The Society for Cinema and Media Studies
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies grew out of a series of meetings (the Conference on Motion Picture Education) held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City starting in 1957. In 1959 the Society of Cinematologists was founded with an initial council consisting of Robert Gessner (New York University), president; Hugh Gray (UCLA), secretary; and Gerald Noxon (Boston University), treasurer. Others important in the organization’s early activities include George Amberg (Minnesota), Erik Barnouw (Columbia), Eileen Bowser (MoMA), Jack C. Ellis (Northwestern), Richard Griffith (MoMA), George Pratt (Eastman House), Arthur Knight (Saturday Review), Cecile Starr (Columbia), and Robert Steele (Boston).
Membership grew from 37 founding members in 1960 to 100 in 1969 to more than 300 by 1979. Siegfried Kracauer was a founding member and Erwin Panofsky, Iris Barry, and Frances Flaherty were the first three Honorary Members.
In 1960, two conferences were held, the first in March at the University of Minnesota ("A Definition of Cinema”), and the second in April at New York University. Thereafter, annual meetings were held, at which scholarly papers were delivered, and matters of