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A/CA Members at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) 2024 Conference

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Congratulations to the many past and present A/CA members who are presenting their research at this year's Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference on March 14-17, 2024, in Boston, Massachusetts! Details about the pre-constituted A/CA panel and individual paper presentations are below.

Visit the conference schedule on the SCMS website for more details.

Pre-Constituted A/CA Panel

Thursday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:45pm

B15 Trance, Trauma and Ancestral Echoes: Navigating Delicate Relations in the Archive
CHAIR Janine Marchessault • York University 

  • Almudena Escobar López • Toronto Metropolitan University • Ancestralidad y trance: The living archive of Colectivo los Ingrávidos 
  • Janine Marchessault • York University • Projecting Resurgence: Entangled Histories in Lindsay McIntyre’s Performance Archives 
  • Julia Polyck-O’Neill • York University • Junk Data: Omitted documentation as lost media in the media artist’s archive 
  • MaryElizabeth Luka • University of Toronto and Geneva Gillis • University of Toronto • Community Media Archives: Resources and Challenges Today


A15 Objects to Hold Onto: Caring For Media Archives (Thursday, March 14 • 9:00am - 10:45am)
CHAIR Cait McKinney • Simon Fraser University
Cait McKinney • Simon Fraser University • Ungovernable Media: Holding on to Talking Pee-wee Herman Dolls

C27 Performance and Experience: On Non-Professional Acting (Thursday, March 14 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm)
CHAIR Catherine Russell • Concordia University
Catherine Russell • Concordia University • Violence, Performance, and Situation in Lord of the Flies

D15 ROUNDTABLE Curating Feminist Film Archives (Thursday, March 14 • 5:15pm - 7:00pm)
CHAIR Laura Horak • Carleton University
Tamara de Szegheo Lang • Queen’s University • The Living Archive of 1990s Canadian Lesbian Film

D27 Media Care (Thursday, March 14 • 5:15pm - 7:00pm)
Claudia Sicondolfo • York University • Film Festivals as Care(ful) Producers

E27 Hollywood Pressbooks Reconsidered (Friday, March 15 • 9:00am - 10:45am)
Paul Moore • Toronto Metropolitan University • TV Trailers in Pressbooks: Hollywood’s Turn to National Broadcast TV Ad Campaigns

G21 Educational Media and Institutional Authority: Revisiting 20th century Media Epistemologies (Friday, March 15 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm)
Zoë Druick • Simon Fraser University • Mental Illness and Emotional citizenship in mid-20th century Educational films

G29 ROUNDTABLE Experimental Film & Media State of the Field Roundtable (Friday, March 15 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm)
CHAIR Michael Zryd • York University

I14 Cinematic Bodies/Videographic Forms (Saturday, March 16 • 9:00am - 10:45am)
CHAIR Desirée de Jesús • York University 
Desirée de Jesús • York University • Shaping Experience, Showing Seeing: Videographic Practice and the
Cinesthetic Black Subject

I18 Indigeonous Approaches in Film and Media (Saturday, March 16 • 9:00am - 10:45am)
May Chew • Concordia University • Reimaging Immersion through Decolonial Aesthetics and Praxis

M8 ROUNDTABLE Expanding the Field: A Regional History of Sponsored Film in Atlantic Canada and Northeastern US (Saturday, March 16 • 6:00pm - 7:45pm)
CHAIR Andrew Burke • University of Winnipeg
Charles Acland • Concordia University • Audiovisual Infrastructure of Canadian Modernity
Jennifer VanderBurgh • Saint Mary’s University • Cross-regional Collaborations in Film Production


A15 Objects to Hold Onto Caring For Media Archives (Thursday, March 14 • 9:00am - 10:45am)
Axelle Demus • York University • “I often think that I did absolutely nothing”: Rescuing Obsolete Media to Mend Our Queer Pasts

B21 Geopolitics of Care and Networks of Solidarity (Thursday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:45pm)
Caroline Klimek • York University • Circulation of Women’s XR Media: Exhibition Pathways and Networks of Care
Cléo Sallis-Parchet • York University • Mapping Local and Regional Networks: Feminist Film Festivals and Media Activism in 1970s Ontario and Québec

C15 Media on the Periphery: Art, Archives, and Community (Thursday, March 14 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm)
Theo Xenophontos • York University • Remediating the Past: Film, Community Archives, and the Cypriot Diaspora

C19 Insiders and Outsiders: Identity in Film (Thursday, March 14 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm)
Emily Collins • York University • Divergent Listening: Intimate and Otherwise Sonic Social Relations

G4 Virtual Renderings: The Pre-History and Afterlife of Visual Effect Technologies (Friday, March 15 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm)
CHAIR Hannah Schallert • Concordia University
Hannah Schallert • Concordia University • Scoring the Shot: Previsualization, Compositing, and the Pipeline in 1980s and 1990s Special Effects

H19 Aesthetics of Landscape (Friday, March 15 • 5:15pm - 7:00pm)
Zoë Laks • Concordia University • Sleepwalking Through Climate Crisis: The Poetics of Sleepwalking in Annihilation and Through the Woods

L29 Women Behind and On the Screen (Saturday, March 16 • 4:00pm - 5:45pm)
Muxin Zhang • Concordia University Montreal • More than a “China Doll”: Nancy Kwan’s Cosmopolitan Sexuality and Racial Fluidity


B19 The Wife, The Widow, or the Daughter: Kinship and the Construction of Film History (Thursday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:45pm)
Lola Remy • McGill University • At the Margins of the North American Avant-Garde: The Affective Labor of Johanna and Sara VanDerBeek

B21 Geopolitics of Care and Networks of Solidarity (Thursday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:45pm)
Ylenia Olibet • McGill University • Women’s Film Festivals and the Geopolitics of Feminisms: Curating Solidarity at the Rencontres Films Femmes Méditerranée

I10 Playful Records: Video Game Histories (Saturday, March 16 • 9:00am - 10:45am)
Andrew Bailey • York University • Playful Records: Videogames as Playable Archives and Public History