SCMS Call for Papers – Deadline February 3rd


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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.