This edition of the SAC newsletter celebrates the members of our SAC family
-- faculty, emeriti, affiliates, and graduate students --
participating in this year's Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference - March 22-26, 2017 - Chicago
Participants are listed in chronological order of their presentations. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
At 2:00 p.m., Assistant Professor Sarah Murray will co-chair a panel that features chapters from her forthcoming edited collection, Appified. She will be presenting alongside her co-author, Jeremy Wade Morris, and discussing apps culture, aesthetics, and economies on their panel Small Screens and Mundane Routines: The App-ification of Media. 
PhD Alumna Erin Hanna (Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Oregon) will be chairing the panel Activating Audiences and Performing Fandom and presenting her paper "#SKWAD Goals and Experiential Marketing: From Active Audience to Activated Audience" at 4:00 p.m.  By examining Suicide Squad’s experiential marketing campaign, this paper interrogates the concept of activation. First, as an industrial term
that is just beginning to seep into the popular lexicon; and, second, as a way of theorizing the tangle of mediated and lived experiences at play in the contemporary marketing of films and franchises. While marketing discourses suggest that studios can activate their brands by bringing them to audiences, this paper argues that the endgame of experiential marketing campaigns is the activation of audiences, both as consumers and promotional laborers who carry those experiences into their digital lives.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
At 9:00 a.m., PhD Alumnus Nathan Koob (Special Lecturer in Cinema Studies, Oakland University)  will be presenting his paper "America’s Best-placed Candidate: Robert Altman’s Mock-documentary Approach to Mid-West American Cities" on a panel entitled Exploring Authorship through the Archives: Robert Altman. The Tanner ’88 (1988) series, made by Robert Altman, Garry Trudeau, and HBO, was designed to take a fictional candidate, Jack Tanner (Michael Murphy), on the actual
Democratic Primary campaign trail. As archival documents confirm, even its creators were unable to adequately classify its genre or mode because it so efficiently blended a fictional character into real political environments. Through more place-directed strategies, the series became something other than a straight mockumentary, bringing in documentary form in a way that often overpowers the “mocking” narrative.
At 9:00 a.m., Film Studies Field Librarian Philip Hallman will be presenting his paper “Stand by Your Altman: The Unheralded Authorship of Kathryn Altman" on the panel Exploring Authorship through the Archives: Robert Altman. Scrutinizing the content and structure of Kathryn Altman's photo albums illuminates her subtle and willful influence on Altman's body of work; additionally, they beg us to consider the inclusion of wives’ and partners’ efforts in artists’ larger 
oeuvre. Drawing on the entire Altman collection as a roadmap to comprehending the curves and terrain of his career, this project’s aim is to deepen the breadth of auteur and archive studies.
PhD Alumnus Peter Alilunas (Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Oregon) will be presenting his paper "Small, Dark, Sticky… and Forgotten: The Jefferson Theatre and the Importance of Adult Film Exhibition History" on the panel Open 24/7: Mapping Adult Exhibition’s Pasts and Futures at 1:00 p.m. This paper explores the history of the Jefferson Theatre in Portland, Oregon, its role in Portland life, and its eventual, quiet demise and relegation to footnote status within 
the city’s sexual ecosystem - and accounts for the unique ways in which adult exhibition spaces such as the Jefferson served vital - if contentious - community needs for those that frequented them.
SAC Certificate Student Mélissa Gélinas (PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature)  will be presenting her paper "De-centering 'Classical Film Theory': Translating the Works of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra" on the panel Deconstructing the "Classical"  at 3:00 p.m. Vieyra was a Beninese/ Senegalese filmmaker and historian, and the first Sub-Saharan African to make a film (Afrique-sur-Seine, 1955).  Gélinas' translation and analysis of two of Vieyra’s works situate his contribution to film history and theory in general, and in African-specific ways. Gélinas reveals how Vieyra’s “first-comes-the-ear” theory, firmly grounded in African orality, anticipates Michel Chion’s renegotiation of the audio-visual contract and the “sonic turn” in film and media studies.

Professor Caryl Flinn will be participating in a workshop entitled Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Film Music (But Were Afraid to Teach) at 5:00 p.m. Joining Professor Flinn will be other prominent film music scholars such as Kathryn Kalinak, Jennifer Fleeger, Krin Gabbard, and Richard Ness. Each will briefly discuss a particular approach to or aspect of film music that he/she brings into undergraduate teaching.

At 5:00 p.m., PhD Candidate Benjamin Strassfeld will be presenting his paper "The Politics of Detroit Movie Censorship" on the panel Local Codes: The Production Code Administration and Film Reception. This paper examines the inner workings of the Detroit Police Department's Censor Bureau from the 1930s through the 1960s, looking at how Detroit's movie censorship practices were reflective of broader political currents of the era. 
SAC Affiliate Assistant Professor of Spanish  Nilo Couret will be chairing a workshop entitled Inventing Film Studies in Latin America at 5:00 p.m.  Recent disciplinary historicism has revealed the broader material and institutional forces that have shaped the field within the Anglo-European context. This workshop recognizes Latin America as a producer of disciplinary knowledge. The participants will focus on the emergence of Latin American film studies in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and the United States and will address how different modes of film study 
have had a tremendous influence on methodologies, curricula, modes of publication, and professional organizations. 
Friday, March 24, 2017
At  9:00 a.m., Assistant Professor Candace Moore will be presenting her paper "Videogame Praxis: Queer and Trans-friendly Game Environments" on the panel  A Necessary Evil?: Indie Game Publishers, Promotion, and Platforms. The focus of this paper is on the proliferation of what we might call independent feminist and queer activist organizing within decidedly not-so-indie games. In order to unpack this concept, this paper considers how queer and trans- friendly guilds promote diversity and marginality within massively multiplayer
online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Using ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2 as a case study,  Moore examines how individual game-users act as producers of characters, chat, and communities that uphold their personal values and create safer spaces within larger gaming environments. 
Saturday, March 25, 2017
PhD Alumnus and Lecturer Dimitrios Pavlounis will be presenting his paper "‘Your Tape Recorder Cracked the Case:’ Sound Recording and the Production of Evidence in CBS Radio’s Night Watch" on the panel Sensory Media at 9:00 a.m. This paper analyzes the 1954 radio crime documentary Night Watch is in terms of its contributions to the 
history of police technology. Specifically, it argues that Night Watch functioned to promote and legitimize the use of portable tape recorders as tools of institutionalized bureaucratic power and served as a key cultural site through which sound recording media became reconfigured as policing media. 

At 11:00 a.m.Associate Professor Giorgio Bertellini will be chairing the panel Cinema as Public Relation Culture: Publicity Practices from Early Hollywood to HBO (panel participant, Professor Emeritus Richard Abel). This panel shall focus on who publicity agents were, what they did, how they developed their professional skills and networks, and the impact publicity and public relations exerted on American media institutions and celebrity culture from early Hollywood to 1970s television.
Professor Emeritus Richard Abel will be presenting his paper  "Movie Industry Publicity in the Mid to Late 1910s" on the panel Cinema as Public Relation Culture: Publicity Practices from Early Hollywood to HBO (chaired by Associate Professor Giorgio Bertellini) at 11:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m., PhD Candidate Kayti Lausch will be presenting her paper "‘Now Your Family Has Its Own TV Network:’ The Christian Broadcasting Network and Family Television" on the panel Responsibilities to Communities: Space and Text. In this paper, Lausch argues that the Christian Broadcasting Network determined what a "family" audience could be in the 1980s and '90s. As the first cable channel to specifically target a family audience across its entire schedule, CBN's initial conflation of a religious and family audience still endures in important ways.

SAC Affiliate Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures Herbert Eagle will be presenting his paper "Soviet and American Musicals in the 1930s: Parallel Trajectories in Structure and Themes" on the panel Uneven Transitions: Early Soviet Sound Films Revisited at 1:00 p.m.

At 1:00 p.m., Associate Professor Sheila Murphy will be presenting her paper "Television In and Out in Space: Of Viewscreens, Tricorders, and Contemporary TV Habits" on the panel Beyond ‘A Window to the World’: Histories of Television and Spatiality (organized by SAC alum and UC-Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Jennifer Hessler). Inspired by Star Trek (as today, television is ported to phones and experienced as a service as much as it is a medium or format), Murphy considers how we imagine television within domestic and public spaces.

At 3:00 p.m., SAC Affiliate Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature Tung-Hui Hu will be presenting his paper "On Human Infrastructure" on the panel Animating Infrastructures. Hu's paper is about the idea of radical passivity in Julia Leigh's 2011 film Sleeping Beauty, and what it means to perform disempowerment.
At 5:00 p.m., Professor Yeidy Rivero will be participating in a workshop entitled Teaching International Media Industries, chaired by Associate Professor Daniel Herbert. Rivero's presentation will discuss the challenges and specific strategies she uses to teach about region, nation, and globality in Latin American Television.

Associate Professor Daniel Herbert will be chairing a workshop entitled Teaching International Media Industries at 5:00 p.m. (workshop participant, Professor Yeidy Rivero). This workshop will generate a discussion about the pleasures and pitfalls of teaching “international media industries” in a variety of different national contexts.  Bringing together a group of scholars from a range of locations (from Sweden to Hong Kong), participants will explore the ways in which the subfield has been “internationalized” or even “globalized” for students. 
Further, the workshop aims to develop tactics for better addressing the diverse range of media industries across the globe in teaching.

This workshop is sponsored by the Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
PhD Student Vincent Longo will be presenting his paper entitled "Vaudeville Postmortem: Live Performance in Film Exhibition after 1930" on a panel entitled Film/Vaudeville Intermediality: Opera, CIrcus, Phonograph at 1:00 p.m. Most existing historical accounts suggest that vaudeville was completely replaced by movies and radio, and thus was definitively "dead" by the early 1930s. By contrast, this presentation demonstrates that vaudeville flourished well into the 1950s in the form of live presentations in many urban movie theaters, arguing that vaudeville—rebranded by studios as "in-person presentations”—served as indispensable support for the film industry's star system.
Special Conference Event 
Nilo Couret, Member of SCMS Latino Caucus Executive Committee 

Migrations and Mediations: The Politics of Movement
DePaul University CDM Auditorium, 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Basement LL 105
Thursday, March 23
7:30 pm

Inspired by Chicago’s status as a hub for migration, this event explores mediatized representations of the movement and dispersal—voluntary or forced—of populations across the world. The event brings together experimental media and screen practices that articulate the post-cinematic—how film appears ubiquitous in the museum and on the street, on planes and in cars, and across new digital communication platforms—with inquiries into the movement of people, commodities, ideas, and cultures.
Sponsored by Latino/a Caucus; Middle East Caucus; Documentary Studies SIG; Experimental Film and Media SIG; French and Francophone SIG; Transnational Cinemas SIG; Urbanism, Geography, and Architecture SIG; and SCMS
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