No. 456 - October 5, 2020

Coming Events

FIMSwrites - Virtual Edition

Every Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Do you expect to have paper, story, article, report, thesis, or book deadlines coming up? Does having other people writing around you help keep you on-task? Then join FIMSWrites, an informal initiative to provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process. All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring their favourite writing devices and join us to write and check in. If you're interested, contact Pam McKenzie.

CAIS 2020: Virtual Open Conference
September 14 - October 26, 2020
This year's conference will consist of 42 presentations (including four panels) divided into a series of 20 live events spread over six weeks. Many presenter names will be familiar to the FIMS community. Still to come: Melissa Seelye (MLIS alum/Instructor), Sara Clarke (MLIS), Marni Harrington (Library Director), Martin Nord (LIS), Professor Pam McKenzie, Sarah Cornwell (LIS), Kelsang Legden (LIS alum), Yimin Chen (LIS), Asen Ivanov (Instructor), Professor Sam Trosow, Eugenia Canas (PhD'19, HIS, postdoc), Danica Facca (HIS), David Roger Walugembe (HIS), Uche Ikenyei (HIS), Jill Veenendaal (HIS), Anita Slominska (HIS), Professor Victoria Rubin, Chris Brogly (HIS), Davin Helkenberg (PhD'19, LIS). See the full schedule of presentations.

Forest City Film Festival
October 17 - 25, 2020
FIMS is sponsoring this year's film festival. All films and Q&A's will be available on demand until November 1, 2020. The Festival will screen more than 60 films with a connection to London and Southwestern Ontario, competing in feature, documentary, short and animation categories. This year the Festival will be presenting a collection of Indigenous women telling Indigenous stories, with Q&As after each film. On October 23, a panel titled, "Meet The Creators: A Conversation with Indigenous Women Filmmakers" will take place at 1:00 p.m. For full details, visit the Forest City Film Festival website.

"Writing for The Conversation Canada" - a Zoom webinar for social science and humanities researchers at Western
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.
Via Zoom
FIMS is co-hosting this event. Too often, it feels like there are few ways for us to bring our research out of journals and conferences and into the minds of the wider Canadian and International communities. One often-overlooked avenue is The Conversation. Open to all of Western's social science and humanities researchers, please join us for a presentation from The Conversation Canada's Editor-in-Chief, Scott White. Scott will discuss The Conversation's publishing and content model, their writing process, and the benefits of publishing articles in The Conversation. Following the presentation, there will be a time to field questions from the audience. Register Today.

Important Dates

- Monday, October 12, 2020 - Thanksgiving holiday (no classes, FIMS offices closed)
- Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - FIMS Faculty Council
- Friday, October 16, 2020 - Meeting of the Senate (1:30 p.m., Zoom)

News & Announcements

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Awards & Accomplishments

Vyshnave Jeyabalan, MHIS candidate, successfully defended her thesis titled, Context-specific challenges, opportunities, and ethics of drones for healthcare delivery in the eyes of program managers and field staff: a multi-site qualitative study, on September 25, 2020.

Tiffany Scurr, MHIS candidate, successfully defended her thesis titled, Evaluating the Process of Involving Affected Community Members in Service Delivery and Design: A Deliberative Dialogue Case Study, on September 28, 2020.

Publications & Presentations

Eugenia Canas, postdoctoral research fellow, co-authored the book, Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth, published in July by Fernwood Publishing.

Canas also co-published the following article:

Lapadat, L., Balram, A., Cheek, J., Canas, E., Paquette, A., & Michalak, E. E. (2020). Engaging Youth in the Bipolar Youth Action Project: Community-Based Participatory Research. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 12(3), e19475. (3), e19475.

Amber Matthews, LIS PhD student, was invited to re-publish and feature her previously released article, "Racialized Youth and the Public Library: Systemic Racism through a Critical Theory Lens," in Directions Journal, produced by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

Hannah Sung, FIMS Asper Fellow for Winter 2020, published the article, "Podcasting's Slow Journalism is Where Reporting Meets Storytelling," on September 25 in J-Source. In the article, Sung reflects on the ideas discussed and discoveries made while teaching her MMJC class Podcasting and Perspectives: How Audio Storytelling Can Tackle Complex Social Issues.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am - 3pm

Policies for socially-distanced use of the library:

  • follow the signs on doors and floors for traffic flow
  • masks are mandatory in the library
  • show your FIMS library card upon entry (you will be provided with a card on your first visit)
  • you must book a study or computer space before or upon arrival (we can help you with that at the service desk)
  • food and drinks are not permitted
  • wipe down your space before and after use
For health and safety reasons, access to the print collections are closed throughout campus. We can retrieve items from our collection for you to use in the library. After use, these items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are available for others to use.

Email us with any questions - this email will be monitored 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday:

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, October 19. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, October 16, 2020.