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CFP: Trans Studies in the Global South

Posted By Kelsey Cummings, Monday, July 2, 2018
The Bates Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies is hosting an Emerging Scholars Symposium on Trans Studies in the Global South on October 12. I am writing in the hope that you can help spread the word to any advanced grad students or recent PhDs who might be interested in applying to participate.
Thanks so much for your help.
Erica Rand
Chair, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The link to apply is: /

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Secretary and Grad Rep Elections

Posted By Rox Samer, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Dear Queer Caucus,

This year we have three great candidates for Secretary and one strong candidate for Graduate Representative. Please read their biographies and platform statements before voting here:

Voting closes May 29th.


Your Queer Caucus Board

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*Vote for Our New Queer Caucus Secretary*

Posted By Lokeilani Kaimana, Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dear members of the Queer Caucus,

It is with pleasure that the board opens a two week period of voting for our incoming Secretary. We have three candidates this year: Benjamin Aslinger, Jennifer Moorman, and T.J. West. Please find their platform statements and short bios below. In the next two weeks, please find time to read their statements to cast your vote via email to Please vote for only *one* candidate by 5pm EST on August 27, 2015. Be sure to cast your vote by email to the queer caucus at by Thursday August 27, 2015 at 5pm EST. Happy voting!

Benjamin Aslinger

Platform Statement:

Since my first SCMS in Vancouver in 2006, SCMS has experienced dramatic growth. At the most recent conference in Montreal, our inaugural executive director noted a membership increase of 30% and a 20% increase in panels over the past five years. We face the challenge of how to create more spaces for cross-disciplinary and “generational” encounters that have historically made SCMS a fecund site for intellectual production. As a member of the Queer Caucus team, I would explore ways to create more sites and spaces that facilitate more formal and informal encounters. One idea I would like to pursue is the launch of a doctoral colloquium. Like models already exist in other professional organizations such as the Association for Internet Researchers and some divisions of the International Communication Association. The launch of such a program at the conference or in conjunction with the conference might be a way to further integrate new researchers into communities that have been invaluable in my own intellectual and professional development.

Graduate students face a job market that inspires dread, as “adjunctification” and the precarity of academic labor become increasingly dominant. Faculty face shrinking budgets that impede our ability to create and sustain academic linkages and intellectual communities, and post-tenure depression emerges as a silently suffered phenomenon. Across rank and career status, we need to have more discussions about what it’s like to do queer studies work and work queerly within our institutional environments, especially since many of us may bear primary (or often exclusive) responsibility for teaching sexuality studies in our respective institutions that may have miles to go towards approaching methods ands modes of inclusion. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with the Queer Caucus mentorship program in the past two years, which has highlighted, for me, the need for more connectivity.

I look forward to playing a bigger part in the valuable work the Queer Caucus does in creating, cementing, and concretizing community.


Ben Aslinger is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Media Studies at Bentley University. His research focuses on the transnational travels of digital media and queer cultural studies. He is the co-editor of Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Place (Palgrave, 2013) and Locating Emerging Media (Routledge, forthcoming). His research has appeared in The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender, How to Watch Television: Media Criticism in Practice, Queer Love in Film and Television, A Companion to New Media Dynamics, The Mobile Media Reader, and LGBT Identity and Online New Media. He served as interim associate director of the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Bentley’s liberal arts and humanities center, in the 2013-14 academic year, and is currently on The Velvet Light Trap’s editorial advisory board.  His current book project, Queer Deliberation, moves across film, television, and digital media platforms to explore how mediated debates about the nature and future of queerness serve a deliberative function as well as how texts and producers wrestle with how to frame and narrativize queer dilemmas.


Jennifer Moorman

Platform Statement:

As an active member of the Queer Caucus since 2007, I have enriched my network of friends, colleagues, and mentors, and benefitted from caucus sponsorship of several of my SCMS panels. This year, I would like to give back by serving the caucus as secretary and eventually co-chair. I am well prepared to take on this position, having gained relevant experience – managing listservs, facilitating communication between faculty and graduate students, recording and distributing the minutes from meetings, and organizing social events – at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women, where I coordinated a working group and two conferences on gender and sexuality.

As secretary, I would record precise, detailed minutes at the annual caucus meeting, facilitate effective communication between the board and general membership, and manage the Alexander Doty Queer Caucus Mentorship Program. In 2008, I had the pleasure of co-chairing a Queer Caucus-sponsored panel with Alex Doty as respondent. I was moved and inspired by his eagerness to encourage and engage meaningfully with graduate students’ work on the panel and throughout his career. In my own life, I am grateful for the support of queer and academic (and queer academic) communities, which buoyed me through my time as a graduate student. Now, with waning support for the humanities and the tenure track in decline, I believe the alternative models of academic kinship exemplified by the mentorship program are more crucial than ever. As a newly minted Ph.D., adjuncting while navigating the academic job market, I feel I’m uniquely qualified to arrange successful mentorship pairings that can address the needs of graduate students, postdocs, and junior and contingent faculty. I would be particularly interested in finding ways to address the interests of the latter group – recent Ph.D.s and adjuncts seeking tenure-track positions – who comprise roughly 75% of the academic workforce and yet find themselves in a liminal, vulnerable position.

As co-chair, I eventually hope not only to continue expanding the Queer Caucus’ presence at the annual SCMS conference through sponsoring panels and formal networking sessions and arranging more informal social opportunities, but also to maintain the energy and momentum of the conference by initiating local meet-ups (such as Queer Caucus bar nights) and online forums throughout the year.


Having received my PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA in 2014, I am working as a full-time Lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, and completing a book manuscript based on my dissertation research for review for Duke University Press. Tentatively titled Women on Top: Female Filmmakers in Pornographic Production Cultures, this work combines production studies methodologies with textual analysis to assess the gender and representational politics of the adult video industry, queer porn, (s)experimental film, and other pornographic production cultures, with a focus on women’s authorship. I have presented my work many times at SCMS and other conferences. My publications include three articles on representations of queer women in television series and one on LGBTQ online pornography, and this summer I am revising and resubmitting adaptations of my dissertation research for Camera Obscura and Signs. My co-authored video essay on the women’s prison film appears in the first fully peer-reviewed issue of [in]Transition, and I am currently building off of that research to contextualize the representation of queer and trans women of color in an article about Orange Is the New Black.

Thomas Jefferson (T.J.) West III

Platform Statement:

If elected to the position of secretary, I would build upon the work already done to enhance the Queer Caucus’s presence within SCMS as a whole.  In addition to continuing the sponsorship of panels, I would also like to foster closer ties to the other caucuses and SIGs.  There is clearly a desire on the part of these other groups to develop meaningful relationships in order to, for example, co-coordinate events at future conferences.  

I would also like to continue developing the Queer Caucus’s online presence, in order to ensure that our important work continues beyond the bounds of the annual conference. A stronger web presence—including, for example, sustaining our Twitter account throughout the year and creating a committed blog—would not only serve as a site for the archiving of resources, but would also provide another outlet for networking (by providing, for example, CFPs and showcasing recent work by members of the caucus and other queer scholars).  Furthermore, by joining this effort to a larger, collaborate website from the other caucuses and SIGs, we could not only share the labor associated with maintaining this online presence, but also cement strong relationships among the various groups.

As both secretary and co-chair, I would also like to work with the graduate student representative to continue growing graduate student involvement with the caucus and its activities.  As part of that effort, I would also like to continue building the Alexander Doty Mentorship Program, which has already become an invaluable part of the Queer Caucus’s work as part of the larger SCMS community.  Ideally, I would like to ensure that graduate students—particularly those attending the conference for the first time—see the Queer Caucus as a friendly and welcoming group with whom they can interact both during the conference and afterward.  

At Syracuse University, I helped found a mentorship program that paired advanced English graduate students with incoming students based on research interests, and I have helped to design and run a “Safe Space” training session for new TAs during the annual orientation for three years (including 2015).  Furthermore, along with several of my colleagues I have also helped found a graduate student blog.  I believe these efforts have prepared me to serve as secretary, and later co-chair, of the Queer Caucus.

Thank you for considering my candidacy.


I am a Ph.D. candidate in English at Syracuse University, where I also received my M.A. in English with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies. My dissertation, tentatively titled “History’s Perilous Pleasures: Experiencing Antiquity in Postwar Hollywood Cinema” explores the ways in which postwar epic films construct a complex interplay between antiquity and modernity, seeking to provide both a visceral experience and a distanced knowledge of the ancient world and of history more generally. I have presented my work at both SCMS and the annual Film and History Conference. My piece entitled “Brothers in Arms: Spartacus, Historical Television, and the Celebration of Queer Masculinity” is forthcoming in a volume tentatively titled Queer TV in the 21st Century and another piece, entitled “Turning Gold Into Lead: Sexual Pathology and the Demythologizing of Augustus in HBO’s Rome (2005-2007)” is forthcoming in an edited volume tentatively titled The Golden Ages of Classical Antiquity on Screen. I also maintain a blog entitled Queerly Different and regularly contribute to Antenna and in media res. I also maintain research interests in feminist, gender, and queer theory more generally, masculinity studies, and The Golden Girls. I teach introductory courses in film, popular culture, race, fiction, and gender.

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Queer Film and Television @ Film and History 2015

Posted By Bridget Kies, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Apologies for cross-posting.  Thought I'd post here in case some of you aren't on FB.  I'm the area chair for Queer Film and Television for the Film and History conference, being held this year from Nov. 4-8 in Madison, WI.  This year's theme is "Journeys, Breakdowns, and Detours."  I hope we can get a really good turnout in this area.  Please submit!  We want you and your work!

CFP: Queer Film/Television

In Making Things Perfectly Queer, Alexander Doty argues that queerness is a “reception practice that is shared by all sorts of people in varying degrees of consistency and intensity” including those who do not traditionally identify as queer. Doty’s understanding of queerness seems at odds with other definitions of the term that position it as detour or breakdown: in opposition to normativity; without futurity; sideways. In order to study queer film and television, we must begin by acknowledging that the term queer itself has had many journeys, detours, and breakdowns.

This area invites 20-minute papers that investigate queer film and television through the conference theme of “Journeys, Detours, and Breakdowns.” Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conflicting representations of LGBT+/queer identities within queer film/TV or mainstream media
  • Depictions of political struggles for equality and acceptance in film/TV
  • Coming out journeys
  • Industrial practices that impede or encourage the development of queer films, film festivals, television series, and television networks
  • Reception and audience practices that disrupt or alter intended meanings of film/TV

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by June 1, 2015, to the area chair:

Bridget Kies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Job Announcement: Lecturer in Media Studies, Queens College

Posted By AMY M. HERZOG, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Department of Media Studies at Queens College, CUNY seeks a full-time lecturer in Media Studies starting in August 2015. Our department is committed to scholarship that situates media within political, cultural, and economic environments, and that engages with issues of social power and difference. The successful candidate will teach classes across our expanding interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs, and take an active role in student mentoring. We seek an experienced educator able to teach a range of our core undergraduate courses in media and film (which include both large surveys and smaller writing-intensive courses) to a diverse student body. The ideal candidate will be prepared to teach a variety of film and media studies electives, including courses on national cinemas, genres, media and politics, popular music, and youth media. Previous media industry experience is desirable.


​A completed PhD by August 2015. Minimum five years experience teaching in media and film studies.


​CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


​Candidates must establish an account via our university's online application system to be considered. If you are viewing this job posting on any website other than CUNYfirst, please follow the instructions below:
- Go to and click on "Employment"
- Click "Search job postings"
- Click on "More options to search for CUNY jobs"
- Search by Job Opening ID number (12396)
- Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

Please note that candidates must upload a cover letter outlining their teaching philosophy and a curriculum vitae combined in a single document, in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text.

In addition, the following materials should be submitted to a teaching dossier including three syllabi relevant to our curriculum, a sample writing assignment, and two recent teaching observations; and a writing sample. Three letters of recommendation that assess the applicant's teaching abilities should be emailed directly from the recommenders.

CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on the job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.
The City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer which complies with all applicable laws and regulations, and encourages inclusive excellence in its employment practices.

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UCLA Cinema and Media Studies Faculty Search

Posted By Andrew Owens, Sunday, November 23, 2014

About CMS:

UCLA’s Cinema and Media Studies program is designed for the scholarly exploration of film, television and digital media both as significant forms of art and as social communication.  The Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Cinema and Media Studies offer an unusually extensive range of graduate seminars in film, television and media history that embrace films from many genres and national cinemas. Aesthetics and popular culture, the history and production cultures of the film and television industries and the increasing impact of digital media are examined.


The degree programs are designed to encourage a small number of highly qualified, motivated students to refine their research and interests within the context of an individualized plan of focused study. The primary goal of the doctoral program is to inspire and train students to carry out original research of the highest quality. Doctoral students generally find teaching and research positions at the university and college level.  Cinema and Media Studies MA students either pursue coursework in anticipation of doctoral study or seek career opportunities in the entertainment industry, festivals, archives and related fields.

UCLA Cinema and Media Studies Faculty Search – Job Description

The Department of Film, Television and Digital Media within the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television announces a tenure-track position in Media Cultures and Theory at the assistant professor level within the Cinema and Media Studies (CMS) Program.


Required qualifications include PhD and evidence of strong record in research and teaching. 

We are particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated research and teaching interest in one or the more of the following areas or approaches: Aesthetics and hybrid methodologies, American Film History, archival-based research, Film and Media History, Film and Technology, intermediality, and theoretically informed research.


The department and the program are particularly interested in candidates whose research contributes to a more diverse understanding of media cultures and who make innovative use of the rich multi-cultural resources at UCLA and in the Los Angeles area. These resources include archives, museums, film programming, the entertainment industry, people attached to these institutions and practices, and the rich academic culture in Southern California. 


In addition, we are interested in scholarly approaches that incorporate film programming, museum exhibitions, conferences, and interdisciplinary collaborations as research practices that build and participate in intellectual communities.


CMS is a program with signal strengths in: American film and media history and culture, including African American, Chicano/Latino, LGBT; production and industry studies; digital, television, and interactive media; feminist, transnational, and global media studies; moving image archive studies, media arts and archeology; specializations in Asian, South Asian, and European national and regional cinemas; and ethnographic, historiographic and other theoretical based approaches to media.  

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Deadline: Monday, December 12th, 2014

Please apply at:

Please address your cover letter, scholarly writing sample, CV and names of references to Professor Kathleen McHugh – Chair of the Search Committee.

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MA in Social Documentation and PhD in Film & Digital Media at UCSC

Posted By Andrew Owens, Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Department of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz is accepting applications for the 2 graduate programs:

 - PhD in Film & Digital Media, Deadline: December 15th, 2014

- MA in Social Documentation, Deadline: January 15th, 2015

 Please see the attached file.

Apply at:

Please contact for more information.

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Leslie Feinberg - sad news

Posted By Terri Ginsberg, Monday, November 17, 2014
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Discussion on whether the QC should endorse the MEC's letter to the SCMS Executive Council

Posted By Jennifer C. Malkowski, Tuesday, October 28, 2014
We have created this space for discussion (via comments below) of the proposal to endorse the Middle East Caucus' letter to the SCMS Executive Council regarding their "Open Letter on Gaza and BDS," which the Queer Caucus voted to endorse this summer. After a two-day discussion period, you may send your vote to during the voting period of Thursday, 10/30 through Friday, 11/7 at 5 PM Eastern.


Dear Executive Council of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies:
We are writing to you as colleagues and members of SCMS from across a variety of caucuses and SIGS in relation to the recently published “Open Letter on Gaza and BDS” (attached), which we signed and for which we gathered 62 signatures from SCMS members and 118 signatures from non-SCMS members.
We would like to kindly request that the Executive Council consider how we might as an academic association address the issues raised in the Open Letter in constructive ways. They are clearly of relevance to several caucuses, SIGS and individual members of SCMS. The following recommendations are activities that would provide a dedicated and accessible space to examine our roles on these issues as film/media scholars, educators and professionals.  One example would be to allow for more panels and workshops at the conference that present these and “related” topics. By “related” topics we mean topics that pertain to or focus on the cinemas/media of and about afflicted regions in the world that are insufficiently represented by Western media industries and North American media studies scholars. Another example would be to provide publication opportunities on Middle Eastern cinemas/media in Cinema Journal or on the journal's website. Further, we could invite reflection (at the conference or in the 
journal) on the conceptual place of "Palestine" within non-Western cinema studies, as well as its pedagogical place, and the ways in which this question might resonate within the focus of our own teaching and studies, which it surely does for those associated with the Middle East Caucus.
In making this request, we also believe that opening the opportunities to address such a place and its connections to other places of afflicted cultures enables us to deal responsively and responsibly to the pressing issues of our time. To teach film and media today must include looking at and talking about what is going on in the world around us, not only historically but at 
the present moment, because filmmakers and media professionals are certainly responding to realities on the ground however they may interpret them.
Lastly, we believe, as many other academic groups have stated in similar letters to their associations, that this issue and our ability to address it within this particular academic association is vital to the teaching and discourse of cinema and media studies. In the most optimistic view it is vital to upholding the values of cultural specificities and difference within a pluralistic society that so many great intellectuals, who have influenced the study of film, have called for in countering hegemonic regimes of signification. Now is not a time to look away.
Samirah Alkassim - Co-chair Middle East Caucus
Sara Saljoughi - Co-chair Middle East Caucus

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CFP: Queer Middle Eastern Cinema, NeMLA 2015 Conference

Posted By Terri Ginsberg, Friday, September 5, 2014
CFP, NeMLA 2015 Conference (April 30-May 3, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada) 

Queer Middle Eastern Cinema

This session aims to explore LGBT/queer cinema in the Middle East. Cinema plays an important role in the globalization of Euro-American sexual identities, yet films also portray the painstaking process of localizing them. Submissions that engage with LGBT/queer themes from the perspectives of Orientalism, nationalism, and gay and human rights activism, as well as all other theoretical, methodological and cultural approaches to the Middle Eastern LGBT/queer experience, are welcome.

To submit an abstract, please visit The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2014.

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