MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF WOCAL6,
						HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 19TH AUGUST 2009 IN COLOGNE, GERMANY
							(taken down by Anne-Maria Fehn)
			
		PRESENT

		Herman M. Batibo (President of the WOCAL standing committee)
		Matthias Brenzinger (Secretary General of the WOCAL standing committee)
		Akinbiyi Akinlabi
		Josephat Rugemalira
		Zelealem Leyew
		Margarida Maria Taddoni Petter
		Neville Alexander
		Maarten Mous
		Karsten Legère
		Ekkehard Wolff
		Ian Maddieson

		APOLOGIES

		Al Mtenje
		Sû-tôôg-nooma KukkaFKA Raphael Kaboré
		Bernd Heine
		Rosalie Finlayson

		1. WELCOME 

		Matthias Brenzinger, Congress Chairman of WOCAL6-Cologne and Secretary General of WOCAL, and Herman Batibo, President of WOCAL 
		welcomed the Standing Committee Members present.


		2. CORRECTION OF THE MINUTES OF THE 5TH MEETING HELD IN AUGUST 2006, IN ADDIS ABABA 

		Observed that there were no substantive corrections to be made from the minutes of the last WOCAL business meeting.

		2. MATTERS ARISING

		Reported that Matthias Brenzinger succeeded in sensitizing Japanese scholars to attend WOCAL6-Cologne, including substantial 
		participation at the 1st Workshop on African Sign Languages (10 Japanese participants).

		Mentioned that Ekkehard Wolff & Matthias Brenzinger also made WOCAL known to colleagues from South Korea during a conference in Seoul.

		Discussed possible interest to host a Special WOCAL in Korea maybe in 2014. 
		Karsten Legère also mentioned Chinese research activities in East Africa. (Karsten should make WOCAL known to them!)

		3. EVALUATION OF THE SPECIAL WOCAL-BRAZIL AND WOCAL6-COLOGNE

		3.1. Special WOCAL-Brazil

		Evaluated Special WOCAL in Sao Paulo as follows:

		a) Organization was excellent, the organizing committee was well constituted, and the correspondence was dealt with effectively.

		b) The facilities were excellent.

		c) Attendance of local and global participants was very good; many colleagues from Africa were present.

		3.2. WOCAL6 – Cologne

		Evaluated WOCAL6-Cologne as follows:

		a) Organization was excellent; the organizing team was small in number, but operates efficiently. The correspondence was dealt with 
		promptly and effectively. Especially visa problems were handled very well. 

		b) The facilities were excellent, very spacious and neat. Since a whole building was rented for the congress, it was very easy to 
		change from session to session.

		c) Attendance was extremely good; 483 participants from 64 countries (36 African, 20 European, 4 American and 4 Asian countries) were 
		present, and 272 papers were read. Participation from Africa was extremely high (more than 117), with 55 participants obtaining 
		sponsorship from the DAAD, the DFG, the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, the Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung, the Volkswagen Foundation and 
		the University of Cologne.

		d) A workshop on African Sign Languages (AfSL) took place for the very first time. We are proud that this important event was held 
		within the frame of WOCAL. The organizers of WOCAL6-Cologne invited Sam Lutalo, a deaf scholar from Uganda for the WOCAL keynote of 
		the second day. The AfSL workshop was organized by deaf and hearing scholars, namely Victoria Nyst, Shane Gilchrist, Eyasu Tamene and 
		Rezenet Moges. Interpreters for International Sign and DGS (German Sign Language) translated the presentations to the deaf and hearing 
		audience. It was agreed upon that WOCAL will offer the AfSL committee to run regular workshops within the frame of all future WOCAL 
		congresses. Congress chairs of WOCAL should try to support the AfSL organizers in all possible respects.


		f) Remarks and criticism:
		- unexpected time shifts and short term program changes
		- technical problems because people had to use the university laptops instead of their own computers
		- too many (7) parallel sessions, i.e. conflicting presentations with related research topics
		- the high congress fee of 100 Euro, no discount for participants from Africa

		4. VENUE FOR WOCAL7

		4.1. Cameroon

		Informed that at last only one university had submitted a proposal to host WOCAL7, namely the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon

		Reviewed the situation at hand and noted that Pius Tamanji, the Head of Department is very active. Colleagues from several Cameroonian 
		universities are very enthusiastic about hosting the congress and will be able to set up an organizing committee; adequate facilities 
		and infrastructure are also present. 
		Gratien Atindogbé from the University of Buea, who is presently at the University of Cologne, was instrumental in the DAAD-sponsored Summer 
		School preceding WOCAL6. He got in touch with his colleagues about the Congress. At WOCAL6-Cologne, a total of 12 scholars from Cameroon 
		read their papers and several others were attending the congress.

		Agreed on Cameroon as the host country for WOCAL7, with Pius Tamanji acting as the congress chair.

		Emphasized the importance of a network to be set up prior to the congress, involving Cameroonian scholars as well as outside scholars 
		working in Cameroon. Maarten Mous has been asked to act as a coordinator of this Ad-hoc WOCAL Cameroon support network.

		Discussed the possible problem of SIL-dominance in Cameroon, as WOCAL is explicitly secular. The experience with the ACAL congress series 
		in this respect has been mentioned.

		Strong objections: individual SIL linguists are welcome; however, there should not be any institutional involvement of SIL. SIL publicity 
		should not be present at the WOCAL venue as well as in WOCAL publications and announcements.

		4.2. Stand by Venues

		- Botswana
		- Southern Africa (Kwazulu-Natal)




		5. PUBLICATION OF WOCAL PROCEEDINGS

		5.1. Proceedings of WOCAL5

		No proceedings were published, due to the fact that only a limited number of participants actually submitted their papers. Some of these 
		may be published within the volume for the Special WOCAL Brazil. The #6 should not be mentioned with this Special WOCAL-Brazil.

		5.2. Proceedings of Special WOCAL-Brazil

		The proceedings of Special WOCAL-Brazil will be published.

		5.3. Proceedings of WOCAL6 - Cologne

		The Proceedings of WOCAL6-Colognev will be published online and in print by the organizer Matthias Brenzinger and Anne-Maria Fehn as joint 
		editors. A strong point has been made that a paper copy should be available. The publication of the WOCAL-Brazil congress should appear as 
		the 5th WOCAL publication.

		6. THE WOCAL WEBSITE

		Agreed upon the main website will remain at Rutgers, with links to the website of the congress web pages; the African Sign Language Workshop 
		will be in charge of their own website and links should be included at the Rutgers WOCAL side. The WOCAL7 website should be based in Cameroon

		7. REMARKS ON THE WORKSHOP OF AFRICAN SIGN LANGUAGES

		Agreed upon the great success of the Workshop within the frame of WOCAL6-Cologne.

		Decided that the President through the General Secretary will invite the organizers of the 1st African Sign Workshop formally to be a 
		permanent part of WOCAL; they will be informed about the next venue and be made part of as well as benefit from the network for WOCAL7.

		Designated Matthias Brenzinger as contact person for the African Sign Language WOCAL Initiative.

		Agreed upon an amendment to the Constitution: „African languages, both spoken and signed“.

		8. MEMBERSHIP TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE

		8.1. Secretary General

		Agreed without objection that Matthias Brenzinger will remain Secretary General.


		8.2. Invitation to new members

		The following candidates were agreed upon:
		- Shigeki Kaji from Japan
		- Yamina El Kirat from Morocco
		- Adjaratou Sall from Senegal

		8.3. Promotion to full membership

		Promotion of Neville Alexander to become a full member of the Standing Committee.

		8.4. Co-opted members

		Decided that two persons representing the African Sign Language Workshop, a deaf and a hearing, should be promoted as co-opted members of 
		the WOCAL Standing Committee. 

		Decided that Karsten Legère will continue to serve as a co-opted member representing LoT - Languages of Tanzania - project.

		Agreed upon Pius Tamanji, as the WOCAL7congress chairperson is a co-opted member.

		Discussed: Sozinho Matsinhe is the new president of ACALAN and he asked to represent ACALAN in the position of a co-opted member in the 
		WOCAL standing committee. The secretary will wait for an official statement by ACALAN.

		8.5. Elders

		Agreed that this category of members is now formalized. It was agreed that former Presidents and Congress Chairs will automatically become 
		Elders, as long as they were not dismissed. The number of Elders not meeting the above mentioned criteria, but having been chosen to this 
		category (WOCAL elders) because of special service to WOCAL (including the WOCAL-founders?) is limited to three.

		9. ELECTION OF THE NEW PRESIDENT

		Akinbiyi Akinlabi was unanimously accepted as new President of WOCAL. He accepted.

 
		Report of an additional meeting: 

				MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE AD-HOC SUPPORT GROUP OF WOCAL7-CAMEROON,
					    THURSDAY, 20TH AUGUST 2009 IN COLOGNE, GERMANY
						   (taken down by Matthias Brenzinger)

		Present:

		Maarten Mous (Head of Ad-Hoc Support Group of WOCAL7-Cameroon)
		Herman M. Batibo (President of the WOCAL Standing Committee)
		Matthias Brenzinger (Secretary General of the WOCAL standing committee)
		Ekkehard Wolff
		Mark van de Velde
		Raimund Kastenholz
		Roger Blench
		Pius Tamanji
		Roland Kießling
		Gratien Atindogbé
		Dmitry Idiatov
		Doreen Schröter
		Rebecca Voll
		Marieke Martin
		Laura Robson
		Daniel Duke
		Nobutaka Kamei

		Others to be informed:

		Bruce Connell
		Carole de Féral
		Jeff Good
		Britta Neumann


		The Ad-hoc WOCAL7-Cameroon support group consists of people with research projects and interests in Cameroon.

		Suggestion: The group stressed the importance of including travel to Cameroon in their project for the time of the WOCAL7-Cameroon congress 
		in August 2012.

		Suggestion: To invite speakers and co-investigators of language projects in Cameroon to the congress and offer an opportunity to set 
		research on the spot.

		AfSL: Nobutaka Kamei offered to be instrumental in getting a AfSL workshop organized.

		Suggestions: Herman Batibo suggested that the organizer might consider the following points:

		1.	WOCAL7-Cameroon organizing committee( is there an efficient cooperative team)
		2.	Is the venue available and facilities suitable?
		3.	Corresponding facilities such as Internet available?
		4.	Institutional support?
		5.	Accommodation
			Transport (from outside and inside Africa) 

		Envisaged problems: Visa for Cameroon may take a long time, application process should start in time.