No. 476 - November 17, 2021

  • Coming Events:

    - Field Examination Panel - mediations Talk
    - "Forest City Memories: A Critical Mapping and Visualization of the Past across London's Cityscape"
    - Master of Media in Journalism & Communication (MMJC) Open House
  • Important Dates:

    - Thursday, November 18, 2021 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (10 am)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Daniel Robinson to serve as Assistant Dean, Research 
    - Call for Papers: ICA Pre-conference on Multimodality
    - Call for Papers: CAIS/ACSI Conference
    - Call for Nominations: Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS
    - Launch of International Student Survey
    - Sustainability Pulse Survey Invitation
    - FIMS Career Central Site
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Marc Resendes
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Houda Houbeish
    - Selma Purac
    - Sananda Sahoo
    - Matt Stahl
  • In the Media:

    - James Compton
    - Luke Stark
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - New Animation by Data Justice Lab
    - Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator: Program Applications 
    - Hot Docs Podcast Festival Opening Act: Call for Submissions
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

    - ELIP 2022: Call for Submissions
    - Maker Spaces in Libraries - A joint discussion and demonstration
    - FIMS Graduate Library Fall Book Club
    - Holiday Making Event
  • FIMS Undergraduate Round-Up:

    - MIT student's entrepreneurship featured in Western News
    - MIT student & activist on London Live
  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Field Examination Panel - mediations Talk
Thursday, November 18 , 2021
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Zoom (Link)
With Giada Ferrucci (MS PhD candidate) and Sabrina Hope (MS PhD candidate) 
Read the abstracts for "Networks of Resistance: Activism and Environmental Justice mobilizing" by Giada Ferrucci and "Millennial Mothers: Performing and Selling in the Gig Economy" by Sabrina Hope on the mediations Facebook event page.

"Forest City Memories: A Critical Mapping and Visualization of the Past across London's Cityscape"
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Zoom (by registration)
Presented by Professor Basil Chiasson, and MIT students Kaitlyn Adam and Athena Nadalin as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
All are welcome to attend. Contact Karen Kueneman for the Zoom link at
Abstract: This presentation describes our on-going research project as that examines the use of the City of London's civic landscape to re-construct the past and produce collective memories for both residents and visitors. With this project, we have been mapping existing sites, both commemorative and memorial in nature, in order to (a) create a digital and pictorial visualization of the historical artefacts and narratives that are currently on display, (b) identify historical silences that are eliding nevertheless real and significant pasts, and (c) critically appraise those existing artefacts and narratives and re-inscribe those silences into the civic landscape (continue reading).

Master of Media in Journalism & Communication (MMJC) Open House
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
12:15 - 1:15 pm
FNB 3050 (Broadcast Studio) and Zoom (link TBA)
The MMJC program will be holding its annual Open House for future students on December 1, 2021 in the Broadcast Studio (FNB 3050) and on Zoom. A recording of the event will be available. Please pass along the open house information to any undergraduate students (from within or outside of FIMS) who might be interested in the program. More details on the FIMS event page.

Important Dates

- Thursday, November 18, 2021 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (10 am)

News & Announcements

Daniel Robinson to serve as Assistant Dean, Research 
Associate Professor Daniel Robinson has agreed to serve as Assistant Dean, Research from January 3 to June 30, 2022. Robinson will take over for Associate Professor and current ADR Sandy Smeltzer, who has completed her term and will not return to the role after her 6-month sabbatical starting in January.

Call for Papers: ICA Pre-conference on Multimodality
Submissions to the "Communicating Multi-modally: Research and Expressive Culture" International Communication Association (ICA) Pre-conference at the American University of Paris on March 26, 2022 are open. The submission deadline is Friday, December 17, 2021. The call for papers and submission portal are available at

Call for Papers: CAIS/ACSI Conference
The Canadian Association for Information Science / l’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI) invites submissions for its 50th Annual Conference from June 7-10, 2022. The conference is co-organized by LIS doctoral candidate Alex Mayhew and will be free, online, and open to all. The call for papers is available at

Call for Nominations: Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS
Nominations for the Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards are now open! You have until Monday, November 22, 2021 at midnight to submit nominations for these awards. To submit a nomination, check your Western email for the call out from Andrew Cowley and reply to the message. Your nomination should include an explanation as to why you are nominating that individual. You can submit multiple nominations. 

Launch of International Student Survey
Western International invites international students to share their perceptions and feedback on their experience at Western - from academics, to housing, to learning supports and much more - to improve programs and services for current and future students. 
The online survey is coordinated through a third-party service (i-graduate) and international undergraduate and graduate students (on main campus) can access the survey through a personalized link sent to their Western email on November 10. The survey is open from now until December 16, 2021. 

Sustainability Pulse Survey Invitation
Sustainability at Western invites you to take part in the annual Sustainability Pulse survey. Staff and faculty have a unique perspective on campus initiatives, and it's important to include your perspectives in decision making. Add your input to help define the direction Western takes with sustainability initiatives.
The survey is open now until December 3, and accessible through this link:

FIMS Career Central Site
Formerly known as the LIS JobWeb, the FIMS Career Central site was redesigned to help current students and alumni of all FIMS graduate programs with the job search. Alumni and industry employers are encouraged to submit their postings using the Post An Opportunity tool.

Awards & Accomplishments

Marc Resendes, HIS master's student, successfully passed his HIS Master’s Thesis Defense.

Publications & Presentations

Media Studies PhD student Houda Houbeish published the following article:
Houbeish, H. (2021). Humanitarian Communication Through the Lens of Feminist Ethics of Care. Stream: Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication, 13(1), 17–36. Retrieved from

Assistant Professor Selma Purac published the following article (based on the invited annual Christmas lecture which she delivered in December of 2020 to the Montreal Monstrum Society): 
Purac, S.A. (2021) Selling ‘Silence’ in Contemporary Horror: Krasinski’s Quiet Consumers. Monstrum. Vol. 4 (1), p 1-33.

Media Studies PhD student Sananda Sahoo published the following article:
Sahoo, S. (2021). Political Posters Reveal a Tension in WhatsApp Platform Design: An Analysis of Digital Images From India’s 2019 Elections. Television & New Media.

Associate Professor Matt Stahl published the following articles:
Stahl, M. (2021). Are workers musicians? Kesha Sebert, Johanna Wagner and the gendered commodification of star singers, 1853–2014. Popular Music, 1-19. doi:10.1017/S0261143021000301

Stahl, M. & Arewa, O. (2021). Accounting for Injustice: AFTRA, Work, and Singers’ Royalties. The Oxford Handbook of Music Law and Policy. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190872243.013.28

In the Media

Associate Professor James Compton was interviewed by The London Free Press for the article, "Western University's wear-ID-on-campus plan 'shelved': Faculty union" published on November 15, 2021. 

Assistant Professor Luke Stark appeared on the This Week in Machine Learning and AI (TWINML AI) Podcast on November 8, on the topic of "Facebook Abandons Facial Recognition. Should Everyone Else Follow Suit?" on November 8, 2021.

Additional Activities of Note

New Animation by Data Justice Lab

The Data Justice Lab co-produced a new animation about uses of data analytics and practices of citizen scoring in the public sector based on their research project 'Data Scores as Governance.'

Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator: Program Applications 
This career development program by Hot Docs Podcast Festival offers Canadian podcasters between the ages of 18 to 34 the chance to grow their skills, gain invaluable industry knowledge and make lifetime connections. The program is open to Canadian emerging audio creators who are 18 to 34 years old and wish to learn more about establishing a career in the podcast industry. Creators from historically underrepresented communities are specifically encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
There is no fee to apply. Full guidelines and application submission available here.

Hot Docs Podcast Festival Opening Act: Call for Submissions
Hot Docs Podcast Festival is currently welcoming submissions of two-minute audio excerpts from original Canadian shows to be featured before a selection of live events at the 2022 Festival. Selected participants will have their shows played to a captive, global audience of podcast lovers and get exposure to attending audio executives and industry leaders.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
There is no fee to apply. Full guidelines and application submission available here.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

ELIP 2022: Call for Submissions
Attention potential authors: The Emerging Library and Information Perspectives Journal (ELIP) is now accepting submissions for the 2022 edition!

ELIP is an open access, peer reviewed, academic journal for MLIS students here at Western University.

We accept five main types of submissions: articles (3000-6000 words), “For the Field” summaries, “In the Field” reflections, interviews, and reviews (books, board games, you name it!). You can browse previous ELIP editions for examples of the works we publish; past editions have included an article about epistemic justice in the archives, an interview about mentorship in libraries, and a review of Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu.

Submissions should be made by creating an Open Journal Systems (OJS) account. For more information, you can visit ELIP’s website or contact us at

Our deadline for submissions is December 5, 2021.
Come chat with our Managing Editor Lisa during zoom office hours on Thursdays from 10am-noon to learn more. Meeting ID: 593 067 0118 Passcode: Fi4y1M

Contact us!
In the library: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Via Zoom drop-in: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12-1pm
Call: 519-661-2111 x88488

FIMS Graduate Library presents...
Take advantage of your chance to learn beyond your classes.
Have ideas for future workshops that you'd like to attend? Email us at We'd love to hear from you! 

Maker spaces in Libraries - A joint discussion and demonstration with Liz Anderson and Eric Bell from Stratford Public Library and Mandy Forbes from the FIMS Grad Library: 1pm on Wednesday, November 17th on Zoom
Join us for an informal and lively discussion about maker spaces with Stratford Public Library's MakerSpace librarians Liz Anderson and Eric Ball. Liz and Eric will show off popular making and tech tools and discuss what it's like to work in a maker space. Learn about programming ideas, outreach, and helpful resources that can be used in a variety of library contexts. You'll also be introduced to some of the new and popular offerings at the Bibliotech maker space at the FIMS Graduate Library. If you have any questions about this event, please contact library staff at
Please RSVP by emailing us at and we will send you Zoom details.

FIMS Graduate Library Fall Book Club: 2-3pm on Thursday, November 25 (synchronous on Zoom and FNB 3020)
As part of our effort to highlight the selections from this year’s First Nation Communities Read (FNCR) Awards, we’ve chosen Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians as the focus of our Fall Book Club. Good’s novel tells the stories of Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie, five friends who have been released from a church-run residential school and “chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward” (from the book jacket). In addition to being shortlisted in the YA/Adult category of FNCR, Good’s novel has become a National Bestseller and has won numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction.  
Copies of Five Little Indians are available for loan in the FIMS Graduate Library and are widely available in many public and academic libraries. 

Holiday Making Event: 12-3pm on Wednesday, December 8 AND Friday, December 10 (if there is interest) in the library (FNB 3020)
No need to RSVP, just drop into the library to get your hands on some materials for crafting holiday goodies. We'll be turning paper, yarn and repurposed materials into homemade gifts using library equipment like the Cricut cutting machine and button maker. You’ll take home a beautiful homemade card, gift tag, or ornament that you can give away or keep for yourself. If you’ve been meaning to try out one of these popular tools, this would be a great opportunity. All supplies provided. No making  experience required (but some may be gained). If you have any questions about this event, please contact library staff at

FIMS Undergraduate Round-Up

MIT student's entrepreneurship featured in Western News
Second-year MIT student Rubaina Singla was featured in the Western News article, "Sustainability underlying thread for student entrepreneur," published on November 12, 2021. 

MIT student & activist on London Live
First-year MIT student and environmental activist Hannah Alper was interviewed about COP26 on London Live with Mike Stubbs AM 980 CFPL on November 15, 2021. Part one and part two are available to listen.

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 will be published on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. The deadline for submissions is noon on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.