April 2020 - In This Issue

Important Dates

May 22
Deadline for committee volunteer nominations.
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. If you are interested in taking an active role in SCMS leadership, we urge you to volunteer for Committee service.

To learn more about the various types of Committees that serve the SCMS membership,  click here .  

To volunteer to serve on a 2020-2021 SCMS committee, or to nominate a fellow SCMS member,  click here.  

Please note, all committee members must be current SCMS members in good standing. The deadline for nominations is  Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00PM CT.  

If you have any questions regarding SCMS service, please contact the Home Office at
President's Letter
As we enter the second month of social distancing and quarantine, I hope that this message finds you healthy and safe. While we've had to adjust to the "new normal" of on-line teaching, research, and administration, I think I speak for the majority when I say that it hasn't been an easy transition, especially for those who enjoy the intellectual exchange of the classroom. Yet, even during this difficult time the SCMS membership has shown its ingenuity and adaptability through an abundance of actions: from sharing on-line teaching tips via social media to donating and deferring conference registration fees in a show of support for the Society. Let me thank you for your generosity, especially when so many institutions are facing draconian cost-cutting measures that affect many of us personally. As well, thank you for the messages of encouragement and support you've sent over the recent weeks. Please keep them coming, and please remember to share any good news with us through #SCMSGoodNews. And finally, the SCMS staff continues to be invaluable in keeping the Society running, and I want to thank Erfana Enam, Margot Tievant, Mona Springfield, Molly Youngblood, and Leslie LeMond for their tireless work over the last six weeks. We do not know what the future will bring, but SCMS is as committed as ever to supporting our community, particularly our graduate students and those precariously employed, as much as we can. I hope to see you all in person in Chicago next year!

Be well,

Erfana Enam
Financial Analyst

Mona Springfield
Program Coordinator

Communications Coordinator


President, 2019-2021

President-Elect, 2019-2021

Secretary, 2019-2021

Bambi Haggins
Treasurer, 2017-2020


Miranda Banks


Elizabeth Evans

Rebecca Gordon
Precarious Labor Representative
2019- 2022

Cara Dickason
GSO Representative

Racquel Gates


Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Editor, 2018-2022

Director of Conferences and Events

Representative of SCMS Institutional Home

Pamela Wojcik
Past-President, 2019-2021
Program Chair,  Priscilla Peña Ovalle

If you are interested in being part of the 2021 Host Committee for the upcoming SCMS conference in Chicago, please contact the SCMS Home Office at

Find more information on the host committee's work here
JCMS 59.3 Coming Soon
The latest issue of  Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (JCMS),  is coming soon.

Complete issues with full-text articles (from 1999 to present) are also available to members to read online at Project Muse. 
Click  here to read the latest volume of  Journal of Cinema and Media Studies online. 

Journal of Cinema and Media Studies is published quarterly by the University of Texas Press, in cooperation with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Members of the society receive the journal as one of the benefits of membership.

The staff of the Home Office continues to work remotely. Until further notice, the University of Oklahoma campus (which houses the home office) is closed to non-essential personnel.

For SCMS inquiries, instead of using email or phone,  please visit this form . Due to the increased number of emails received, the form is allowing us to work through concerns and questions as quickly as we can.
SCMS is proud to join other learned societies in cosigning the ASA Statement Regarding Faculty Review and Reappointment Processes During the COVID-19 Crisis. 

Read the full statement  here
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. 

See all interviews at:

Charles Wolfe
interviewed by Patrice Petro

Congratulations 2020 Guggenheim Fellows!
We are proud to announce several of our members have been awarded grants by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation! Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition. Congratulations! Honors greatly deserved.

Patrick Jagoda
University of Chicago
Read more about Patrick Jagoda's work  here

Jeffrey Sconce
Northwestern University
Read more about Jeffrey Sconce's here

Pamela Wojcik
University of Notre Dame
Read more about Pamela Wojcik's work here