We're freshly back (and a little jetlagged) from Canada where the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) hosted a supremely awesome conference. Running from the 25th-29th March, the conference was not only a wonderful opportunity to network as a team and individually but a great chance to hear some of the finest media scholars in the world speak.
Full details of the conference line up and speakers can be found here.
The highlights included (but are by no means limited to); Tessa Idlewine and Cassie Blake present a fascinating paper on the (largely absent) role of the female voice over in trailers, a wonderful panel on the future directions for dvertising research, and of course a Watching the Trailer Panel alongside colleagues with the Trailaurality Project.
While we digest some of our intellectual stimuli, and take on board the criticism, compliments and general guidance of our peers, we'd like to offer a snapshot into the life of an academic at SCMS. First up, Keith M. Johnston opened our Panel Historicising the role of the audience response in the trailer...