The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (formerly the Society for Cinema Studies) is an organization of professors and scholars. Its home office is at the University of Oklahoma, but it has members throughout the world.[1]

SCMS holds an annual conference and publishes the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (formerly Cinema Journal), a periodical featuring articles on media from a critical (i.e., not empirical) perspective. This includes, but is not limited to, film studies, television studies, media studies, visual arts, cultural studies, film and media history, and moving image studies.

Its stated goals are:[2]

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition.

Along with the University Film and Video Association, it is one of the principal academic organizations for studying media.


SCMS was founded in 1959 as the Society of Cinematologists. It became the Society for Cinema Studies in 1969.

It added "media" to its name in 2002 to account for the work of its members outside of the film studies discipline.

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  1. ^ "Organizational History". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  2. ^ "About Us: Our Mission". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  3. ^ "SCMS 2021 Online Conference Announcement". Society For Cinema and Media Studies. Retrieved 2020-08-13.