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April 2013 News Brief

Tuesday, April 16, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aviva Dove-Viebahn
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April 2013 | News Brief

In this issue:
  • Call for Committee Service
  • 2014 Seattle Conference Bulletin Board
  • 2013 Chicago Conference Survey
  • New Press Discounts
  • Members’ Business Meeting Minutes

Call for Committee Service
SCMS is a member-run organization, and service to our profession remains critical to the ongoing health of our field and to our scholarly organization. Serving on an SCMS committee is an excellent way to network with other members and to provide vital service to the organization. Descriptions for standing, annual, and award committees (below) are provided on the SCMS website under About Us.

Standing Committees: Information Technologies, Media Archive, Nominating, Professional Development, Public Policy, Teaching, Translation

Annual Committees: Conference Host and Conference Program

Award Committees: Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship, Best First Book, Best Edited Collection, Best Essay in an Edited Collection, Dissertation, Distinguished Career Achievement, Kovács Book, Kovács Essay, Pedagogy, Student Writing Award

There will be vacancies on the following committees beginning July 1: Professional Development, Teaching, Distinguished Career Achievement Award, Public Policy, Nominating, Translation, Conference Program, Dissertation, Kovács Book, Kovács Essay, Student Writing, Pedagogy, Anne Friedberg, Best First Book, Best Edited Collection, and Best Essay in an Edited Collection awards committees.

To volunteer to serve on a committee, please contact the SCMS Office ( or volunteer through the SCMS website:

The names and affiliations of the volunteers will be forward to the SCMS Board of Directors for review and approval. The SCMS Office staff will notify members selected for committee services in June.

SCMS 2014 Bulletin Board Announcements

To encourage and facilitate the development of panel and workshop proposals, SCMS provides an online forum on which you can announce your topic for a panel or workshop proposal to solicit presenters and participants. To submit a posting to the official 2014 Conference Bulletin Board, click on the 2014 Conference Bulletin Board link below and then on Post New Topic. Only ONE submission per person please. The deadline for posting announcements is July 15, 2013 at 5pm CT.

Bulletin Board and Panel/Workshop Announcement Guidelines:
  • To be able to submit an announcement, individuals must be registered users (either as a member or a temporary member) of the SCMS website.

  • All chairs/organizers must notify individuals of acceptance or rejection by August 15, 2013.

  • Individuals whose submissions are accepted for an advertised panel or workshop must provide the required information for completion of the proposal forms to the chair/organizer by August 23, 2013, 5pm CT.

  • When creating your proposal, do not include more than two individuals from the same institution.

  • Panels should have a chair and four presenters or a chair, three presenters, and one respondent. Workshops should have a chair and at least four participants, but no more than five (excluding the chair or co-chairs).

2014 Conference Bulletin Board

SCMS 2013 Conference Survey

We hope you enjoyed your time at the 2013 Chicago Conference. We would appreciate your feedback, as we are already thinking towards next year’s 2014 Seattle Conference. Please take a few moments to answer the following questions.

Complete the survey by 5pm on May 1, 2013, and you will be entered into a drawing for a free membership renewal for the 2013-2014 membership year!

Note: To submit the survey, you will need to answer every question, but please feel free to type in N/A for questions you do not wish to answer. While including your contact information with the survey submission is optional, you must include your contact information if you would like to be entered into the drawing.

New Publishers’ Discounts
SCMS is pleased to announce three new additions to our year-round publisher discount program: Indiana University Press (offering 30% off on all titles), New York University Press (offering 20% off media and cultural studies titles), and University of Minnesota Press (offering 30% off film and media titles). Visit our publisher discount page (you need to be signed in to do so) for the discount codes and links to these presses’ websites.

SCMS Members’ Business Meeting: Minutes
Friday, March 8, 2013: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

SCMS Conference, Drake Hotel, Chicago

I. Welcome and Introductions: Chris Holmlund

SCMS President Holmlund welcomed members and thanked the Department of Film, TV, and Theatre at Notre Dame University for sponsoring the event.

She briefly summarized the order of the meeting, and introduced present officers and board members before thanking outgoing board members Haggins, Hogan, Rivero, and Petro (whose notable accomplishments for SCMS were cited); Hendershot was also acknowledged as the departing Cinema Journal editor.

SCMS members currently running for office were recognized, and those who served on the proposal review committee, as well as caucus and special interest group representatives, were also cited for their service.

All members were reminded to vote in the current election, and were encouraged to donate to SCMS conference and awards funds.


II. 2013 Conference Report: Barb Klinger

After thanking SCMS members and staff crucial to the planning of the conference, Klinger summarized the data, emphasizing that the 2013 conference received a record number (1244) of proposals, and that 2013 conference attendance involves approximately half of the organization’s members. The current acceptance rate of conference proposals is around 70% (vs. 83% in 2012).

III. Treasurer’s Report: Jim Castonguay

Relying upon a detailed handout, Castonguay summarized current SCMS assets; income; membership figures; and conference registration figures. All of these confirm the remarkable growth of SCMS as an organization in the past decade.

He then summarized three key points: 1) the increased professionalization of SCMS, based on comparison with our peer groups in the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS); 2) the increased internationalization of SCMS, based upon increased membership and conference participation of non-US scholars; and 3) the need for and efforts toward hiring an Executive Director. The planned timeline for this process was summarized (see report).

IV. Website Report: Aviva Dove-Viebahn

Dove-Viebahn thanked the IT committee, and summarized recent, streamlined website redesign features and updates, a significant increase in Facebook and Twitter followers, and expanded use, during the conference, of Twitter, video production by student workers, live-streaming of workshops, and blogging, all intended to increase the web presence of SCMS in general and to offer the full membership greater access to conference events as they happen.

V.Cinema Journal Report: Will Brooker

Cinema Journal editor Brooker summarized a range of new initiatives being planned around the journal, including greater online activity and links to and possible collaborations with other established, relevant film and media sites, while emphasizing that the core mission and status of the journal will remain in place: the journal functions, he noted, as the "core text” that will expand with innovative "paratexts.”

VI. SCMS Undergraduate Conference Report: Christine Becker

Becker announced the April 12-13 undergraduate conference at Notre Dame, which with SCMS support is expanding from its original regional status to serve as a national forum for the presentation of undergraduate research. 103 proposals were received for 30 slots (with students from over 60 schools applying). Plans are underway for the next conference to take place at the University of Oklahoma.

VII. Questions from the Audience

A few questions were posed and answered, involving clarification of categories used in the Treasurer’s Report (distinguishing conference attendees from participants), and regarding the increase of Travel Grant awards. Members were again urged to consider donating to the Travel Grants and other awards funds.

The meeting ended at 12:15 p.m.

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