Call: Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) 2016 Conference

Call for Papers

The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) Conference
June 1-4, 2016
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, 14853-7601 USA

Deadline for proposals: Midnight (EST) December 15, 2015

The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) invites proposals for presentations at its annual conference to be held June 1st-4th, 2016 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. SCSMI is an interdisciplinary organization made up of scholars interested in cognitive, philosophical, aesthetic, historical, psychological, neuroscientific, and evolutionary approaches to the analysis of film and other moving image media. Proposals should facilitate the society’s mission: to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between moving image theorists, historians, critics, and philosophers, and scientifically‑oriented researchers working on moving image media.


A proposal may be for a long paper presentation, a short paper presentation, or a poster/demonstration. Your proposal may be considered for multiple formats or just one, depending on which formats you believe will be suitable. Selecting more than one format increases the likelihood of acceptance.

Long Paper Presentation

A 50 minute session divided between a 25 minute presentation and a 25 minute Q&A. This format is reserved for well-developed projects that present conceptually complicated ideas or extensive research data.

Short Paper Presentation

A 25 minute session divided between a presentation of 15 minutes or less with the residual time used for discussion. This format is suitable for works in progress or research that ma y be presented more succinctly.

Poster Presentation or Demonstration

Any form of research display or demonstration. Posters may present empirical research, scholarship with a single question or thesis, short movies, essay films, or interactive installations. Presenters will display and discuss their research during a 90 minute plenary session, which will take place alongside a reception. Proposals must be submitted as a pdf file by email to The deadline for proposals is midnight (EST) December 15, 2015. Late proposals or those that do not fulfill the technical requirements stated below will not be considered. The content of your presentation should not have been presented elsewhere in an identical form.

Proposals must include:

  • Title
  • List of authors
  • Brief biographical statement for presenting author (25 – 100 words)
  • A proposal (500 – 800 words)
  • Bibliography of key sources (up to 5; use MLA or APA format)
  • A short abstract (80 – 160 words) for the conference program

Proposals will be selected based on merit, according to the following criteria. Please address each one in your proposal:

  • The appropriateness of the topic to the interests of SCSMI
  • The conceptual clarity and intellectual rigor of the project
  • The project’s contribution to current understanding
  • The carefulness and thoroughness of the proposal

The deadline for proposals is midnight (EST) December 15, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be made by February 1st, 2016. If authors have selected multiple presentation formats, they will be assigned a format.

Presenters at SCSMI conferences must be current members of the Society. Nonmembers are free to submit a proposal but, if accepted, the y have until March 15, 2016 to join SCSMI, otherwise acceptance will be withdrawn.

For more information about SCSMI, to join, or to learn more about membership costs and privileges, visit

Further questions about the conference, the abstract submission process, or any problems encountered during submission should be addressed to


The conference will take place at the Statler Hotel, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, as well as local environs, Cayuga Lake and the Seneca Lake wine trail.

Ithaca is in upstate New York, roughly equidistant (about a 4-hour drive) from New York City; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Toronto, Ontario; and Montreal, Quebec; and a bit farther (a 5.5-hour drive) from Boston, Massachusetts.

One can fly into the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport (about 10 minutes from campus) or the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (a 75-minute drive). Three international airports have flights into Ithaca – Newark (United Airlines), Philadelphia (USAirways/American), and Detroit (Delta); many others have flights into Syracuse. Car rentals are available at both Ithaca and Syracuse airports. Taxis can be called from the Ithaca airport and there is a shuttle service that can be prearranged to and from Syracuse. More information will be forthcoming.

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