It is the aim of the Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group (MISIG) to stimulate and advance research and/or teaching relating to all aspects of media industries and institutions.
MISIG aims to preserve an open and inclusive intellectual agenda and to this end the Group operates under six core principles:
1) MISIG seeks to expand critical analysis of all aspects of media industries and institutions through original research and teaching practice.
2) MISIG promotes research and teaching directed at cultivating knowledge of the industrial and institutional conditions which shape and define the financing, regulation, production, reproduction, dissemination, promotion, presentation or consumption of media products and services.
3) Media industries and institutions are multiple and diverse. MISIG accommodates research and teaching across the media of film/cinema, television, radio, recorded music, video, electronic games, advertising, print and publishing, mobile communications and web-based media, exploring these industries individually but also the inter-medial relationships which frequently shape exchanges between sectors.
4) MISIG welcomes members with research and teaching interests relating to media industries and institutions in all international territories and with how those industries operate at local, national, regional or global levels of analysis.
5) MISIG supports research and teaching examining the media industries and institutions in all historical periods.
6) Analysis of the media industries and institutions invites a range of critical or conceptual frameworks, including cultural policy, industry historiography, political economy, and production ethnography. MISIG welcomes intellectual diversity and so does not advocate any single approach to the study of media industries but instead encourages research and teaching which is continually open to, and strengthened by, multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives. Critical engagement with matters of cultural labor, industry structures, media markets, creative and working practices, media law (e.g. competition, intellectual property, or tax), policy formation, and environmental issues (e.g. electronic waste) are amongst the range of issues addressed by the work of the Group.
Goals and Objectives:
1) To represent and promote the interests of industrial and institutionally focused research and teaching within the Society.
2) To establish a network hub enabling communication and intellectual exchange between those members of SCMS engaged in research and teaching critically examining the media industries and institutions.
3) To provide a forum through which to facilitate collaborative working, including joint research projects, the sharing of expertise, the organization of conferences and symposia, the formation and endorsing of pre-constituted conference panels or workshops, and the editing of journal forums or special issues.
4) To foster, wherever appropriate and possible, a critical dialogue between the academic community and practitioners working in media industries and institutions.
5) To develop a web resource for use by members and to communicate the purpose of the Group, and to explore other forms of output in the form of position papers, civil-society contributions, and interventions in policy formation.
6) To attract a membership reflecting the full social, cultural and international diversity of the Society.
1) All members of the Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group shall be members in good standing of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
2) Annual meetings of the Group will be convened at the SCMS conference.
3) Two members from the Group shall serve as Co-Chairs for staggered terms of three years each. Election of the Co-chairs shall be conducted at the first annual meeting of the Group during the 2011 conference with the outcome reported to the SCMS Board of Directors.
4) It will be the responsibilities of the Co-Chairs to:
i. communicate with the membership
ii. organize the annual meetings and prepare minutes of the business discussed
iii. report annually to the SCMS Board of Directors on the Group’s activities and attendance figures for the last meeting
iv. advise on the maintenance of the website.
5) 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).
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) 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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