Ottawa native among 8 PhD students honored at University of Toronto

Thornton is developing the “Inuinnait Archaeology Atlas”

Taylor Thornton, formerly of Ottawa, is among eight PhD students receiving the University of Toronto’s Critical Digital Humanities Initiative.

The students represent a range of disciplines, and though their research varies widely, each project aligns with the CHH’s focus on forging a new paradigm of critical humanities scholarship emphasizing questions of power, social justice and critical theory.

The fellows will form a community of practice and will contribute to the broader CDHI community by participating in events, such as CDHI annual conference, Lightning Lunches and praxis workshops.

Thornton is a doctoral candidate working with Professor Max Friesen in the Department of Anthropology in collaboration with the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitkmeot Heritage Society and Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, she is developing the “Inuinnait Archaeology Atlas,” a digital platform that will record the Inuinnait cultural landscape braiding together traditional Inuinnait knowledge and archaeological data.

She is the daughter of Edmund and Susan Thornton, of Ottawa.