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Fifth Annual

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Undergraduate Conference
Hosted by the University of Minnesota
April 21-22, 2017

Click here for a PDF version of the CFP, or read on below:

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.


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.


Panels will be scheduled for Friday (4/21) and Saturday (4/22), with reception on the Thursday night (4/20). 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 3rd, 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 go here.


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, and French and Italian.

Students presenting at SCMS-U 2014
Courtesy of the University of Oklahoma, Film and Media Studies Department
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