BAFTSS intends to work closely and in cooperation with other bodies sharing similar aims. Here is the response of several such organisations to the formation of BAFTSS:
Response from SCMS
The SCMS Board of Directors met last week in Oklahoma and unanimously voted to formally endorse the formation of the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies. We agree that the representation of film, television, and screen studies is crucially needed within the overall organization of disciplines and subject areas in the UK higher education system. Needless to say, we also look forward to future collaborations.
If you would send us the announcement to post on our site, that would be very helpful. We would post it on the home page, under “Latest News” with a link to the text you and your colleagues would like us to share. Perhaps we could post something during the week of the 27th of June, since the launch is planned for the 26th of June. Do let us know, and let me know if you have any additional questions.
Patrice Petro, President of SCMS (Society of Cinema and Media Studies)
Response from MeCCSA
On behalf of the MeCCSA Executive Committee I’d like to thank you for your letter informing us about the formation and launch of the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) – though perhaps I should add that most of us, as scholars of film, television and screen, had already received your invitation to attend the launch event.
MeCCSA warmly welcomes both the aims you outline, which align extremely closely with our own constitution, and the opportunity to engage more closely with the particular academic constituency you outline. We do, however, have a number of concerns. MeCCSA has always represented a diverse community of scholars, some with their roots in the humanities, some in social sciences, and some emerging from fields of professional or art practice. Over the past ten years, its scope has widened to include a number of constituencies which had previously operated as distinct organisations: the Association of Media Practice Educators and the Radio Studies Network being the most recent examples. The result has been a more federal structure for MeCCSA, with a number of specialist networks affiliated to it, most with representatives on the Executive Committee. MeCCSA now has a well established administrative and membership structure which new networks can take advantage of.
Networks like the Radio Studies Network can therefore run their own international conferences and journal but also speak from a wider base in addressing issues that concern us all. This has meant a stronger and more unified voice in speaking with Government, research councils, national organisations, and employer representatives like Skillset.
In a political and economic climate which contains more threats and uncertainties for our fields than ever before, it seems particularly important that our interests are represented in this unified way. At a time, too, in which many of the areas we represent increasingly overlap and intersect – as evidenced for example in the 2002 change of title of SCS to SCMS in order to reflect this blurring of boundaries – it seems odd to seek to establish an organisation which seeks to be narrower rather than broader than that which exists. Indeed, the field represented by SCMS – ‘students, researchers, instructors, and practitioners working in film, television, radio, digital technologies, and other media’ – is identical to that represented in the UK by MeCCSA.
We hope, therefore, that we can establish a relationship which will both fully express the aims you outline and continue to present a united voice to those institutions outside our field which have such a huge influence on it. I very much hope that the issues raised in this letter will be part of the agenda for your meeting later this month, and invite you and colleagues to meet with the MeCCSA Executive Committee after the meeting, so that we can begin to establish such a dialogue.
With best wishes
Sue Thornham, Chair of MeCCSA (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association) on behalf of the Executive Committee
Paris, the 4th July 2011
Response from AFFECAV
The AFECCAV Executive Committee met last Friday in Paris and unanimously voted to formally endorse the formation of the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies. We already have close relations with many members of British Universities. As a nationwide association, we are very happy of the creation of a similar organization in Great Britain. We think that studies in film and television strongly need to be represented and organized to be more visible in the UK higher education system, as in the French one. We hope that many kinds of collaborations will be possible, thanks to your new organization, like joint conferences…
If you would send us the announcement to post on our site, that would be very helpful. We would post it on the home page, under “Les partenaires de l’AFECCAV” with a link to the text you and your colleagues would like us to share.
Geneviève Sellier, President of AFECCAV (Association Française des Enseignants et Chercheurs en Cinéma et Audiovisuel)
5th July 2011
Response from IAMHIST
The council of the International Association for Media and History met today – 6 July 2011 – in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the opening of 24th biennial conference and was formally presented with news of the creation of your organization, the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS). The council passed a resolution unanimously welcoming the creation of BAFTSS and wishing you well for your start-up period. We look forward to fruitful collaboration with BAFTSS in the future. As president I would especially appreciate mutual publicity of one anothers events and publications.
With all good wishes,
Nick Cull President, IAMHIST (The International Association for Media and History)
7th July 2011