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2021 Call For Submissions
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The Society for Cinema and Media Studies announces its call for proposals for the 2021 conference.
Please join us March 17-21 for the Online Conference. The pre-conference will take place March 5-6. The 2021 SCMS Conference Program Committee welcomes quality proposals on any topic related to cinema and media studies.   

See Submitting a Proposal to SCMS: Guide for Success for helpful information on submitting a proposal.

In addition, On July 19, 2018, Pamela Wojcik, Miriam Petty, and Nick Davis held a Facebook Live discussion on what makes a successful SCMS conference proposal and answered members' questions. The archived event video can be found  here.

The deadline for panels, workshops, roundtables, seminars and papers is Monday, September 21 at 5:00 PM CT.

Click here to access the 2021 SCMS Conference Submissions Portal.

*We recommend using the web browser Google Chrome to submit a proposal.

Please note the following character limits in the submission portal:
Titles: 120 characters
Abstracts and Panel Summaries: 2500 characters
Bios: 500 characters
Seminar Leader Qualifications: 1500 characters
Roundtable Speaker Topics: 50 characters


Waiver Requests

A waiver of the conference registration fee and/or SCMS membership requirement may be granted in exceptional circumstances for media practitioners and artists or renowned scholars from other disciplines whose contributions would illuminate the panel or workshop topic. If chairs or organizers will be requesting a waiver for any panel, workshop, or roundtable participant, a waiver form (ONE request per submission form) must be submitted online by September 15, 2020, 5:00PM CT.

If the panel, workshop, or roundtable proposal is accepted and the conference program chair approves the waiver, the organizer of the panel, workshop, or roundtable along with the individual receiving the waiver will receive an e-mail notification from the SCMS office in late October 2020.  

Click here to access the waiver request form.

Chairs and organizers, please note: upon submitting a waiver request, participants will be added as a non-member to our database for the duration of the conference submission period, which will allow them to be added to the submission form.  This process takes up to 24 hours to complete, so please submit your waiver requests early.  

Note: Open call participants and graduate students do not qualify for these waivers.  Artists, renowned scholars from other disciplines or filmmakers cannot receive a registration and/or membership waivers in two consecutive years.

Contact Us

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075