SCMS 2022 Roundtable CFP: New Directions in Asian/American Media Studies

deadline for submissions: 
August 16, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
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SCMS 2022 Roundtable CFP: New Directions in Asian/American Media Studies

The Asian Pacific American Caucus (APAC) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies invites proposals for ten-minute roundtable presentations that illustrate the new and urgent work being done in Asian/American media studies. While open to everyone, this roundtable will prioritize graduate students, non-tenure track faculty, and pre-tenure scholars.

We seek this work with the understanding that “Asian America” now sits at uneasy crossroads. In the past few years, Asian Americans have achieved greater visibility in politics, entertainment industries, and global popular culture while also seeing a sharp increase in racist rhetoric and violence due to COVID scapegoating. Meanwhile, 42% of Americans are unable to name a prominent Asian American. This situation echoes poet Ocean Vuong’s remark: “If you are an Asian American writer, artist, poet, or painter, prepare to be unfathomable, be inconceivable.”

Our roundtable invites proposals that illuminate emergent directions, insights, questions, and sites of debates in cinema, television, and media studies that help us to imagine and (re)conceptualize the futures of “Asian America” in a time of rearticulation. We plan for short (10 mins or less) presentations with plenty of time for discussion on a diverse range of topics, theories, histories, and interdisciplinary approaches to the field(s).

Proposals can be submitted here: https://forms.gle/MQLTfj5JnSMawoJF6

Proposals can be submitted until August 16th, 2021 and should include a title, an abstract of 250-300 words, and a brief author bio. Accepted proposals will be notified by August 20th, 2021. If there are any questions, please contact Tony Tran (tony.tran@bc.edu) or Melissa Phruksachart (mphr@umich.edu). More information on the 2022 meeting can be found at https://www.cmstudies.org/page/2022ConferenceAnnouncement.