Call: Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image 2011 conference

Call for Papers

The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image announces its call for proposals for the 2011 conference, June 8-11, 2011, in Budapest, Hungary.

The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image is an interdisciplinary organization made up of scholars interested in cognitive, philosophical, aesthetic, neurophysiological, and evolutionary-psychological approaches to the analysis of film and other moving-image media.

Members of SCSMI seek to understand, among other things, the ways in which perceptual and neural processing relate to spectators affective responses, to viewers’ comprehension of film narratives, and to the saliency of particular formal features of films. Members also raise questions about how artistic strategies, such as narrative construction, audio-visual technique, and the creation of emotional responses, may be amenable to naturalistic explanations in a cognitive framework. Members are likewise interested in the implications of empirical findings for conceptual analysis, theory clarification, and philosophical inquiry related to film.

Guidelines for Proposals

To give a paper at the 2011 SCSMI conference, the presenter must be a current member of the Society. Individuals who are non-members and wish to submit a proposal for our June conference should go ahead and do so, understanding that if their paper is accepted they must join the society before presenting at the conference.

Papers at the 2011 SCSMI conference will be twenty-five minutes in length to be followed by a twenty-minute question and answer period. The twenty-five-minute presentation time includes all audio-visual extracts.

Individuals interested in presenting a paper at the 2011 conference should submit the following:

  1. Name, institutional affiliation, and email address
  2. Title and 50 words abstract
  3. 300 word synopsis of the paper, plus a maximum of 4 literature references
  4. Brief biographical statement

Copies of your proposal should be emailed to the SCSMI conference program committee at Please include the proposal as text in the message as well as attaching it.

Use this address for all correspondance related to the conference.

Paper proposals must be received by November 30, 2010. Notice of accepted paper proposals will be given no later than January 15, 2011.


All panels will take place at ELTE University campus of Faculty of Humanities. The campus is located in downtown Budapest and is easily accessible with all means of transportation. The campus is surrounded by dozens of hotels of all categories, restaurants, bar, cafés of all kinds at walking distance.

All additional information about the venue, logding, travelling, catering, etc. will be shortly available at

Note that the new SCSMI website will be ready shortly, and you’ll receive information when it is up and running.

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