SCSMI 2018 — Bozeman, Montana — June 13-16


The conference program is now available. View or download from this link.

Details & Registration


SCSMI’s 2018 conference will be held at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Montana, USA, 13-16 June, 2018.

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 also offers many opportunities for hiking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, white-water rafting, touring nearby ghost towns, and generally communing with nature in a Rocky Mountain setting.

Bozeman is served by Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, which is 8 miles from the city center.

Special Events

Following the end of the conference program, there will be a closing-evening banquet at the historic Story Mansion (811 S. Willson Ave.), which is within easy walking distance of the MSU campus and a slightly longer walk from the conference hotel. The banquet will feature sirloin steaks, grilled trout, and other traditional Western American fare. Registration for the banquet will be through the conference registration website; cost is $30.

There will also be an all-day bus tour of Yellowstone National Park available to conference participants on the day following the conference (Sunday, June 17th, 8 AM – 8 PM). Registration for the bus tour will be through the conference registration website; cost is $70.

Conference Highlights

“Reenacting Torture: The Act of Killing, Empathy, and Evil,” Thomas E. Wartenberg, Mt. Holyoke College

“Black Skin, White Mask: Get(ting) Out of the American Horror Story,” Mia Mask, Vassar College

“The Science and Art of Creating Compelling, Interactive Digital Characters,” Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California

Author-meets-critic panels on The Antihero in American Television, by Margrethe Bruun Vaage, and Screen Stories: Emotion and the Ethics of Engagement, Carl Plantinga.

Registration & Accommodations

Register online at

For student dormitory housing (Hannon Hall, Montana State University), make reservations at at (Payment is made upon arrival; cost is approximately $30/night. Residents of student housing will need to arrange their own rides to and from the airport, via taxi, shuttle, or Uber.)

The Lewis and Clark Motel (824 West Main St.) is holding a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $157++ for the SCSMI conference.  The Lewis and Clark is a boutique motel close to downtown and 8 blocks from the MSU campus; the walk is an easy one, straight up 8th Ave. The Redline Streamline bus (which is free) stops every 30 to 60 minutes, a half block from the Motel (at 8th and Babcock), and travels directly to and from the MSU campus. To make a reservation, go to Click the “Book Now” button and enter the promo code: SCSMI. (Do not book via the availability calendar, as it will not allow you to enter the promo code.) You may also phone the hotel at 800-332-7666. The SCSMI room block will be held until May 12th. The discounted rate is available for June 10-20. It is not available if you use an external booking engine like Expedia or

A shuttle between the airport and motel costs $30 and needs to be arranged at least a week in advance. Email or call 800-332-7666 to arrange a ride.

Other hotels and bed and breakfasts are also available but, since June is the beginning of the tourist season in Bozeman, availability near the MSU campus may be limited. It is wise to make reservations as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the SCSMI conference host, Dan Flory, at