It has come to the attention of the Board of Directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) that a recent petition addressing a political issue has received the endorsement of Caucuses that exist within the larger organization of SCMS. While the members of these groups are welcome to voice their individual opinions, we want to clarify that the views of Caucuses or Scholarly Interest Groups (SIGs) within SCMS should not be construed as the views of SCMS as an organization or of its members.
As a professional society that includes and welcomes diverse members representing a wide range of cultural and ideological perspectives, SCMS makes it a policy to refrain from making official statements of either support or condemnation on political issues that do not immediately concern film and media, and which might not indicate a position held by a majority of our membership. Any such statement would only be issued following a full discussion by the elected officers and representatives on the SCMS Board of Directors and, in appropriate circumstances, a vote of all SCMS members. The leadership of SCMS does not seek to restrict members from expressing their views, nor to restrict groups supported within SCMS from expressing collective views. However, we must clarify that these views cannot be identified as the views of SCMS and its membership as a whole.
On behalf of the SCMS Board of Directors, Barbara Klinger, President