FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 290 - November 7, 2011

Nov 07, 2011    

Coming Events

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Bill Irwin/Sam Trosow

Wednesday, November 9
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Lecture Title: "Public Library Board Trustees: Policy-Makers, Policy-Takers or Policy-Fakers?"

Lecture: Thomas Keenan: “Mengele’s Skull: Human Rights and Forensic Aesthetics”
Wednesday, November 9
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Somerville House 3317
In 1960 Adolf Eichmann was tried in Jerusalem and the ‘era of the witness’ commenced. In 1985, the body of Josef Mengele was identified by a group of forensic scientists in Brazil, giving birth to a rather different notion of evidence in human rights discourse. The talk will explore the emergence of the object in human rights, the conditions of its presentation, and the aesthetic operations involved in deciphering the ‘speech of things’.  View the event poster for more details.  
Tour of Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Southwestern Chapter of the Archives Association of Canada
Saturday, November 12
11:00 a.m.
Afterward we are going to the well-known local pub for lunch - Woolwich Arrow 
*Please RSVP if planning to attend to Theresa Regnier by November 10

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Keith Tomasek
Wednesday, November 16
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Lecture Title: "Public Sphere Blogging in the United Arab Emirates."

Annual Clissold Lecture in Journalism: Michelle Shephard
Thursday, November 17
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
University College, room 224
"Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone".  Admission is free, everyone welcome.
View the event poster.

Mark your calendars for: Winter Warmer
Saturday, January 14
Southwestern Chapter of the Archives Association of Canada – annual get-together
Borealis restaurant, Kitchener
More details to follow.

Important Dates

Remembrance Day – Friday, November 11, 2011

News & Announcements

Welcome to “Movember”!

Staff member Vince Cifani has created the first ever FIMS Movember Team.  Raising money to support prostate cancer research are: Tim Blackmore, Vince Cifani (Team Captain), Grant Campbell, John Fracasso and Matt Ward.  

Awards & Accomplishments

LIS PhD student Mark-Shane Scale is a recipient of the Ontario Trillium Scholarship.  The Ontario Trillium Scholarship winners were recently discussed in the Western News article, “Ontario Trillium scholars named”.

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Bernd Frohmann presented a keynote paper, 'The Missing Documentary Apparatus of General Intellect', at DOCAM (Document Academy Annual Conference) 2011, Oct. 1-2 in Växjö, Sweden.

LIS alumna Lauralee Gilmour had an article published in Feliciter, the journal of the Canadian Library Association.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley was invited to give a series of lectures on celebrity, globalization, and the cultural industries at the Department of Music, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, October 27th and 28th.

PMC master’s student Jordan Mandel had a paper published in Shift.  The paper is called "Playing With Numbers: A Digital Instrument Inquisition".

Chris Richardson, Media Studies PhD candidate, presented “Photograffiti, Habitus, and Symbolic Violence in Clichy-sous-Bois” at The Canadian Association of Cultural Studies (CACS) Biennial Conference at McGill University on November 4th, 2011. The paper looks at the work of French photographer/graffiti artist JR and the conflicting representations of marginalized youth outside Paris.

Elise Thorburn, Media Studies PhD student, will be presenting a paper on November 10th at Historical Materialism conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London, in London, England. Her paper is entitled "From Autonomism to 'Assembly'" New Structures in Movement Organising".

Assistant professor Dr. Lu Xiao presented her paper "Design for articulating and sharing rationales in virtual group learning activities" at The IASTED International Conference on Technology for Education and Learning, Oct. 24th, Beijing, China.

In the Media

Media Studies PhD candidate Atle Mikkola Kjøsen, and Associate Professor Alison Hearn appeared as sources in the New York Times article “Jersey Shore Arrives in Academia. Discuss.”  Atle also appeared on to discuss the Jersey Shore conference in an article titled "Jersey Shore: When GTL stands for gym, tan and learning."

MAJ alumna Heather Hiscox appeared on Western News’ Daily News Service, in the article “Hiscox encourages graduates to ‘aim high’”.  The article discusses the Convocation speech made by Hiscox when she received an honorary Doctor of Laws on October 28. 

PMC master’s student Jordan Mandel appeared in a Western News article on November 3, titled “Grad student’s medium conveys McLuhan’s message”.  In the article he discusses his work on Forward Through the Rearview Mirror, his four-track album featuring samples of McLuhan speeches.

Additional Activities of Note

“Samizdat: The Czech Art of Resistance,” a multi-media exhibition curated by Associate Professor Daniela Sneppova, opens this week at the Czech Cultural Center, 321 East 73rd Street, New York City, and runs until January 2012. 

Media Studies PhD student Henry Adam Svec's Retracing Fowke's Folk will be exhibited at the Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art (Montreal) as part of this year's Ethnographic Terminalia. The show runs from November 15-19.

Assistant professor Dr. Lu Xiao visited Nanjing Baiyunyuan Elementary School for a research project about the use of Knowledge Forum by Grade 3 and 5 students in China, Oct. 27th, Nanjing, China

Assistant professor Dr. Lu Xiao visited Shanghai office of Trojan UV company for a research project about cross-cultural teamwork, Oct. 28th, Shanghai, China.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

GRC survey and draw extended

The GRC wants your feedback on its speakers, workshops and events programming. Please take five minutes to answer this informal survey and enter to win one of two coffee cards. Click the link to take the survey.  All responses must be received by November 21st to be eligible for the draw.

The GRC Presents....
(A series of presentations, seminars and workshops to support graduate students @ FIMS)
Careers in electronic publishing
Tuesday, November 8th at 3:00-4:00pm, NCB Lab B
Presented by Beth Reiten, a librarian working for ProQuest as a Customer Education & Training Specialist

So you want to be a law librarian?
Thursday, November 10th at 12:00-1:00pm, NCB Rm 293
Please join Michael McAlpine for a Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) presentation about law librarianship.  Michael, a graduate of the MLIS program in 2007, works as a Research Officer and Librarian at Siskinds law firm in London.  He will discuss career options in law libraries in Canada, what a law librarian does and how to get started in law libraries.

Graduate Writing Seminar #2
Thursday, November 24th at 12:00-1:00pm, NCB Rm 293
By student request, Janet Roukema returns from the Graduate Writing Centre to discuss higher level writing.  Bring your writing questions and issues for discussion.

News from Western Libraries

Online Access to Canadian Newspapers:
It is often not easy to track down sources of the full-text of Canadian newspapers. Publishers frequently change the aggregators to which they sell access to their content. For example, Lexis-Nexis Academic, one source of newspaper articles to which Western Libraries subscribes, no longer includes many of the Sun Media papers. There are two alternate sources of newspaper content that may provide the articles you are looking for.

Canadian News Stand Major Dailies offers full text coverage of 21 Canadian papers including the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun. In addition, the Factiva database includes the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star and the most current three months of the London Free Press. The articles are provided in HTML format only although in most cases, the microfilm of the original paper is available in Weldon. Please check the library catalogue for details about availability and contact me if you would like more information.

From the New Book Shelf:

Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida / Arthur Bradley
DBW stack B105.T43B73 2011

The Handbook of Internet Studies / edited by Mia Consalvo and Charles Ess
DBW stack HM1017.H36 2011

Early 70s Radio: The American Format Revolution / Kim Simpson
DBW stack ML68.S52 2011

Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians / David Stuart
DBW stack TK5105.88815.S78 2011

Innovations in Information Retrieval: Perspectives for Theory and Practice / edited by Allen Foster and Pauline Rafferty
DBW stack ZA3075.I565 2011

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