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SCMS April Update

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 also an excellent way of networking with other members and providing vital service to the organization. SCMS committees include: Professional Development, Media Archive, Information Technologies, Teaching, Public Policy, Nominating, Translation, Conference Program, Screening and Host committees. Award committees include Kovács Book and Essay, Student Writing and Dissertation, Distinguished Career Achievement and Pedagogy awards, Best Edited Collection, Best First Book, Best Essay in an Edited Collection and the Anne Friedberg award for Innovative Scholarship. Lists of all SCMS committees, committee descriptions, and current members are posted on the website under About Us in the main menu.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve, please contact the SCMS office (, SCMS President Patrice Petro (, or submit the committee volunteer form through the SCMS website at:

The names of volunteers will be forwarded to the SCMS Board of Directors for review and final approval. The SCMS Office staff will notify individuals chosen to serve on SCMS committees in July.

Boston 2012 Call for Paper, Panel, and Workshop Proposals

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies announces its call for paper, panel, and workshop proposals for the 2012 conference to be held Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 25 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers.

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is renowned as the heart of the American academy and thus as a vibrant center of critical thought and discourse. The city boasts many colleges and universities, including several with cinema and media studies programs, as well as a vibrant independent media community and a long history of public radio and television.

The Program Committee welcomes quality paper, panel, and workshop proposals on any topic related to cinema and media studies.

The deadline for proposals for open call papers as well as pre-constituted panels and workshops is Thursday September 1, 2011 (5:00 pm CST). Details as to how to propose a paper, panel, or workshop will be available in early June through the SCMS website. Please check the website and watch for our emails for updates.

Accepted and declined proposal notifications will be emailed in late November.

Boston 2012 Call for Screening Proposals

The Screening Committee invites nominations for screenings for the 2012 SCMS conference in Boston, March 21-25. We are especially keen to reflect a diverse range of formal, stylistic, and cultural traditions, and to feature a variety of amateur as well as professional work. Screenings will run concurrently with panel and workshop sessions, and some will link directly to the content of panels or workshops.

If you would like to bring titles to the Committee's attention, please complete the online nomination form by Thursday, September 1, 2010 (5 pm CST). In curating selections for the conference, the Screening Committee will work closely with the Caucuses and SIGs, as well as the Conference Program and Host Committees. SCMS members are encouraged to submit film titles through chairs of a Caucus or Scholarly Interest Group.

Note: The running time of each film selected for the conference screenings must be 105 minutes or less. Please do not request a given day or time for your screening, and do not send DVDs until the Screening Committee has notified you. Only films recorded in the Region 1/NTSC DVD format will be considered for the screenings program.

Accepted and declined proposal notifications will be emailed in late November.

Caucus and Scholarly Interest Group Membership

SCMS members are encouraged to become involved in our various groups in order to network and collaborate with other members with similar interests. Our Caucuses were formed to provide support and advocacy for members historically under-represented within our Society and the academy based on marginal social status. The Scholarly Interest Groups have been formed to facilitate communication and collaboration among members working in a specific area of cinema and media studies. The Graduate Student Organization provides fellowship, support, and advocacy for the Society’s student members.

Members can join as many of our groups as they like.

To join a Caucus, visit, and then click on "Members’ Caucus Group Page/Join Now” for the Caucus of interest.

To join a Scholarly Interest Group, visit, and then click on "SIG Members’ Group Page/Join Now” for the SIG of interest.

To join the Graduate Student Organization, visit, and click on "Join Group.”

Members’ Business Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2011

New Orleans, LA

President Patrice Petro called the meeting to order at 12:10 pm.

I. Introduction

Petro introduced our newly elected officers and Board members: Barbara Klinger (President-Elect), Jim Castonguay (Treasurer), Angelo Restivo and Pamela Wojcik (Executive Council), and Lindsay Garrison (Graduate Student Representative). Petro also introduced current officers and board members, and thanked those leaving the Board in June 2011.

II. Discussion of Strategic Planning

Petro gave an update on the Board’s strategic planning. She noted the founding of the Development Committee last year, as well as the Board’s hiring of Justin Wyatt as a consultant to help the Board with long-range planning.

Petro discussed the members’ survey results, including members’ desire for better adherence to time limits for conference panel presentations and more time to socialize during the conference. She noted that the February 2011 newsbrief posted on the SCMS website summarizes the survey results. Petro also noted the Board’s inauguration of New Members’ Orientation Sessions at the 2011 conference in response to members’ desire for better communication and more transparency about the Society and its various practices and structures.

III. Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Paula Massood presented a report. She noted that the Society’s finances remain healthy at roughly $400,000, though we are hoping to grow this amount with a particular eye toward improving our administrative practices. She discussed the new website’s costs, as well as income from Cinema Journal. She also reminded members that the Society has funded several new awards. In addition, Massood announced a raffle for an iPad 2 at the 2011 conference. Tickets cost $5.00 each, and proceeds will go to travel grants for students and un-/under-employed scholars. The winner will be announced at the conference’s closing reception Saturday evening.

IV. Information Technology Officer Report

Information Technology Officer Andrew Miller presented a report. He noted that the Board responded to members’ concerns by contracting for free wifi for members during the 2011 conference. He updated members as to the progress on the new website, noting that we are currently finalizing the new conference site. He noted that the website has been updated recently for the 2011 conference, noting the addition of a "live” page which allows for the posting of up-to-date text and images, and will be useful for archiving. Miller also noted that he and the Home Office staff need members to update their online member profiles each year so that we can have better information on membership and share that with others, for advocacy purposes, for example. He introduced Sarah Denton, a Home Office staff member who works on the website.

Miller entertained questions from members regarding the group pages as well as a recommendation that we keep in mind the ease of the website’s use for essential information.

V. Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

University of Southern California Professor Tara McPherson presented information about the Mellon Grants and the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which is supported by Mellon grants. She discussed the potential to collaborate on various projects with SCMS and its members (including workshops and the initial funding and technical support for an online journal), along with other scholarly organizations, presses, and archives.

VI. Gratitude for Service

Secretary Mary Celeste Kearney thanked the Caucus and SIG co-chairs for their service to the Society in the past year, and asked them to introduce themselves to the rest of the members present.

VII. Other Questions and Announcements

One member applauded our decision not to have a commercial website, but asked if we might consider obtaining possible revenue via advertising members’ new books.

Petro discussed American Council of Learned Societies and its benefits for the Society.

One member asked if SCMS is a North American institution only. Petro commented on SCMS’ networking with other groups, many of which are located outside of North America.

Petro extended a general call to service to all members present, encouraging them to volunteer to serve on SCMS’ various committees.

Petro adjourned the meeting at 1:03 pm.

Minutes prepared by Kearney.

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