Mediations Lecture Series

Mediations is a graduate student-run workshop and guest speaker series housed in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario Canada. The goal of the series is to establish a space in which to display the rich diversity of research and scholarship being pursued at FIMS to the broader Western community.

The Mediations Workshop sessions offer members of the FIMS community a venue in which to present any aspects of their work that engage with ‘Media Studies,’ defined as broadly as possible to incorporate many aspects of this rich, diverse, and loosely defined discipline. Sub-fields or approaches might include: Media and Cultural Theory, Political Economy, Technology/Technoculture, Media History, New Media, Journalism Studies, Library and Information Science, Popular Culture, Popular Music Studies, and Media Aesthetics, to name a few. We welcome both theoretically and empirically-based studies, as well as practice-based engagements with media. Each 1.5-hour session consists of one 30-40 minute presentation followed by two respondents (5-10 minutes each). The remainder of the sessions are devoted to questions from and discussion with the audience.

Mediations Presents, a guest speaker series, invites both FIMS and the broader Western community to engage with the work of leading scholars engaging with questions regarding media and mediation, across a variety of interdisciplinary intersections.

For questions please contact the mediations organising committee: mediationsFIMS@gmail.com.Logo for SHARP

Additional support provided by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing.

2018/2019 Mediations Lecture & Workshop Series

Line-Up TBA.


Previous Workshops and Lectures

2017 - 2018

Sept: Pandemic Fame and its Consequences: The Inattention Economy of Online Culture
Presented by: David Marshall, Visiting Scholar at FIMS and Chair in New Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, Deakin University, Australia

Sept: Human Dignity Between Declaration and Curation: The Human Rights Exhibition Album as Cultural Technique
Presented by: Amy Freier
Responses by: Katie Oates and Sonya de Laat

Nov: Prime-Time Minister: Politics, Entertainment and Justin Trudeau
Presented by: Tiara Sukhan

Jan: The Faked Death of Real News: Why Delusion is Here to Stay
Presented by: Andrew Woods, Centre for Theory and Criticism
Responses by: Victoria Rubin and Dylan Hughes

Feb: "I'm Not Evil. I'm Chaotic Neutral!": On the Classification of Internet Trolls
Presented by: Yimin Chen
Responses by: Chandell Gosse and kirstyn seanor

Apr: Capital and Post-Cybernetic Control: On Amazon's Patent for Anticipatory Package Shipping
Presented by: Atle Mikkola Kjøsen
Responses by: Warren Steele and Ryan Schroeder

2016 - 2017

Sept: Fake News or Truth? Using Satirical Cues to Detect Potentially Misleading News
Presented by: Victoria L. Rubin, Niall J. Conroy, Yimin Chen, and Sarah Cornwell
Responses by Vicki O’Meara and Darryl Pieber

Nov: The Entreprecariat: Recording Artists in Extreme Metal Music Proto-Markets
Presented by Jason Netherton
Responses by Norma Coates and Ryan Mack

Feb: Aspirations and Precariousness in the life of Indian IT support service workers
Presented by Indranil Chakraborty
Responses by Edward Comor and James Steinhoff

March: Lewis Hine’s First World War Photographs for the American Red Cross: Interpretations in/of the past for humanitarianism today
Presented by Sonya de Laat
Response by Amy Freier

March, Special Event with PMCP:
A Public Lecture by Dr. Kimi Karki, University of Turku, Finland on Metal Music and Nationalism