July 2017 - In This Issue

Important Dates

July 17
Confere nce Bulletin Board: Deadline for submissions

Conference event proposals form opens

Early August
Seminar topics selected and announced

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)

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

Welcome New Board Members
Paula Massood, President-Elect

Paula J. Massood is a Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Film and the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is also on the doctoral faculty in the Program in Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY, which she joined in 2007. She has served both as Chair of the Department of Film and as Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Brooklyn College. Prior to joining Brooklyn College in 1999, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College.  Massood has been an active member of SCMS since 1990 and previously served on the SCMS Board from 2002-2005 and as SCMS Treasurer from 2008-2011.

Bambi Haggins, Treasurer

Bambi Haggins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at University of California, Irvine. Haggins has been an active member of SCMS since 1996, and has served as a Board Member, as the Co-Chair of the African/African-American Caucus and the Caucus Coordinating Committee, as a member of the Nominating Committee and as a facilitator of media literacy community engagements at the Washington, D.C. and Chicago conferences. Haggins is also on the Board for Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism.

Miranda Banks, Board Member

Miranda Banks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual & Media Arts at Emerson College.  As part of her research and teaching, she has received fellowships from the Academy of Television Arts and Science and the National Association of Television Program Executives, as well as an invitation to attend the Television Critics Association 2008 summer press tour. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive and the Board of the Console-ing Passions Conference.  Banks has been an active member of SCMS since 2000.  She was among the group of academics who revived the Women's Caucus in 2009, serving as Co-Chair for 2 years.  

Michael Curtin, Board Member

Michael Curtin is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with affiliated appointments in Global Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. He is also lead professor of the Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative and associate researcher at the Center for Sociological and Political Research in Paris. Curtin is co-founder and former co-director of the Media Industries Project of the Carsey-Wolf Center. Curtin has been a member of SCMS since 1988 and has served on the board of  Cinema Journal.  He participated in the organization and launch of the Media Industries SIG and has been involved with the Television Studies and Transnational Cinemas SIGs.  

Amber Hodge, Graduate Student Representative

Amber P. Hodge is a third-year PhD student in American Literature at the University of Mississippi. Her dissertation will address the problem of the human in the global southern gothic. Amber is also working on a graduate minor in Gender Studies with research that examines representations of the abject and/or hyper-gendered body across boundaries of class, race, region, and sexuality. Amber earned a BA in English and MA in American Studies from the College of William and Mary and a MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Executive Director's Note
Dear SCMS Members,

The enthusiasm within the ranks of the SCMS Board and Home Office continues to grow as we begin putting the pieces together for the 2018 Toronto Conference. I am happy to report that the 2018 Host Committee will be chaired by Charlie Kiel of the University of Toronto. He will be joined by Michael Zryd of York University, Kass Banning, also of the University of Toronto, and Dimitrios Latsis of Ryerson University. Plans are well underway for a Saturday night Host Event that is shaping up to have broad appeal and serve as a fitting tribute to Toronto area film and media culture.

Please note the important conference deadlines listed in this issue of News Brief as many are fast approaching. We thank each of you who have submitted proposals for the new seminar format. With the topic submission deadline now behind us, the review process is underway. Notifications will go out to those whose topics were selected sometime in early August.

As we near the beginning of the 2017-2018 membership year on September 1, please consider urging your home institution to either join or renew their SCMS membership. You will find a link in this month's issue to all the details about the amenities offered to our institutional members as well as the various membership levels available. You may also click on the following link to see if your institution is currently a member:

Last week, we received an update from the National Humanities Alliance regarding pending legislation affecting the NEH and NEA. While the appropriations process is still in its early stages, there are promising indications that lawmakers are rejecting the president's proposal to defund NEH and NEA by recommending the funding of each at $145 million for the fiscal year 2018. More information and a link for taking action are provided for your convenience within the Community News and Events section.

Until next month, I hope you are enjoying your summer!

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
Spotlight on Barbara Klinger

By Steven Cohan, Past President

As Barb Klinger rotates off the Board of Directors following her six years as President-Elect (2011-13), President (2013-15), and Past President (2015-17), I am writing for the Board, current President Pam Wojcik, and for the organization at large, by taking this opportunity to thank her for her service to our organization. I wish to point out to members some of her achievements during her tenure as SCMS President. Under her leadership, important policies were crafted, ranging from usage of the SCMS logo to an updated statement about the political positions that SCMS is at liberty to take in order to be consistent with its mission statement; policies and protocols distinguishing caucuses and SIGs were clarified; SCMS's relation to the ACLS was strengthened; and an investment committee was formed to make recommendations about the society's portfolio. Until this past month, Barb also served on the Fieldnotes committee, which was launched during her presidency, as it began the process of recording, mostly on video, oral histories of cinema and media studies and of SCMS. Perhaps most important for the future of SCMS, under her leadership the new position of Executive Director was carefully defined, and a task force interviewed candidates and recommended Jill Simpson for the position. Barb then oversaw the transition in the home office as Jill came aboard. Subsequently, Barb chaired a subcommittee on restructuring the SCMS office and officer duties, and she began with Jill the work of better delineating the officer positions. It should be noted that during her presidency, Barb also served as chair of her department at Indiana University. She retired from there in 2015 as Provost Professor of Film and Media Studies. Her scholarship on melodrama and reception studies has long been influential, and she has the distinction of twice winning the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award. Now, as she returns to "civilian" life, she is finishing a book on the remediation of classic Hollywood films, using Casablanca as a case study, and, in a change of pace for her, is also working on European TV procedurals. Congratulations, Barb! We all look forward to your new scholarship and we know we will be seeing you at future SCMS conferences!

Membership Reminders
Members, the renewal period for the 2017-2018 membership year is now open. Please keep in mind the following changes:

Membership Year Shift
SCMS is in the process of shifting the membership year from September 1 - August 31 to July 1 -June 30. By shifting the membership year to begin July 1, it will align with SCMS's fiscal year.  In order to accommodate this transition, the 2017-2018 membership year will be only 10 months in duration, with your fees pro-rated accordingly (September 1, 2017-June 30, 2018).  All memberships will be pro-rated for this coming year only, and will resume at the normal 12-month membership year beginning July 1, 2018.

New Membership Levels
  • Retirees and pre-collegiate educators are welcome to renew or join at the "Under 15k" membership level.
  • Members in the income ranges of "$120,000-$139,999" and "Over 140,000" now have new rates.
More information about rates and the membership year can be found at:

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.

Leslie LeMond Promoted
Please join us in congratulating longtime SCMS Conference Manager, Leslie LeMond, on her recent promotion to Director of Conferences and Events for the Society. She also now serves as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors. Leslie represents a wealth of institutional knowledge having worked for SCMS for 19 years. While her duties will remain largely the same, Leslie's new title is a more fitting reflection of the level of work she does throughout the year in planning and executing the logistics of our annual conference. Leslie's well-developed negotiation skills, amazing attention to detail, and her unwavering commitment to SCMS and its members make her an invaluable asset to us all. Thank you and well done, Leslie!

Welcome Margot Tievant
Margot Tievant joined the SCMS Home Office on July 5 as our new Program Assistant. In her role, Margot will provide assistance directly to members and will assist the SCMS Home Office with daily administration and conference support. Margot relocated to Oklahoma last year after completing her Masters degree in North American Culture from Universite Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux.

SCMS wishes to welcome Margot to the Home Office!

Reminder: The deadline for Awards submissions and nominations is August 1, 2017.  
Materials mailed to the Home Office must arrive by August 3, 2017, 5:00PM CST.

2018 Awards - Nominations and Submissions
Since 1971, SCMS has annually honored the year's best in cinema and media studies scholarship, teaching, and professional service. The next round of awards will be presented at the 2018 SCMS Conference in Toronto, March 2018.
The submission period will end August 1, 5:00PM CST.

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Please email the SCMS Home Office with any questions at

The 2018 Annual Conference submissions portal is now open. 
The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2017, 5:00PM CST.

2018 Call for Proposals
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.

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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. 

Call for Event Proposals
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.  More information on submitting a special event proposal can be found here:

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

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:

The SCMS Fieldnotes project is pleased to present a new interview with foundational film and media studies scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson.

David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
interviewed by Charlie Keil
See all Fieldnotes interviews at:

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.



We're back from the spring semester and talking about graduation and protest, balancing SCMS leadership and research, and a digital research project in transnational streaming radio for your summer listening. We discuss the recent Notre Dame student walkout before presenting an interview with Steven Cohan on his article in the latest issue of Cinema Journal on Danny Kaye, Cohan's role as SCMS president, and the current functioning of the conference. Then we talk with Alec Badenoch on the web project Radio Garden ( and its impact in radio studies and wide usage by listeners.

Listen here:

2017 American Council of Learned Societies
Congratulations to the following SCMS members on receiving 2017 ACLS Fellowships!

Alex Hudgins Bush - Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Film and Media, University of California, Berkeley
Cold Storage: A Media History of the Glacier

Jennifer E. Cazenave - ACLS Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, World Languages, University of South Florida
An Archive of the Catastrophe: Recovering the Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann's "Shoah"

Aaron A. Gerow - ACLS Fellowship Program
Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Film and Media Studies, Yale University
The Theory Complex: A History of Japanese Film Thought

Noa Steimatsky - ACLS Fellowship Program
Visiting Scholar, Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
The Cinecittà Refugee Camp: History and Memory of a Movie Studio, 1944-1950

Sarah Ann Wells - ACLS Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Labor of Images: Work and its Discontents in Brazilian Cinema, 1975-Present

For an overview of all ACLS fellowship recipients, please refer to:

ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences.  The online fellowship and grant administration (OFA) system will open for applications in late July.  More information can be found at:

Important message from the NHA

Recently, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies approved a bill that would provide $145 million each for the NEH and the NEA in FY 2018.
This proposal is a strong rejection of the president's proposal to defund the Endowments.
That said, the $145 million amount is a $4.8 million decrease from FY 2017 levels and $10 million lower than we are requesting. Even though this reduction is fairly proportional to the overall reductions in the bill,  we will continue to advocate for an increase to the NEH's budget over the course of the appropriations process.  Read our analysis of the spending bill here  . 

While we are grateful for the subcommittee's support, the proposed reductions would reverse progress we have made through increased appropriations over the last year.   These increases fund initiatives such as Standing Together , which supports innovative humanities programs that address the needs of veterans not being met elsewhere.

Over the last six months, advocates have sent more than  150,000 messages  to Congress in support of funding for the NEH. Thank you for your advocacy. It has ensured that the congressional appropriations process started off with this positive step.

The appropriations process is still in its early stages, and we will continue to update you when urgent action is needed. In the meantime,  visit our Take Action
page  for multiple options for supporting the NEH.

We will also be in touch in the coming days about draft legislation for other humanities funding programs. We are seeing early signs that the Department of Education's international education programs may see severe threats but will know more in the coming days.

In Memoriam: Peter Bondanella (1943-2017)
It is with great sadness that the Society for Cinema and Media Studies notes the death of Peter Bondanella on May 28, 2017. Bondanella is perhaps best known for his foundational scholarship on Italian cinema and culture and for his deep commitment to undergraduate teaching and graduate mentoring.

Bondanella earned a BA in French and Political Science from Davidson College before receiving an MA in Political Science at Stanford and a Ph.D. in Comparative literature at the University of Oregon. While at Oregon, Bondanella taught himself Italian by translating literary works that would be central to his dissertation. He received an NEH award that allowed early career immersion experiences leading to his exceptionally detailed notes on Italian cinema which contributed to work such as Federico Fellini: Essays in Criticism (1978) and the acclaimed Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present (1983). Other scholarship by Bondanella includes, in part, The Films of Roberto Rossellini (1993), Umberto Eco and the Open Text: Semiotics, Fiction, Popular Culture (1997), and Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos (2004). His volume on Italian Cinema won the American Association of Italian Studies President's Award and saw multiple updated editions with over fifty printings "before," as Gino Moliterno notes, "being definitively recast in 2009 as the magisterial 700-page A History of Italian Cinema." The Cinema of Federico Fellini featured a foreword by Fellini himself and was awarded the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation Prize for Best Book in Italian Studies. Bondanella's The Eternal City: Roman Images in the Modern World (1987) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. During his career, Bondanella was awarded fellowships from the ACLS and NEH.

Bondanella taught at Wayne State University upon completion of his Ph.D. He joined the Indiana University faculty in Bloomington in 1972. At Indiana, Bondanella taught in the departments of Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Italian, and West European Studies. He chaired West European Studies for ten years. He is credited with founding Indiana's summer program in Florence which enabled student immersion in Italian language and culture. Bondanella served as President of the American Association for Italian Studies from 1984 to 1987. He was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. He was Mellon Visiting Professor at Tulane University in 2001. Bondanella retired from Indiana University in 2007.

Please see the following web-pages for additional tributes and details:  

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