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.
STEERING COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
- The members of the MSTS SIG and SIG steering committee shall be members in good standing of the Society for Cinema Media Studies.
- Elections for the Steering Committee will occur annually in September via email.
- Two nongraduate student members of the SIG will serve as cochairs for staggered terms of three years each.
- 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.
- Nongraduate student members of the Steering Committee may serve additional three-year terms, but not consecutively.
- The Steering Committee will be responsible for developing and endorsing panels and workshops at each conference, including any special SIG panel or workshop sessions.
- The Steering Committee will organize annual meetings to be held at the annual SCMS conference.
- The Steering Committee will decide how SIG funds are spent annually.
- 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