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CinemArts: Film and Art History Scholarly Interest Group (Founded 2008)
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I. Mission Statement:


This SIG serves as forum for scholars working at the intersection of film, art, and visual culture. Increasingly, SCMS’s membership includes active museum/gallery curators and film programmers. The SIG recognizes the importance of contemporary art’s investment in "the cinematic” and the expanding number of classically-trained art historians who increasingly draw on film and media texts, as well as film and media theory. The SIG provides an intellectual, organizational, and networking structure for sharing resources, distributing scholarly and professional information, and developing methodological approaches in the comparative arts.


Our larger aim is to continually strengthen this structure in ways that a) will encourage scholars working between film studies and art history to become more actively engaged participants in SCMS; b) will assist this community in compiling bibliographic and research resources, circulating calls for papers, grants announcement, and conference information, as well as in sharing and developing pedagogical tools; c) will facilitate a more dynamic and effective discussion of the relation of cinema to the other arts that will in turn strengthen our organization as a whole, and contribute to the continued broadening of the SCMS membership.


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II. Goals and Objectives:


1) The CINEMARTS SIG annual meeting at the SCMS conference serves scholars working between film studies and art history in a range of periods and geographies.

2) CINEMARTS aims to appeal to colleagues with an interest or an already established expertise in the other arts, as well as those who have interest in developing a research profile in the comparative arts.

3) CINEMARTS works with the Executive Committee and each year’s SCMS Conference Program Committee as a source of expertise concerning screenings, curatorial projects, translations, and publication initiatives.

4) CINEMARTS works to encourage Cinema Journal and other film studies/art history publications to publish special issues, dossiers, and interviews.

5) CINEMARTS promotes visual literacy that spans the low and high registers of culture, Western and non-Western cinemas in relation to the arts, industrial and non-industrial cinemas, as well as theatrical and non-theatrical spectatorial frameworks.

6) CINEMARTS works to support and recognize scholars working on curatorial, programming, and preservation projects, as well as scholarly collaborations with artists.

7) CINEMARTS organizes special projects, such as designated panels, joint conferences, plenary participation, screenings, workshops, and web-based initiatives.

8) CINEMARTS not only serves to deepen the international community of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, it also aims to actively bridge our scholarly community to other professional organizations in the Humanities.

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Contacts: (current as of 6/30/20)

Iggy Cortez, Co-Chair
Erica Levin, Co-Chair
Kaitlin C. Forcier and Katerina Korola, Graduate Student Representative

Angella Dalle Vacche, Co-founder

Karl Schoonover, Co-founder
Jennifer Wild, Co-founder


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