Benefits of an SCMS Individual Membership
Individual members of the Society receive four issues of Cinema Journal per membership year, access to the members' area, and all relevant mailings issued by SCMS. Members are invited to attend and participate in the annual conference and may submit essays for publication in Cinema Journal.
The SCMS conference is held annually in different national and international locations (examples of past conference sites include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, and Vancouver). Its goal is to highlight new and ongoing research in the field through the presentation of scholarly papers and screenings of films, videos, and other related media. It also provides members with the opportunity to meet informally and to exchange ideas. The conference regularly schedules professionally oriented workshops on publication, employment, pedagogy, research, new technology, and student issues; caucus and scholarly interest group meetings provide an invaluable opportunity to forge alliances and share insights; and the plenary sessions invite the Society as a whole to discuss the critical issues that shape the profession. Additionally, each conference includes a series of special events related to the year’s venue.
Cinema Journal, one of the field’s leading peer-reviewed journals, publishes essays on a wide variety of subjects from diverse methodological perspectives. A "Professional Notes” section informs members about upcoming events, research opportunities, and the latest published research, and an "In Focus” section presents a variety of opinions on a cross section of subjects. The journal also includes a book review section, featuring discussions of the latest texts in the field, written by leading Film and Media scholars.
The Society also sponsors annual award competitions to honor professional and scholarly achievements in film and media scholarship. These honors include awards for books, edited collections, essays, and dissertations. SCMS also recognizes other forms of professional distinction with awards for pedagogy and service. Members are eligible for any of the above awards.
A final benefit of SCMS membership is the opportunity it provides for members to network with one another through the Society’s various caucuses, groups, and networks. SCMS enables the creation web-based communities supported by group pages and e-mail listserves, and bulletin boards for members to post and read current announcements on the SCMS website. Members are also invited to interact with one another through the social networking capacities of the SCMS website (which can be enabled through individual and group profile settings). Membership in SCMS, therefore, offers on-line and in-person access to over 2,500 scholars and professionals in the fields of Film, Television, and Media.
Individual memberships rates are determined by a sliding scale of personal income and vary by location.
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