention for their hard work and assistance to those coordinating the local arrangements.
On behalf of the CASCA Executive and the membership, I would like to extend my sincere
thanks to all of you.
         CASCA’s journal, Anthropologica, continues to thrive under the guidance of Editor-in-
Chief and Anglophone Editor, Winnie Lem, ably assisted by Marie France Labrecque as
Francophone Editor, our new Managing Andrew Lyons, and Tom Dunk, Barbara Lawson
and Élise Dubuc as review editors.
         Hard work, vision and the expert grant writing abilities of Winnie Lem and her
editorial team, all assisted by CASCA Treasurer Janice Graham, resulted in the journal being
granted a renewal of SSHRC funding for another three years. This funding is vital to the
journal’s continuance and we are all indebted to those who work so hard to keep
Anthropologica a vibrant part of the Canadian anthropological community. Another exciting
development this year for the journal was a foray into the world of electronic publishing.
Several backissues are now online through the Anthropologica website. The journal will be
moving further in this direction over the next few years.
         This year was also the final year of Winnie Lem’s first term as Editor-in-Chief and
Anglophone Editor of the journal. The Executive was pleased to re-appoint her for another
three year term and we look forward to the journal continuing to thrive under her direction.
         Under the guidance of our webmaster, Craig Campbell, we changed the server for
both the CASCA and the Anthropologica websites this year. We should have a more stable
base for the sites for the foreseeable future. I would like to take the opportunity to thank
Craig for his re-design and prompt updating of the sites, which have now become the main
vehicles for communication with CASCA members. I encourage you all to check them
regularly. If you have something you would like posted on the site please contact me or the
CASCA secretary prior to sending things to the webmaster. An exception to this routing is
job postings which Craig is happy to add to the site directly.
         Christina Holmes has taken over as the contact for the CASCA Women’s Network.
Thank you, Christina for your work on behalf of CASCA. Thank you also to Karen Lean
who has taken over as moderator of CASCA-list. I would like to point out that Craig,
Christina and Karen are all graduate students. Such dedicated commitment to CASCA on
the part of our younger members bodes well for our future. In the course of several series
of correspondence I had with members this year, I was greatly heartened by the expression
of interest in working for the CASCA by many young colleagues who bring with them new
energies and ideas for the Association.
         The Executive is still working on developing an email list that is directed only to our
members (the current CASCA-list has a much wider distribution). This could be developed
through Wilfred Laurier University Press when manages our membership (and publishes
Anthropologica), or through some other options the Executive will be exploring. We feel it is
vital to be able to communicate rapidly and directly with our paid members.
         The Executive voted last spring to re-join the Canadian Federation of the
Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). To that end Donna Patrick and I attended the
annual meeting of the CFHSS in November in Ottawa. CASCA let its membership in
CFHSS lapse a few years ago for monetary reasons, but now that the Association is healthier
financially, we decided it would be prudent to re-join. Membership in CFHSS affords
CASCA the opportunity to meet with the Congress if we so wish, but it also provides an
opportunity for the Executive to keep abreast of the efforts of CFHSS to raise the profile of
Social Science and Humanities in Ottawa. Our own efforts to make our professional voice
heard are greatly strengthened by being part of this umbrella. It is also simply a good way to
connect with many of our sister Associations.
         The CASCA conference in 2006 will be hosted by the Sociology and Anthropology
Department at Concordia. The Executive would like to thank Christine Jourdan for
enthusiastically approaching her faculty with this possibility, and for their very positive
response. I look forward to seeing you all in Montreal next spring. Watch the CASCA sites
for information on the conference as it becomes available. The Executive is working on
identifying a location for the 2007 conference.
        Other items have arisen to which I and the Executive have attended over the past
     CASCA is mandated as a bilingual organization. It is an ongoing point of discussion
        as to how to keep the Anglophone and Francophone memberships in balance.
        There has been preliminary discussion among Executive members about organizing
        a forum for discussing this at next year’s conference. We would appreciate input
        from the membership with any ideas on this issue.
     To assist members in posting material on the websites in both languages, I arranged
        for the names of three translators to be posted on the websites. Check the websites
        for details.
     I have continued my work on the CASCA archives. What records I have been able
        to accumulate are now in the National Library and Archives and are searchable
        online. We will be establishing a link on the CASCA website to this NLA site.
        These records can be added to every five years, and I encourage everyone to send me
        material that they consider of value to CASCA’s history.
     We are still seeking a third member of the Resolutions Committee which came into
        being at last year’s AGM. Thanks to Robert Hancock (another graduate student!)
        and Regna Darnell for agreeing to sit on this committee. Details about the work of
        this Committee are now on the website. Its intended role is to allow members to
        bring forward resolutions on issues and matters they feel of concern to CASCA and
        its membership.

        In Merida, Regna Darnell and I will say good-bye and heartfelt thanks to those
Executive members who have shown us the ropes: Jim Waldram, Janice Graham, Donna
Patrick, and Florence Piron. But they leave to those coming on the Executive—Noel Dyck
(President-Elect), Tom O’Neill (Secretary), Andrea Walsh (Treasurer) and Michel Bouchard
(Francophone Member-at-Large)—a financially sound, constitutionally secure (thanks to
work done last year on revising the bylaws), organizationally coherent, and vibrant
Association. I want to thank my new colleagues on the Executive for being willing to
commit to furthering the work of CASCA. I look forward to working with each of you.

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