Call for Papers - Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference 2017

Fifth Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies-Undergraduate Conference
December 12, 2016

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.

A panel composed of University of Minnesota faculty will select 30 proposals for acceptance to the conference. All selected conference participants must agree to attend all full days of the event, which will be held April 20 - 22, 2017 on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

All current undergraduates, as well as recent graduates (since December 2015), are eligible to submit proposals for the conference. Current graduate students are ineligible but are encouraged to apply to the annual SCMS conference

Panels will be scheduled for Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, with a reception on Thursday night (April 20). Registration is free, and on-campus hotel accommodations will be available at a discounted student rate for conference participants. Students are encouraged to seek travel funding from their home institutions to defray the costs of travel and lodging. Students attending the conference will also be provided with passes to the Walker Arts Center and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.   

The deadline for proposals is midnight EST on Friday, February 3, 2017. Completed 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 visit the MIMS news and events section.

Sponsored by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Press, the Walker Arts Center, and the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. and the following departments and programs at the University of Minnesota: Moving Image Studies, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Communication Studies, Art History, French & Italian, and English.