August 2020 - In This Issue

Important Dates

September 15 
Deadline to submit conference proposals

October 2
Deadline for special event proposals
Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2021 SCMS Awards! We received a total of 395 submissions across 11 categories. All have been transferred to the judges. A decision will be made by the end of December.

Call for Special Event Proposals 

SCMS plans to program one special event per day of the conference, such as the 2021 SCMS Awards Ceremony and a special town hall, hosted by the Precarious Labor Organization, originally scheduled for 2020. 

We will host 3 more special events, for which members are invited to propose ideas. 
More information on special event proposals for 2021 can be found here.

The deadline for special event proposals is Friday, October 2, 5:00PM CT.
Erfana Enam
Financial Analyst

Mona Springfield
Program Coordinator

Communications Coordinator


President, 2019-2021

President-Elect, 2019-2021

Secretary, 2019-2021

Treasurer, 2020-2023




Jennifer Fuller


Rebecca Gordon
Precarious Labor Representative
2019- 2022


GSO Representative


Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Editor, 2018-2022

Director of Conferences and Events

Man-Fung Yip
Representative of SCMS Institutional Home

Pamela Wojcik
Past-President, 2019-2021
The 2021 Annual Conference submissions portal is now open. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2020, 5:00PM CT.
2021 Call for Proposals 
Please join us Wednesday, March 17 - Sunday, March 21, 2021. The pre-conference will take place March 5-6.
The 2021 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 Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 5:00 PM CT

Click here to access the conference submissions portal. (Use your username and password to login.) 

Please remember that you will not be required to join or renew your membership before submitting a 2021 conference proposal. 
If you are not currently a member, please create a registration account here. The registration account is free and will allow to access the submission portal for two weeks. 

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 September 15, 2020, 5:00PM CT. 

Click here to access the waiver request form. 

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. 

You can read the statement from the Board of Directors regarding the decision to hold the conference as a virtual event here.

As this format is new for all of us, we created an FAQ page. If you can not find an answer to your question, please use this form to contact us directly.
Announcing Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 59.4

The latest issue of Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (JCMS), is now available!

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.

SCMS wishes to thank the University of Texas Press and its team for a long and successful partnership in producing our journal.

Please let us know if you have work that has been recently, or is about to be, published by sending an email to with the subject line "SCMS Good Reads" so we can share the information in our newsletter or on social media!

All episodes of the series are now available on:

"Talking Television in a Pandemic" is a podcast series featuring scholars who will explore issues of epistemology, ideology, phenomenology, technology, and pedagogy in TV and TV Studies: how we are watching and feeling during these times, how TV is changing technologically and politically, how we think through TV and how we teach it.

Congratulations Racquel Gates, Named 2020 Academy Film Scholar
SCMS congratulates Racquel Gates from College of Staten Island, CUNY on being named 2020 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to support significant new works of film scholarship.  The Academy's cultural and educational wing - the Academy Foundation - annually awards grants to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Through the Foundation, the Academy also presents a rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.
For grant guidelines and information about the Academy Film Scholars program, contact Grants Manager Shawn Guthrie at, or visit

Read the full announcement here.