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Media, Science and Technology Scholarly Interest Group (Founded 2015)
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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Media, Science, and Technology Studies Scholarly Interest Group (MSTS SIG) is to promote work in the history and philosophy of science and technology; to provide a common meeting ground for scholars engaged in such research methods as the social construction of technology, actor-network theory, and the sociology of scientific knowledge; to connect these scholars with those engaging in media archaeology and media technologies; to encourage cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration among these scholars; and to support collaborative scholarship between MSTS SIG members and the SCMS membership at large.

In service of this mission, the MSTS SIG will

  • highlight key issues within the diverse fields of STS and bring them to the awareness of the SCMS community through special panels at the annual conference;
  • promote the inclusion of science and technology scholarship in Cinema Journal and support SCMS initiatives by offering expertise and perspective on topics related to science and technology studies;
  • seek to develop official connections to STS professional societies, including the formation of media studies interest groups within such groups;
  • identify and promote opportunities for the publication of work in media studies in journals identified with STS;
  • create opportunities for graduate students to engage with experienced scholars in a way that supports robust discussion, innovative research, and preparation for a scholarly career;
  • serve as a central resource for reporters and scholars seeking informed commentary on various aspects of science and technology in mass media;
  • provide a venue for discussions of pedagogical practices for courses in science media and media technology; and
  • create a venue for critical discussion of science and technology studies across various forms of media, including film, television, print, and digital forms.

BYLAWS

  1. The members of the MSTS SIG and SIG steering committee shall be members in good standing of the Society for Cinema Media Studies.
  2. Elections for the Steering Committee will occur annually in September via email.
  3. Two nongraduate student members of the SIG will serve as cochairs for staggered terms of three years each.
  4. Two other members, including one graduate student, will comprise the remainder of the Steering Committee. The graduate student will serve for one year; the term will be renewable for an additional year as long as the student remains a registered graduate student.
  5. Nongraduate student members of the Steering Committee may serve additional three-year terms, but not consecutively.
STEERING COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  1. The Steering Committee will be responsible for developing and endorsing panels and workshops at each conference, including any special SIG panel or workshop sessions.
  2. The Steering Committee will organize annual meetings to be held at the annual SCMS conference.
  3. The Steering Committee will decide how SIG funds are spent annually.
  4. The Steering Committee will organize the selection of a conference liaison member who resides in or near the conference host city and who shall manage hospitality and meeting locations.


Contact: Elizabeth Ellcessor and Kyle Stine

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