SCSMI 2024 — Budapest, Hungary — June 5–8

Hosted by the Department of Film Studies at ELTE University (Múzeum krt. 6-8 Budapest, Hungary).

Call for papers

Deadline for proposals: Midnight (EST) December 15, 2023

The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) invites proposals for presentations at its annual conference to be held June 5-June 8, 2024, at the ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary. SCSMI is an interdisciplinary organization of scholars interested in cognitive, philosophical, aesthetic, historical, psychological, neuroscientific, and evolutionary approaches to the analysis of film and other moving image media. Presentations should facilitate the society’s mission: to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue among moving image theorists, historians, critics, philosophers, and scientifically oriented researchers working on moving image media.

Submission Guidelines

Submit proposals by midnight (EST) December 15, 2023, through Oxford Abstracts at, which lists submission procedures.

The conference program committee reviews and selects proposals anonymously based on merit, according to the appropriateness of the topic, the project’s conceptual clarity and rigor, its contribution to current understanding, and the proposal’s carefulness and thoroughness.

Types of Proposals

Presenters must present original work that they have not presented elsewhere in one of the following four formats:

Long Paper Presentation: A 50-minute session divided between a 25-minute presentation and a 25-minute Q&A.

Short Paper Presentation: A 25-minute session divided between a presentation of 15 minutes or less with the residual time used for discussion.

Poster Presentation or Demonstration: Any form of research display or demonstration.

Author-Meets-Critics Panel: A pre-constituted panel focusing on outstanding publications of interest to the Society. Anyone can propose an AMC panel on another’s work, but the author of the work must not be the proposer of the panel. Only works published between March 2022 and September 2023 will be considered for such panels.

Full descriptions of the types of presentations may be found on the submission website.

Travel Awards

SCSMI will sponsor four travel awards for presenters in the amount of $1000 apiece. Travel award procedures and criteria are listed on the submission portal.


The conference venue is ELTE University, Faculty of Humanities (Múzeum krt. 6-8 Budapest, Hungary.) The campus (building 10 on the map) is located in the very center of the city surrounded by hundreds of restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels and Airbnb apartments. Budapest is one of the main tourist destinations of Central Europe. For more information click here. You can find detailed travel information to Budapest here.

Other Information

Notifications of acceptance will be made by February 9, 2024. The conference registration deadline is March 31, 2024, although late registrations will be allowed for a higher fee.

Presenters must be active members of the Society or join SCSMI by March 15, 2024 (otherwise acceptance will be withdrawn). Presenters should plan to physically attend the conference. At the conference committee’s discretion, remote presentations may be allowed in exceptional cases, such as emergency or disability. Presenters unable to attend for financial reasons are encouraged to apply for a Travel Award.

Further questions about the conference or submission process should be addressed to

The Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image is dedicated to welcoming and encouraging all participants, regardless of ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, class, disability, neurodivergence, religion, and other such characteristics. We actively seek to enhance the diversity of our membership and encourage research in areas related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Visit the website for the full SCSMI Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy.