The University of Iowa At SCMS
By Associate Professor and Head of Film Studies Corey Creekmur
It was another year of active participation by faculty and graduate students from Cinematic Arts at the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), held in Chicago this March. The Department is an Institutional Member of SCMS, and the conference is the most prominent professional meeting in the field: it's a great place to learn about current research, network with scholars with related interests, and catch up with friends, former students, and former teachers.
Cinematic Arts faculty members Paula Amad, Corey Creekmur, and Steven Ungar all presented work on panels, as did affiliated faculty Garrett Stewart (English) and Kathleen Newman (Spanish and Portuguese). Current graduate students who presented work at the conference included Amos Stailey-Young, Matthew Hipps, Chang-Min Yu, and Leah Vonderheide.
As usual, a great many more of our former students, or scholars with Iowa connections, presented their current research in Chicago this year. Indeed, every year, generations of film and media scholars with links to Iowa attend this conference, and many of these have served as elected SCMS officers and been the recipients of the organization's prestigious awards. This year, an informal gathering of current and former Iowa faculty and graduates was arranged in collaboration with the Department of Communication Studies at the conference, we hope to continue this tradition at future meetings of the society.