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SCMS+ is an experimental initiative by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, intended to offer a curated digital space to SCMS members for scholarly reflections that are timely and not suited for traditional academic journals, pedagogic discussions, rapid response town halls, and other forums and formats that can help extend the conversation among members of SCMS beyond the annual conference.
SCMS+  is not peer-reviewed and is not related to JCMS, the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. It is meant to be informal, dynamic, responsive, and member-led.
Proposals for SCMS+ will be vetted by a standing committee and will be approved based on criteria of timeliness, organization, and scheduling.  In the meantime, if you would like to propose a topic, or have questions or suggestions, please contact Gilberto Blasini at

Short Attention Span Criticism
Edited by Cara Dickason, Rebecca M. Gordon, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik

Editors' Introduction

Fábio Andrade and Juliano Gomes, “The Dreamed Republic: ‘Your Brazil has Ended, and Mine Never Existed:’ A Conversation about Grace Passô's Quarantine Short Film, República (2020)
2. Tian Leng, “The Routine
Jacqueline Patz Di Piero, “Nowhere Else to Be: Time, Space, and the Fiction of Synchronicity
Christina G. Petersen, “Viral Aesthetics: Before & After COVID-19

5.Madison Brown, “I Livestreamed My Grandfather’s Funeral
Sean Purcell, “Pandemic Revenants: Seeing the Dead in the Long First Wave

History, Archives, and the Rhetoric of Crisis
Cat Mahoney, “‘We’ll Meet Again’: Mobilising ‘Memories’ of the Second World War During the UK Coronavirus Lockdown” 
Jessica Leonora Whitehead, “Flu Ban: Movie-Going and Celebrity Culture during the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

9. Mihaela Mihailova, “Business as Usual: The Pandemic Myth of Undisrupted Animation Production
Amy Monaghan, “Electric Boogaloo

Loving, Hating, and Uncertain Waiting Under Lockdown

11. Sarah Choi, “Too Hot for a Pandemic
Hannah Goodwin, “Silence in the Media Storm of Apocalypse
Shana Macdonald, “Cinema Snacks: Movie Memes as Pandemic Catharsis
Mary Harrod, Suzanne Leonard and Diane Negra, “Romance in the Time of Coronavirus
Lynn Spigel, “Homebody TV: Tele-hospitality in a Pandemic

Urban Spaces 
16. Josh Synenko, “COVID-19 and the Politics of Locations
Meredith Ward, "Listening to the Sounds of COVID

18. Crystal Camargo, “Translating Pandemic, Interpreting (Mis)Trust: The Role of a Bilingual News Anchor on U.S. Spanish-Language Television
Suzanne Enzerink, “Flickers
Hamidreza Nassiri, “Tales from Disaster Capitalism: The Capitalist Transformation of Education by Exploiting the Pandemic Crisis

Technology in the Age of Covid-19

  21. Logan Brown, “Tom Nook Meets Microsoft Bob: Space, Sociality, and Digital Media in Good Times and Bad
Frank Mondelli, “Access, Media, and Equity in a (Post-)COVID World
Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz, “The Paradox of the Virtual Pro-Am: Professional Sports During the Pandemic

Webinar: Roundtable and Discussion on Teaching Cinema and Media Studies Online

This roundtable and discussion, led by Jonathan Cohn and featuring  Andrea Wood, Maya Montañez Smukler, Sean Gouglas, and Patricia Aufderheide discusses various techniques for translating courses to teach ethically and equitably online without a ton of added work, new free tools for fostering discussion and critique, advice for teaching video games and other interactive media online, using Fair Use and avoiding copyright issues, and how to manage our time and student expectations.  The webinar was held on June 16th via Zoom and recorded.

To access the recording of the webinar, please click here

Other resources related to the discussion can be found here.

Note: Your participation would be greatly appreciated, some of those documents would serve as a platform to share ideas for lesson plans, assignments, tech, etc... if you have suggestions, please email the roundtable's organizer, Jonathan Cohn, here.


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