2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Awards honour James Cahill and Nic Sammond

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The Cinema Studies Institute will be well representated at this year's Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Awards ceremony.

Professor Nic Sammond's Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation is getting an Honorable Mention from the SCMS committee adjudicating the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award. It is an award that Professor Sammond's previous book, Babes in Tomorrowland: Walt Disney and the making of the American child, 1930-1960 won in 2006.

Professor James Cahill will be awarded the SCMS Best Essay in an Edited Collection Award for his essay, "A YouTube Bestiary" in New Silent Cinema, edited by Paul Flaig and Katherine Groo. As well, Professor Cahill and Jennifer Wild have secured a Mellon Foundation/Centre for Disciplinary Innovation grant that will allow them to teach an interdisciplinary doctoral seminary at University of Chicago in the spring of 2018.

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