Finding the Social in Physician Narratives: The Example of Institutional Ethnography

Learn more about Institutional Ethnography (IE) with Dr. Fiona Webster (Associate Professor in the Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University). Institutional Ethnography is an approach to research that begins in the standpoint of people and then moves outward to explore the often invisible social relations that structure their lives. As a methodology, IE is especially interested in the ways that text coordinates people’s work and activities. Texts link people’s everyday experiences to broader institutional goals.

In this seminar, Fiona will reflect on a recent study that explored the social coordination of care for patients with chronic pain. One of Fiona’s overarching overarching research questions is: “How do physicians describe the work they do in caring for patients?” This study also serves as a valuable example of how IE can be used to explore the ways that the discourses, logic and concerns of institutions enter into the everyday language of care providers.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Room 2130, Elborn College, Western University


PUSH Movie Night

In collaboration with community partners, CRHESI invites you to a screening of PUSH, a documentary about the state and future of the housing market — and who is impacted.

Monday, November 18, 6:30 PM
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library
251 Dundas Street

About the documentary:

PUSH is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?

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Seeking community members for meeting on artificial intelligence and health equity

Researchers at Western University and the University of Toronto are hosting a meeting that seeks to explore and discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) could either reduce or worsen health inequities in Canada. In addition to inviting AI scientists and health researchers to this meeting, we are also inviting those who may often not have a chance to voice their perspectives on issues like this, such as individuals from communities that are commonly underrepresented in relation to emerging health technologies. If you feel this applies to you or individuals you work with through your organization, please forward this to others and consider attending.

The event will run from 1-5pm on Thursday, November 7th and 8:30am-5pm on Friday, November 8th. Events on the 7th will take place at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and events on the 8th will take place at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, both located in Toronto. In recognition of the travel and time investment required by this initiative, we would be happy to cover travel, meals, and accommodation expenses. The option to receive a modest honorarium proportionate to time invested also exists, based on individual circumstances.

If you are interested in attending and participating, or if you have any questions, please email Maxwell Smith (

City Symposium: Reducing Inequalities

The next City Symposium focuses on the question of how we can reduce inequalities in our community.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:40 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library

The presenters:

Michael Ciccone is the new CEO and Chief Library of the London Public Library. Jenna Rose Sands is a Cree Obibwe artist using zines to educate and inform the community about the experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. Carolina Cohoon is an education and rehabilitation specialist focusing on inclusion and accessibility. Saverio Stranges is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, at Western University.

Read the full presenters bios. Additional information is available via: Eventbrite, Facebook, and the City Symposium’s newsletter.

Sharing Research Through Art and Poetry

On behalf of Drs. Mantler (Health Studies, Western), O’Keefe-McCarthy (Nursing, Brock University) and Jackson (Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University), you are invited to join an evening of research shared through art and poetry. This event features an artistic interpretation of a novel health care intervention to support at-risk women during the antenatal period.

Tuesday October 8th, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Atrium of the International and Graduate Affairs Building,
Western University (Map)


Join us for an evening of poetry, art, refreshments and music. All are welcome. This is a free event.

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