Past Conferences

Organizing Equality - March 24-26, 2017

Organizing Equality was a major international conference hosted by members of the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University.

This conference brought academics, artists and activists together from around the globe to address inequality and to develop new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together to guide future struggles.

Apps & Affect - October 2013

Apps and Affect was a conference hosted by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) and the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism (CSTC) of Western University.

Venue: Museum London, London, Ontario.
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Conference social media: Facebook -; Twitter -

This conference explored emotional, imaginative, psychological and creative dimensions of one of the most current digital technologies - the app. Apps & Affect investigated the limits, possibilities and risks that arise with the new technological promise: "there's an app for that."

Keynote Speakers:
Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, "Affective Collectivity: App and Drive"
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, "App Echo and App Effect: Sounding Turing's Cathedral"
Alexander Galloway, NYU, "Three Middles: Mediation in Networks"
Ed Keller, The New School for Design, "Post-Planetary Sublime: Science Fiction and Apps"
Patricia Clough, City University of New York, "The Philosophical Carpentry of the App"
Mark Andrejevic, University of Queensland, "Auto-Affect: Technologies of Self-Regulation in the App Economy"
Melissa Greg, Intel Corporation, "Hack Good, or Else"
Conference committee: Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, Chris Keep, Susan Knabe, Svitlana Matviyenko.

Researching the Reading Experience - June 2013

Researching the Reading Experience was a conference organized by members of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) and of the Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science, Oslo, and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway. It was held in Oslo in June 2013.

Venue: Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway

This conference explored the changes in the research on literacy, literature and reading towards issues relating to the experience of reading. The affective and performative, the bodily and sensual aspects of reading have gained importance along with the cognitive and social perspectives. For this first conference on the reading experience, we invited submissions from researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines. The main requirement was that the work focused on the experience of real readers, past or present, and especially on reading that is done voluntarily for pleasure. This conference put the reader at the center, with the goal of investigating the relationship between readers and texts, between readers and the institutions of reading such as libraries, and between readers and the circumstances, contexts, and outcomes of reading. A collection of selected essays presented at the conference, entitled "Plotting the Reading Experience: Theory/Practice/Politics" is also available from Wilfrid Laurier University Press.  

Keynote Speakers:
Magnus Persson, Malmö University, Sweden
Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, FIMS

Conference committee: Kjell-Ivar Skjerdingstad, Knut Oterholm, Jofrid Smidt, Paulette Rothbauer, Lynne McKechnie, Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Catherine Ross

DOCAM'12 - August 2012

DOCAM'12 was the ninth annual meeting of the Document Academy, an international network of scholars, artists and professionals in various fields, who are interested in the exploration of the concept of the document as a resource for scholarly, artistic, and professional work.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Durham Peters, Craig Baird Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa. Dr. Peters is internationally recognized as a preeminent media historian and social theorist. His acclaimed first book, Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication, traces broad historical, philosophical, religious, cultural, legal, and technological contexts of the study of communication. His many publications address, among others, the topics of mass communication, free speech, liberalism, media ethics, the information society, and the concept of information itself.

FIMS Student Conference - June 2012

The FIMS Student Conference 2012 was a conference organized by graduate students in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

Conference Theme: Change-makers: Innovation in the Information Community. How do you see information changing? What does the future of information look like? What do you think about the direction that information is taking? What is the relationship between information and technology? How is your field responding to these questions? What is your perspective?

THATCamp UWO - May 2012

The Humanities and Technology Camp

Anabel Quan-Haase, FIMS Associate Professor
Kim Martin, FIMS LIS PhD Candidate

Official website:

WSFR Spring Conference: Gender and Transitional Justice - April 2012

Co-organized by: Amanda Grzyb, Tracy Issacs and Joann Quinn.

Keynote Speaker: Debra Bergoffen, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, George Mason University, and Bishop Hamilton Lecturer in Philosophy, American University

• Gender and International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
• Gender and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission
• Gender, Reparations and Public Apologies

Brandon Hamber (International Conflict Research Institute, the University of Ulster),
Neha Jain (Law, Georgetown),
Jennifer Llewellyn (Law,  Dalhousie),
Alice MacLachlan (Philosophy, York University),
Dyan Mazurana (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University)
Valerie Oosterveld (Law, The University of Western Ontario)
Kim Stanton (Law, University of Toronto)
Cheryl Suzack (English, University of Toronto)

Sponsors: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The Elinor Ratcliffe Fund, The Department of Philosophy, Research Western.

Culture, Policy, Urban Space and the City - March 2012

Conference website/blog:

Presented by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, with support from the Public Humanities Project, the Rogers Chair for Studies in Journalism and New Media Technology, and the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism.

iConference 2012 - February 2012

For full details about the iConference, visit the iConference 2012 website: 

Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens - October 2009

An international conference on politics, policy, and culture in the world of digital work.

Hosted by: the Digital Labour Group, the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and The University of Western Ontario.

Keynote speakers included:
Ursula Huws, Analytica Research (UK), author of The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World.
Vincent Mosco, Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society, Queen's University, author of The Laboring of Communication: Will Knowledge Workers of the World Unite? (with Catherine McKercher).

Journalism in a Violent World - February 2008

Held by: the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, and supported by the Graduate Program in Journalism at The University of Western Ontario.

The conference on Journalism in a Violent World, held 9-10 February 2008 in London, Ontario, was the inaugural event of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma. The event brought together 120 journalists, health care professionals, media analysts and journalism educators from Canada, the United States and Britain.

Participants included:
Ian Stewart, former West African Bureau Chief, Associated Press
Dr. Anthony Feinstein, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Chris Cramer, former head of CNN International
Giselle Portenier, award-winning documentary filmmaker
Brian Kelly, CBC News cameraman
Kathleen Kenna, former correspondent, Toronto Star
Kevin Newman, anchor, Global National

Library Research Seminar (LRS) IV - October 2007

The Library in its Socio-Cultural Context: Issues for Research and Practice

LRS IV was initiated and sponsored by the Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association.

LRS IV was hosted by the Graduate Programs in Library and Information Science in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario.