August SIG update, no. 2

Hello all –

Pardon the frequency of emails recently; as longtime members of the SIG will know, August and March tend to be the busiest times of the year for us, given that so much of the SIG business is wrapped up in the SCMS conference cycle.

We wanted to follow up on the last email with a couple of additional panels/workshops of interest, which were omitted from the last email. You’ll find descriptions and contact info for those below.

Additionally, we wanted to put a call out there to all SIG members, and especially to prospective panel/workshop chairs. As previously stated, one of our goals this year is to maximize the number of panels that we place in the SCMS program, and as represented in the last email we sent out, we’re off to a good start.

(This is an opportune moment to mention that we’ve now started archiving these emails, both on our SCMS SIG blog and at the external website we’ve maintained, If you’ve missed anything over the summer, or if you are new to the SIG, please be sure to check in either of those places.)

Inevitably, panel chairs will receive proposals that don’t quite fit into their plans. In the past, these papers were often resubmitted through the open call system, and ended up in the conference that way. This year, we’d like to try something slightly different.

Panel chairs – once you’ve made your decisions about which papers to include, we ask that you please advise the authors whose work you can’t make room for to get in touch with us directly. You can either CC us directly on the email, or just forward our contact info directly in your response letters (our emails are below). We’ll then aggregate these papers into panel proposals, and hopefully manage to include as many urban-related panels as possible in the conference program this year. Given that the timelines are tight here, it would be useful if you could send us a heads-up ahead of time to give us a sense of how many papers you might be referring to us.

Authors – if your paper doesn’t make it onto the panel you were initially hoping for, don’t despair. We’ve already had a very positive response to our general CFP for urban-related work, and we’re looking forward to organizing a number of panels from that body of papers. Please feel free to get in touch with us directly if you’ve got a paper you’d like for us to consider.

Good luck putting the proposals together, everyone, and please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you’ve got questions.

Best regards,

Brendan Kredell and Mark Shiel
Co-chairs, SCMS Urban Studies Scholarly Interest Group |


WORKSHOP: Non-Theatrical Representations of Urban Spaces
CONTACT: Josh Gleich, University of Texas (

How do non-theatrical films change, enrich, and contest our perception of media representations of the city? In turn, how does the city serve as a subject, object, stimulant, and space of production for various forms of non-theatrical media? This workshop will explore these questions by drawing together scholars working at the intersection of urban and non-theatrical media studies. Potential topics could include, but will not be limited to:

• Promotional films for cities and their infrastructural and social programs

• Community media focused on urban spaces and urban problems

• Amateur media depictions of cities

• Non-theatrical media featuring the city as setting and production space

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, which will be co-organized and co-sponsored by the Urban Studies and Non-Theatrical Media SIGs, please send along a brief paragraph on how your current scholarship relates to these questions, as well as a potential topic to present at the workshop. Please include a short academic bio as well. Our deadline is August 20th.

PANEL: Intersection: Situating Festival, Tourism and Media Studies
CONTACT: Robert Moses Peaslee, Texas Tech University (

Festivals are eminently intersectional phenomena. They exist as crossroads at which diverse players interact and as fields upon which a number of social activities take place. They offer insight into the nature of media texts, institutions of power, audience practices, and the evolution of technologies. Festivals also offer opportunities to examine the constitution and communication of place and space, relationships between governmental and commercial entities, and flows of capital, information, bodies, and influence.

The fecundity of such milieu is apparent but also undermined by a relative lack of communication across disciplinary boundaries separating the study of festivals, tourism, and media. This panel proposal seeks paper abstracts which attempt to address this shortfall, either through presenting original research that addresses the connection between these areas of study, or through critical theoretical work that attempts to knit the literatures together in novel, productive ways.

Please send abstracts of approximately 500 words, an author bio, and 3-5 relevant biographical sources to no later than August 22, 2012.


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