November 2019 - In This Issue
Important Dates

November 15
Full Membership sign up for seminars closes at 5PM CT

December 15 
Fall Fundraising Campaign ends

Mid December
Conference schedule published on the website

Correction form open for any changes to paper titles, affiliations, etc...

December 20
Early conference registration rates end 11:59 PM EST. Regular conference registration rate begin at 12:00AM EST, December 22. ($220 Regular Registration Rate, $140 Student Rate) 

Deadline for Travel Grant and waiver applications

January 14
Deadline for conference program corrections (updated affiliation, misspellings, etc.), 5:00PM CST

April 1-5 
2019 SCMS Annual Conference in Denver

Join us for #SCMS20 in Denver!
We invite you to join us for the 2020 SCMS Conference in Denver! Over 400 sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and special events-will be offered.  The conference will take place at the Sheraton Downtown Denver in Denver, Colorado, USA.

2020 Conference Registration Rates
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (through December 20, 2019 11:59 CT):  $160.00 USD
Student Rate:   $90.00 USD

REGULAR PRE-REGISTRATION (December 21, 2019-February 14, 2020 11:59 CT):  $220.00 USD
Student Rate:   $140.00 USD

LATE REGISTRATION (February 15 - April 5,
2020)$230.00 USD 
Student Rate: $150.00 USD

*Conference presenters who have not joined or renewed their SCMS membership AND have not paid for the conference registration fee by Friday, January 24, 2020, 5PM CT will be deleted from the final printed program.

Please consider making a donation to the Fall Fundraising Campaign. Any amount matters and is greatly appreciated. 

More information here
Official Conference Hotel
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Pl
Denver, CO 80202

Situated in the heart of the city, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel gives travelers easy access to the best of the Denver. Ideally located on the popular 16th Street Mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade brimming with shopping, dining, nightlife and entertainment, our hotel places the city at your fingertips. Arrive with ease - the light rail is close by - then settle into our guest rooms and suites, each with our signature Sheraton Sleep Experience Bed, high-speed Wi-Fi and sweeping views of the city and mountains. Discover the ease of traveling to Denver, arrive at Denver International Airport, jump on the new University of Colorado A line train and get whisked away to Downtown in 35 minutes flat.

The American Institute of Architects recognized The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel with the 1961 AIA National Honor Award for its I.M. Pei Tower, an acclaimed modern architectural tower. This original mid-20th century project consisted of 4 buildings. Denver was the first American city to build a major development that combined a hotel, department store, parking & public space. Planning began in 1954, and the 22-story hotel was completed in 1960.

Find hotel amenities, photos, and other information on the Sheraton website.
The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is ADA compliant. All sessions at the 2020  c onference are accessible to people with disabilities. The conference will span mul t iple floors of the hotel with ADA Accessible Elevators connecting all areas. There are no restrictive steps that impede full hotel access. Th e hotel is spacious and events ma y be rather far apart for some with mobility issues. Please visit  for more information and our accommodation request form.
Sheraton is committed to doing the right thing for the environment, our guests,  and for the communities in which we operate. Sustainability is one of their key investmen ts. They have an integrated, holistic approach that carries through hotel development, operating principles, and community partnerships.
The Sheraton is pursuing a triple-bottom-line approach to sustainability and responsible behavior. A few of the Sheraton Downtown Denver's most current initiatives are:
  • Partnership with Make-A-Wish, Colorado ProStart, Children's Miracle Network- Children's Hospital Colorado, Habitat for Humanity, and other local organizations.  As a hotel had 10,333 collective hours of volunteer events and opportunities. 
  • Composting of all food waste from banquet events, kitchen preparations and associate cafeteria, with an average of 546,000 pounds of food composted each year
  • Elimination of styrofoam from entire hotel and introduction to compostable containers
  • Wines on tap to reduce use of bottles in our venues
  • Through renovation in 2009, Sheraton reduced energy consumed by 1,194,815 kwh, diverting 679 tons of Co2 from the atmosphere.
  • More information can be found by visiting 


Single               $189 USD/night
Double              $189 USD/night

NOTE:  Please support SCMS and the conference by reserving your room at the conference hotel. SCMS reserves a block of discounted rooms for attendees. If these rooms are not booked, the conference must pay a sizeable penalty.


Reservations will be accepted until the  cut-off date of Friday, March 6, 2020 -based on availability.  However, reservations should be made as soon as possible as we expect the hotel to sell out early (well before the cut-off date). When the conference hotel is sold out, we will post overflow information on this page.
If you have problems, please email

Please find more informations about hotel reservations here

Travel discounts for this year's conference are provided by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and more! Click  here  for more information and to access the discount codes. 

SCMS is now be accepting exhibitors and advertisers for SCMS 2020 - join us at the Sheraton Downtown Denver! Please click here  for more information. 
Entering our 61st year, the Society for Cinema & Media Studies serves to promote all areas of cinema and media studies within universities and two-and four-year colleges; to encourage and reward excellence in scholarship and writing; to facilitate and improve the teaching of cinema and media studies as disciplines; to advance multi-cultural awareness and interaction; to serve its members' professional needs and concerns; to strengthen the ties between the academic community and those who interact with it, from the media industries to the government to the public at large; and to promote the preservation of our film, television, and media heritage. The annual SCMS Conference Exhibit Area is an integral part of spreading the word to our members of the size and scope of the academic publishing industry as well as other publishers, institutions and companies which serve the cinema and media studies community available in the US and around the world. 

The Exhibit Hall is a major attraction for attendees. In addition to our exhibit area, your organization also has an opportunity to sponsor items and special events and to purchase advertising in the conference program. The opportunities to put your organization in front of a membership of over 3,000 professionals from 38 nations are varied and many.  

In a survey of 2019 SCMS annual meeting attendees, over 90% stated that they visited the exhibit hall.

Executive Director's Note
Dear SCMS Members, 

This month's News Brief helps you get a jump start on all things Denver 2020! We have packed this issue with helpful resources including links to the conference registration page and the Sheraton Denver Downtown page. We have also provided travel discount information as well as travel grant and registration fee waiver information, applications, and deadlines. We urge you to make your preparations early and to let us know if we can assist you in any way.
In October, the SCMS Board of Directors was happy to welcome Rebecca Gordon. Rebecca, a lecturer in English and Cinema Studies at Northern Arizona University, was named to the Precarious Labor board seat in a September special election with a term running until 2022.  We are appreciative of the valuable insights and unique perspective she already shared at the October Board Meeting in Dallas.
At the invitation of Dean David Wrobel of the University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Arts and Sciences and SCMS Board Member and Chair of OU's Film/Media Studies Department Joshua Nelson, I am delighted to announce that SCMS will hold its second President's Lecture on OU's Norman campus in the spring of 2020. The dates and lecturer will be confirmed and shared in the near future. In November 2018, former SCMS President Steven Cohan delivered the first such lecture to an appreciative group of OU students, faculty and staff. 
I would like to express my gratitude to each of you for your amazing service to SCMS.   For those traveling over the holiday break, I wish you a safe journey and an abundant Thanksgiving.

Jill Simpson
Executive Director

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

Executive Director

Pamela Wojcik
Past-President, 2019-2021
Journal of Cinema and Media Studies

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.

Travel Grants and Registration Fee Waivers

The SCMS Board of Directors annually offers travel grants and registration fee waivers to encourage graduate students and underemployed/adjunct faculty who are on the annual conference program to attend. 

In 2019, SCMS received 228 applications for available Travel Grants. These awards are selected by lottery.  We strongly encourage more applicants across each category of award and encourage the membership at-large to continue to support the Travel Award Fund so as to provide as many grants as possible for this year's and future conferences. 

For full details and a link to apply, visit:

All applications are due on or before  Friday, December 20, at 5PM CT

Members, if you're looking for a fellow attendee to share the cost of a hotel room,  click  here   to access the Conference Roommate Forum.
Do not be misled by outside housing or travel agencies claiming to be the  of ficial, or an  of ficial, housing provider for the upcoming SCMS Annual Conference in Denver.
Unfortunately, unscrupulous providers sometimes claim to provide housing for meetings and conferences when they are in no way affiliated with the sponsoring organization. This practice is a  scam  that attendees should be aware  of  in order to avoid passing on personal or financial information. Reservations made by unaffiliated organizations may be illegitimate, not have the rooms to sell, have unreasonable cancellation or change penalties, or be completely non-refundable. 

Please notify us at  if you are contacted by any company claiming to provide housing for SCMS.

Travel Documents Reminder

A friendly reminder to our international members attending the conference: We recommend that you begin the process of securing any required travel documents, such as passports and visas, as soon as possible.    

Reminder: At the 2020 SCMS Conference, all seminars will be held  Sunday, April 5th at 9AM .  Seminars are not subject to the one-role policy, so you can be involved in a seminar and a panel, workshop or roundtable. Bear in mind, however, that if you sign up for a seminar, and you are also doing a panel, workshop or roundtable, we cannot guarantee the time slot for anything other than the seminars. While the program committee will do its best with scheduling, you should be prepared, if you sign up for a seminar, to be at the conference from Wednesday to Sunday.

To read more about seminar and sign up, please visit this page.
The sign-up period will end at  5PM CT, Friday November 15th.

Laura Marks 
interviewed by Peter Limbrick

Gina Marchetti 
interviewed by Stephanie DeBoer

Richard Abel 
interviewed by Donald Crafton
Video Interview Link
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. 

Message shared by Christina Gerhardt, SCMS Media & Environment Co-Chair
In a country as rich as ours, no working person should be trapped in poverty and everyone should have the opportunity to pursue an education.
Yet graduate workers--the extremely bright master's and PhD students who do much of the research, teaching and grading on campuses nationwide--often live in poverty with no benefits or access to affordable health coverage just to get an education. That's why, since their right to come together in a union was formally recognized, more than 25,000 graduate workers have used the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) process to do such.
Now, in response to their momentum, the Trump appointed NLRB has announced their plan to rule against them. In September, the NLRB issued a  notice of proposed rulemaking that would overturn Columbia University, 364 NLRB No. 90 (2016) by finding that graduate workers who perform services for financial compensation are not employees. 
We are asking organizations and allies of graduate workers to submit public comments to the NLRB to defend their rights. Also, please broadcast this to larger organizational lists to encourage as many public comments as possible. Comments can touch on the need for collective organizing and bargaining to improve working conditions, convey how heavily colleges and universities rely on graduate workers, and/or how graduate work provides valuable services to students and institutions.   
The public comment period ends November 22, 2019. Comments can be submitted here.

Please read Joy Connolly's letter on the value of academic societies which was recently published in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Read here

Join NHA on December 9th at 2:00 pm EST for their next  Between   Two   Bookshelves  webinar. The webinar will feature Rebecca Boggs, NEH senior program officer in the Division of Education Programs, in conversation with Scott Muir,  NHA 's project director for our Study the  Humanities  initiative. They will discuss NEH's  Humanities   Connections  grant program, which  seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education. Grants support innovative curricular approaches that foster partnerships between humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social sciences, natural sciences, and pre-service/pre-professional programs, in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

Please  register here . You will receive an automated email from Zoom after registering with information about how to access the webinar.