Dr Hannah Turner


Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 5711

Email: ht162@leicester.ac.uk

I am a critical information studies and museum studies scholar, and my work investigates the connection between documentation, culture, and technology. I broadly investigate how ethnographic material culture has been produced and circulated using different recording and documentation technologies through time. In particular, I am interested in how technologies can be used ethically for better practice between museums and originating communities.

My upcoming book, "The Legacy of Data" (UBC Press), is a media history of ethnographic documentation practices, and it examines how documentation in museum bureaucracy silently embeds certain knowledges and occludes others. It looks at the practices of classification and the cataloguing of material culture collections in the Department of Anthropology in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

My other projects seek to understand how museums and artists can explore the uses of new documentation technologies for the digital care of collections through preservation and repatriation. With the 3D digitization of museum objects, I question how objects are actively constructed by those who create and manipulate their digital representations, and how the practice of digitization is a negotiation between community, museum, and technological infrastructure. This comes out of my previous work and collaboration with the Making Culture Lab in the School of Interactive Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, where I was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018).

From 2008-2010 I also helped build the project, The Reciprocal Research Network at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. You can find out more about me at hannahtrnr.com and on my profile at Academia.edu.


At Leicester, I teach in the Objects and Collections module and the Global Museologies specialism; and in the module on Managing Art Collections for the AMAGS program.

I have elsewhere taught classes on the preservation of digital heritage, museum collections management practice (2015), science and technology studies (2018), and digital museology (2018).

I am also Programme Director for the Heritage and Interpretation MA, MSc and PGDip.

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