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Monday, February 13, 2017

Cinema Studies Majors:  Apply to be a FIG Assistant for Fall 2017 for ®emixing Media, ©ritiquing ©ulture with Instructor Andre Sirois

First-Year Programs is now accepting applications for the fall 2017 ®emixing Media, ©ritiquing ©ulture FIG Assistant position!

This is a paid leadership position that helps incoming freshmen adjust to the UO both academically and socially. First-Year Programs has openings that are specifically in need of students familiar with Cinema Studies or Digital Arts.   

®emixing Media, ©ritiquing ©ulture explores how the appropriation, parody, and remixing of media texts (images, ads, music, video, etc) can be a powerful form of cultural critique. Not only will we look at the culture jamming movements of the past and present, but we will apply these concepts and aesthetics to create our own works that turn the media and its messages against itself. At the end of the term we will showcase these works at our own art show/exhibit that we curate and promote as a way of highlighting the practical value of fair use within creative communities.

Application Deadline Extended – Apply by Monday, February 20, 2017

Preferred/Required Experience:

1) Have taken CINE 230, Remix Culture(s), or may take it fall 2017

2) Have video editing, sound editing, photo editing, or other art skills (preferred)

3) Have some basic experience coordinating or assisting in coordinating events (preferred)

To Apply

Applications can be found on the First-Year Programs website or in their office in 372 Oregon Hall. The application deadline has been extended.  Please apply by Monday, February 20, 2017.


If you have questions, please contact Brandon Parry at or 541-346-2896.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Spring 2017 Course List Now Available

Spring Course Poster 2017_FINALThe Spring Term 2017 Cinema Studies course list is now available!

To see the list of Spring 2017 Cinema Studies courses, please click here.

Nominate yourself for a cash prize! Deadline April 7th

Have you written a term paper in one of your Cinema Studies classes this past year (Spring 16 – Winter 17) that you’re particularly proud of?  Would you like to win $500 and a bit of glory (and a line on your CV)?  If so, submit your paper for this year’s James Ivory Undergraduate Essay Award.

The Cinema Studies Program announces the annual James Ivory Undergraduate Essay Awards. These awards recognize excellence of research and writing in term papers in major-related courses. A cash award of up to $500 is given, and the awardee is recognized at the Cinema Studies commencement ceremony in June.

Essay requirements and submission guidelines can be found on the Cinema Studies website here.

The deadline to submit the application form and an essay from a course taken in Spring 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2017, is noon (pst) Friday, April 7, 2017.

Cinema Studies majors may submit the online application form and submit a copy of the essay to be considered for the award.  A faculty member may also nominate a student for an award by submitting the online nomination form.

For more information on the award categories, eligibility, and the submission and review process, please read the James Ivory Essay Award 2017 Outline and Procedures.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

NW Student Emmy Awards – Call For Entries

Northwest Chapter National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

The Student Call for Entries

Entries PRODUCED between January 1, 2016 to February 10, 2017 are eligible provided the content was not entered in the previous year’s Student Awards. For more information and to submit entries, please visit the NW Academy of Television Arts and Sciences website.  The student entry deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017

NATAS also offers scholarships.  Please read here for more information.

SCMS Call for Papers – Deadline February 3rd




Society for Cinema and Media Studies

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition. In 2012 the first undergraduate conference invited undergraduate students to propose papers representing their best work in cinema and media studies. 



Fifth Annual
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference
Hosted by The University of Minnesota 

April 20 – 22, 2017 

The fifth annual SCMS Undergraduate Conference invites undergraduate students to propose papers representing their best work in cinema and media studies. At the conference, students will deliver papers on any aspect of cinema and media history, criticism, or theory. Each participant will have 15 minutes to present their individual essay – approximately 2,000-2,100 words when presented at a normal talking speed with a few visual aids – on a thematically organized panel. Any student who wishes to participate in the conference should submit a completed proposal form, which will include a 200-word abstract. Do not submit complete papers. The submission form can be found here, and more information is on the SCMS website.

The deadline for proposals is midnight EST Friday, February 3rd, 2017Completed proposal forms with abstracts should be sent via email to ( with “SCMS-U 2017” in the subject line of the email. For more information, please contact Dr. Graeme Stout (, at the University of Minnesota or go here.

UO Cinema Studies will provide up to $500 in financial support to a student chosen to present a paper at the conference. 

Cinema Studies offers a $500 award to any Cinema Studies major who presents a paper at the SCMS Undergraduate Conference. Recipient(s) of the award are recognized at the Cinema Studies annual commencement ceremony.

Students are responsible for notifying the Cinema Studies office if their paper is selected to be presented at the SCMS Undergraduate Conference. A $500 reimbursement will be processed as an award to offset travel expenses. Rules and regulations of reimbursements require written receipts for travel, hotel or other expenses accrued for the trip to the conference. A reimbursement will be processed after the student has attended the conference and the receipt has been received.



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Updated Call for Proposals: “What is Life?” Conference




University of Oregon in Portland • April 6–8, 2017

The seventh annual “What is…? ” conference-experience will engage communication, media, and nature by examining everyday life — our lifeworks and lifestyles — emphasizing the lifeworlds (environments) we live in. It will investigate how communication/media constitute and permeate all avenues and forms of life — from scale, pace, and pattern to the public, private, and organic. By building bridges through multidisciplinary networks, the event emphasizes how communication is instrumental in and for living systems. What is life and how is life mediated?

What is Life? (2017) builds on last year’s conference, What is Media? (2016), expanding a transdisciplinary notion of medium/media with special attention to its material, historical, and ecological ramifications. It marks the second collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences, life sciences, and the arts.

Featured plenaries will include:

  • Douglas Rushkoff, Communication and Economics (Generation Like, FRONTLINE)
  • Jussi Parikka, Media Archaeology and Aesthetics (A Geology of Media)
  • Amnon Buchbinder, Journalism and Science (Biology of Story)
  • Salma Monani, Environmental Studies (Ecomedia)
  • Brendan Bohannan, Biology and Ecology
  • Toby Miller, Creative Industries and Environmental Studies (Greening The Media)
  • Gabriela Martínez, Cinema/Media Studies and Latin American Studies
  • Mark Johnson, Cognitive Science and Philosophy (Metaphors We Live By)
  • Brook Muller, Architecture and Design (Ecology and the Architectural Imagination)

Keynote address by Fritjof Capra, Complexity and System Sciences (Systems View of Life)

Papers/presentations already accepted address: the value of human life, algorithms and e-waste, biodiversity, science journalism/communication, sustainable design and apps, Chinese rural experience, microbial ecology, women and work, STS and automation, responsibility and integrity. What is Life? invites scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni and students, as well as scientists, artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public to collaborate. We welcome submissions for paper presentations and panels, roundtables, and art installations. A wide range of topics and themes can be found under the Call for Proposals at the conference website (

Send 100-150 word abstracts/proposals by December 13, 2016 to:
Janet Wasko •

Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)

University of Oregon • Eugene, Oregon 97405-1275

Sunday, November 27, 2016

UO Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards – Deadline Feb. 6, 2017

poster_2UO class papers, projects, and theses for 4 terms (Winter 2016 through Fall 2016) are eligible.

Recommendations are needed from class instructors, so identify your best work and talk to your professors.

The UO Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards reward students who demonstrate high-quality academic work and excellent library research skills. Prizes of $1,000 – $1,500 are awarded in the two categories listed below:

1) Single term papers and projects from a 300 level or above course
2) Theses or multi-term papers and projects

For more information and to apply, please visit the UO Libraries website.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Study Film in New York City in Summer 2017

nyc-film-program-graphicCinema in New York City is a new study away program offered by Portland State Film in Summer 2017.

In this program, students will enroll in two courses, for 8 credit hours, and travel to Manhattan for two weeks to study New York film history and culture, and produce their own short films.

Travel Dates: June 24-July 8, 2017

Portland State Film’s Cinema in New York City will be an intensive program that will immerse students in the filmic culture of the nation’s largest metropolis. Through tours, site visits, guest speakers, screenings and lectures, students will learn about the artistic and cultural histories of New York and find ways to tell the city’s story through their own creative work and research projects.

Students will investigate New York’s distinct neighborhoods, its institutions and organizations, its people and its history through narrative and nonfiction creative work, and through the researching and critical study of the city’s cinema. New York is the world’s media capital, and there is no city more ideal for students of film and media to visit and to work on projects.

Students will take two courses in the program: FILM384 “New York on Film” and FILM360 “Production in the City”. In these courses the students will work closely with the professor to produce portfolio-quality writing and creative work that will serve them in their goals beyond graduation, whether that’s the pursuit of work in professional production markets, securing funds for a production or a research project, or applying to graduate school in film, communications, business, history, law, or any number of fields of study.

The director of the program is Emmy-winning filmmaker and professor Dustin Morrow, who has a decade of experience in leading summer programs and has presented research on maximizing the professional outcomes of the study away experience. This program is open to all majors.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Prof. Morrow at to request an info packet containing all of the details on program schedule, costs, travel and coursework.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Announcing the 2016-17 Undergraduate Special Collections Internships: Call for Applications

A Partnership between the UO Libraries and the Oregon Rare Books Initiative (ORBI)


Sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries and the Oregon Rare Books Initiative (ORBI), the Undergraduate Special Collections Internship focuses on providing unique learning and mentoring opportunities for highly motivated students who wish to use the Libraries’ special collections in their research and scholarship. One or two internships will be offered during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Internships may focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Arranging, describing, and/or inventorying a subset of the collection
  • Interpreting selected parts of the special collections in a research paper, and sharing this research with others by way of physical exhibits or other dissemination
  • Providing original research for online exhibits, social media outlets, and online research guides for library users
  • Producing digital reproductions and transcripts
  • Assisting patrons, researchers, and students as they search for resources and use the special collections

DETAILS: Internships may run through the fall, winter, and/or spring terms, and require a minimum of 8 hours of work per week to a maximum of 15 hours per week. Paid internships offer an hourly wage ranging between $11 and $13 per hour.

All internships are co-supervised by a special collections librarian and a member of the UO teaching faculty who has expertise in scholarship and research related to the UO Libraries’ special collections. Chosen faculty/student candidates will have a passion for libraries, museums, and archives, and will have a demonstrated research interest in special collections. Student interns agree to write a final report summarizing their internship experiences, along with any final research paper, and to present their works at a spring reception to be hosted by the UO Libraries and ORBI.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications are due by Monday, November 21, 2016 at 5 p.m.

SELECTION PROCESS: Internships will be awarded by a selection committee led by Vera Keller, associate professor of history, and comprised of faculty members from ORBI and UO Libraries. Awards will be announced before the end of Fall term.

TO APPLY:  For more information, and to apply, please visit the UO Libraries website.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Winter 2017 Course List Now Available

Winter 2017 Course PosterThe Winter Term 2017 Cinema Studies course list is now available!

To see the list of Winter 2017 Cinema Studies courses, please click here.

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