October 2017 - In This Issue

Important Dates

Late October
Accept/decline notices for conference proposals sent.
Conference waiver confirmations sent.
Early conference registration opens
($160 Early Bird Rate, $90 Early Bird Student Rate)

October 30
Seminars registration opens for graduate student participants, 12:00PM Noon CT.  

November 1
Seminars registration opens for full membership, 12:00PM Noon CT.  

November 17
Seminar registration closes, 5:00PM CT.

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

December 15
Deadline for SIG and Caucus Funding Requests
Deadline for Travel Grant applications

December 21
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)

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

2018 SCMS-U - Call for Papers
Save the date!
Sixth Annual
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Undergraduate Conference
Hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University
April 6-7, 2018

The sixth annual SCMS Undergraduate Conference invites undergraduate students from Film Studies or related disciplines to propose papers representing their best work in cinema and media studies. A unique international event, the 2018 Laurier installment represents the first time the SCMS undergraduate conference will take place in Canada. There will be 30 presentations over two days, with everyone together for the duration, and no concurrent panels. Each participant will have 15 minutes to present their individual essay-approximately 2,000-2,100 words when presented at a normal talking speed with a few visual aids-on a thematically organized panel.

Any student who wishes to participate in the conference should submit a completed proposal form, which will include a 200-word abstract. Do not submit complete papers. The submission form can be downloaded here. . A panel composed of Wilfrid Laurier University Film Studies faculty will select 30 proposals for acceptance to the conference. All selected conference participants must agree to attend both full days of the event.

Panels will be scheduled for Friday (04/06) and Saturday (04/07), with a reception on the Thursday evening (04/05). Registration is free, and hotel accommodations close to campus will be available at a discounted student rate for conference participants. Students are encouraged to seek travel funding from their home institutions to defray the costs of travel and lodging. All meals excepting breakfast each day will be provided by the conference organizers, including a closing buffet dinner on the Saturday night. Students attending the conference will also attend a special private screening at Waterloo's famous Princess cinema (film TBA).

The deadline for proposals is midnight EST on Friday, February 02, 2018. Completed proposal forms with abstracts should be sent via email to ( with "SCMS-U 2018" in the subject line of the email. For more information, please contact Dr. Russell Kilbourn (, at Wilfrid Laurier University.

This conference is sponsored by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Wilfrid Laurier University Student Life Levy Association, the WLU Faculty of Arts, and the Department of English and Film Studies.

Correction - Hannah Frank's Affiliation
In September's News Brief, Hannah Frank's affiliation was incorrectly listed as the University of North Carolina.  She was an assistant professor in the Department of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  We apologize for this error.

Executive Director's Note
Dear SCMS Members,

Happy autumn!  I hope your academic terms are going well.

There are several key pre-conference deadlines looming this month, so I would like to provide you with a few reminders.  Once the work of the Program Committee reading pairs and the Conference Program Chair are completed in the next few weeks, we will begin sending out accept and decline notices.  We are aiming to begin this task in late October. 

On the same day the accept and decline notices go out, the Home Office will also send out conference waiver confirmations and begin accepting Travel Grant applications via the website.

Once accept and decline notices go out, we will begin early conference registration, and provide hotel and flight discount codes on the website.

At noon CT on Monday, October 30, we will open up the online sign-up system for our new seminar format for graduate students only, with four participant slots available per seminar.  The graduate student-only period ends on Tuesday, October 31 at midnight CT.  Full membership sign-up begins on Wednesday, November 1 at noon CT and concludes on Friday, November 17 at 5pm CT.  Graduate Students may continue to register during this period, but will no longer have earmarked spaces.  Auditor slots will be open in the full membership sign up period.  Please see the linked information in this issue of News Brief for more details.

The Board of Directors will consider 2018 conference event proposals later this week at the October board meeting.   We received an impressive 14 proposals this year that represent the diversity of our membership.  The week after the board meeting, the Board Caucus and SIG Liaisons will be in touch with all who submitted proposals to notify you as to whether your proposal has been accepted or not.  In some cases, they will request more information to help the board make a final determination.

More specific timeline dates will be provided in the coming weeks as they are available. Thank you to each of you for continuing investment in SCMS and our annual conference!
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
Information about Seminars
At the 2018 SCMS Conference, all all seminars will be held Sunday, March 18 at 9:00AM.   Seminars are not subject to the one-role policy, so you can do 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 that.  So, if you sign up, you should be prepared to be at the conference from Wednesday to Sunday.

On Monday, October 30 at Noon CT , the sign up system will be open to graduate students only, with four participant slots available.  Auditor slots will be open in the full membership sign up period.  The graduate-only sign up period ends on Tuesday, October 31 st at Midnight CT .

On Wednesday, November 1 at Noon CT , the sign up system will open to all.  The four remaining slots and any of the four slots not taken by graduate students will be available.  All auditor slots will open up at this time.  Graduate students can continue registering in this period, but will no longer have earmarked spaces.  The sign-up period will end at 5PM CT, Friday November 17th .

Renew Your Membership Today!

The 2017-2018 membership year began 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. 

Cinema Journal -
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If a journal is unable to be delivered or is delivered incorrectly due to an out-of-date address on file, the member is responsible for the replacement or reshipment of an issue. Rates for each redelivery: 
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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:

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

SCMS invites you to take advantage of our many sponsorship opportunities. We also welcome the opportunity to work with you in creating a custom sponsorship that best suits the needs of your organization. Allow us to help you increase exposure and heighten awareness of your department, university, organization.

For more details and information about becoming a conference sponsor, please visit 

Conference Exhibitors and Advertisers Information 
SCMS will soon be accepting exhibitors and advertisers for SCMS 2018 - join us!
Please visit after November 1st for more information. 

Entering our 59th year, the Society for Cinema & Media Studies has served 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.  

Why Exhibit at the annual SCMS Conference? 
·      Support your authors by promoting their books 
·      Meet new potential authors waiting to pitch their projects to you 
·      Demonstrate your electronic database, digital program, or other tool/media 
·      Connect with educators seeking new books for course adoption 
·      Convince attendees to recommend your books and databases to their institutions for purchase 

In a survey of 2017 SCMS annual meeting attendees, over 80% stated that they visited the exhibit hall.
Residential Fellowships 2018-2019 -  Call for Applications 

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. 

Located in the vibrant Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, and superb library services deliver all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships are supported by the Center's own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Applications are due by October 18, 2017
For more information and to apply, please visit:

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.

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