The Media and the Environment Scholarly Interest Group (MESIG) aims to provide a forum for shared discussion of research and pedagogy at the intersections of media and environment. We believe that nearly every aspect of film and media practice and studies--from materials manufacturing and physical infrastructures, to filming locations and resources, to audiovisual aspects and themes, and beyond to marketing, preservation, obsolescence, and also scholarly discourse--touches matters of the environment and sustainability. Various approaches from an environmentalist perspective have been taken and more are still being developed to investigate how our mediated cultural practices have, do, and will position humans in relation to physical and natural worlds. How can we further film and media studies as a global--read planetary--concern, focused on dire changes and issues affecting the Earth and our natural surroundings? We believe our field has much to contribute to discussions and findings more frequently held in and attributed to science disciplines and Environmental Studies. With this Scholarly Interest Group, we seek to cultivate the study of significant matters of media and the environment within our field and through the representative collective that is SCMS.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
I. To cultivate film and media studies research on media and environment within the field and within SCMS
- facilitate the annual organization of panels and other sessions on media and environment
- foster communication and collaboration with other SCMS groups
- schedule a yearly meeting at the SCMS conference during which scholars sharing these interests and goals may come together to formulate specific projects such as screenings, conferences, and publications on topics that come under the rubric of the group's mandate
- work with the SCMS Executive Committee and each year’s Conference Program Committee to integrate environmental themes and events into the annual conference
- work with the SCMS Executive Committee and each year's Conference Program Committee to integrate eco-friendly practices into the organization and execution of the Society’s activities and conference.
II. To reach out to other professional organizations concerned with the relationship between moving-image cultures and the environment and encourage participation and membership in SCMS.
III. To support Cinema Journal and other publications and to encourage their inclusion of scholarship about issues of environmentalism and sustainability.
IV. To maintain a web site articulating the interests and values of the Group, and acting as a forum for its members and other similar organizations.
V. To advocate ecological ethics in cultural scholarship and practice.
- All members of the Media and the Environment Interest Group (MESIG) must be members in good standing of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).
- Annual meetings of the Group will be convened at the SCMS conference.
- Two members of the MESIG will serve as co-chairs for four-year terms. Election of the Co-chairs shall be conducted at the first annual meeting of the Group during the 2013 conference, with the outcome reported to the SCMS Board of Directors.
- In addition to the co-chairs, a graduate student representative will be elected at the first annual meeting of the Group during the 2013 conference
- It will be the responsibilities of the Co-Chairs to:
a. communicate with the membership
b. organize the annual meetings and prepare minutes of the business discussed
c. request appropriate funds to support MESIG may make a proposal regarding the MESIG or its activities.
d. report annually to the SCMS Board of Directors on the Group’s activities and attendance figures for the last meeting
e. advise on the maintenance of the website, and related social media outlets
- It will be the responsibility of the graduate student representative to coordinate graduate student networks within the MESIG, and to communicate graduate student-specific information to them.
- Each year the Co-Chairs will submit a request to the Program Committee of the SCMS conference for a time and space to meet (in response to the annual call made by the Committee to SIGs).
- At all meetings of the Group, ten members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The vote of the majority of members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present constitutes the action of the Group.
- Any member of the MESIG may make a proposal regarding the MESIG or its activities.
a. Members must forward to the co-chairs all proposals prior to placing the proposal before the MESIG membership. It is the responsibility and duty of the co-chairs to then forward all proposals to membership. However, no approval by either or both co-chairs is required for proposals to be advanced to membership.
b. When issues are submitted to the members of the Group for vote via e-mail, the members shall have seven business days to respond. The subject line of the e-mail shall contain the word ‘vote’ to alert members to act.
c. Within the voting time period specified in each proposal, members may debate the merits of any proposal as much as they like.
d. Members may vote only once on any proposal. Members are thus encouraged to carefully consider any and all arguments regarding a proposal before voting.
- Action on behalf of the Group may be taken without a meeting if a majority of the members of the Group provide consent by writing or e-mail. The written consents shall be filed with the minutes of the next meeting.
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Rachel Webb Jekanowski