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Wed, 24 Aug 2022 01:34:55 -0400
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Dear Colleagues,
> On 16 September, SCMS' Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest
> Group will be hosting a virtual forum (details below; pdf attached). We're
> especially keen to have attendees from outside our subfield. Please share
> widely.
> For further information, contact Tanya Goldman ([log in to unmask])
> and Madison Brown ([log in to unmask]).
> *What's In A Name?*
> *A Forum on the Past, Present, and Potential Futures of Nontheatrical
> Media Studies*
> *Friday, September 16 — 9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT / 16:00 UDT*
> *
> <>*
> The English-language term ‘nontheatrical’ has long been used to connote
> modes of ‘difference’ — in form, function, and exhibition contexts —from
> dominant commercial media cultures. Recent scholarship has drawn attention
> to a capacious body of historically neglected works in many understudied
> genres (such as educational film, industrials, and science films etc.) and
> developed a variety of interdisciplinary interpretative frameworks to make
> sense of their meaning. As this burgeoning subfield continues to grow, the
> ‘nontheatrical’ label has become inadequate to represent the global
> community of scholars and archivists working in the field.
> With an eye towards renaming the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’
> “Nontheatrical Film and Media” Scholarly Interest Group, this forum invites
> participants across disciplines to assess the explanatory value and — just
> as importantly — the limitations of the SIG’s current name. What more
> nuanced and inclusive terms might better represent the complexity of
> objects, approaches, and politics that animate the study of nontheatrical
> media? How would renaming the SIG allow us to move beyond the fields’
> linguistic bias towards English-language scholarship? Might renaming the
> SIG invite scholars of digital media to consider the value of nontheatrical
> and useful media as explanatory frameworks?
> Contact event hosts Madison Brown ([log in to unmask])
> & Tanya Goldman ([log in to unmask]) for further information.

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