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Cristina Wood

Candidate, M.A. Public History

Degrees:B.A. (Queen’s University)


Dr. Joanna Dean

Dr. Shawn Graham

Current Program: M.A. Public History, Specialization in Digital Humanities

Academic Interests:

Creative engagements with the past, digital humanities, place history, environmental history, public history, sensory history, cultural history

Select Current Projects:

Picturing Lebreton Flats, a “guerilla digital history” project to re-place light, colour, and play on the site of a former Ottawa neighbourhood.

Select Conference Presentations:

“Storying Early Ottawa: Bringing Traces of the Russell House Hotel to a Digital Platform.” Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University. March 2018.

Teaching Experience:

The Making of Canada (B. Robertson), Fall and Winter 2017-2018

Description of Research:

My research project is a digital environmental history of the changing Ottawa River between 1880-1980. An experiment in digital history, the project will sonify the movement and history of the river to hear the patterns of the seasons, tonal shifts as human settlement and boat traffic waxes and wanes, the rush of a migrating species and the silence after they have passed through. Its scope extends downstream between downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, from the Chaudière or Akikodjiwan Falls, past the points of confluence with three important waterways –the locks at the Rideau Canal, the tumbling Rideau River falls and the low-lying delta of the Gatineau – to the sandy Kettle and Duck Islands. I am particularly interested in the confluence of water, land, and air, and the underwater history of the river, and I hope that this work will contribute to a new understanding of the dynamic history of the river, its bed, its islands and its shores.