Henk van Riemsdijk and Martin Everaert served as advisory members for many years (in addition to the regular GLOW board members), but decided to resign last year. A heartfelt thank you to both of them for their invaluable feedback and many contributions to GLOW over the years.
Moving forward, we are happy to announce that David Pesetsky has agreed to serve as a new advisory member for GLOW and help us in the process of restructuring GLOW. Welcome, David!
GLOW has gone through some difficult times. Our goal is and always has been to represent the community in the best way. For that reason, we are committed to listening to criticism and find the fairest way to address it. As a reaction to urges by the LODGI group, we attended to their concerns by asking the community about whether a new vote on the venue for GLOW47 should be conducted or not. We realize that this step was considered inappropriate by some people, but this was the only way for us to see whether the broad community sees a need to readdress the issue.
In the course of this process, we took the long overdue opportunity to revisit the inadequacy of the archaic GLOW voting system of GLOW, and move to a fully democratic system. After another administrative vote, the actual vote on the venue yielded a small majority against holding GLOW in Israel. The entire process was difficult and more than unfortunate for the organizers in Israel, for which we apologized to them, but we hope that our transparent way to deal with what felt like an impossible situation at least shows that we only had the best intentions.
In reaction to this outcome, again various criticism was received, which we are taking very seriously. For one, we are generally moving to a democratic online voting system to allow the entire GLOW membership to participate (not just whoever happens to be present at the business meeting) and enable each member to voice their opinion freely and secretly. We are also considering a better way of choosing and approving conference venues in the future so that such an unfortunate situation won’t arise again. Lastly, and most importantly, we are planning a broader discussion with the entire generative community about some fundamental issues regarding the GLOW organization: the purpose of GLOW, the way GLOW can serve the generative community, the name of the society, the geographical range, and others. Our goal is to strengthen generative linguistics and support its members in the best way possible, and we will be reaching out to the community with various options soon and throughout the year.
We hope that you support us in doing so.
The vote about GLOW 47 in Israel has finished.
- 113 of the total of 170 members (66%) cast a valid vote.
- 52 members (46% of the valid votes cast) were in favor of GLOW 47 in Israel.
- 61 members (54% of the valid votes cast) were against GLOW 47 in Israel.
The General Assembly has thus decided that GLOW 47 will not take place in Israel.
Herewith the search for a new venue for GLOW 47 (2024) is initiated. If you have a proposal, please don’t hesitate to share it with the board. Our hope is that a new venue can be confirmed at GLOW 46 in Vienna.
Following the advisory vote which took place in January, the GLOW board has decided to organize a new vote about GLOW 47 in Israel. This vote is planned to start on Thursday 16 February, at 17:00 CET.
After the vote is opened, no members can be added to the voting pool anymore. Only active GLOW members are eligible to vote.
If you took part in GLOW in person last year, it is likely that you are still a member. If you are unsure whether you are currently a member, feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not a member yet and wish to cast a vote, please register for the GLOW membership by Tuesday 14 February. Note that the GLOW membership only counts as active after payment has been received.
The 46th GLOW Colloquium will take place at the University of Vienna and the University of Graz on 12th-14th April, 2023.
Additionally to the main session, there will be two thematic workshops:
11th April: Workshop on Pronouns, University of Graz
15th April: Workshop on Phonology, University of Vienna
Find more information at the GLOW46 website!