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Teen Vogue: Fashion and Political Action

CMF Assistant Professor Jessalynn Keller spoke about her current research project on political activism in Teen Vogue on Vancouver's Roundhouse Radio show, Sense of Place. 

PhD Candidate AnneMarie Dorland Wins the 2017 SSHRC Storytellers Engagement Prize

CMF's PhD candidate AnneMarie Dorland, a Finalist of this year's #SSHRCStorytellers is the winner of the competition's 2017 Engagement Prize!

The award was evaluated by the fellow storytellers and the judges, and is given to the Top 25 Storyteller who best connects social sciences research and their own research study with the larger community. AnneMarie was selected based on her work connecting the Doing Design Thinking study with the University itself (through blog posts, guest posts for UToday and twitter engagement) and with the classroom (by integrating the findings from the study into teaching in COMS 383, and by using the SSHRC Storytellers videos as teaching tools in the classroom).

Humainologie's Empathy Week to feature Dr. Barbara Schneider's Hearing [our] Voices Poster Exhibition

Dr. Barbara Schneider's research project, Hearing [our] Voices, will be featured as a poster exhibition during Empathy Week, an initiative curated by Humainologie, a division of the Calgary Centre for Global Community. 

Hearing [our] Voices: Dilemmas of Care and Control

"Graphic poster exhibition created by people with schizophrenia that addresses care and control in their relationships with medical and housing service providers."

May 29th - June 2nd, 6.00AM – 6.00PM daily
City of Calgary Municipal Complex Atrium

For more information on Empathy Week, please visit:

Canadian Spectrum Summit 2017: The Future of Wireless

The University of Calgary's UToday article, Experts peer into the future of Canada's wireless 'spectrum' and predict seismic shifts, provides insight on the research and information presented at the Canadian Spectrum Summit 2017, presented by conference organizer and Co-Chair, CMF's Dr. Gregory Taylor. 

Faculty of Arts Awards 2017

The Faculty of Arts Awards were held on May 3, 2017 and we are proud to announce that CMF was honoured in the categories of Teaching and Staff Excellence!

Working to Have Fun: The Labour of Leisure explored in new article by Dr. Barbara Schneider

The Labour of Leisure is explored in a new article by CMF's Dr. Barbara Schneider and Sociology's Dr. Liza McCoy.  

Square dance is a form of social dance carried out by groups of four pairs of dancers arranged in a square, moving in response to on-the-spot instructions of a square dance caller. This article looks at the work that the square dance caller does to produce “fun” for the participants. The multi-faceted labour of being a caller includes being a singer, an entertainer, an expert in calling, a teacher, a sound equipment expert, a business person, and an emotional worker instrumental in producing other people’s pleasure.

CTV Features Professor Emerita Tamara Seiler as "Inspiring Albertan"

Tamara Seiler, Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication, Media and Film was recently featured on CTV as an “inspiring Albertan.” She was instrumental in starting an organization called the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners or CALL

Canadian Public Relations Society - Scholarships Available

The Canadian Public Relations Society has two $1,000 scholarships available for students enrolled in public relations/communications programs at three educational institutions in Calgary. Both awards offer a $1,000 Scholarship and other benefits. 

Drs Tamara Shepherd and Jessalynn Keller Discuss Access to Academic Journals with CBC News

Department of Communication, Media and Film Study Abroad Award

Students in any of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies, and Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, or Bachelor of Film Studies programs who have been accepted into a travel study program are eligible for the Department of Communication, Media and Film Study Abroad Award. One scholarship of $1000 per year will be awarded, based on the calibre of the proposed travel study plan. 

Dr. Gregory Taylor Speaks to the BBC About Ways to Curtail Fake News

CMF Assistant Professor Dr. Gregory Taylor weighs in on BBC article, Canada MPs probe ways to curtail fake news.

Dr. Jessalynn Keller on Girls’ and Women’s Use of Digital Media Technologies to Challenge Sexism

Dr. Jessalynn Keller, CMF Assistant Professor and author of "Girls' Feminist Blogging in a Postfeminist Age speaks to about girls’ and women’s use of digital media technologies to challenge sexism in the article How to combat sexism in 2017? With an app, of course.

Dr. Mél Hogan featured in FIVE: Designing Media Ecology

CMF Assistant Professor of Environmental Media, Dr. Hogan has published “Minus Risk Equals Progress: the Data Center in the Anthropocene”  in: 6th issue, Special Feature of 5: The Anthropocene and Our Post-natural Future, Dec 2016.

Dr. Mél Hogan Contributes to Publication, Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment

Dr. Mél Hogan contributed a chapter to Publication, Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment. Edited by Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, and Patricia Yaeger. (Fordham University Press) 

"Fueling Culture offers a compendium of keywords written by scholars and practitioners from around the world and across the humanities and social sciences."

Dr. Hogan's entry is on (computer) "Servers" in a "keywords" approach to understanding the broad impact fossil fuels have on contemporary culture and politics.

You can see the chapter here:


Professor Maria Bakardjieva Releases New Book, Socialbots and Their Friends

Socialbots and Their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality

Edited by Robert W. Gehl and Maria Bakardjieva

Who benefits from the use of software robots? Who loses? Does a bot deserve rights? Who pulls the strings of these bots? Who has the right to know what about them? What does it mean to be intelligent? What does it mean to be a friend? Socialbots and Their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality is one of the first academic collections to critically consider the socialbot and tackle these pressing questions.