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Radio Studies Scholarly Interest Group (Founded 2012)
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Radio Studies SIG Mission and Bylaws

I. Mission

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. We understand "radio" broadly in order to reflect the full range of technologies and platforms that constitute radio today, and envision bringing together an interdisciplinary and international community of scholars with interests in radio to help advance the field.

The specific purposes of the Radio Studies Scholarly Interest Group are:

• to promote humanities-based radio studies, both historical and contemporary, within the discipline of media studies generally

• to promote scholarship specifically concerning radio within SCMS, including conversations among scholars doing radio studies work in other areas

• to increase the visibility of SCMS within the international community of radio scholars

• to increase the participation of that community in SCMS, especially those who do not currently think of SCMS and Cinema Journal as good venues for their scholarship

• to support scholarship on historical and contemporary radio

• to support the teaching of radio in media and media-history classes, including the curation of resources for radio studies curricula through the SCMS website

• to establish alliances with other networks of radio scholars where appropriate

II. Bylaws

1. The members of the Radio Studies Scholarly Interest Group shall be members in good standing of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

2. Two members from the Group shall serve as Co-Chairs for staggered terms of three years each. The Co-Chairs shall be elected at the Group’s first meeting in March of 2013, and since this will be the first meeting and the terms are staggered, one member will run for a three-year term and the second will run for a two-year term. All subsequent terms will be for three years.

3. The Co-Chairs shall submit a request every year to the Program Committee of the SCMS conference for a time and space to meet, as well as funding to support relevant programming (in response to the annual call made by the Committee to SIGs).

4. At all meetings of the Group, ten members shall constitute a quorum for transaction of business. The vote of the majority of members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present constitutes the action of the Group.

5. When issues are submitted to the members of the Group for vote via e-mail, the members shall have seven business days to respond. The subject line of the e-mail shall contain the word "vote” to alert the members to act.

6. Action on behalf of the Group may be taken without a meeting if a majority of the members of the Group provide consent by writing or by e-mail. The written consents shall be filed with the minutes of the next meeting.


Andrew Bottomley (Co-Chair):

Christopher Cwynar (Co-Chair):
Catherine Martin (Graduate Student Representative):
Brian Fateux (Steering Committee):


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