Steering Committee Meeting, December 2002
Minutes of the steering group meeting of WAGNET
Held at at Warwick University, Room H402, Humanities
Present: Anne Gerritsen (AG), Maria Jaschok
(MJ), Fiona Moore (FM), Nicola Spakowski (NS), Harriet Zurndorfer (HZ)
Absent: Cecilia Milwertz (CM).
The website and online member database are now being run off the Oxford
server at the top-level academic domain name of www.wagnet.ox.ac.uk.
how to get more contributions
It was agreed that the main issue in getting members to contribute
seemed to be the need for 1) more face-to-face contact and 2) more
publicity for the network.
Action: More attention to be given to WAGNet
events, and to the possibility of obtaining website material from
these. Also MJ to write an article for the IIAS newsletter
Action: Various committee members have
agreed to submit reading lists, articles and/or links to FM for
inclusion in the website.
NS suggested an online searchable bibliography, and presented an
already-extant forty-page bibliography to use as a basis.
Action: FM and NS will together develop this
into a searchable bibliography, with the possibility of developing one
to which members could add submission suggested as a future possibility
(although this is at present unfeasible).
HZ suggested a separate section of the Working Papers page for Ph.D.
Action: FM to concentrate on a) developing
the grants and positions database; b) refinements to the member
database; c) developing and expanding resources. HZ's suggestion
deferred until we acquire sufficient material.
Graduate Thesis Workshop 2003
MJ reported on progress in conceptualising Workshop and in making
The application for the workshop has been
MJ has obtained a seed grant from the Standing
Committee representing East Asian Studies at Oxford University; she has
also submitted an application to the British Academy and been in
contact with the CCK Foundation in Taiwan
MJ has contacted Charles University in Prague to
explore a follow-up Graduate Workshop in Prague, possibly in 2005
The first announcement of the Graduate Thesis
will be made in January, followed by a call for contributors and a
St Anne's College, Oxford, has been chosen as the
Action: Apart from the announcements and
publicity material (MJ, FM and Red Chan to carry these out), MJ
together with Red and Carolyn Ford are to continue to organise the
workshop and start the process to select candidates, solicit
Date: August 2004
NS and Mechtild Leutner confirmed as conference
The significance of discussants was underlined as
as the need to provide for sufficient time for general discussion.
Action: First announcement to be made after the
first EACS call for papers. EACS Board members who are also WAGNet
members are to keep the convenors informed of developments.
Initial application rejected; reason given that the application was too
all-encompassing and not in line with Leverhulme funding priorities.
Action: It was agreed to revise and resubmit
our earlier application to Leverhulme on a more specific topic and/or
for a more specific set of actions: MJ and AG to prepare the
It was suggested that WAGNet should submit a proposal to the
Asia-Europe Workshop, but after discussion it was decided that the
conditions stipulated by the proposal did not suit WAGNet's present
Action: FM to investigate the EU website
for possible funding opportunities
Action: MJ to investigate possibilities
AHRB (and other national funding bodies)
Action: All participants to keep an eye
out for opportunities for funding networks and/or workshops.
Action: A proposal will be drafted
(provisionally by AG and MJ) for the British Academy's grants for
workshops and conferences (due Sept. 30), on the basis of decisions
The "Mansion Model" Conference Proposal
HZ proposed holding a workshop, based on the NEH summer workshops, of
seven to ten days in duration at a country house or other secluded
location, which would have great potential for networking, publication
and the presentation of papers.
Action: It was decided that we should think of a
theme and submit proposals to obtain funding for such a conference. All
members are to consider and propose suitable locations.
Themes for workshops
Action: It was decided to go ahead with a
proposal for 3-4 annual workshops/conferences on relatively specific
topics, suggestions were put forward for "Diaspora en-Gendered" and
"Women's Bodies and Boundaries in China: Sexual, Social and Symbolic
Transitions." MJ and AG to pursue, with advice and feedback from all