No. 373 - November 9, 2015

Coming Events

Rhythm, Royalties & The Blues: 1950s R&B Performers’ Struggles for Unpaid Royalties
Monday, November 9
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library Central Branch, Stevenson & Hunt Room A
Presented by Associate Professor Matt Stahl. Part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
In the 1950s, rhythm & blues singers sold millions of records to black and white audiences. Their innovative performances provided main ingredients for much popular music ever since. However, as they approached retirement age, many R&B singers found themselves in dire straits, even as their records continued to sell. Prof. Stahl will outline the record industry practices of the 1950s and 60s that denied royalties and recognition to R&B artists, and how, in the 1980s and 90s, these artists fought back for cultural recognition and economic justice.

Dr. Michael W. Clune on GAMELIFE and “How Poems Know What It’s Like to Die”

Dr. Michael W. Clune, a professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, will visit campus on November 9 and 10 to give a talk on his memoir, GAMELIFE, and to lead a seminar on literary presentation of death.

Lecture: A Talk on GAMELIFE: Michael Clune in Conversation with Jonathan Boutler
Monday, November 9
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Arts & Humanities Building 2R07

Seminar: “How Poems Know What it’s Like to Die”*
Tuesday, November 10
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Arts & Humanities Building 2R07
*Paper pre-circulated. Please e-mail Riley Mcdonald for a copy. 

These events are presented by the Department of English and Writing Studies, the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, the Centre for American Studies, and FIMS, in collaboration with the Americanist Research Group.

Digital Security, Precarious Knowledge Workers & Global Freedom of Expression
Tuesday, November 17
4:30 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
International and Graduate Affairs Building Atrium
This event is part of the series “Dialogues with Solidarity Conscious Knowledge Workers,” presented by FIMS 2015 Asper Fellow Datejie Green. The events are fully accessible and free to all, with donations encouraged toward the Campaign for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. For more information, please visit the series website:

In the Shadows of the Upload: Filipino Commercial Content Moderators and the Globalized Digital Media Production Chain
Wednesday, November 18
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Sarah T. Roberts and Andrew Dicks. Part of the FIMS Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Digital Security: A practical workshop for media & knowledge workers
Wednesday, November 18
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FIMS Building (Room location to be determined)
This event is part of the series “Dialogues with Solidarity Conscious Knowledge Workers,” presented by FIMS 2015 Asper Fellow Datejie Green. The events are fully accessible and free to all, with donations encouraged toward the Campaign for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. For more information, please visit the series website:

Dreaming in Dark Times
Monday, November 23
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch of the London Public Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room A
Presented by Associate Professor Sharon Sliwinski. Part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
This talk explores the way dream-life can be understood both as a private experience and as a social text. Sigmund Freud taught us that dream-life is an important form of unconscious thinking. This discussion uses one of Nelson Mandela’s recurring nightmares to explore the political significance of this landscape.

The Challenges of Digital Sources in the Web Age: Common Tensions Across Three Web Histories, 1994-2015
Tuesday, November 24
Region of Waterloo Administration Headquarters
150 Frederick Street, Kitchener
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Ian Milligan, Assistant Professor of History, University of Waterloo. Please RSVP to by November 17.

FIMS Research Ethics Workshop
Wednesday, November 25
NCB 293
12:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Grace Kelly, Ethics Officer, Office of Research Ethics. This workshop is intended for graduate students and faculty members.

News & Announcements

Welcome Karen Kueneman

FIMS is pleased to welcome Karen Kueneman to the Faculty as Research Officer, a joint position with the Faculty of Law and Don Wright Faculty of Music. With 14 years’ experience in research at Western, including nine in the Faculty of Education, Karen will assist individual researchers in each of the Faculties in the preparation of research grant applications, in identifying new opportunities for research support, in coordinating and supporting research collaborations within and beyond the Faculties, and in seeking out knowledge mobilization venues.

Gradcast seeking new guests, hosts

Gradcast, the official podcast and radio show for the Society of Graduate Students, interviews graduate students and showcases their research. The weekly show is seeking new guests for the winter term, as well as a few dedicated hosts for the Gradcast committee. Graduate students interested in being a guest or host can contact Gradcast at

Publications & Presentations

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD Candidate, presented a poster titled “Mind the gap: Public library services for older adults" at the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) in Calgary, Alberta, October 23-25, 2015. At the conference, Dalmer was also awarded a Local Interdisciplinary Network (LINK) Seed Grant in Aging and plans to use this grant for a project in the works with LIS PhD candidate Claire Burrows and Associate Professor Heather Hill.

Doug Mann, Assistant Professor, published a blog post title “In Defence of Board Games” on the FIMS Gaming Club website.

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD Candidate, presented a paper titled "Let the pictures do the talking: Afghan photojournalists in the visual narration of the Afghan War" at 'On the Image' conference held at University of California, Berkeley, October 28-29, 2015. He also received a Graduate Scholar Award at the conference in recognition of his scholarly work.

In the Media

Associate Professor Matt Stahl was interviewed by Western News about his talk, “Rhythm, Royalties & The Blues: 1950s R&B Performers’ Struggles for Unpaid Royalties,” to be held at the London Public Library Central Branch this evening (see Coming Events for more information). The lecture is part of the 2015/16 FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents...

(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)

Everything is negotiable, until it isn't – University of Waterloo librarians: Annie Belanger, Information Resources & Academic Excellence; Ian Robson, Head, Collection Development.
Monday, November 9, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m., NCB 293

Professional Identity and You: Why Self-Concept Matters in Librarianship - Kevin Tanner, MLIS student.
Monday, November 16, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m., NCB 293

Hands-on Twitter Workshop - Courtney Boudreau, MLIS student
Tuesday, November 24, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m., NCB 293 (LAB A)

Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) - What is it? What should you know?
- Anne Marie Madziak, SOLS Consultant.
Monday, November 30, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., NCB 293

Come by the GRC and take a few minutes to de-stress.
It's that time of year: time change, assignments due, end of the term, end of graduate school...
We will be providing adult colouring pages, along with markers and crayons, to give you a break. Blank pages will also be available if you want to create something entirely your own.

News from Western Libraries

Research Skills Workshops

There are still some research skills workshops scheduled for this terms. Check out the full list at

American Archive of Public Broadcasting Reading Room

The American Association for Public Broadcasting recently announced that they have launched - in conjunction with UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, WGBH and the Library of Congress - "the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Online Reading Room." The site provides access to a "rich collection of programs dating from the 1940s to the 2010s." You can connect and explore the collection at

Western Libraries Temporarily Suspends New Journal Subscriptions
As a recent news announcement on the Western Libraries website noted, Western Libraries will not be starting any new journal subscriptions for the next few months. The exchange rate between the U.S. and Canadian dollars has had a significant impact on our acquisitions budget ad has forced us to carefully evaluate all of our ongoing resource expenses. In the new year we will be consulting with the Western community as we make plans for bringing our collections purchases into line with our reduced purchasing power for the 2016/17 fiscal year. For details, see

From the New Book Shelf...

Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality and the Digital Age / edited by Babette B. Tischleder and Sarah Wasserman
DBW stack HC79.C6C85 2015

Narrating 9/11: Fantasies of State, Security and Terrorism/ edited by John N. Duvall and Robert P. Marzec
DBW stack PN3504.N37 2015

Media | Matter: the materiality of media | matter as medium/ edited by Bernd Herzogenrath
DBW stack P90.M3677 2015

Next Issue

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Submissions from the FIMS community are always welcome and may be sent via e-mail to The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, November 23. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, November 20.