OF THE BUSINESS MEETING, HELD AT
Opening and welcome
The chair person, Prof. J. Thom
welcomes everyone, especially the colleagues from the Netherlands.
Adler; J. Atkinson; J. Bloemendal, J.du P. Boeke; P. Bosman; N. Brand; C.
Chandler; L. Cilliers; J-M. Claassen; M. Dircksen; W.J. Dominik; A. Gosling;
W.J. Henderson; M. Hermans; J.L. Hilton; M. Horstmanshoff; J. Jackson; J.
Koekemoer; A. Kotzè; J.P.K. Kritzinger; M. Lambert; G. Mader; B. Martin; D.
Pike; A. Schoeman; C. Schumann-Bosman; P. Tennant; A. Van Hooff; E. Van Zyl
Smit; D. Wardel; J.L.F. Wolmarans; J.C. Zietsman
K. Bosman; J.F.G. Cilliers; D.J.
Coetzee; M. de Marre; F.R. Pauw; F.P. Retief; A. Ryan; W.D. Snowball; G.
Solomons; S. Thom; R.A. Whitaker;
The meeting expresses its
sympathy with Anne Gosling who recently lost her husband.
New appointments and
Betine van Zyl Smith appointed
as senior lecturer in the department of Classics at the University of
Kotze promoted to lecturer at US.
Suzanne Sharland appointed as
senior lecturer at UKZN
Louise Cilliers promoted to
senior professor at UOVS.
Andrea Doyle and Marilena
Marianne Dircksen promoted to
associate professor at UNW.
Anne Gosling (UKZN)
David Pike (UKZN).
Retief, F. P. & Cilliers, L.
2005. "Health and healing, disease and death in the Graeco-Roman World".
Bloemfontein: University of the Free State.
I. 2004. “The Many Faces of the Goddess. The iconography of the Syro-Palestinian
goddesses Anat, Ashera, Astarte and Qedeshet c. 1500-1000 BCE.” Orbis
Biblicus et Orientalis 204. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Fribourg:
Herbert Niehr). “Götter und Kulte in Ugarit.
Kultur und Religion einer
nordsyrischen Königsstadt der Spätbronzezeit (ca. 1350-1185 v.Chr.)”. Mainz:
2004. “Augustine's Confessions: Communicative Purpose and Audience.” Leiden:
M. 2004. “Cicero 'haruspex': Political progrostication and the viscera of a
deceased body politic”. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias.
2003. “Conscience in Philo and Paul. A conceptual history of the synoida
word group”. Tübingen Mohr Siebeck.
J. 2004. “Op Griekse lier”. Protea Boekhuis:
2004. “Myth and Identity”. (In Viljoen, H. & Van der Merwe, C.
“Storyscapes: South African perspectives on literature, space and identity”.
Peter Lang: New York.)
John Hilton: National research
Marianne Dircksen: Verka award
for excellence in teaching
4. Adoption of the Minutes
The minutes of the previous
business meeting of CASA, held at Stellenbosch, 2 July 2003, are unanimously
5. Matters arising
Good cooperation with Oikos
(Classical Association of the Netherlands) has been established in the past
two years. The chairman thanks representatives from the Netherlands for
their active participation in the conference and for their valuable
contribution. He regards this as the beginning of and ongoing process.
Prof Horstmanshoff, who has
been requested by the board of Oikos to lead the delegation to the
conference, thanks all South African delegates for the kind reception and
expresses his firm belief in the future of the cooperation between the two
associations. He believes that personal contact is essential and is of the
opinion that future cooperation can be extended to include student exchange,
funding of Ph.D.-students and participation in international research
programmes. South African students are invited to attend Masters classes in
6. Chairperson’s report.
The chair person, Prof J. Thom,
expresses confidence in the fact that Classics is viable and alive in South
Africa today. However, education and research are in a process of a
transformation and consolidation is necessary.
The chairman makes the
Changes should be made to curricula to accommodate new trends in the country
whilst quality control remains in tact.
Consideration should be given to the reinstatement of the Classics
“Vakindaba” to enable colleagues to compare curricula and standards.
Participation of undergraduate students in CASA activities should be
encouraged, since very few high school pupils are introduced to the ancient
world. This goal can be attained by including some activities which are not
Procedural guidelines should be compiled for committees, the writing of
reports and for the organisation of conferences. This could be done by means
of a template with headings.
duties of members of the executive and other committees should be clearly
editorial committee of Acta Classica does not function as initially
envisaged and the functions should be revised.
Criteria for awards of excellence should be standardised.
CASA website should be utilised as a means of communication.
Revision of the constitution has become necessary since some stipulations
have become obsolete e.g. the present constitution stipulates a biannual
conference and meeting at the end of January, while the last two conferences
have been held in July.
The treasurer’s report was
circulated before the business meeting. Its acceptance is proposed by Koos
Kritzinger and seconded by Hans Wolmarans.
The meeting agrees to adjust
the membership fees as follows, for an interim period of two years,
after which the effect on membership numbers will be evaluated:
Academic members: R 165
Full members: R130
Associate members: R 50
Student members: R50
Students should be encouraged
to join the association. To accommodate these readers, more articles of a
general and popular nature should appear in Akroterion.
8. Reports from the
The reports from all regions
were made available before the meeting. All reports are accepted and the
responsible persons thanked.
9. Acta Classica
The editor Prof Bill Henderson
explains that the Sabinet agreement makes it possible for individual
subscribers who have paid their
membership fees to have
access to the electronic version of the journal by means of a user code and
password. The fact that the journal is now on the internet, has led to a
dramatic increase in subscription moneys. The function of the editorial
committee has also changed since everything is now done electronically. The
editor suggests that one of the editorial members should be exclusively
responsible for the electronic version.
Prof John Hilton suggests that
only back copies be made available on line and not the most recent issues.
The issue is handed over to the new editorial committee to rethink.
The chair person thanks Prof
Henderson and the editorial for the important work done over the past two
years. The publishing of Acta Classica is an important function of the
association and it is a widely respected publication.
The report on Akroterion has
been circulated, and is
approved. A vote of thanks to the present editor, Christoff Zietsman is
proposed by Ms Corrie Schumann and endorsed unanimously.
11. Taskforce on Latin
A report on Latin in high
schools, written by Prof. JM Claassen, member of the “Subcommittee for
Schools’ Latin”, has been circulated and is included under separate cover
(or attached electronically). The secondary document entitled “Support for
Latin Teachers and Learners” which has been developed by the Working
committee of CASA at Stellenbosch, but which has been rejected by the NED
for inclusion as part of the Latin curriculum, will be put on the CASA
It is noted that the
union of classics teachers in
the Netherlands are producing new textbooks. Contact and co-operation in
this regard will be encouraged and developed.
A report on the activities of
Schola Scripta has been made available.
12. Research committee
Prof John Hilton suggests that
a list of subsidised journals be compiled for the CASA website. No new
journals have been added to the list of the Department of Education in the
past two years.
Prof John Hilton mentions
that consulates (Greek
and Italian) are not unwilling to make contributions towards the funding of
conferences, but requests should be made early in the year since their
budgets have a cut off date.
14. CASA website
The website is as good as its
members make it. Members are requested to update information and contribute
in order to keep the website dynamic.
15. Ursula Vogel-Weideman
Prof Vogel’s CV is read. The
recipient of the bursary is Susan Haskins (UKZN).
16. Awards for excellence
No nominations have been
received. The incoming committee will invite nominations and prescribe the
format of nominations.
17. B.X. de Wet Essay
The winners are
A proposal is put forward by Christoff Zietsman that, from 2005 onwards, the
competition be renamed the “CASA essay competition” since the competition is
sponsored by the Classical Association of South Africa and Akroterion
has published the winning essay since 2002. There is no specific link
between Akroterion and Prof de Wet. The proposal is unanimously
18. Format, time and
duration of future conferences
It is agreed
the conference will in future be held during the first week of July (Monday
evening to Thursday lunch time).
The executive committee
recommends that Monday evening be used for the key note address and
reception and that the conference ends on the Thursday after lunch.
It will be left to the
organising committee to decide if and when the excursion will take place.
19. Venue, date and theme
of next conference
The University of Cape Town
offers to host the next conference in July 2007. The theme “East and West”
is proposed but it is
decided that the organising
committee will determine the theme, taking into account the format of the
20. Election of
20.1 Honorary president and
It is noted
that the previous election of Judge Deon van Zyl as honorary president and
Proff. P.J Conradie, W.J. Henderson and D.B. Saddington as honorary vice
presidents, was not in accord with the constitution of the association (see
par. 6 of constitution). The situation is rectified, and Judge Deon van Zyl,
who was previously elected as honorary president will now become a patron of
the association, while Proff Henderson, Saddington and Conradie, previously
elected as honorary vice presidents, will now become honorary presidents.
Their names will not be published in Acta Classica again.
20.2 Executive committee
following members are elected:
Chairperson: Christoff Zietsman.
member: Corrie Schumann-Bosman
20.3 Acta Classica
following persons are elected to serve on the editorial board:
editor: L. Cilliers.
members: W.J Henderson and John Hilton. Additional members to be
committee: J.C. Thom and L. Cilliers
committee: R.A. Whitaker, John Hilton and S.J. Sharland
for Latin in schools: C. Schumann-Bosman, J.M. Claassen, M.R. Dircksen and
Judy Koekemoer (co-opted).
chairperson thanks the executive committee and the organising committee for
their hard work.
20.6 Adjournment: The
meeting adjourns at 13:00.