SCSMI 2018 — Bozeman, Montana — June 13-16

Call for Papers

The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) invites proposals for presentations at its annual conference, to be held June 13th to 16th, 2018, at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Montana, USA. Bozeman is located on the Eastern Front of the Rocky Mountains (elevation 4800 feet) and is 80 miles from Yellowstone National Park, 165 miles from Grand Teton National Park, and 297 miles from Glacier National Park. Bozeman is also served by an international airport 8 miles from the city center.

A key criterion for selection will be that proposed presentations should facilitate the society’s mission:

To encourage research into and theorizing about moving images in the context of the findings and theoretical constructs of cognitive science, as well as related issues in art theory, philosophy, literary theory, and perceptual and cognitive psychology.

Proposals may be for a long paper presentation (25 min presentation + 25 min discussion), a short paper presentation (15 min presentation + 8 min discussion), or a poster/demonstration. Proposals for panels would also be most welcome.

The deadline for proposals is 11:59 PM (MST) December 22nd, 2017. Decisions will be announced on February 15th, 2018.


Guidelines for Submission

We invite proposals for three different kinds of presentation. You may submit a proposal that can be considered for multiple formats or just one depending on which format you believe will be most suitable for your proposal.

Long Presentation

This will consist of a 25-minute presentation, including clips or illustrations, followed by 25 minutes of Q&A. This format should be reserved for well-developed projects that present potentially controversial or conceptually complicated ideas or for presentations that require numerous movie clips or the unpacking of a lot of research data.

Short Presentation

This will consist of a 23-minute session that will be divided between an 18-minute presentation and a 5-minute discussion. This format may be suitable for work in progress or ideas that may be presented more succinctly.

Poster Presentation or Demo

This may be any form of research display or demonstration. Presenters will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work during a 90-minute drinks reception/poster presentation session. A poster presentation may be the most effective way to present the methods and findings of empirical research, critical or analytical scholarship with a single strong question or thesis, or live demonstrations of short movies, essay films, or interactive installations (that can be suitably presented on a laptop or screen). A poster presentation is also the way to reach the greatest number of eyes at the conference, since the poster presentation/reception will be a plenary session, while paper presentations will have up to three concurrent panels.

The submission form may be downloaded from this link. Completed forms must be submitted by email to The deadline for proposals is 11:59 PM (MST) 22 December, 2017.

As specified on the submission form, proposals must include:

  • Title
  • List of authors
  • Brief biographical statement for presenting author (25-100 words)
  • Desired presentation format (long, short, poster or demo)
  • Proposal (500-800 words in length)
  • Bibliography of key sources (up to 5; use MLA or APA format).
  • Short abstract (appropriate for the conference program; 80-160 words).

Proposals will be selected solely on their merits, according to the following criteria (please be sure to address each one):

  • The appropriateness of the topic to the interests of SCSMI,
  • The conceptual clarity and intellectual rigor of the project,
  • The contribution the project makes to advancing current understanding of moving images,
  • The carefulness and thoroughness of the proposal.

The content may not have been presented elsewhere in an identical form.

Notification of acceptance of proposals will be made by February 15th, 2018.

Presenters at SCSMI conferences must be current members of the Society. Non‐members are free to submit a proposal, but if their proposal is accepted, they have until March 15, 2018 to join SCSMI, otherwise the acceptance of their proposal will be withdrawn. To join SCSMI or learn more about membership costs and privileges, click the Membership tab.

For questions about the conference, the proposal submission process, or problems encountered during submission, please contact the conference host by emailing