ISAS Conference, 1991

State University of New York at Stony Brook, U.S.A.

ISAS met at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 22 to 26 July 1991. The theme was ‘The Preservation and Transmission of Anglo-Saxon Culture’. Thirty-six papers were presented (C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, S. Megginson, M. Deegan, R. Cramp, R. Deshman, J. Nelson, G. H. Brown, D. Pelteret, C. T. Berkhout, R. Fleming, H. Damico, J. R. Hall, U. Schaefer, R. Huisman, F. C. Robinson, W. P. Stoneman, J. Wilcox, A. Fischer, P. J. Lucas, J. Hill, R. McC. Gatch and A. Nicholls, C. Karkov, M. Kenney, H. R. Broderick, D. F. Johnson, C. Neuman de Vegvar, E. Anderson, M. R. Godden, C. R. E. Cubitt, R. W. Pfaff, M. Bridges, D. Hinton, N. P. Brooks, T. D. Hill, C. D. Wright, T. Hall).

The conferences included a day-long trip, a ‘Day in Medieval New York’, to see medieval antiquities at the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and dine at the Union Theological Seminary, where nearly all of the Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and fragments resident in North American had been gathered by William Stoneman and Milton McC. Gatch.

A dinner, in the form of an indoor clambake, was held at Stony Brook campus on the last night of the conference.

Changes were made in 1991 in how the Society does business. The Society was directed to open a visa account to facilitate the payment of dues, and dues were increased from $10.00 to $15.00 (or £10.00 sterling) with a reduced rate of $10.00 (or £7.00 sterling) for students. Malcolm Godden succeeded to the Presidency, and George H. Brown became the First Vice-President. New duties elsewhere obliged Mary Richards and Patrizia Lendinara to vacate their positions of Executive Director and Second Vice-President, respectively.

Patrick Conner was elected the new Executive Director and Phillip Pulsiano became the new Second Vice-President.

It was reported at this meeting that the membership had exceeded five hundred members.