SCSMI 2020 — Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA — June 17-20

Deadline for proposals: Midnight (EST) December 15, 2019
Submission guidelines, presentation formats, and other details are included in the Call for Papers, which you can download from this link.


The 2020 SCSMI annual conference will be held at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin University, June 17-20, 2020. Calvin University is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. 

SCSMI conferences emphasize interaction, allowing time for discussion after each participant paper. Plenary sessions will include a screening and discussion of Taxi Driver (1976) with writer/director Paul Schrader and a lecture by Vera Tobin, professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University and the author of Elements of Surprise: Our Mental Limits and the Satisfactions of Plot (Harvard University Press, 2018). 

Grand Rapids is home to world-class art and sculpture, and features interesting neighborhoods that offer fine dining, spirits, and craft beer. You can read about reasons to visit Grand Rapids here. Grand Rapids has a population of about 200,000, with about one million living in the greater metro area. 

Grand Rapids and Western Michigan are popular tourist destinations in the summer, close to the shoreline and beaches of Lake Michigan, and a few hours from Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and the orchards and wineries of the beautiful Leelanau and Mission Peninsulas. 

Grand Rapids is served by the Gerald R. Ford Airport with good connections to all major airline hubs.