2018 Award Winners
Below, you'll find a preview of the 2018 SCMS Award Winners, with photos to be added after the conference in Toronto. Please join us at this year’s Awards Ceremony to celebrate their outstanding achievements!
STUDENT WRITING AWARD
Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, University of California, Santa Cruz, “B.F. Skinner’s Project Pigeon: Rendering the War Animal Through Optical Technology”
Tyler Morgenstern, University of California, Santa Barbara, “What Abides: Settler Colonial Recursions at the Edge of Cybernetics”
Katie Bird, University of Pittsburgh, “Sporting Sensations: Béla Balázs and the Bergfilm Camera Operator”
Andrew Bottomley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Internet Radio: A History of a Medium in Transition”
BEST FIRST BOOK AWARD
Erin Hill, Never Done: A History of Women’s Work in Media Production (Rutgers UP, 2016).
THE KATHERINE SINGER KOVÁCS BOOK AWARD
Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt, Queer Cinema in the World (Duke University Press, 2016)
Noa Steimatsky, The Face on Film (Oxford University Press, 2017)
THE KATHERINE SINGER KOVÁCS ESSAY AWARD
Erika Balsom, “Instant Failure: Polaroid's Polavision, 1977–1980,” Grey Room 66 (Winter 2017): 6-31.
BEST EDITED COLLECTION
Martha J. McNamara and Karan Sheldon, Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915–1960 (Indiana University Press, 2017).
BEST ESSAY IN AN EDITED COLLECTION
Luka Arsenjuk, "to speak, to hold, to live by the image: Notes in the Margins of the New Videographic Tendency" in The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia, eds. Caroline Eades and Elizabeth Papazian (New York: Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press, 2016), 275-299.
Alexander Zahlten, "1980s Nyū Aka: (Non)Media Theory as Romantic Performance," in Media Theory in Japan, eds. Marc Steinberg and Alexander Zahlten (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017), 200-220.
THE ANNE FRIEDBERG INNOVATIVE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Kris Paulsen, Here/There: Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface (MIT Press, 2017).
Chris Holmlund, University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Emerita)
John T. Caldwell, University of California, Los Angeles
DISTINGUISHED CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Jane Gaines, Columbia University