The University of Massachusetts Amherst

5C Media and Film Undergraduate Conference

The 5C Media and Film Undergraduate Conference is a one-day conference at one of the Five Colleges during the Spring Semester, designed to build community among students studying film and media on each of the five campuses, to give our most engaged students an opportunity to hone their presentation skills, and to allow them to share insights from their work with a wider audience.

Participants will each give a 15-minute presentation as part of a panel with 2-3 fellow students working on related themes (the organizers will assemble these panels). Each panel will include time for questions and discussion. This is a standard format for academic conferences in the humanities and social sciences, so the experience will offer an additional benefit for participants who are considering graduate school. Although we are using a formal structure, the conference will be focused on providing a friendly, supportive atmosphere for sharing ideas and meeting colleagues across the Five Colleges.

Every year, at the end of the Fall Semester, undergraduate students will receive a Call For Papers.  We invite applicants who are interested in presenting scholarly work they have done in and around Film and Media Studies. This material might come from a final paper in a class, an independent study, or a senior thesis—even one that will still be in progress at the time of the conference.

We encourage submissions on any form of media (film, television, radio, video games, podcasts, Internet media, etc.) and welcome a variety of approaches (textual analysis, historical studies, explorations of archiving and curating, critical interventions presented in a creative format such as a videographic essay or digital platform, etc.). Please note, however, that this is not a venue for showing student films and other forms of media production (consider submitting to the 5C Student Film Festival instead).

2019 Conference information »