SCMS Scholarly Interest Group Proposal
As conceptions of ‘national’ cinema are
increasingly brought into question across contemporary scholarship, the search
for an alternative paradigm coalesces time and again around the word
‘transnational’. Implicit within this term is recognition of the unstable,
movable nature of the ‘national’ referent in a globalised era, problematising notions
of a local industry talking to and for its nation state. By positing a
polycentric relationship between industries, such approaches locate the
practices of production, distribution and consumption as sites of cultural blending,
offering fertile ground for nuanced socio-historical analysis.
Yet, if the ‘national’ is a fraught concept,
so too is the ‘transnational’. There is no consensus over whether the phrase
‘transnational cinema’ describes processes of industrial collaboration across
borders, of the ‘localisation’ of filmic products as they traverse the globe,
or of foreign influences coming to bear upon the production of the film text.
Furthermore, the cultural, political or historical position of the individual
scholar is another potentially problematic element in the construction of a
‘transnational’ discourse. Are we too products of a ‘transnational’
subjectivity and, if so, what value judgements do we bring to our analysis?
The term is often substituted with alternatives:
most commonly, ‘transcultural’, which takes account of the fact that ‘culture’
is not necessarily tied to regional imperatives. Indeed, the very term
‘transnational’ can be seen to privilege the ‘national’ referent by positioning
itself as an oppositional paradigm. The debates here summarised are seldom
undertaken in a programmatic manner. More often, ‘transnational’,
‘international’, ‘transcultural’ or ‘global’ appellations are used as
interchangeable buzz-words. This Scholarly Interest Group, therefore, would be
a timely intervention, offering a dynamic, polysemous forum for these and
provide a forum and network for international scholars and students to
support academic research and collaboration around transnational cinema.
support Cinema Journal and other
Film and Media publications to foster publications in the field of
schedule a yearly meeting at the SCMS conference where we can gather to
formulate specific projects, such as joint conferences, screenings,
festivals and publications on related topics.
sponsor panels and workshops at the SCMS annual conference.
- To work
with the SCMS Executive Committee and each year's Conference Program
Committee as a source of expertise around transnational cinema.
- To work
with other SCMS groups whose themes intersect with our own.
encourage international membership and participation in SCMS for scholars
in other countries whose research interests intersect with our own.
develop a web resource for use by members and to communicate the purpose
of the Group, and to explore other forms of output.
attract a membership reflecting the full social, cultural and
international diversity of the Society.
members of the Transnational Cinemas Interest Group (TCSIG) must be
members in good standing of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies
meetings of the Group will be convened at the SCMS conference.
members of the TCSIG will serve as co-chairs for four-year terms. Election
of the Co-chairs shall be conducted at the first annual meeting of the
Group during the 2013 conference with the outcome reported to the SCMS
Board of Directors.
addition to the co-chairs, a graduate student representative will be
elected at the first annual meeting of the Group during the 2013
- It will
be the responsibilities of the Co-Chairs to:
with the membership
the annual meetings and prepare minutes of the business discussed
appropriate funds to support TCSIG programming at the conference.
annually to the SCMS Board of Directors on the Group’s activities and attendance
figures for the last meeting
on the maintenance of the website, and related social media outlets
- It will
be the responsibility of the graduate student representative to coordinate
graduate student networks within the SIG, and to communicate graduate
student-specific information to them.
- Each year
the Co-Chairs will submit a request to the Program Committee of the SCMS
conference for a time and space to meet (in response to the annual call
made by the Committee to SIGs).
- At all
meetings of the Group, ten members shall constitute a quorum for the
transaction of business. The vote of the majority of members present at a
meeting at which a quorum is present constitutes the action of the Group.
member of the TCSIG may make a proposal regarding the TCSIG or its
must forward to the co-chairs all proposals prior to placing the proposal
before the TCSIG membership. It is the responsibility and duty of the
co-chairs to then forward all proposals to membership. However, no approval
by either or both co-chairs is required for proposals to be advanced to
issues are submitted to the members of the Group for vote via e-mail, the
members shall have seven business days to respond. The subject line of
the e-mail shall contain the word ‘vote’ to alert members to act.
the voting time period specified in each proposal, members may debate the
merits of any proposal as much as they like.
may vote only once on any proposal. Members are thus encouraged to carefully
consider any and all arguments regarding a proposal before voting.
- Action on
behalf of the Group may be taken without a meeting if a majority of the
members of the Group provide consent by writing or e-mail. The written
consents shall be filed with the minutes of the next meeting.
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Chelsea Rose Wessels, William Costanzo and Xiuhe Zhang