FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 297 - March 12, 2012

Mar 12, 2012    

  • Coming Events:

    - Artlab Gallery Exhibition: MainStreaming #pomo
    - Lecture: Anita Hill
    - FIMS Mixer
    - mediations 2012: Warren Steele
    - Research Day
    - "London, a Creative City?" Roundtable discussion
    - Public Lecture: "Music in the Regulatory Matrix"
    - Graduate Seminar: "Music, Circulation and the City"
    - FIMS Review Discussion #5
    - Conference: "Culture, policy, urban space and the city: Mini-Conference"
    - Labour Films Screening: Salt of the Earth
    - Lecture: Senator Romeo Dallaire
    - Rogers Chair Event: Janice Peck
  • News & Announcements:

    - Scholarship opportunity
    - Mental Health Awareness week upcoming
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Meredith Levine + 2011 Health & Medical Reporting class
    - Teviah Moro
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Eric Lohman
    - Diane Neal
    - Seolji Park
    - Elise Thorburn
    - Christine Walde
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Olha Buchel
    - Yimin Chen
    - Sarah Felker
    - Alexandre Fortier
    - Patrick Gavin
    - Ahmad Kamal
    - Lisa Macklem
    - Kim Martin
    - Michael McNally
    - Angela Pollak
    - Sarah Simpkin
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Artlab Gallery Exhibition: “Streaming #pomo”
Thursday, March 8 – Thursday, March 22
The Artlab Gallery at Western University is proud to present an exciting and thought provoking year end exhibition guest curated by the students enrolled in the Gallery Practices class. This exhibit explores contemporary hipster culture within the context of social media, and discusses the complexities that have emerged as a result of the increasingly mainstream nature of this so-called subculture.

This exhibition fuses popular culture and aesthetics with theoretical ideology by engaging and challenging the viewer to participate in the dialogue surrounding this culture of “cool.” Historically situated, this anthropological view of North American culture considers the evolution of this iconic movement as it is currently known. Issues of visual representation and the attachment of youth culture to technology as a means of expression and validation are taken up in this show. The exhibition acts as a site for consideration and further discussion.

For more information please contact the Artlab Gallery:

The Centre for American Studies, the Canada-U.S. Institute, and the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research Present Anita Hill
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
4:30 p.m.
Conron Hall, University College 224
Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies, Brandeis University.
“The Value of Belonging: Reimagining Equality in the 21st Century”
Sponsored by the Centre for American Studies with generous support from the Social Science Student Donation Fund.
Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.
Talk begins at 5 p.m.
Book sale and signing to follow. Everyone Welcome.

FIMS Mixer
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Grad Club, Middlesex College
Graduate students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to the FIMS Mixer.  This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other students, faculty and staff.

mediations 2012: Warren Steele
Friday, March 16
2:30 p.m.
NCB 295
"Strange Love: Cold War Fiction and the Work of Mourning." Warren's talk will be 30-40 minutes, and will be followed by 5-10 minute responses from Sharon Sliwinski and Dan Mellamphy. The remainder of the session will be devoted to questions and discussion with the general audience.

FIMS/Education/A&H Research Day
Monday, March 19, 2012
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Great Hall, Somerville House
A celebration of research in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Information and Media Studies and Education.  Everyone welcome.  Refreshments will be served. 
“London, a Creative City?” Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Museum London
- Thomas Carmichael, FIMS Dean
- Robin Armistead, Culture Office, City of London
- Josh Lambier, PhD Student, Western, Trudeau Scholar
- Patrick Mahon, Chair of Museum London's Board of Directors
The roundtable will address relationship of the city and culture as well as Western's role and participation.

Public Lecture, Will Straw: “Music in the Regulatory Matrix”
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Museum London
The place of music within public policy, in Canada, has typically been thought of in terms of policies governing radio airplay (Canada Content regulations), trade (tariffs on the importation of sound recordings) and copyright (the remuneration of composers and musicians.) Music, however, is caught within complex webs of regulation at several levels, from those governing noise and alcohol in cities through broader frameworks which shape the "night time economies" of cities. Music is thus the object of policy at provincial, federal and municipal levels of government, constrained and enabled through multiple sets of regulation and control that are rarely discussed as "cultural policies." My paper will examine these frameworks, building the argument that cultural policy is rarely there where one looks to find it.

Graduate Seminar: Will Straw: “Music, Circulation and the City”
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
University College 224A
This seminar is for graduate students and faculty. Space is limited and readings will be distributed in advance of the event. If you wish to attend please send your contact info to

FIMS Review Discussion #5

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
12:00 p.m.
NCB 293
External FIMS: relationships with other units at Western, with other institutions, with external scholarly communities, and the Faculty’s role in the community and in the wider public sphere.

“Culture, policy, urban space and the city: Mini-Conference”

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University College 224A
A graduate mini-conference presented by Faculty of Information and Media Studies with support from the Public Humanities project, the Rogers Chair for Studies in Journalism and New Media Technology, and the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism.
UWO graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate in this mini-conference, part of a four-part series of events designed to explore issues of culture and the city in the contemporary moment.

Labour Films Screenings: Salt of the Earth
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
6:00 p.m.
UC 84
The screenings are generously supported by the Arts & Humanities Student Council and the FIMS Undergraduate Student Fund.  It's free and everyone is welcome. Bring your friends!  View the event poster.

Claude and Elaine Pensa Lecture on Human Rights: Romeo Dallaire
Friday, March 23, 2012
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Room 38, Faculty of Law
“The Will to Intervene”.  All are welcome to attend.

Rogers Chair Event:  Public Lecture: Dr. Janice Peck
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
3:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Room 100
“Schooling the Public Mind: Billionaire Philanthropy, Media Narratives and Defining the ‘Problem’ of Public Education”
The lecture will examine the role of billionaire philanthropists, and philanthropy in general, in the campaign to "reform" (via privatization), public education in the US and Canada. It will examine the role of the media in this campaign, ranging from news coverage and documentaries to funding by powerful foundations who work to shape media treatment of the issue.  
Graduate Seminar: "The 'Situated Investigator' and the Challenges of Doing Critical Communications Research"
Thursday, March 29, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
This seminar will explore what it means to do critical and/or radical research, which necessarily seeks to understand interrelationships among economic, political, social and cultural spheres and rejects disciplinary boundaries and specialization. To that end, we will look at the historical role of intellectuals, the relationship of the university to the professions, the tensions between critical and administrative research, and the impact on all of these things of neoliberalization.

Please register for the grad seminar at:

News & Announcements

Global Opportunities Awards (new student funding opportunity)
The Global Opportunities Awards are $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships for international learning that have been provided through generous donations, and matched by funding from Western. These scholarships will enable more Western students to participate in exchanges, study abroad programs, international field courses, summer programs, international service learning and more. 2012 marks the first year in which the Global Opportunities Awards are being offered. Approximately 50-100 students will benefit from a Global Opportunities Award this year.  Full-time undergraduate and graduate students registered at Western who have completed at least their first year of study may apply for assistance.  
Mental Health Awareness Week
Runs from March 19 - 23, 2012.  There is a schedule of daily events, sponsored by the Faculty of Health Sciences, USC, SHS and School of Nursing.

Awards & Accomplishments

Journalism team nominated for an Ontario Newspaper Award
The group, who produced the online series "A Good Death", have been nominated in the Student Journalist of the Year category. The series was co-produced by Meredith Levine's 2011 Health and Medical Reporting class and

The team includes:
Adela Talbot, Lauren Pelly, Angela Richardson, Alex Ballingal, Sean Leathong, Jared Lindzon, Nicole Case, Heather Young, Fan-Yee Suen, Bethany Cairns, Stefanie Masotti, Trevor Melanson, Brian Moskowitz, Ed von Aderkas, Miriam Ahmed and Alineh Haidery.

Winners will be announced at a Gala in Hamilton on May 5, 2012. 
MAJ grad nominated for a National Newspaper Award
MAJ grad Teviah Moro (2004) has been nominated for a 2012 NNA in the Local Reporting category.  Teviah is part of a team from the Orillia Packet and Times who covered the lack of transparency in the hiring of a city manager. 

Publications & Presentations

Media Studies PhD student Eric Lohman had the article "How the University Professorate Created the Crisis in Higher Education, and How They Can Help Solve It" published in the current issue of The Journal of Occupied Studies.

FIMS MLIS graduate Seolji Park and Assistant Professor Diane Neal just had this article published:

Seolji Park & Diane Rasmussen Neal (2012). A New Wave of Government
Information Management: The Development of a Function-Based Classification Structure in a Canadian
Government Organization, Journal of Library Metadata, 12:1, 23-38.

Media Studies PhD student Elise Thorburn had the article "Actually Existing Autonomy ... and the Brave New World of Higher Education" published in the current issue of the Journal of Occupied Studies.

MLIS candidate Christine Walde recently published the poem “Heaven and Hell” in the Winter 2012 issue of The Rusty Toque, a biannual online literary and arts journal published with the support of Western's Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Program.

Additional Activities of Note

MLIS student Sarah Simpkin led a round table discussion titled "Makerspaces in Libraries and Other Public Venues" at the 2012 iSchool Student Conference on Sunday, March 4th in Toronto.

FIMS LIS Doctoral Research Day Report
On Friday, March 9, 2012, the LIS Doctoral students held a day devoted to their work in progress. In venues ranging from the Staging Building and the Graduate Resource Centre to the Grad Club, the doctoral students met to present preliminary versions of approaching conference papers, theses and book chapters, as well as to air research plans that are in an earlier state.

The papers did full justice to the interdisciplinary range of the LIS field. Yimin Chen presented research on attitudes to Internet trolling, suggesting that trolling, as a vehicle for satire and irony, has much more nuance and subtlety than is represented in the news. Alexandre Fortier presented his research on cognitive aspects of information behaviour, arguing that, along with contextual factors acting on information behavior, there are also consistent and influential aspects of personality, particularly the need for cognition and the need for closure. Olha Buchel presented her research on the spectrum of ontology design in geospatial information systems, arguing for a spectrum between the relatively simple ontologies of GIS systems and the richer ontologies evident or inherent in library information systems and other information resources such as Wikipedia.

Michael B. McNally presented on the intellectual property wars surrounding the development of smart phone and tablet technologies, wars which are bordering on the lunatic sphere as companies try to defend their rights to a design that consists of a rectangle with rounded corners, and where Stanley Kubrick films are cited in lawsuits surrounding tablet technologies. And Patrick Gavin and Ahmad Kamal gave us a preview of their upcoming conference presentation on the social and political implications of social media: a presentation which contained a trenchant critique of some of the more naïve assumptions surrounding libraries as public spheres of civil liberty.

In a lunchtime poster session, Kim Martin presented on the impact of technology on the historical research process, and Angela Pollak presented on participatory visual methods in LIS research.

In addition to these formal presentations, the doctoral students held a number of idea sessions: informal discussions around areas of research interest. The sessions raised questions of methods, ranging from ethnography to Q methodology; media, ranging from music classification to information literacy in relation to videogames; information use, ranging from social networks involving women’s entrepreneurial activities in Kenya to mediation practices in contemporary health care, and to industrial research in Southern Ontario.

Deep thanks: To the students who participated: Yimin Chen, Alexandre Fortier, Olha Buchel, Daniel Mumba, Jill McTavish, Cameron Hoffman, Laura Briggs, Kim Martin, Angela Pollak, Jason Neal, Selinda Berg, Caroline Whippey, Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Patrick Gavin, Michael B. McNally and Ahmad Kamal. To the Faculty who supported the day: Dr. Jacquelyn Burkell, Dr. Pam McKenzie, Dr. Lynne McKechnie and Dr. Samuel Trosow. To Sarah Felker who represented the MLIS students by moderating the opening session; To Nick Dyer-Witheford, Ella Young, Laura Clark, the LIS Doctoral Program Committee, and the LIS Doctoral Students Association for their support. It was an exciting and profitable day, in which we all learned a great deal about each other’s research, had lots of food and hallway conversation, and found ourselves laughing more often than we ever thought possible in an academic setting.

Grant Campbell, LIS Coordinator

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents ...
(A series of seminars and workshops to support graduate students @ FIMS)

Ebooks in Public Libraries
Wednesday, March 14th - 12noon, NCB293 - Sarah Felkar, MLIS Candidate - a repeat of Sarah's hands-on workshop that will include interaction and issues with Ereaders in public libraries.
Sign up in the GRC or email

News from Western Libraries

Launch of Scholars GeoPortal:
This week the Ontario Council of University Libraries Scholars Portal officially announced the availability of their new geospatial data discovery engine. Please see for the details.

Applications now being accepted for Individual Study Rooms in Weldon:
Weldon has a limited number of private study rooms that are available to researchers and students who need regular access to library material. Details and a link to the form can be found at Weldon also has a dozen or so private study rooms that can be used on a daily basis. Just ask at the Service Desk for a study room key.

From the New Book Shelf.....

Hello Avatar: Rise of the Networked Generation / B. Coleman, Foreward by Clay Shirky
DBW stack BD 331.C565 2011
Reading YouTube: The Critical Viewers Guide / Anandam Kavoori
DBW stack HM742.K38 2011
Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics / Marc Singer
DBW stack PN6727.M677Z86 2012


Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, March 26. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 23.