August 2017 - In This Issue

Important Dates

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

August 15
Cinema Journal survey sent

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)

Deadline for Cinema Journal survey

September 15
Deadline: Conference event proposals due

Late October
Accept/decline notices for conference proposals sent.
Conference waiver confirmations sent.
Early conference registration opens
($160 Member/Non-Member, $90 Student Rate)
Seminar sign-ups open.

Preliminary draft of conference schedule is posted to the SCMS website.

December 21
Early conference registration rates end 11:59 PM EST. Regular conference registration rate begin at 12:00AM EST, December 22. ($220 Member/Non-Member, $140 Student Rate)

January 16 
Deadline for conference program corrections (updated affiliation, misspellings, etc.), 5:00PM CST

January 31
Deadline: Presenter deadline for 2018 Conference - must register by 5:00PM CST to be listed in final conference program (online PDF and printed) and conference mobile app.

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

Reminder - Conference Proposals and Waiver Requests Due August 31
Please join us Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. The 2018 SCMS Conference Program Committee welcomes quality proposals on any topic related to cinema and media studies.

See  Submitting a Proposal to SCMS: Guide for Success  for helpful tips on submitting a proposal and read through the   Conference FAQs  for more information.  

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 31, 2017, 5:00 PM CST.
(Use your username and password to login.)

Waiver Requests
A waiver of the conference registration fee and/or SCMS membership requirement may be granted in exceptional circumstances for media practitioners and artists or renowned scholars from other disciplines whose contributions would illuminate the panel or workshop topic. If chairs or organizers will be requesting a waiver for any panel, workshop, or roundtable participant, a waiver form (ONE request per submission form) must be submitted online by August 31, 2017, 5:00PM CST.

Note: Open call participants and graduate students do not qualify for these waivers. Artists, renowned scholars or filmmakers from other disciplines cannot receive a registration and/or membership waivers in two consecutive years. 

2018 Conference Special Event Proposals

Call for Special Event Proposals
We are now accepting proposals for 2018 conference events. At least two of the special events featured at the 2018 Toronto conference will be chosen from proposals submitted by Caucuses and Scholarly Interest Groups (SIGs). Selected events will be scheduled for the evenings of Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15.  Organizers are encouraged to collaborate with other SCMS groups and also to seek the support and sponsorship of SCMS standing committees if appropriate.  

In an effort to make the process more intuitive going forward, we recently revised our conference event application form to include additional questions. You will notice that we now require that you check your intended venue for availability prior to submitting your form. If you do not already have a venue in mind, please refer to the list of Toronto-area university facilities linked below. The new budget template lists the key logistical considerations and A/V cost estimates you will need to be take into account when arriving at your total projected event costs.

The proposal form, budget form, and a list of venues in Toronto available for special events can be found here:

The deadline for special event proposals is Friday, September 15, 2017, 5:00PM CST.

Executive Director's Note
Dear SCMS Members,

With only three weeks until our 2018 conference proposal deadline of August 31, submissions are starting to trickle in at a steady flow.  If possible, I urge you to consider submitting your proposal well in advance of the deadline in order to ensure a smooth process and avoid potential headaches. Historically, a large volume of submissions have been submitted during the last hour of the final day, slowing the portal to a crawl and resulting in system delays or failures.  We have implemented a brand new proposal portal this year designed to handle a larger volume of submissions, but I would still urge you to err on the side of caution.

You will find details regarding the 2018 call for conference event proposals in this issue.  The Board recently collaborated on the creation of a new event proposal form. Financial Analyst Bruce Brasell created a new event budget template that includes detailed instructions along with some sample costs for your reference.  Additionally, I worked with the Toronto Host Committee in putting together a list of potential event venues, their capacities, and their screening capabilities.  You will find all of the information linked in the Call for Conference Event Proposals section. We hope you will find the information helpful as you consider both the logistics and the costs of putting your event together.  

In closing, please take a few moments to complete the Cinema Journal survey you will be receiving on August 15.  It was created by incoming Cinema Journal Editor Caetlin Benson-Allott asking for your feedback.  We very much value your input at this transitional moment as we plot the future course of the journal.  The deadline for responding will be Thursday, August 31.

Best wishes,

Jill Simpson
Executive Director

Financial Analyst

Program Coordinator 

Program Assistant 
President, 2017-2019

Paula Massood

President-Elect, 2017-2019

Secretary, 2015-2018

Bambi Haggins
Treasurer, 2017-2020

Miranda Banks




Cinema Journal Editor, 2018-2022

Cinema Journal Editor, 2012-2017

Past-President, 2017-2019

Web Content Manager

Director of Conferences and Events

Representative of SCMS Institutional Home

Executive Director
Cinema Journal Survey Coming Soon!
Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming member survey on Cinema Journal. As Caetlin Benson-Allott and her team take the helm, they seek your feedback on how you read Cinema Journal and how it can be improved. All feedback (negative and positive) will be appreciated. The survey will be sent out on August 15 for completion by August 31. Thanks in advance!

2017 SCMS-U Report

The Fifth Annual SCMS-U Conference was held at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) from April 21 through April 23, 2017.  A total of 24 undergraduate students present their papers over two days. The quality of the papers, presentations, and the ability of the students to offer and field questions was remarkable. Furthermore, all students managed to work within the time constraints and the question and discussion sessions were incredibly active and supportive. The conference was a great success (in no small part due to the good fortune of unseasonably warm and sunny weather) and students were pleased with the sense of community that was created.

The next SCMS-U Conference will be hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University on April 6-7, 2018.  More information coming soon.  If your institution is interested in hosting an SCMS-U Conference in the future, please contact the SCMS Home Office at

Members - Renew Your Membership Today!

The 2017-2018 membership year begins on September 1, 2017.
Please renew your membership and update your member profiles today!  

As a reminder, new and renewing members for 2017-2018 will now have an expiration date of June 30, 2018. In order to accommodate this transitional 10-month membership (September 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), all memberships will be pro-rated for this coming year only.  

More information about membership levels and rates can be found here:

Please remember that renewing at the appropriate income level and considering a further donation helps keep SCMS accessible to graduate students and under-resourced colleagues -- especially at a time when travel funds and research support are declining at many of our home institutions. 

Institutional membership represents a significant engagement with current scholarship, theory, criticism, education, and practice in the study of cinema and media.  Allow us to help you increase exposure and heighten awareness of your organization with our audience of highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students, precollege teachers, postdocs and professionals in media and film studies. 

Sign up your department, program, or office for SCMS institutional membership and ensure that you and your colleagues have timely access to valuable resources.  For more details about becoming an institutional member, please visit:

Announcing Cinema Journal 56.4

Members,  Cinema Journal 's latest volume will be arriving in your mailboxes soon! 

SCMS members also have access to complete issues with full-text articles (from 1999 to present) available online via Project Muse. Click here to read Cinema Journal online .

Cinema Journal 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.

We are pleased to announce that the 2017-18 ACLS competitions are now open for many programs. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at

Application deadlines vary by program: 
September 27, 2017
ACLS Fellowships (the central program, which includes several joint and named awards) ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (including opportunities specifically for liberal arts college faculty) 

October 25, 2017
Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs - Fellowships for Scholars Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 

November 2, 2017
African Humanities Program 

November 8, 2017
Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants in China Studies Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in China Studies Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences) - pending renewal of funding 

November 15, 2017
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations 

January 10, 2018
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies 

March 2018 (date TBA) 
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows 

The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2016-17 competition year, ACLS awarded over $20 million to more than 325 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows' and grantees' profiles and research abstracts are available at

SCMS is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity.  Please consider making a contribution today.