The Sixth Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference

Hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

April 06–07, 2018

The sixth annual SCMS Undergraduate Conference invites undergraduate students from Film Studies or related disciplines to propose papers representing their best work in cinema and media studies. A unique international event, the 2018 Laurier installment represents the first time the SCMS undergraduate conference will take place in Canada. There will be 30 presentations over two days, with everyone together for the duration, and no concurrent panels. Each participant will have 15 minutes to present their individual essay—approximately 2,000-2,100 words when presented at a normal talking speed with a few visual aids—on a thematically organized panel.

Any student who wishes to participate in the conference should submit a completed proposal form, which will include a 200-word abstract. Do not submit complete papers. The submission form can be found at A panel composed of Wilfrid Laurier University Film Studies faculty will select 30 proposals for acceptance to the conference. All selected conference participants must agree to attend both full days of the event.

Panels will be scheduled for Friday (04/06) and Saturday (04/07), with a reception on the Thursday evening (04/05). Registration is free, and hotel accommodations close to campus will be available at a discounted student rate for conference participants. Students are encouraged to seek travel funding from their home institutions to defray the costs of travel and lodging. All meals excepting breakfast each day will be provided by the conference organizers, including a closing buffet dinner on the Saturday night. Students attending the conference will also attend a special private screening at Waterloo’s famous Princess cinema (film TBA).

The deadline for proposals is midnight EST on Friday, February 02, 2018. Completed proposal forms with abstracts should be sent via email to ( with “SCMS-U 2018” in the subject line of the email. For more information, please contact Dr. Russell Kilbourn (, at Wilfrid Laurier University, or go here:

This conference is sponsored by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Wilfrid Laurier University Student Life Levy Association, the WLU Faculty of Arts, and the Department of English and Film Studies.


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