FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 300 - April 23, 2012

Apr 23, 2012    

Coming Events

Conference: Gender and Transitional Justice
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
UC 224 (Conron Hall)
Keynote Speakers: Debra Bergoffen, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, George Mason University and Bishop Hamilton Lecturer in Philosophy, American University.  For further details, see

mediations 2012: Henry Adam Svec
Friday, April 27, 2012
2:30 p.m.
NCB 295
"Folk Media: Alan Lomax's Grainy Digitality"
Presented by the Media Studies subcommittee for intellectual life.  All are welcome.

Innovation from the Margins: Unconference
Friday, May 11, 2012
U of T iSchool
Librarians Without Borders is hosting Innovation from the Margins, an "unconference" at the U of T iSchool May 11th. In the spirit of public discussion, open debate and exploration into the topic of global partnerships and library innovation, this engaging event features speakers Stephen Abram, Mike McCaffrey, Helaine Becker and Katherine Palmer.

This fundraising event will support LWB activities, including current projects in Ghana and Guatemala. Student LWB members will also be on hand to speak about the work happening on the ground by LWB representatives at the Asturias Academy in Guatemala, which the UWO chapter of LWB has been supporting over the past two terms.

Visit our event page to read speaker bios or reserve tickets in advance. Special rates for students and LWB members. Not an LWB member? Sign up for a free membership to get preferred rates for this and future events.  For more information, visit

FIMS Student Conference 2012 - Change Makers: Innovation in the Information Community
Saturday, June 23, 2012
North Campus Building
The FIMS Student Conference 2012 is a conference organized by graduate students in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.
The conference will be held on Saturday, June 23rd in the North Campus Building on the Western University Campus. The conference is open to all (prospective, current & former students; faculty & staff; and professionals from the community).  Conference registration will open on May 1, 2012.

Please see the website for more information:

Important Dates

Monday, April 23 - Monday, April 30, 2012 - Undergraduate exam period continues

Friday, May 4, 2012 - Orientation day for new MAJ/MLIS students

Awards & Accomplishments

Olga Buchel, LIS Doctoral student, successfully defend her dissertation on Thursday, April 19th, titled Making Sense of Document Collections with Map-Based Visualizations.

Louis D’Alton, LIS Doctoral student, successfully defended his dissertation on April 11th, titled A Critical Historical Analysis of the Public Performance Right.

Assistant Professor Kane X. Faucher was among thirty authors honoured at the Western Bookstore’s annual faculty author reception on April 12.  Also, Kane has been promoted from Editorial Board Member to Associate Editor for the Semiotic Review of Books.

Kane has also been promoted from Editorial Board Member to Associate Editor for the Semiotic Review of Books.

Media Studies PhD student Raúl José Feliciano Ortiz successfully defended his dissertation on April 20, titled Watching the Games: Critical Media Literacy and Students’ Abilities to Identify and Critique the Politics of Sports.

Education PhD student and FIMS faculty member Bill Irwin successfully defended his dissertation on April 12, titled School closures in Ontario: A case of conflicting values?

Michael McNally, LIS Doctoral Candidate, successfully defended his dissertation on April 18th, titled Intellectual Property and Its Alternatives: Incentives, Innovation and Ideology.

CLA Student Bursaries Awarded
The CLA Student Chapter is pleased to announce the three recipients of the the $100 Conference Bursaries. This money has been raised through the group's fundraising efforts in order to assist students with conference expenses.

CLA Student Bursary Recipients:

Christine Walde (MLIS student)
Mark-Shane Scale (LIS PhD student)
Sarah Simpkin (MLIS student)

Congratulations to them, and we hope that they all have successful conference experiences.

Publications & Presentations

Assistant Professor Lu Xiao and her student Nicole Askin recently the article:

Xiao, L., and Askin, N. (2012) "Wikipedia for Academic Publishing: Advantages and Challenges", Online Information Review, Vol. 36 Iss: 3 

Professor Edward Comor chaired and participated in a Roundtable -- "McLuhan's Global Village at 50" -- at the annual International Studies Association (ISA) conference in San Diego on April 2nd. While at the conference, Prof. Comor also was elected to co-chair the Inaugural Book Award Committee for the International Communication Section of the ISA.

Assistant Professor Kane X. Faucher’s second book of his ‘infinite trilogy’, The Infinite Atrocity, was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms (Washington/Michigan) on April 13th.

Kane also presented “The Spectacle 2.0: The Inscription of Neoliberal Logics in Social Network Discourse” at “‘Space, Maps, and Bodies: The Real, the Fictive, and the Virtual;’ : A Symposium in Memory of Barbara Godard” at the University of Toronto, April 21.

Media Studies PhD Candidate Lisa Macklem delivered the paper "Striking a Chord That Satisfies Copyright Owners and Keeps Artists Singing" at the Popular Culture Association National Conference in Boston, Mass. on April 12.

Chris Richardson, Media Studies PhD Candidate, published his book Habitus of the Hood.  The work is a co-edited collection exploring representations of urban marginality, includes chapters by Richardson on Tupac, Nas, and the US President, as well as contributions from scholars living in Compton, Berlin, Australia’s Gold Coast, St. Paul, Toronto, and New York. It is available through: amazon, Chapters and the University Book Store.

On April 1, Chris was also invited to participate on a panel about crime and celebrity at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto following a performance of Olivier Choinière’s “Bliss.”

Elise Thorburn, Media Studies PhD Candidate, will be speaking on a panel at York University, sponsored by the Graduate Students' Association, called "Corporatisation of the University: Root Problems and Sites of Resistance".  Her paper is entitled "Actually Existing Autonomy in Higher Education".

Liam Young, Media Studies PhD Candidate, gave a paper this past weekend titled "Toward a Media Archaeology of The List: Knowledge and Materiality in History".  He presented at the conference Network Archaeology, held at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. The Network Archaeology conference brings together scholars and practitioners to explore resonances between digital networks and “older” systems of circulation.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Inter-session hours of operation - April 16 to May 6
OPEN Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30
REGULAR HOURS commence on Monday, May 7
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 8:00pm; Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm; Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm

Donate your old photocopies to other students

The GRC gladly accepts donations of photocopied readings that you no longer require.  Simply bring them into the GRC's Service Desk, or place them in the tray on the Copy Bank cabinet in the photocopy room.  The Copy Bank of recycled course readings is accessible 24/7. Photocopier Room 280B is open from the corridor after hours.

News from Western Libraries

Weldon hits the Big 4-0 this year - Please help us celebrate !!

The D.B. Weldon Library is celebrating 40 years and we want you to join us. Share your favourite memory of the Weldon Library via our 40th anniversary blog our Facebook page or through Twitter (use hashtag #dbwmemories).

Tell us what you remember most from the time you spent in Weldon Library and watch for other opportunities to help us celebrate our first 40 years.

Amazing Digital Collection from the New York Public Library

Check out the NYPL Digital Gallery . This fantastic collection provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

From the New Book Shelf this week.....
Information Consulting: Guide to Good Practice / Irene Wormell, Annie Joan Olesen and Gábor Mikulás
 DBW stack HD69.C6W672 2011

Popular Music Culture: the Key Concepts / Roy Shuker
 DBW reference ML102.P66S58 2012
Cyberfactories: How News Agencies Produce News / Barabas Czarniawska
 DBW stack PN4714.C93 2011

The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report / prepared by Dr. Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse Unviersity for the Association of College and Reserach Libraries. DBW stack oversize Z675.U5O22 2012

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