SIG Award

Urbanism/Geography/Architecture SIG Award

2023-24 SCMS Urbanism/Geography/Architecture SIG Graduate Student Writing Award

The Urbanism/Geography/Architecture SIG is seeking submissions for its second annual graduate student writing award to honor the most insightful and exciting scholarship coming from our graduate student members. The winning article will be published in Mediapolis, an open access, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to scholarship exploring the intersections between urban studies/geography/architecture and media studies. The journal, supported by the SIG and SCMS, aims to reach a wide audience within and beyond academia and provides an excellent forum for exploring new ideas and discussions within the field. By selecting this publication venue, the SIG leadership specifically seeks to recognise the value of open access, shorter, but, at the same time, academically rigorous formats that have become increasingly crucial to communicate research to a wider audience.

See the full description of Mediapolis’s mission here:

In addition to a publication in Mediapolis, this year’s winning author will also be granted a $200 grant that can be used in part towards the SCMS membership fee.

The award comes with the following requirements:

  1.     The submitter must be a graduate student (someone enrolled in graduate school at some point in 2023). Membership in the Urbanism/Geography/Architecture SIG is encouraged, though not required, upon submission. Winners of the award will be required to join SCMS and the Urbanism/Geography/Architecture SIG.
  2.     The article is to be original, timely media studies scholarship related to at least one of the SIG’s thematic focuses. Articles pending acceptance to other journals or awards, SCMS-affiliated or otherwise, are not eligible. Articles repurposed from graduate courses taken by the student are acceptable. Creative connections to the SIG themes are encouraged. See the link for a full description of the SIG mission:
  3.     The article must be written with a public audience in mind. As such, it must be no more than 3000 words, not including footnotes, and written in a style accessible to non-academic readers. A references page is not required. For an example of this style of writing, see the articles in this provided link:
  4.     While any major citation format will be accepted upon first submission, the winning article must eventually be formatted by the author to follow the most current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.
  5.     The article must be submitted to by January 31, 2024, to be considered for the award. The winner will be announced by the end of February in advance of the 2024 SCMS Conference in Boston.

If you have any questions about this award or its requirements, please contact the SIG Co-Chairs, Robert Joseph and/or Anna Viola Sborgi, at and