FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 232 March 2, 2009

Mar 02, 2009    

FIMS Graduate Bulletin


No. 232 March 2, 2009

Coming Events

Interdisciplinary Panel: "Interdisciplinary Policy Research at FIMS"

Wednesday, March 4
12:00-1:30 pm
University College, Room 224 (Conron Hall)

Panelists will include Professors Lynne McKechnie, Daniel Robinson, and Sandra Smeltzer.

The moderator and organizer is Professor Edward Comor.

Refreshments will be available in the room adjacent to Conron Hall at 11:45 am. The Panel will begin at 12:10 pm.

This event will be recorded for later viewing on the FIMS Web site. Please do not attend if you do not wish to appear and/or be recorded on this video.


Perspectives on "Transmedia": A Trans-Disciplinary Forum"

Friday, March 6
8:30-11:15 am – Somerville House 3315
12:30-4:30 pm – North Campus Building 296

Students and faculty from several disciplines, including English, media studies, film, law, and sociology, will gather to discuss how old and new media combine and conflict in contemporary culture.

This free event will cover a range of topics from the interaction between hip hop and journalism, to fan fiction and intellectual property law, to Web 2.0 and Second Life.

The keynote address, "Pirate Nations: Culture vs. Property in the Media Commons," will be presented by Dr. Daniel Downes, Director, Information and Communication Studies, UNB Saint John, and author of Interactive Realism: The Poetics of Cyberspace (2005).

Presented by the Department of English and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.


Brown Bag Talk: Memory, Affect, Subjectivity

Wednesday, March 11
12:00-1:20 pm
North Campus Building, Room 293

Professors Sasha Torres, Sharon Sliwinski, and Amanda Grzyb will present "Memory, Affect, Subjectivity." The 20-30 minute presentation will be followed by an informal discussion. Bring your lunch.


CLA Guest Speaker: Gwenne Hudson from Pillar Nonprofit Network

Wednesday, March 11
4:30-5:30 pm
North Campus Building, Room 293

Volunteer Development Coordinator Gwenne Hudson will speak about how to manage and organize volunteers; how to tailor the needs of volunteers to potential volunteer positions; and volunteer appreciation, training, recruitment and retention.

Pillar is a Nonprofit Network that supports nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their missions in London and area. The Network provide leadership, advocacy and support to the nonprofit sector through the promotion of volunteerism, professional development, networking, and information.

Everyone welcome. Presented by the UWO Canadian Library Association (CLA) Student Chapter.


Archives Awareness Week Cocktail Party

Saturday, April 4
7:00-10:00 pm
Philip Aziz Gallery, 150 Philip Aziz Ave.

Please join the Southwestern Ontario Chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario as we celebrate Archives Awareness Week with a cocktail party on Saturday April 4, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Philip Aziz Gallery, 150 Philip Aziz Avenue, London, Ontario.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Anne at by Friday March 27, 2009.

Journalism students learn from experts about safety and trauma in journalism

FIMS and the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma joined forces to present a one-day workshop on safety and trauma issues for students of the Graduate Program in Journalism on Saturday, February 21.

Speakers included Rodney Pinder, director of the International News Safety Institute, who flew in from London, England, for the occasion.

Also on the panel: Arnold Amber, director of CWA-SCA, a union representing employees at more than 35 newspapers, news agencies and broadcasters across Canada; Joe Belanger, crime reporter with the London Free Press; Esther Enkin, Executive Editor of CBC News; Karen Pierre, a trauma specialist with the London Health Sciences Centre; and Tracy Seeley, a radio field producer with CBC News. The rogram was arranged and moderated by journalism lecturer Cliff Lonsdale.


Faculty member's second novel to be published

Lecturer Mark Rayner's second novel, MARVELLOUS HAIRY, is to be published in September 2009 by Crossing Chaos enigmatic ink, a Canadian independent press. The novel is a satire (with Mark's usual genre bending) in which a novelist is turned into a monkey by a biotech corporation. Mark's first novel, The Amadeus Net, was published in 2005 by ENC Press.

In addition, Mark recently had an absurd short fiction reprinted in the Spanish arts publication Yareah Magazine (lost words). "The Monkey’s Tail, as Told by Marcel Duchamp the Day After Charles Lindbergh Landed at Le Bourget Field"

Looking for a book to support your research or teaching?

New book orders are currently being completed for the year. If you have specific requests, please communicate them to Marni by mid-March. You can either send an e-mail or complete the Recommend a Purchase form available here:

~ Marni Harrington, Research & Instructional Services Librarian,

Research News

LIS doctoral students present at the Western Research Forum

Two LIS PhD students made presentations at the Western Research Forum on Saturday, February 28:

Angela Pollak presented a poster session entitled "The Information World of a Master Electrician" and Jill McTavish presented a poster session entitled "The Pervasive Restructuring of Medical Knowledge by Classifications: Putting Gender back into Violence Research."

The Western Research Forum is an annual, multidisciplinary conference organized by the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Academic Committee.

Important Dates

March 4: FIMS Interdisciplinary Panel: "Interdisciplinary Policy Research at FIMS" (12:00-1:30 pm in
University College, Room 224)

March 6: Perspectives on "Transmedia": A Trans-Disciplinary Forum" (8:30-11:15 am in Somerville House 3315 and 12:30-4:30 pm in North Campus Building 296)

March 8: Daylight Savings Time begins (set your clocks one hour ahead!)

March 11: FIMS Brown Bag Talk: Memory, Affect, Subjectivity by Sasha Torres, Sharon Sliwinski, and Amanda Grzyb (12:00-1:20 pm in North Campus Building, Room 293)

March 11: CLA Guest Speaker: Gwenne Hudson from Pillar Nonprofit Network (4:30-5:30 pm in North Campus Building 293)

March 9-24: MLIS Co-op interview period

March 27: Announcement of MLIS Co-op Summer placements

Next Issue

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published Monday, March 16, 2009. Faculty, grad students, and other members of the FIMS community who would like to submit a notice for publication should e-mail their text by noon on Friday, March 13 to Kristen Romme at