SCSMI 2019 — Hamburg, Germany — June 12-15

Call for Proposals

The conference welcomes proposals from moving image theorists, historians, analysts, philosophers, scientists, and artists, so long as they support the mission of SCSMI.


The deadline for proposals is December 21st, 2018 (11:59 PM, MST). Selections will be announced by February 15, 2019. Late proposals or those that do not fulfill the technical requirements stated below will not be considered.

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.

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Conference Location

SCSMI 2019 will be held at Universität Hamburg – University of Hamburg.

Hamburg is not only Germany’s second largest city (1.8 million inhabitants) but, according to several polls, also the German city with the highest standard of living. Or simply put, as the “Hamburger” prefer it: the most beautiful city in the world.

The “Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg” is proud to have been an autonomous, free city since medieval times (although some, especially the Danes, have tried to change that again and again). Hamburg is probably best known for its sea port (the “Gateway to the World”), its many waters (“Venice of the North”), the Speicherstadt (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015) with the nearby Elbphilarmonie (don’t ever ask how much it cost…), and the famous Reeperbahn at St. Pauli (where The Beatles played their first concerts in 1960 – and met Ringo).

The University of Hamburg is one of six public universities in Hamburg and the largest institution for research and higher education in northern Germany with almost 45,000 students enrolled in over 170 degree programs. In 2019, the University of Hamburg will celebrate its 100th birthday. It has been the (academic) home of Aby Warburg, Ernst Cassirer, Erwin Panofsky, and William Stern, among many others, and played an important role in the 1968 students protests. University website:

The SCSMI 2019 conference will take place at the main campus near the city center and very close to the beautiful Alster, one of Hamburg’s two main rivers. It is situated in the “Grindel” neighborhood, which used to be the Jewish quarter and now offers not only many traces of its historical significance but also lively cafés, restaurants, cinemas, and boutiques.


The main campus is very well accessible by public transport: The airport is only a half hour ride away by local train and one of Hamburg’s three major train stations – “Dammtor” – is in walking distance from the conference venue. However, parking spaces are very limited and we recommend you take a car only if absolutely necessary.

Hamburg Airport (HAM) serves many European and several intercontinental destinations: Nonstop flights connect Hamburg and New York daily (United Airlines/Lufthansa), other transatlantic destinations may be reached quickly by connecting flights. If you’re on a tight budget, looking for nonstop flights or just planning to explore more of Germany anyway, it might be worth checking out other nearby airports and take the train to Hamburg: Bremen (BRE): from 80 min., Hannover (HAJ): from 90 min., Berlin Schönefeld (SXF): from 165 min., Berlin Tegel (TXL): from 120 min. (= train ride).

German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) also offer a number of international connections – e.g. from/to Amsterdam (5 hrs.), Copenhagen (5 hrs.), or Prague (6,5 hrs.) – that might be an alternative to flying. Check here:

Special Offer

For conference participants planning to vacation in Hamburg, we have arranged a cooperation with the 35th International Short Film Festival, taking place a week before the conference (June 4–10). You will be able to apply for an accreditation during conference registration, for a cost of 20€ p.p. More info:


Conference fees (for budgeting purposes) will be as follows:

  • Regular Fee (early booking): 180€ (until March, 15th 2019)
  • Student Fee (early booking): 90€ (until March, 15th 2019)
  • Regular Fee (late booking): 210€
  • Student Fee (late booking): 120€

A link for conference registration will be posted here shortly.


The following hotels have reserved some rooms with special prices, for conference participants. Due to a very high request of rooms during this week, all across Hamburg, the deadlines for booking are rather early and the number of available rooms is limited. So please make room bookings as early as possible!