Call: Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI 2012)

Call for Paper Proposals

The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image announces its call for proposals for the 2012 SCSMI Conference, June 13-16, 2012, at Sarah Lawrence College (June 13-15) and New York University (June 16) in New York. The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image is an interdisciplinary organization made up of scholars interested in cognitive, philosophical, aesthetic, neuro-physiological, and evolutionarypsychological 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, psychological and neural processes relate to spectators’ affective responses, to their comprehension of narratives and other film forms, and to the saliency and effects of particular stylistic 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 film theories, as well as philosophical theory-building and conceptual clarification.

Guidelines for Proposals

To give a paper at the 2012 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. To join or learn more, visit the SCSMI website:

Papers at the 2012 SCSMI conference will be twenty-five minutes in length, followed by a twenty-five minute question and answer period. The twenty-five-minute presentation time includes all audio-visual extracts.

Individuals interested in presenting a paper at the 2012 SCSMI Conference should submit

the following:

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

Email your propose to the SCSMI Conference Program Committee at Please send your proposal both as text in the message and as an attachment.

Paper proposals must be received by December 15, 2011. Notice of acceptance will be given by January 31, 2012.


The 2012 SCSMI conference will be held at two venues in New York:

Wednesday June 13-Friday June 15:

Heimbold Visual Arts Center
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

Sarah Lawrence is a private, coeducational liberal arts college (1,200 students) occupying 40 wooded acres in southern Westchester County, just one-half hour north of New York City by train or car. There are restaurants, bars and cafes within walking distance, and a variety of hotels within a 10 mile radius. Information about the venue can be found at:  and More detailed information about accommodations will soon be made available.

Saturday June 16:

Department of Cinema Studies
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003

On the morning of the final day of the conference, buses will transport conference participants from Sarah Lawrence College to the Cinema Studies department at New York University. One of the largest private universities in the United States (40,000 students), NYU is centered around Washington Square in the heart of Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan. A day of paper presentations will be followed by a guest speaker, a reception, and a closing banquet (for an additional fee). Buses will then transport participants back to Sarah Lawrence (about 30 minutes each way). Information about the venue can be found at:  and


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