Università di Palermo, Sicily
The eighth ISAS meeting took place at the Università di Palermo (Scienze della Formazione) from 7 to 12 July 1997. The theme of the conference was ‘Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Twentieth Century: Retrospect and Prospect’, and thirty-five papers were given (C. Cubitt, K. Dekker, A.N. Doane, M.D.C. Drout, D. Faraci, M. Godden, J. Gray, S. Gwara, J.R. Hall, T.N. Hall, J. Hill, C. Hills, J. Hines, S. Hollis, C. Hough, S. Irvine, D.F. Johnson, C.A. Jones, C.E. Karkov, U. Lenker, A. Lutz, , T. Malim, H. Momma, K. O’Brien O’Keeffe, É. Ó Carragáin, D.P. O’Donnell, A. Orchard, J. Roberts, M. Swan, P. Szarmach, G. Whalen, J. Wilcox, P. Wormald, K. Yamanouchi). An electronic media presentation was given by M. Foys. Reports were given by P. Conner, J. Hill and N. Howe, P. Pulsiano, and P. Szarmach. A round-table discussion on ‘Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Twenty-First Century’ was offered by W.G. Busse, J. Hill, N. Howe, K. O’Brien O’Keeffe and U. Schaefer.
The conference included two day-long excursions, the first to Palermo, Monreale and Cefal’; the second to Morgantina and Piazza Armerina.
Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe succeeded to the Presidency. Matti Kilpiö assumed the post of First-Vice President, and Joyce Hill that of as Second Vice-President. Phillip Pulsiano took over from Patrick Conner as Executive Director. Hugh Magennis, Michiko Ogura, Katalin Halacsy Scholz and Elaine M. Treharne were elected to the Advisory Board, replacing Michelle Brown, Mary Clayton, Matti Kilpiö, and Tadao Kubouchi.
At the business meeting, the membership approved a proposal to examine the possibility of publishing a volume of selected papers from future conferences.