May 2018 - In This Issue

Important Dates

May 25 
Deadline for committee volunteers nominations 

June 26
SCMS Awards n omination and submission period begins

2019 Seattle conference submission period begins

July 1
2018-2019 membership year begins

July 17
Deadline for bulletin board submissions

August 31
Deadline for call for proposals
2019 SCMS: Award Nomination and Submission Period Begins June 26

Since 1971, SCMS has annually honored the year's best in cinema and media studies scholarship, teaching, and professional service. 

The submission period for nominations opens Tuesday, June 26 and with a final deadline of  July 31st, 5:00PM CT for submissions. There is a two day grace period for printed material to be received by the SCMS Home Office.

For more information on SCMS's annual awards and submission/nomination requirements, please visit:
Renew Your SCMS Membership Today! 

The renewal period has begun for the 2018-2019 membership year beginning July 1, 2018. 

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 rates can be found here: 

If you have any issues or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SCMS Home Office at
Executive Director's Note
Dear SCMS Members,

Best wishes from the SCMS Home Office!  We are in preparation mode for the new membership year beginning July 1. This includes the calls for volunteers, SCMS awards, and conference proposal submissions. Timelines for each of these categories is provided in this issue of News Brief.

As you will recall, beginning with this membership year, our cycle begins July 1, 2018 and runs through June 30, 2019. The rates for both individual and institutional memberships will revert back to the 12-month tiers that were in effect prior to the 10-month pro-rated 2017-2018 membership cycle. Anyone joining this month will have their fee applied to the new membership year thereby receiving an additional two months for free.
I urge you to consider lending your talents to SCMS by signing up to become a committee volunteer. There is no better or more direct avenue for involvement and making your voice heard than through committee service. You will find links to information on the various types of committees within the Society and the application form in this edition. Please note the upcoming application deadline of Friday, May 25 at 5:00PM CT.

It's not too late for Seattle area members to sign up to be a part of the 2019 Seattle Host Committee.  We have provided a link to posted information on the SCMS website explaining what service on the committee entails and examples of previous service timelines. Kirsten Moana Thompson of Seattle University will serve as this year's Committee Chair. 

In closing, I am very pleased to announce a new partnership with Oxford University Press providing SCMS members with a discount across OUP's large list of film and media studies publications.

As always, don't hesitate to let me or any member of the Board know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Jill Simpson
Executive Director

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

Past-President, 2017-2019

Web Content Manager

Director of Conferences and Events

Representative of SCMS Institutional Home

Executive Director
2018 Conference Survey - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's conference survey. We received 340 responses this year, all of which will be carefully reviewed by the Board of Directors, Home Office, and Director of Conferences and Events. 

As planning for each conference begins several years in advance, change takes time and is based on many considerations intended to serve the needs of the membership as a whole. Using your feedback, we have incorporated many improvements and cost-saving measures, and will continue to do so.

Program Chair, Paula J. Massood
Host Committee Chair, Kirsten Moana Thompson

For more information, click here

If you are interested in being part of the 2019 Host Committee for the upcoming SCMS conference in Seattle, please contact the SCMS Home Office at

Reminder: Call for Committee Volunteers ends May 25th, 2018.

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 2018-2019 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 25, 2018 at 5:00PM CT.  

If you have any questions regarding SCMS service, please contact the Home Office at

2019 Conference Bulletin Board Now Open
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  Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 5:00PM CT.   To be able to submit an announcement, individuals must be SCMS members. All chairs/organizers must notify individuals of acceptance or rejection by Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  

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 Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 5:00PM CT.
Seattle 2019 Conference Proposals
Coming Soon

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies announces its call for proposals for the 2019 conference. 

Please join us Wednesday, March 13-Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

The 2019 SCMS Conference Program Committee welcomes quality paper, panel, workshop, and roundtable proposals on any topic related to cinema and media studies. 

Proposal submission forms will be available through the SCMS website Tuesday, June 26, 2018.  The deadline for proposals is Friday, August 31, 2018, 5:00PM CT.

We will also be offering seminar sessions again in 2019, after their great success this year.  More information to come!
Announcing Cinema Journal 57.3

Cinema Journal's latest volume is now available! 

Complete issues with full-text articles (from 1999 to present) are also available to members to read online at Project Muse. 

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.

For more information about Cinema Journal, click here

Chuck Kleinhans Tribute

On Friday, March 16th, SCMS members gathered to pay tribute to late colleague Chuck Kleinhans, whose scholarship, teaching, personal warmth, political convictions,  and boundless mentoring across so many fields in media studies made such a difference in so many lives.   
Testimonials can be view ed here:

The SCMS Fieldnotes project is pleased to present new interviews with foundational film and media studies scholars Timothy Corrigan, Donald Crafton and Marcia Landy.

Timothy Corrigan 
interviewed by Patricia White

Donald Crafton
interviewed by Nicholas Sammond

Marcia Landy
interviewed by Luca Caminati

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. 

Congratulations, Joshua Nelson! 

Congratulations to SCMS ex-officio board member Joshua Nelson, who was named a President's Associates Presidential Professor at the 2018 University of Oklahoma  Faculty Tribute Ceremony. 
Joshua is the Director of Film and Media Studies and Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma where he is also affiliated faculty with Native American Studies. 

Presidential professorships were established to recognize those faculty members  who excel in all of their professional activities and who relate those activities to the students they teach and mentor. 

This is a big honor and richly deserved! 


April 20, 2018 

As spring zooms along as a semester and lags behind as a season, we bring you a new episode of Aca-Media with two segments that speak to our current times. First, we present different reflections on and strategies for "Teaching in Trump Times," composed of submissions from educators across cinema and media studies, representing diverse contexts and experiences in the field. Second, from Fieldnotes, the ongoing oral history project by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, we present a wide-ranging interview with Hamid Naficy conducted by Kaveh Askari.

Listen here:

Oxford University Press Partnership

Oxford University Press is thrilled to partner with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies! 
SCMS members can now enjoy an exclusive 20% off discount across OUPs vast film and media studies list, including American Obscurantism: History and the Visual in U.S. Literature and Film by Peter Lurie, and Moving Pictures, Still Lives: Film, New Media, and the Late Twentieth Century by James Tweedie. 

To take advantage of the promotion, simply visit and add your chosen titles to your cart, proceed to checkout, and enter promo code SCMS20 in the box indicated. Bookmark the OUP link and check back often for new releases. 

Start saving today! And of course, follow @OUPAcademic for the latest news and insights!

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