The Global-Popular Conference


November 11-12, 2016
UC Santa Barbara
Wallis Annenberg Conference
Room, SSMS 4315
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Our departmental faculty and graduate students was well represented at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in March!


Signal Traffic - Lisa ParksProfessor Lisa Parks's co-edited book has won the 2016 SCMS Best Edited Collection Award (Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the flagship organization for our field). The award is for Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015), co-edited with Nicole Starosielski (PhD, UCSB).The Undersea Network - Nicole Starosielski

NYU Assistant Professor of Media Culture, and Communication Nicole Starosielski (PhD, UCSB) herself has won the 2016 SCMS Best First Book award for The Undersea Network (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015).

Departmental doctoral student Juan Llamas-Rodriguez has won second place in the SCMS Student Writing Award competition for his essay entitled "A Global Cinematic Experience in the Age of Luxury Branding," while doctoral student Daniel Grinberg has won third place for his essay, "Some Restrictions Apply: The Exhibition Spaces of Guantanamo Bay."

Departmental doctoral student Rachel Fabian has won the scmsSCMS Women's Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize for her essay, "Reconsidering the Work of Claire Johnston," has been selected as the winner in the inaugural.



Warmest congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Felando on the publication of her book, Discovering Short Films!!!!


Discovering Short Films is the first serious, comprehensive, and Discovering Short Film by Cynthia Felandohistorically-grounded study of the live-action fiction short film as a mode of storytelling with its own formal and aesthetic conventions. Although short films have been produced from the silent era through the present and are extremely numerous-and ever more so in the age of the Internet-the live-action fiction short has been treated to date as a transitional form, superseded in the mid-1910s with the inception of the feature-length film. Dr. Felando’s book revises this limited historiography, establishes the distinctiveness of the mode, and presents a canon of international short films that are analyzed in the body of the book and set out in the filmography that constitutes the Appendix.
The research for this field-changing book entailed years of travel to festivals around the world, communication with distributors, archival research, in-depth analysis, and, importantly, in-class programming and teaching.
Discovering Short Films is defining a new area of study, and we are all very fortunate that Dr. Felando is currently teaching the seminar FLMST 187SH: Short Films!!!





Film and Media Studies focuses on film, television, and new media around the world. With 400 undergraduate majors and more than two dozen graduate students, FMS cultivates critical and analytical skills through the study of media objects and practices. Majors have the opportunity to interact closely with our distinguished faculty through collaborative research projects and to engage with a vibrant mix of activities and student organizations, such as the Screenwriters' Co-op, Reel Loud Film Festival, and Media Fields Journal. The department furthermore encourages students to explore future career paths and to build relationships with our network of committed alumni, many of whom return to campus regularly to share their experiences and insights. Our rigorous curriculum of study is fostering a new generation of visionaries with a stake in producing and understanding the future of screen media.