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Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group (Founded 2007)
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Who we are


The Sound Studies Interest Group was formed to encourage and develop the study of sound across academic disciplines, bringing together scholars and practitioners working in the fields of cinema studies, radio, television and communication, new media studies, popular music studies and cultural studies. Our mission is to provide a much-needed forum for scholars and students to present new research in film and media sound and to help shape this evolving interdisciplinary field of sound studies.


What we do


We aim to provide a forum in which scholars and students of sound can present and discuss their work, organize panels, and propose workshops for the annual conference, and work together to accomplish the goals and objectives of the group. We also seek to foster an awareness of sound related issues in film and media, and to encourage new research and further scholarship in these areas.

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Our activities and accomplishments


The Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group was very active at the historic 2010 Los Angeles conference, sponsoring four sound-related panels, including our own special session, "Unheard Histories of Sound in Media and Cinema.” We also held a highly successful meeting, which featured several sound practitioners working in the Hollywood post-production sound industry offering SCMS members a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the field.


Our history


2007: The SCMS Board of Directors approves a proposal, prepared and submitted by Jay Beck

and Tony Grajeda, for the formation of the Sound Studies Interest Group at its fall meeting.

2008: the Sound Studies Interest Group founding organizational meeting and reception, March 8,

2008, Philadelphia (38 in attendance).


2010: 117 members


2010: Norma Coates elected as new co-chair, replacing founding co-chair Tony Grajeda.


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Tim Anderson 

Joan Titus

Sarah Lerner (graduate student representative)

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