Making Matters Speaker Series – Schedule of Events

Presented by the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University

Making Matters explores knowledge and expression in a range of forms, from song, birdcalls and language, to buildings, web series and zines. When people make things, something happens. Our five guests bring multidisciplinary expertise and deep practice to making and the study of making in the present and past. They help us understand how we come to know our worlds and how we might make them anew.


Voices of the Rainforest: A Day in the Life of Bosavi – Film Screening
Monday, September 30, 2019
7:00 p.m. | NBC Universal Screen Room (rm. 1401), University College


Film presented by Steven Feld, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Music, University of New Mexico, and Senior Scholar, School for Advanced Research. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology at Western University.

About this event: Voices of the Rainforest, Steven Feld’s documentary sound art composition of a day in the life of the Bosavi rainforest and its inhabitants, was originally a 1991 Rykodisc CD. For the project’s 25th anniversary, the piece was recomposed in 7.1 cinema surround sound, in collaboration with Skywalker Sound editor Dennis Leonard. With the support of producer Mickey Hart and the School for Advanced Research, a film has now been built around the soundtrack, drawing both from 1976-1999 photographs, and cinematography and forest drone imaging from recent returns to Bosavi with filmmaker Jeremiah Ra Richards. The result is a 70 minute immersive eco-rockumentary, a cinematic concert for the ears, to be followed in 2020 by a companion documentary about the politics of development and sustainability in the Bosavi rainforest region.


Girls, Zines, and Their Travels: Imagining Lives, Crafting Archives for the Next Century
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
4:00 p.m. | FIMS Creative Commons (2nd floor), FIMS & Nursing Building


Presented by Janice Radway, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University.

About this event: More information to come.


Open Platforms: Organic Research & Development in the Age of Big Data TV
Thursday, January 23, 2020
4:00 p.m. | FIMS Creative Commons (2nd floor), FIMS & Nursing Building


Presented by Aymar Jean Christian, Associate Professor of Communication, Northwestern University, and founder of Open TV, a platform for intersectional television pilots and series, supporting independent artists and producers in Chicago. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University.

About this event: More information to come.


Case Logics: Making Cities, Buildings, Equipment, & Gadgets that Give Form to Knowledge
Thursday, February 13, 2020
4:00 p.m. | FIMS Creative Commons (2nd floor), FIMS & Nursing Building


Presented by Shannon Mattern, Professor of Anthropology, The New School. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology at Western University.

About this event: More information to come.


Jeremy Dutcher: Musical performance, and in conversation with Bimadoshka Pucan
Monday, March 16, 2020
7:30 p.m. | Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College


Performance by Jeremy Dutcher, vocalist, composer, musicologist, Polaris Prize and Juno winner, in conversation with anthropologist Bimadoshka Pucan. This event is co-sponsored by Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, the Department of Anthropology, and co-hosted by Indigenous Studies, the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, and Indigenous Services.

About this event: More information to come.