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Scholarly Interest Groups

Scholarly Interest Groups (SIGs) are groups comprised of SCMS members who share an interest in a particular medium, a genre, a methodology, the media of a particular nation or region, or any other subcategory within the rubric of cinema and media studies. SIGs are formed and maintained to provide fellowship and networking opportunities for their members, and to support scholarship, pedagogy, and mentoring in that particular area within SCMS.

For general information or information specific to organizing a new Scholarly Interest Group, SCMS members can reference the SCMS bylaws and policies relevant to SIGs or contact the SIG liaison listed below.

Sean Griffin spgriffi[at]mail[dot]smu[dot]edu

Scholarly Interest Coordinating Committee

Information about the responsibilities of SIG Chairs and SIG Coordinating Committee Chairs can be found here (opens as a PDF).

CURRENT SCHOLARLY INTEREST GROUPS

Animated Media
The Animated Media Scholarly Interest Group aspires to offer a dynamic academic network for those working on, or curious about, animation as an increasingly relevant moving image form in Cinema and Media Studies and beyond.

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Central/East/South European Cinemas

CESEC serves as a forum for scholars researching and theorizing cinema and media from the historically marginalized and traditionally understudied regions of "the other Europe": Central Europe, the "former East Block," the South-Eastern Europe, and Turkey. We provide Fellowship, support and advocacy for the group members, while finding ways in which the scholarship of the region can create essential dialogue with larger debates within global film, television and media studies.
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CinemArts

CinemArts serves as a forum for scholars working at the intersection of cinema, art history and visual culture.
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Cognitive/Analytic
The Cognitive/Analytic Scholarly Interest Group provides a forum for researchers and scholars from around the world to promote the free exchange of scholarship on cinema and media using cognitive and analytic methodologies.

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Comedy and Humor Studies
The Comedy and Humor Studies Scholarly Interest Group promotes and advances work in the fields of comedy and humor studies, provides a means for those engaged in the fields to converse and collaborate with one another, and supports collaborative scholarship between our members and the SCMS membership at large

 

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Comics Studies
The Comics Studies Scholarly Interest Group (CSSIG) seeks to encourage and advance research and/or teaching relating to all aspects of comics studies, emphasizing but not limited to manga, comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels (collectively referred to as "comics”), both in print and digital media.
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Contemporary Theory

The Contemporary Theory Scholarly Interest Group seeks to be a forum within SCMS for those "doing theory” in relation to the cinema and other moving image media, with the conviction that speculative and theoretical thinking about cinema and media is a vital practice for disciplines of cinema and media studies.

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Documentary Studies

The Documentary Studies Scholarly Interest Group provides a forum within SCMS in which documentary scholars can share their research (ideas and materials) and organize panels/workshops for the annual conference.

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Experimental Film and Media

ExFM welcomes scholars and students interested in all forms of experimental film and media and how they extend our understanding of the limits of cinema and allied moving image and sound media.
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Film and Media Festivals
The Film and Media Festivals Scholarly Interest Group provides a place where the internationally
and institutionally diverse scholars interested in film and media festivals could meet one
another, share ideas and resources, and collaborate.

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French/Francophone

The purpose of the French and Francophone Scholarly Interest Group is to offer a forum for intellectual exchange among scholars of the moving image with an interest and expertise in French and francophone cinemas and cultures.
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Media and the Environment
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.
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Media Industries

Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group (MISIG) aims to stimulate and advance research and/or teaching relating to all aspects of media industries and institutions.
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Media Literacy and Pedagogical Outreach

The SCMS Media Literacy and Pedagogical Outreach Scholarly Interest Group is composed of SCMS members interested in media literacy theories, practices and activism.
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Nontheatrical Film and Media

Nontheatrical film and media include material produced for and by institutions and sites such as schools, libraries, homes, universities, galleries, and museums, that fall outside of the domain of conventional cinemas. The Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group provides a setting for scholars working in this area to collaborate, share research tips, and debate methodological issues.
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Oscar Micheaux Society

The Oscar Micheaux Society is dedicated to the advancement of early African American cinema. Although it is named for the prolific director/producer/writer, the mission of the organization is to promote research and scholarship about other producers of African descent working in the U.S. in the first decades of the twentieth century.
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Radio Studies

The primary mission of the Radio Studies Scholarly Interest Group is to increase the profile of humanities-based radio studies within the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and to help make the SCMS conference and Cinema Journal more welcoming venues for scholarly work on radio.
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Scandinavian
The Scandinavian Scholarly Interest Group (S-SIG) encourages and promotes research and teaching about the cinema and media of the Scandinavian and Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden).
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Silent Cinema
The "silent-era” as a term - holding within it the period of early cinema, the transitional era, and the late-silent era - encompasses two moments of emergence; from the development and establishment of cinema as a popular medium and the important stylistic, technological, and theoretical implications of the transition to sound.  This SIG brings together scholars and practitioners working in the fields of cinema studies, visual culture, history of technology and science, and cultural studies.

 

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Sound Studies
The Sound Studies Interest Group fosters an awareness of sound related issues in film and media, encourages new research in the study of sound across academic disciplines, and seeks to shape this evolving interdisciplinary field of sound studies.
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Television Studies

The Television Studies SIG explores the role of TV and new media in people's lives from a range on disciplinary and professional perspectives.
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Transnational Cinemas

The Transnational Cinemas Scholarly Interest Group is a forum and network for international scholars, designed to facilitate academic research, collaboration and debate around the concept of the "transnational" in cinematic production, distribution and consumption
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Urban Studies

Members of the Urban Studies SIG research issues at the intersection of cinema, media and urban studies, as well as the implications of thinking about media in spatial terms.
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Video Game Studies

The Video Game Scholarly Interest Group unites scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds in the shared recognition of video games as compelling and unique objects of study in their own right. At the same time, we seek to highlight and facilitate the ways in which video games and the growing field of video game studies intersect and interact with other areas of media scholarship.
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Women in Screen History

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