No. 503 - June 14, 2023

  • Coming Events:

    - FIMSWrites - Summer Edition
    - Western Libraries Research Skills Workshops
    - FIMS Spring Convocation and Reception
    - "Cultural Awareness and Racial Understanding" - Public Talk
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 23, 2023 - Convocation period (traffic delays expected)
    - Monday, June 26 - Thursday, June 29, 2023 - Bibliometrics and Research Impact Summer School (I. Ajiferuke, host)
    - Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2023 - MLIS Research Week
    - Thursday, June 29, 2023 - Board of Governors Meeting (WIRB, 10AM)
    - Friday, June 30, 2023 - Canada Day holiday observed at Western (no classes, offices closed)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Community Engaged Learning & Well-Being Workshop - Call for Proposals
    - Subscribe to the Graduate Student Research Blog
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Wale Fadare
    - Estee Fresco (PhD'15, Media Studies)
    - Sarah Glassford (MLIS'18)
    - Karen Nicholson
    - Daniel Robinson
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Caelan Beard
    - Jacquie Burkell
    - Danica Facca
    - Brad Hiebart (PhD'18, HIS)
    - Santasil Mallik
    - Charlotte Nau
    - Selma Purac
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
    - Sarah Smith
    - Matt Stahl
    - Hiu Wing Sze
    - Jinman Zhang
  • In the Media:

    - Alissa Centivany
    - Norma Coates
    - Heather Hill
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
    - Ashley Rowe (BA'09, MIT)
    - Luke Stark
    - Sam Trosow
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

    - FGL Make of the Month | #PrideMonth2023!
  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

FIMSWrites - Summer Edition

Every Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
New this term: attend either in person or online.
Check your Western email for the link (or contact Pam McKenzie) or drop in to FNB 4070.
Do you expect to have assignment, story, article, report, thesis, and/or book writing deadlines coming up in the Winter term? Does having other people writing around you help keep you on-task? Then join us for FIMSWrites, an informal initiative to provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process. What it is: a group of people sitting silently together working on their individual writing projects for 25-minute Pomodoro sessions, with short breaks between and a longer mid-morning coffee, snack, and socializing break. What it's not: a writing tutorial or workshop. Open to FIMS faculty and grad students who have writing to work on.

**On June 28 and July 26, FIMSWrites sessions will include an option to share what you're working on, get feedback, and talk about writing for grants, publications, and conferences.

Western Libraries Research Skills Workshops
Did you know Western Libraries hosts Research Skills Workshops? These workshops offer an introduction to many of the research services and supports we offer here at Western Libraries. Most workshops are held on Zoom, more information provided on the event pages (linked below). Follow the links to register!

To find more upcoming Western Library events and workshops visit the Western Libraries Events page. If you have questions about workshops, please email

FIMS Spring Convocation and Reception
Friday, June 23, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall/FNB Atrium
The Spring Convocation ceremony for graduating FIMS students will take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 23. The ceremony will end at approximately 12:00 p.m. at which point students and their families are invited back to the FNB atrium for a reception. Students love to see their professors at this event so if you are nearby the building after the formal ceremony, please consider popping in to give some well wishes.

"Cultural Awareness and Racial Understanding" - Public Talk
Friday, July 7, 2023
1:30 p.m.
FNB 3020 (FIMS Graduate Library)
Featuring Leroy Hibbert, Multicultural Outreach Program Coordinator at LUSO Community Services.
Building racial and cultural bridges to foster understanding and build vibrant and healthy communities, with special guest Harold Usher, London's first Black City Councillor and former member of the Western's Board of Governors. For more information contact Amber Matthews at

Important Dates

- Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 23, 2023 - Convocation period (traffic delays expected)
- Monday, June 26 - Thursday, June 29, 2023 - Bibliometrics and Research Impact Summer School (I. Ajiferuke, host)
- Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2023 - MLIS Research Week
- Thursday, June 29, 2023 - Board of Governors Meeting (WIRB, 10AM)
- Friday, June 30, 2023 - Canada Day holiday observed at Western (no classes, offices closed)

News & Announcements

Community Engaged Learning & Well-Being Workshop - Call for Proposals and Participation
This one-day, intensive, praxis-oriented workshop is designed to explore issues related to mental health and well-being for students engaging in community-focused forms of experiential learning. The workshop will take place on Friday November 3, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Western University (London, Ontario) and is free of charge. For questions, contact Sandy Smeltzer at

Subscribe to the Graduate Student Research Blog
Graduate Students are invited to subscribe to the Graduate Student Research Blog. The blog provides research information for graduate students - scholarship, fellowship, internship and other funding announcements, tips on writing scholarship/funding applications, and other research-related tidbits.

Awards & Accomplishments

MHIS student Wale Fadare is the recipient of the 2023 Eugenia Canas Memorial Award in Health Equity. This is the second year the award has been distributed.

Estee Fresco, PhD'15, Media Studies, won the CCA Emerging Book Prize for her publication titled Red Mitten Nationalism: Sport, Commercialism, and Settler Colonialism in Canada. Estee is currently an Assistant Professor at York University. 

Sarah Glassford, MLIS'18, is the recipient of the 2023 AAO Emerging Leader Award for her "contributions to the archival community through her collaborative work, archival advocacy, professional service, mentoring work, and outreach to academic and general audiences." Sarah is currently an archivist at the University of Windsor.

Karen Nicholson (Assistant Professor, Limited Duties; PhD 2018) has been appointed as an iSchool@Illinois Research Fellow 2023-25 at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Daniel Robinson was awarded the 2023 Business History Book Prize by the Canadian Historical Association for his 2022 publication titled Cigarette Nation: Business, Health, and Canadian Smokers, 1930-1975.

Publications & Presentations

Current MMJC student Caelan Beard published the winning 2023 Haak Saan Responsible Journalism Scholarship essay in The London Free Press on June 11 under the title "Without decent pay, journalism industry has less diversity." 

Professor Jacquie Burkell, along with Brad Hiebert (PhD'18 HIS) and Danica Facca (PhD HIS), co-authored an article titled "Use of digital technologies for public health surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic: A scoping review," published in Digital Health.

Santasil Mallik, PhD in Media Studies student, published a paper titled "GI Photos of Calcutta: Toward a Vernacular Understanding of War" in Trans Asia Photography (Duke University Press) on May 1.

Santasil also published an article titled "Spectatorial Labour: The Political Vision of Sergei Loznitsa's Documentaries" in Senses of Cinema in May.

Lastly, Santasil presented twice recently, including a talk called "Protest Visualities: A Transformative Politics of On-site Recordings" at Congress 2023, and an appearance on a panel discussion titled "Female Histories: Cartography, Rebirth, Resistance," at the FTV Conference on May 5 and 6. A shortened version the FTV Conference presentation was published in Bright Lights Film Journal on June 13 under the name "Itinerant Maps: Sapna Moti Bhavnani's Sindhustan Reimagines Partition History."

Charlotte Nau, Media Studies PhD student, presented or co-presented three times a the ICA Conference in Toronto, May 25-29, including:

"Social Media Practices Among Women Sex Workers: Community and Social Media Affordances"
(Charlotte Nau)

"Women-Focused Nonprofit Organizations and Their Use of Twitter During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Characterizing a Gendered Pandemic Through Information, Community, and Action"
(Charlotte Nau; Anabel Quan-Haase; Riley McLaughlin)

"The Evolution of #MeToo: A Comparative Analysis of Vernacular Practices Across Languages"
(Kaitlynn Mendes; Anabel Quan-Haase; Charlotte Nau; Jinman Zhang; William Hollingshead)

Assistant Professor Selma Purac presented the following talk:

“The Sound of Silence: The Hare in Horror Cinema.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association: 2023 Summer Salon Virtual Conference. 8-9 June 2023.

Assistant Professor Sarah Smith will be presenting a co-authored paper "Museum Without Walls: A Mixed Methods Study of Google Arts & Culture's Partner Institutions" at the annual meeting of the International Association for Media and Communication Research in Lyon, France on July 11, 2023.

Associate Professor Matt Stahl published the following article:

“Prospecting, Sharecropping, and the Recording Industry” (Co-written with Olufunmilayo Arewa) Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 25(2), pp. 267-289 (2023).

Professor Stahl also presented the following conference talks:

"Sharecropping, settlement, and record industry accounting practices: Contextualizing soul singer Sam Moore’s 1993-2002 lawsuit against the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds,” International Communication Association (Toronto) May 2023.

“Sing For The Competition and Go To Prison: The Cultural Industries' Contribution To Employers' Contract Enforcement Power,” Canadian Communication Association (Toronto) May 2023.

MLIS student Hiu Wing Sze received confirmation that her paper titled "Chat Reference: A Review of Question Types and Its Implications to Staffing and Communication Strategies" has been accepted for publication in Pathfinder: A Canadian Journal for Information Science Students and Early Career Professionals.

In the Media

Assistant Professor Alissa Centivany continued to be sought after as an interview subject or subject expert as the right-to-repair debate gained some traction with the Canadian public. Professor Centivany was quoted in an article titled "'We are buying too much': How a right-to-repair law could help the planet," published by Canada's National Observer on May 18.

Professor Centivany was also quoted in a Toronto Star article titled "Experts say Ottawa's 'right to repair' consultation should prioritize consumer rights," published on June 5.

Lastly, Professor Centivany was a guest on the Law Bytes Podcast in an episode titled "The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 169: Alissa Centivany and Anthony Rosborough on Repairing Canada's Right to Repair," posted on June 5.

Associate Professor Norma Coates joined The Drive with Ted Henley on 770 CHQR Calgary on May 24 to discuss Tina Turner's legacy following the announcement of her death.

Professor Coates was also a guest on CBC Afternoon Drive with Allison Devereaux on May 25 to continue that discussion.

Associate Professor Heather Hill was quoted in an article titled "Have You Been to the Library Lately?" published by The Walrus on June 12.

Professor Anabel Quan-Haase was a guest on the Shaye Ganam Show CHED/QR Radio Request show on May 11 to talk about Meta's decision to block news in Canada.

Ashley Rowe (BA'09, MIT) appeared in an article titled "WRAL shifts anchor lineup, hires new anchor for weekday nightly newscasts," published by The Raleigh News and Observer on May 24. The article noted that Rowe would take over the 7 and 11 p.m. news anchor duties for WRAL-TV.

Assistant Professor Luke Stark is quoted in print and also appears in a video clip for the CBC News article "Artificial intelligence poses 'risk of extinction,' tech execs and experts warn," published on May 30.

Professor Stark was also part of a conversation titled "Love and friendship, with an AI chatbot," aired by CBC's The Current with Matt Galloway on June 1.

Associate Professor and current London City Councillor Sam Trosow was quoted in a Toronto Star article titled "Debate over defunding Ontario's Catholic schools is raging again. Experts saying doing it is actually quite simple," published on June 1.

Professor Trosow also appeared in a segment titled "Samuel Trosow, University of Western Ontario Associate Professor of Law, Explains to Moore in the Morning What it Would Take to Merge the Two Separate School Systems and the Net Benefit to Taxpayers," that aired on iHeartRadio on June 2.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

FGL Make of the Month | #PrideMonth2023!

June is Pride Month and to celebrate we'll be making signs in every colour of the rainbow. You can take your sign home with you to decorate your space, take it with you to the next Pride event, or leave it with us and we'll display it proudly in the library to show that everyone is welcome in this space. We have cardboard and poster board, paints, markers and more. If you have any questions about how to get started, or would like some inspiration, ask us at the service desk.

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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 .

This is the second of four issues of the Grad Bulletin to be published over the summer. The remaining dates are July 12 and August 9. The deadline to submit content for the July issue is Tuesday, July 11 at noon.