SCMS April Update
Friday, April 1, 2011
SCMS April Update
Call for Committee Service
SCMS is a member-run organization and service to our profession remains
critical to the ongoing health of our field and to our scholarly organization. Serving
on an SCMS committee is also an excellent way of networking with other members
and providing vital service to the organization. SCMS committees include:
Professional Development, Media Archive, Information Technologies, Teaching,
Public Policy, Nominating, Translation, Conference Program, Screening and Host
committees. Award committees include Kovács Book and Essay, Student Writing and
Dissertation, Distinguished Career Achievement and Pedagogy awards, Best Edited
Collection, Best First Book, Best Essay in an Edited Collection and the Anne
Friedberg award for Innovative Scholarship. Lists of all SCMS committees,
committee descriptions, and current members are posted on the website under About
Us in the main menu.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve, please contact the SCMS office
SCMS President Patrice Petro (firstname.lastname@example.org), or submit the
committee volunteer form through the SCMS website at:
The names of
volunteers will be forwarded to the SCMS Board of Directors for review and
final approval. The SCMS Office staff will notify individuals chosen to serve
on SCMS committees in July.
Boston 2012 Call for Paper, Panel, and Workshop Proposals
Society for Cinema and Media Studies announces its call for paper, panel, and
workshop proposals for the 2012 conference to be held Wednesday, March 21
through Sunday, March 25 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers.
One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is renowned as the heart
of the American academy and thus as a vibrant center of critical thought and
discourse. The city boasts many colleges and universities, including
several with cinema and media studies programs, as well as a vibrant
independent media community and a long history of public radio and television.
The Program Committee welcomes quality paper, panel, and workshop proposals on
any topic related to cinema and media studies.
The deadline for proposals for open call papers as well as
pre-constituted panels and workshops is Thursday September 1, 2011 (5:00 pm
CST). Details as to how to propose a paper, panel, or workshop will
be available in early June through the SCMS website. Please check the
website and watch for our emails for updates.
Accepted and declined proposal notifications will be emailed in
Boston 2012 Call for Screening Proposals
The Screening Committee invites nominations for screenings for the 2012 SCMS
conference in Boston, March 21-25. We are especially keen to reflect a diverse
range of formal, stylistic, and cultural traditions, and to feature a variety
of amateur as well as professional work. Screenings will run concurrently with
panel and workshop sessions, and some will link directly to the content of
panels or workshops.
If you would like to bring titles to the Committee's attention, please complete
the online nomination form by Thursday, September 1, 2010 (5 pm CST). In
curating selections for the conference, the Screening Committee will work
closely with the Caucuses and SIGs, as well as the Conference Program and Host
Committees. SCMS members are encouraged to submit film titles through
chairs of a Caucus or Scholarly Interest Group.
Note: The running time of each film selected for the conference
screenings must be 105 minutes or less. Please do not request a given day
or time for your screening, and do not send DVDs until the Screening Committee
has notified you. Only films recorded in the Region 1/NTSC DVD format will be
considered for the screenings program.
Accepted and declined proposal notifications will be emailed in
Scholarly Interest Group Membership
SCMS members are encouraged to become involved in our various
groups in order to network and collaborate with other members with similar
interests. Our Caucuses were formed to
provide support and advocacy for members historically under-represented within
our Society and the academy based on marginal social status. The Scholarly Interest Groups have been
formed to facilitate communication and collaboration among members working in a
specific area of cinema and media studies.
The Graduate Student Organization provides fellowship, support, and
advocacy for the Society’s student members.
Members can join as many of our groups as they like.
To join a Caucus, visit http://www.cmstudies.org/?page=caucuses,
and then click on "Members’ Caucus Group Page/Join Now” for the Caucus of
To join a Scholarly Interest Group, visit http://www.cmstudies.org/?page=scholar_interst_gr,
and then click on "SIG Members’ Group Page/Join Now” for the SIG of interest.
To join the Graduate Student Organization, visit http://www.cmstudies.org/members/group.asp?id=60572,
and click on "Join Group.”
Members’ Business Meeting Minutes
March 11, 2011
New Orleans, LA
Patrice Petro called the meeting to order at 12:10 pm.
introduced our newly elected officers and Board members: Barbara Klinger
(President-Elect), Jim Castonguay (Treasurer), Angelo Restivo and Pamela Wojcik
(Executive Council), and Lindsay Garrison (Graduate Student
Representative). Petro also introduced
current officers and board members, and thanked those leaving the Board in June
II. Discussion of Strategic Planning
gave an update on the Board’s strategic planning. She noted the founding of the Development
Committee last year, as well as the Board’s hiring of Justin Wyatt as a
consultant to help the Board with long-range planning.
discussed the members’ survey results, including members’ desire for better
adherence to time limits for conference panel presentations and more time to
socialize during the conference. She
noted that the February 2011 newsbrief posted on the SCMS website summarizes
the survey results. Petro also noted the
Board’s inauguration of New Members’ Orientation Sessions at the 2011
conference in response to members’ desire for better communication and more
transparency about the Society and its various practices and structures.
III. Treasurer’s Report
Paula Massood presented a report. She
noted that the Society’s finances remain healthy at roughly $400,000, though we
are hoping to grow this amount with a particular eye toward improving our
administrative practices. She discussed
the new website’s costs, as well as income from Cinema Journal. She also
reminded members that the Society has funded several new awards. In addition, Massood announced a raffle for
an iPad 2 at the 2011 conference. Tickets cost $5.00 each, and proceeds will go
to travel grants for students and un-/under-employed scholars. The winner will
be announced at the conference’s closing reception Saturday evening.
IV. Information Technology Officer Report
Technology Officer Andrew Miller presented a report. He noted that the Board responded to members’
concerns by contracting for free wifi for members during the 2011 conference. He updated members as to the progress on the
new website, noting that we are currently finalizing the new conference
site. He noted that the website has been
updated recently for the 2011 conference, noting the addition of a "live” page
which allows for the posting of up-to-date text and images, and will be useful
for archiving. Miller also noted that he
and the Home Office staff need members to update their online member profiles
each year so that we can have better information on membership and share that
with others, for advocacy purposes, for example. He introduced Sarah Denton, a Home Office
staff member who works on the website.
entertained questions from members regarding the group pages as well as a
recommendation that we keep in mind the ease of the website’s use for essential
V. Alliance for Networking Visual Culture
of Southern California Professor Tara McPherson presented information about the
Mellon Grants and the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which is
supported by Mellon grants. She
discussed the potential to collaborate on various projects with SCMS and its
members (including workshops and the initial funding and technical support for
an online journal), along with other scholarly organizations, presses, and
VI. Gratitude for Service
Mary Celeste Kearney thanked the Caucus and SIG co-chairs for their service to
the Society in the past year, and asked them to introduce themselves to the
rest of the members present.
VII. Other Questions and Announcements
member applauded our decision not to have a commercial website, but asked if we
might consider obtaining possible revenue via advertising members’ new books.
discussed American Council of Learned Societies and its benefits for the
member asked if SCMS is a North
American institution only. Petro commented on SCMS’ networking with other
groups, many of which are located outside of North America.
extended a general call to service to all members present, encouraging them to
volunteer to serve on SCMS’ various committees.
adjourned the meeting at 1:03 pm.
prepared by Kearney.