Hannah Turner

PhD Student, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Research key words: 
Museums, Canada, collaborative documentation, postcolonial collection practices

Hannah is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where she is researching how Canadian museums catalogue and digitize Indigenous cultural heritage.

Her research explores strategies of collaborative documentation, postcolonial collections practices, and the representation of multiple knowledges in museums. She looks at how standards and categories as well as the architecture of digital museum databases work to construct and mediate knowledge about objects in museums. She is also interested in projects that seek to connect source communities with their cultural heritage online; she asks how these online search tools might create useful dialogue between indigenous and non-indigenous ways of knowing.

Drawing on methodologies of document analysis, usability studies and ethnography, her work is at the intersection of science and technology studies, information studies, and anthropology. Through her work with IPinCH she is particularly interested in furthering dialogue between these disciplines.

Hannah has previously worked as part of the development team of the Reciprocal Research Network at UBC with Susan Rowley, where she completed usability studies and worked with several of the co-developing communities. Her current research is SSRHC funded, and she is working under the supervision of Dr. Cara Krmpotich, who explores Haida material culture in the UK. Hannah received her MMST from the University of Toronto in 2010.