2021 SCMS Virtual Conference

March 17-21

Like so many momentous events, last year's SCMS conference was canceled due to Covid-19. A year later, still under quarantine, the 2021 conference will take place virtually. For film, television, and media scholars, the annual conference hosted by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies is one of the biggest scholarly events of the year.

Among this year's recognized scholars is recent Ph.D. alum Jinsook Kim, who won honorable mention for Best Dissertation for “Contesting Hate: Online Misogyny and Networked Anti-Hate Feminist Activism in South Korea.” Also noteworthy: Ph.D. alum Courtney Brannon Donoghue has been nominated to join the SCMS board, to which RTF Associate Professor Alisa Perren serves as Treasurer and Ph.D. alum Alfred Martin, Jr. is also a member.

A partial list (below) reflects RTF affiliates who are participating in this year's conference.

UT RTF Scholars - Scheduled to participate in 2021 SCMS Conference
(partial list)

Faculty | Students | Alumni

Faculty

Mary Beltrán
H8 - Star Mutations: Screen Performance, Creative Agency and Celebrity Activism
“‘Make Sure You Have Something to Say’: Eva Longoria and Latina Celebrity Activism, Post-2016”

Kathy Fuller-Seeley
Q1 - Constructing the Hollywood Movie Fan in the Cultural Information Marketplace (1914-1950) (Chair)
“A Fan as Film Historian: Cara Hartwell’s ‘Grace Cunard’  Scrapbook, 1914-1983”

Lalitha Gopalan
V7 - Contemporary Tamil Cinema: Changing Paradigms/Emerging Trends
“Dust Ups in Tamil Noir”

Jennifer McClearen
B14 - Women, Sports & Media
“Infantilizing Women's Soccer: Representation Matters, but At What Cost?”

Curran Nault
T16 - Performance, Music, and Media (Chair)
“DIY Death: Necro-Subjectivity in the Quare Artivist Underground”

Alisa Perren
U2 - The Logic of Intellectual Property in the Comic Book Industry
“More Than Just Superhero Stories: The Rise of the Hybrid Publisher-Studio”

Suzanne Scott
F8 - Stitching Together Media and Fashion Studies (Co-Chair)
“Underwear That’s Fun to Wear: Historicizing and Theorizing Fan Lingerie”

Lesley Willard
P11 - Tentpole Television: Technology, Franchising, and Promotion in TV’s New Blockbuster Era
“Get Hype: The Problem of Promotion in Contemporary U.S. Television”

 

 

Students

Briana Barner
R2 - “Cancel Culture”: Digital Networks as Cultural Archive
“Couldn’t Be Us: Black Podcasts’ Reckoning with Surviving R. Kelly”

Kate Cronin
U15 - Televisual Lifecycles: Tracing Development, Change and Resistance
“Yesterday's News: Film Libraries and The Commercial Afterlife of Early Television News”

Ash Kinney d'Harcourt
G18 - Strategies of Queer Identity, Community, and Activism
“‘Women’s Roller Derby is for Everyone’?: Mediated Responses to the Roller Derby's Anti-Discriminatory Gender Policy”

Selena Dickey
J12 - Moving Past: Tracing Historical Routes of Distribution
“Cables, Relays, and Satellite Pick-Up Games: Transitions in Cable Distribution” (with Tim Piper)

Britta Hanson
U15 - Televisual Lifecycles: Tracing Development, Change and Resistance
“The Teleplay and its Discontents: the Reluctant Contribution of Playwrights to Midcentury Television”

Lily Kunda
R17 - New Directions in Media Activism
“Must Stay Woke: Black Celebrity Voices of Dissent in the Post Post-Racial Era”

Hyun Jung Stephany Noh
I20 - Localizing Production Ecosystems
“Netflix’s Reconfiguration of Korean Production Houses’ Business Model: Case Study of Mr. Sunshine”

Luis Rivera-Figueroa
C15 - Musical Cultures
 “Articulating the Limits of Latinidad: Rosalía’s Music and Star Image”

Laurel P. Rogers
H17 - Media Flows: Nostalgia, Crossovers, and Reception
Stranger Things: Authentic Nostalgia, Imagined Era”

Nathan Rossi
P7 - Latinx Media: Representation and Reception
“Constituting Centralaméricanismo: The Comedy of Arturo Castro and Julio Torres”

Brett Siegel
P19 - Black Television Studies
 “ABC’s Black-ish and the Cultural Politics of the Network Sitcom in the Trump Era”

Laura Springman
C1 - Queer(ing) Audiences and Fandoms
“(Trans)formational World Making in the Captain America Fandom”

Margaret Steinhauer
V20 - Television History
“‘The Blue-Chip, Big-Dough Future of Paycable:’ The Complexities of QUBE TV's Failure”

Jing Wang
J20 - Indiewood
“Curating Independents: An Analysis of Distributors’ Current Roles in Framing Chinese Independent Cinema”

Andy Wright
R17 - New Directions in Media Activism
“The Figure Of The Chalice: How Stella Artois's "Buy A Lady A Drink" campaign promotes problematic commodity activism”

Alumni

Kyle Barnett
O14 - Sonic Relationships: Music and Sound in Cinema and Radio
“Cinematic Celebrity and the Promise of Phonographic Intimacy”

Nick Bestor
D12 - The Aesthetics of Gory Games and Keanu's Revenge
“‘The Geometry of the Dream-Place’: Transmediating Spaces of the Horrific in Arkham Horror: The Card Game”

Sheri Chinen Biesen
T14 - Perception, Representation and Characterisation in Hollywood (Chair)
 “Women ‘Stars’ of Film Noir: On-Screen and Behind-the-Scenes From Hollywood to Netflix”

Kevin John Bozelka
U14 - Transitional Tunes: Revisions and Redemptions in Media Sound
“Unrecovered Norms: 1933 – 1960 As a Period of Disorder for the Hollywood Musical”

Alexander Cho
T2 - Care, Joy, and Interdependence: Radical Media Praxis and Critique for Uncertain Times (Chair)
“Designing for Interdependence: Queer and Collective Approaches to Digital Form and Interface”

Michael DeAngelis
R9 - Perspectives on Reception and Audiences (Chair)
“Tom Cruise, Aging, and the Functional Fitness Phenomenon”

Courtney Brannon Donoghue
R16 - Production Companies: Industry, Culture, Power
“Foxy Fox 2000 in the Mouse House: The Decline of Female-Driven Mid-Budget Films”

Evan Elkins
P21 - Breathability, Community, and Local Disruptions
 “The Golden State Warriors: A Pop-Culture Avatar of Silicon Valley Disruption and Gentrification”

Laura Felschow
C20 - ROUNDTABLE: Diversity in Comics Studies and Comics-Centric Pedagogy
“Comics and Toxic Fandom”

Joshua Gleich
M3 - South by Southwest: Regional Film History from the Global South to the American South and Southwest (Chair)
“East of Hollywood, West of St. Louis: Regional Infrastructures for Class-A Westerns”

David Gurney
P20 - Technology and Internet Culture (Chair)
 “Do We Even Know What We Meme? Reconsidering Participatory Culture across Social Media”

Charlotte Howell
B14 - Women, Sports & Media
 “’The American Outlaws Are Our Kind of People’: Constructing an Ideal American Soccer Fan at the 2019 Women’s World Cup”

Kit Hughes
R12 - Educational Media Industries
“Cable in the Classroom as Regulatory Feint: Using Public Service to Protest the 1992 Cable Act”

Deborah Jaramillo
S7 - Academia and Public Policy in the wake of COVID-19

Jacqueline Johnson
D19 - Emotion, Affect, and Viewing Media
“‘I Feel Conflicted As F*ck’: Netflix’s Dear White People and Representations of Black Spectatorship”

Jennifer Kang
F16 - Technological Mediation of Pleasure
“Reconfiguring the Global and National in K-pop: Fandom Nationalism in BTS and EXO Fandoms”

Jessalynn Keller
T2 - Care, Joy, and Interdependence: Radical Media Praxis and Critique for Uncertain Times (Co-Chair)
“Beware the Dancing Communist: AOC, Dance, and Embodied Joy”

Kelly Kessler
H22 - ROUNDTABLE: “What the Hell Are They Doing in There?”: Navigating Media Scholarship While Parenting
“U got a big butt, yo: Damage control & kids’ media”

Peter Kovacs
U7 - Broadcast Industry Transitions (1930s-50s): Challenging Conventional Histories
“From Single-sponsorship to Participating Advertising: The Effects of Brand Proliferation on 1950s Sponsorship Trends”

Benjamin Kruger-Robbins
L15 - Televisual Representations: Place, Space and Time
“‘I Don't Like the Word ‘Common’: Joan Collins, Angela Lansbury, and Cross-Coalitional Approaches in 1980s Television”

Peter Kunze
M1 - Media and Theater in The Pandemic: Industry, Audience, Aesthetics
“Radio to the Rescue?: Media Production and the Theatre Industry During the Covid-19 Pandemic”

Amanda Landa
Q2 - Fiendish Forms: Elevated/Aesthetics in Horror
“Discipline and Punish: Performing Arts and Body Horror Hybridity in The Perfection

Christina Lane
V14 - Writing Between the Lines: Feminist Strategies for Historical Absences, Cliché, and the Unreliable (Chair)
 “Alternative Writing Strategies: Notes on Discovering the ‘Women Who Knew’ Joan Harrison”

Kayti Lausch
V20 - Television History (Chair)
“‘Creating Content That Values Everyone’: The Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Expansion in the Digital Era”

Alfred Martin, Jr.
G5 - Failure in Black: Hollywood Production and Black Precariousness (Chair)
“Was The Wiz a Flop? The Industrial Politics of Black-Cast Media Failure?”

Nick Marx
O5 - Political Comedy and Satire in the 21st Century
“Appropriating Irony: Satire TV and the Displaced Abjection of the Political Right”

Cynthia Meyers
U7 - Broadcast Industry Transitions (1930s-50s): Challenging Conventional Histories (Chair)
 “‘If You Want to Be Famous, Buy Shows; If You Want to Be Rich, Buy Spots’: The Ted Bates Agency and 1950s TV Advertising”

Taylor Miller
V6 - Historicizing Critical Audience Studies in Broadcasting
“From the Peabody Archive: What Letters to Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Audiences with Disabilities”

Colleen Montgomery
K17 - Transnational Cinema (Chair)
“‘I don't know why Eric Johnston is congratulating himself’: Selznick's Exploits in Postwar France”

Paul Monticone
J22- ROUNDTABLE: Innovative Assignments for the Film and Media Classroom
 “One Film, Many Perspectives: Research as Discovery”

Sarah Murray
B20 - Social Media, Feminism, and the Algorithm (Chair)
“#YouKnowMe: Media Publics, Entrepreneurial Labor, and Hashtag Recognition”

Michael O’Brien
E7 - 1970s Black Film and its Aftermath
“’Weapons in the Struggle for Freedom, for Equality, for Liberation’: The Film Rebellion of William Greaves”

Morgan O'Brien
D12 - The Aesthetics of Gory Games and Keanu's Revenge (Chair)
“The Eerie Affect of Retro Video Games”

Matthew Payne
K2 - Videographic Television Studies
“Degrees of Difference in the Cold Opens of Fargo”

Tim Piper
J12 - Moving Past: Tracing Historical Routes of Distribution
“Cables, Relays, and Satellite Pick-Up Games: Transitions in Cable Distribution” (with Selena Dickey)

Jacqueline Pinkowitz
E7 - 1970s Black Film and its Aftermath
“Slavery, Italian Style: Italian-American Exchange, International Networks & Global Exploitation in Mandingo (1975)”

Swapnil Rai
E20 - The wonder that is Bollywood: Global Circulation of Bollywood as a Cultural Form (Chair)
“Stardom, Cinephilia and Cultural Diplomacy: Unpacking the affective contours of Bollywood's inroads into China”

Yeidy Rivero
Q7 - New Latinx Mediascapes: Blurring Borders through Racialized Counterpublics
(Respondent)

Sharon Ross
H22 - ROUNDTABLE: “What the Hell Are They Doing in There?”: Navigating Media Scholarship While Parenting
“Fortnite/AltRight: My Son's YouTube Rabbit Holes”

R. Colin Tait
K10 - Screen Acting and Analysis: New Methodological Directions
“De Niro and Brando: Translating Vito Corleone in The Godfather Series”

Jacqueline Vickery
Q14 - Media Beyond the Text (Chair)
“Learning from the Playful Voice: An Analysis of Youth Media Workshops and Youth Produced Media”

Latina Vidolova
I7 - Audiences, Fans and Anti-Fans and/as Cultural Intermediaries
The Toonami Renaissance? Residual Television, Producer-Fan Monuments, and Transnational Enclosure”

Kristen Warner
V21 - ROUNDTABLE: Beyond Resemblance: Theorizing Representation and Methods in Media Studies
 “Fighting to Recoup Meghan Markle as Black Princess”

Lauren Wilks
C14 Race, Ethnicity, and Representation in Contemporary Media
 “From Colorblind to Culturally Specific: Examining Racial Specificity Over Time in Teen Television”

Lesley Willard
P11 - Tentpole Television: Technology, Franchising, and Promotion in TV’s New Blockbuster Era
“Get Hype: The Problem of Promotion in Contemporary U.S. Television”

Elana Wakeman
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