No. 448 - March 2, 2020

Coming Events

Thursday, March 5, 2020 (every Thursday)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Do you expect to have paper, story, article, report, thesis, or book deadlines this term? Does having other people writing around you help keep you on-task? Then come and join FIMSWrites, an informal initiative to provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process.

Zine Fiends Workshop
Thursday March 5, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020 D&E
Join us for a workshop about zines from the Zine Fiends themselves. Zine (rhymes with 'queen') Fiends is a zine club based out of London, Ontario. Through monthly meetings, drink n' draws, and anthology projects, Zine Fiends represents a growing community of zinemakers and zine enthusiasts based in the Forest City. You'll hear a short history of zines, including aspects of radical and zine librarianship and get hands-on experience making a zine out of a single piece of paper! Sign up in the library or email See the poster (pdf).

Arts & Music (FAM) Annual Alumni Mixer
Thursday, March 5, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Concourse Gallery
This free networking event is open to all students in the FAM (FIMS, Arts & Humanities, and Music) faculties and is a great opportunity to learn about the career paths and successes of Western's very own Arts and Music alumni. Network with these successful individuals and hear their advice on how to acquire and thrive in careers in the field. Listen to their industry insights and personal experiences with how their degrees benefitted them. The event will include an introductory panel, structured networking session, and casual reception for mixing and mingling.

MLISSC Mid-Term Social
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 p.m.
The Wave, UCC
Join the MLISSC as they host this mid-term social gathering.

Jeremy Dutcher - Performance and Conversation
Monday, March 16, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Featuring a musical performance by Jeremy Dutcher, vocalist, composer, musicologist, Polaris Prize and Juno winner, and a conversation between Mr. Dutcher and anthropologist Bimadoshka Pucan about his work and art. Also see a special screening of the music video, "Tie Our Spirits," written and recorded by Indigenous students from Port Elgin, Ontario, with support from N'we Jinan. Admission is free but seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the Paul Davenport Theatre Box Office starting at 6:45 PM on March 16. Doors open at 7 PM. Visit the Facebook event page.

Important Dates

- Friday, March 13, 2020 - Senate (1:30 PM, A&HB)
- Saturday, March 14, 2020 - March Break Open House

News & Announcements

Call for Papers: Media Sociology Symposium 2020
A call for papers has gone out for Media Sociology Symposium 2020, which will take place on Friday, August 7, 2020, at UC Berkeley. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2020. Notifications will be by May 1, 2020. Find out more.

Awards & Accomplishments

MMJC student Jade Prevost-Manuel was awarded a 2020 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship. As a recipient of the scholarship, Jade will be invited to participate in an intensive, four-month paid internship within CBC News and Centres.

Publications & Presentations

Douglas Mann, Assistant Professor, will give a talk titled, "From the Enterprise to the Discovery: The Decline and Fall of Utopian Technology and the Liberal Dream," at the 40th anniversary of Science Fiction London on March 7, 2020, at the Central Library. The event will run about three hours, with Professor Mann's talk taking up about an hour.

Assistant Professor (LDI) Lucia Cedeira Serantes, with FIMS alumna Amie Wright and NYPL librarian Emily Drew, has co-authored the chapter "International Comic Books and Graphic Novels" included in the new The Library’s Guide to Graphic Novels, an ALCTS Monograph.

Amber Matthews, LIS PhD student, published the following article:

Matthews, A. (2020). Racialized youth in the public library: Systemic racism through a critical theory lens. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 15(1).

Denise Smith, LIS PhD candidate, published the following article:

Smith DA (2020) Situating Wikipedia as a health information resource in various contexts: A scoping review. PLoS ONE 15(2): e0228786.

Next Issue

The Grad Bulletin is your source for news, announcements, and events pertaining to FIMS graduate programs. 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, March 16. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 13, 2020.