SCMS Queer Caucus Mentorship Program --- DEADLINE EXTENDED MARCH 1, 2010

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Society for Cinema and Media Studies Queer Caucus
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In 2010, the Queer Caucus at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies is piloting a queer mentoring program.

The program pairs early career LGBTQ scholars working in film and
media studies with more experienced scholars who have survived the trials and tribulations of beginning an academic career, and who have kindly volunteered to share some of their wisdom with younger or less experienced queer scholars.

The program is conceived in the spirit of queer "initiation" that
reflects the way many of us learn about queer community more broadly. We believe that mentoring is an important part of queer experience. Many of us, in the process of "coming out" or "coming in" to various forms of queer community, have relied on intergenerational bonds that provide alternative (queer) models of kinship and pedagogy. We believe such bonds -- which acknowledge, rather than disavow, the ambiguous distinction between the professional and the personal -- are also important for queer scholars and for the field of queer scholarship.

The mentoring relationships are intended to provide a forum for
occasional casual discussion about professional concerns. We would like to stress that mentors will NOT serve as de facto dissertation committee members, nor should they be asked to provide letters of recommendation. Their role is to provide outside counsel and advice on career matters. The model should be considered one of intergenerational friendship (regardless of actual age), rather than formal advising.

Issues discussed between mentors and mentees might include:
dissertation anxieties (though, as stressed above, mentors are not expected to read mentees' dissertations), job applications/interviews, departmental politics, research & publishing, tenure process, pedagogy.

This is a pilot program, and the number of mentees we are able to
accommodate this year is limited. We will do our best to forward
prospective mentees' material to the mentors who best match their
interests, but mentors may have many suitable matches and will make the final decisions themselves. As the program gets going, we hope to expand our mentor list. We encourage anyone interested in the program to apply now, and to apply again next year if we cannot find a suitable match for you this time around.

Here is the most recent list of confirmed mentors participating in the pilot program:

Michele Aaron (University of Birmingham)
Ron Becker (Miami University)
Harry Benshoff (University of North Texas)
Caetlin Benson-Allott (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Chris Berry (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Gilberto Blasini (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Steven Cohan (Syracuse University)
Alexander Doty (Indiana University)
Richard Dyer (King's College London)
Brett Farmer (Chulalongkorn University)
Elizabeth Freeman (University of California, Davis)
Ron Gregg (Yale University)
Ellis Hanson (Cornell University)
Lisa Henderson (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Astrid Henry (Grinnell College)
Lucas Hilderbrand (University of California, Irvine)
Ken Hillis (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Chris Holmlund (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Earl Jackson, Jr. (Korean National University of Arts)
Alexandra Juhasz (Pitzer College)
Kara Keeling (University of Southern California)
Homay King (Bryn Mawr College)
Helen Hok-Sze Leung (Simon Fraser University)
Bliss Cua Lim (University of California, Irvine)
Peter Limbrick (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania)
Fran Martin (University of Melbourne)
Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)
Juana Maria Rodriguez (University of California, Berkeley)
Bhaskar Sarkar (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Matthew Tinkcom (Georgetown University)
Amy Villarejo (Cornell University)
Tom Waugh (Concordia University)
Joe Wlodarz (University of Western Ontario)
Audrey Yue (University of Melbourne)

How to apply to be an SCMS Queer Caucus Mentee:

1. Join the SCMS Queer Caucus! If you are already an SCMS member, you can do this online at the SCMS website ( -- go to the "membership" area, click on "update membership profile," and then select "queer caucus"). While we strongly encourage you to become an SCMS member if you are not one already, the mentorship is open to everyone regardless of SCMS membership status. (We realize that some
people, especially graduate students, aren't able to remain members all the time due to the membership fees.)

2. Write a short (one-paragraph) description of your scholarly
interests and current projects. We will use this to pair you with a mentor with similar interests and compatible experience. Also write a short statement (just a few sentences) about what you might hope to get out of a mentorship. If you have a particular preference for a specific mentor from the list or for a mentor with specific expertise, you can indicate this, but we can't guarantee your choice of mentor. Mentors will be responsible for selecting their own mentees, and we
encourage you to be open to mentoring from unexpected sources.
Expanding networks is one of the goals of the program!

3. Attach a CV (no more than 3 pages).

4. Email these documents to no later than March 1, 2010, 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

5. Mentors and mentees will be introduced by email before March 17, and we hope that those attending the SCMS Conference (Los Angeles, CA, March 17-21) might meet at or after the Queer Caucus special session: "Queer Mentorship: Genealogies and Affiliations for the Future of LGBTQ Film Studies," Fri Mar 19, 4:00-5:45pm (Session O). Not all the mentors will be at SCMS (and you do not need to be going to SCMS to be a mentee), so email meetings are also possible.

If you have any questions, please address them to Theresa Geller,
Hoang Tan Nguyen, or Damon Young at