THE WORLD'S LARGEST ORGANIZATION DEVOTED 
TO  THE SCHOLARLY STUDY OF FILM AND MEDIA
June 2017 - In This Issue:

IMPORTANT DATES

JUNE 30
2018 Conference Call for Proposals
(Pre-Constituted Panels, Open Call Papers, Workshops, Roundtables, and Seminars)

2018 SCMS Awards Nominations and Submissions period begins.

JULY 14
Deadline for seminar proposals, 5:00PM CST

JULY 17
Conference Bulletin Board: Deadline for submissions

AUGUST 1
Deadline for awards submissions, form closes online, 5:00PM CST

AUGUST 3
Deadline for awards submission materials to be received by Home Office, 5:00PM CST

AUGUST 14
Conference Bulletin Board Deadline: Chairs/Organizers must notify individuals of acceptance or rejection

AUGUST 21
Conference Bulletin Board Deadline: Accepted participants must provide chair/organizer required information

AUGUST 31
Deadline for all other conference proposals, 5:00PM CST
(Pre-Constituted Panels, Open Call Papers, Workshops, Roundtables)

MARCH 14-18, 2018
2018 SCMS Annual Conference in Toronto

2018 CONFERENCE BULLETIN BOARD NOW OPEN 
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To encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas, SCMS operates an online forum page on which you can announce your proposed panel, workshop, or roundtable topics to solicit participants.
 
Full instructions and the link to post on the official Conference Bulletin board, please see: 

The deadline for bulletin board submissions is Monday, July 17, 2017, 5:00PM (CST ). 

To be able to submit an announcement, individuals must be SCMS members. All chairs/organizers must notify individuals of acceptance or rejection by Monday, August 14, 2017.

Individuals whose submissions are accepted
 for an advertised panel or workshop must provide the required information for completion of the proposal forms to the chair/organizer by Monday, August 21, 2017, 5:00PM CST

RENEW YOUR SCMS MEMBERSHIP TODAY!
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The renewal period has begun for the 2017-2018 membership year beginning September 1, 2017.

To renew your membership, please visit the SCMS website and follow these directions:
1. Log in as a member. 
2. In the My Profile area found on the top-right side of the webpage, select Membership Info. 
3. At this point you should be presented with the option to Securely renew your membership now. Simply click on this link and follow the directions.

More information on the membership year shift and the 10 month prorated membership rates can be found here: 
http://www.cmstudies.org/?page=MembershipRates

If you have any issues or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SCMS Home Office at scms-office@ou.edu.

2018 SCMS AWARDS
NOMINATIONS AND SUBMISSIONS BEGINS JUNE 30
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Since 1971, SCMS has annually honored the year's best in cinema and media studies scholarship, teaching, and professional service. 

For more information on SCMS's annual awards and submission/nomination requirements, please visit: http://www.cmstudies.org/page/awards .

The submission period for nominations opens Friday, June 30 and with a final deadline of August 1, 5:00PM for submissions. There is a two day grace period for printed material to be received by the SCMS Home Office.  

Executive Director's Note
Dear SCMS Members,

The past several months have been a troubling and uncertain time for all of us on many fronts. An area of shared concern has been the threat of elimination for both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  I applaud you for your efforts earlier this year in contacting your Congressmen and Congresswomen to raise your voices in support of both of these vital institutions during the first round of proposed budget cuts.  According to the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), the actions you took at that time, and the resulting show of solidarity moved the needle in our favor long enough for the NEH to survive the spring.   

On May 23, the Trump Administration's Presidential Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2018 was released. In the budget, there is a request for a small amount of funding for the NEH representing the salaries and expenses required to shut down the agency while honoring only pre-existing grant commitments.

It is important to remember that the budget request is just that, a request that will require full Congressional approval. As Congress begins its work on Fiscal Year 18, it is critical that they hear from their constituents now before any final decisions are made.  I urge you to once again consider taking action in support of the NEH by clicking the links we've provided in the Community News and Events Section of News Brief.  It will only take a couple of minutes of your time, but is so vitally important to all of us.  Your actions can make a difference.

Shifting gears, I would like to take a moment to bid a fond farewell to some of our valued board members who have also become friends.  June 30 marks the conclusion of terms for five individuals:  Barb Klinger, President-Elect, President, and Past President (2011-2017), Amanda Ann Klein, Treasurer (2014-2017), Mary Beltran and Mary Desjardins, Board Members-at-Large (2014-2017), and Juan Llamas Rodriguez, Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Representative (2015-2017).    

Thank you to each of you for bringing your passion, intellect, insight, and experience to the table at each and every board meeting.  I also appreciate that you kept the bar raised so high on behalf of SCMS and its members.  We will miss you and your many contributions. 

Looking to the future, on July 1, we will welcome to the table Paula Massood, President-elect, Bambi Haggins, Treasurer, Miranda Banks and Michael Curtin, Board Members-at-Large, and Amber Pualani Hodge, GSO Representative, all newly-elected board members who will, no doubt, bring fresh ideas and new viewpoints to the board.

Jill Simpson
SCMS OFFICE STAFF
Executive Director

Financial Analyst

Program Coordinator 

Program Assistant 
SCMS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
OFFICERS
President, 2015-2017

President Elect, 2015-2017

Secretary, 2015-2018

Treasurer, 2014-2017

BOARD MEMBERS
Mary Beltrán
2014-2017 
2014-2017

2015-2018
2015-2018

2016-2019

2016-2019

NON-VOTING MEMBERS 
Cinema Journal Editor, 2012-2017

Web Content Manager

Past-President, 2015-2017

Conference Manager

Representative of Home Office

Executive Director
REMINDER: SEMINAR TOPICS
DUE JULY 14
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As a reminder, SCMS is offering on an experimental basis the option of seminars

Seminars are sessions in which participants will submit  short papers in advance and everyone will read each other's papers before the conference.
The seminars will therefore function as 
a colloquium.

Seminars will be vetted separately from other proposals, and will have an earlier deadline and a shorter submission period

Proposed seminar topics can be submitted beginning Friday, June 30th through the conference proposal portal and will only have a submission window of two weeks. 

The deadline for seminar topic submissions is Friday, July 14th, 5:00PM CST.  

The seminar topics selected and a call for participants will then be posted in the August News Brief.   Full descriptions of seminars and instructions on submitting can be found here.

THANK YOU TO OUR
COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS
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Thank you to all of our members who volunteered for committee service in the upcoming year.  

SCMS depends on the dedicated work of our membership. Each level of our governance, from the Officers and Board of Directors to members of Standing and Annual Committees are volunteers.  

All available committee positions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors at the June meeting.  Volunteers will be contacted between mid-June to mid-July to confirm committee assignments.  

The SCMS Fieldnotes project is pleased to present new interviews with foundational film and media studies scholars Michele Hilmes, Ana Lopez, Michael Renov, and Lynn Spigel.




Michele Hilmes 
interviewed by Neil Verma




Ana Lopez 
interviewed by Cristina Venegas




Michael Renov
interviewed by Patricia Zimmerman




Lynn Spigel
interviewed by Elana Levine
See all Fieldnotes interviews at: http://www.cmstudies.org/?page=fieldnotes

Fieldnotes is an SCMS project to conduct, circulate and archive interviews with pioneers of film and media studies. In addition to recognizing the contributions of key scholars, the project also aims to foster knowledge of and interest in the diverse and dynamic developments that have shaped -- and continue to shape -- our expanding field.

RESPONSE TO SUNY STONY BROOK PROPOSAL
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On behalf of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Board of Directors, President Steven Cohan recently wrote a letter to SUNY Stony Brook's Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences  to express deep concern that SUNY Stony Brook is proposing to suspend its undergraduate major in Cinema and Cultural Studies, along with those in Comparative Literature and Theatre Arts, and to end the doctoral programs in Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, and Hispanic Languages and Literature.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS
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APPLY TO AN OBJECT LESSONS WORKSHOP
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

How can scholars and nonfiction authors write for broader audiences while maintaining intellectual rigor and developing their academic profiles?

WHAT IS IT? 
This institute is designed for academics and writers who seek to write and publish for broad audiences, particularly about contemporary technology, everyday objects, and digital culture. The institute's workshops-geared to scholars as well as nonfiction writers from across disciplines-aim to better equip participants to pitch their ideas and publish their writing in venues that exist fruitfully between both traditional academic and trade publishing routes. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN? 
The workshops will feature lectures and practical exercises from the organizers, as well as discussions with visiting experts in journalism and publishing (trade and academic). Topics covered will include pitching, proposing, and crafting articles and book manuscripts. The expected outcome of the workshops is for each participant to leave with a project suitable and ready to pitch and/or propose to a publisher or other venue. Such projects include (but are not limited to) online articles, longform essays, and general audience books. 

WHO IS PUTTING THIS ON? 
The hosts are Dr. Ian Bogost and Dr. Christopher Schaberg, founding editors of the Object Lessons essay and book series published by The Atlantic and Bloomsbury. Bogost and Schaberg-along with guest authors, editors, and publishers- will help participants navigate the new frontiers of academic publishing and increasing pressures on the academy to make its work legible to broad audiences. 

WHEN AND WHERE IS IT? 
The institute will offer four separate two-day workshops, coinciding with major academic field conferences: 
  • Early November, 2017. Tempe, AZ. (around the annual conference of the Society for the study of Literature, Science, and the Arts [SLSA], Nov 9-12, 2017) 
  • Late November, 2017. Washington, DC. (around the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association [AAA], Nov 29-Dec 3, 2017) 
  • Early January, 2018. New York City. (around the annual convention of the Modern Language Association [MLA], Jan 4-7, 2018) 
  • Early March, 2018. Tampa, FL. (around the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs [AWP], Mar 7-10, 2018.)

HOW DO I APPLY? 

Apply online at: http://objectsobjectsobjects.com/workshop/ 

Applications due by June 30, 2017. Travel stipends will be provided.

 

Important message from the NHA

Recently,  the Trump Administration released its Presidential Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2018. This document expands on a budget blueprint released in March that called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As anticipated, this detailed request reiterates the earlier call to abolish the NEH, along with several other humanities funding streams.  Read more. 

Congress will now get to work on its own budget and appropriations process. Humanities advocates have spoken out forcefully in recent months, and it is having an impact .

Take Action
We need to keep the pressure on to #SavetheNEH.
Contact your Representative and Senators  right now to urge them to support the NEH and other humanities funding. 

Want to do more?
Visit our  Take Action page for several other ways to support the humanities and recruit more advocates to do the same.
This is likely to be a long battle. We will keep you informed as the situation develops and let you know about key moments when you can make a difference.

-- Stephen Kidd, Executive Director

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