Mark David Turner


Mark David Turner, PhD

Mark David Turner is a cultural historian and facilitator who works at the intersection of media, performing arts, and archival practice in the Northwest Atlantic and Circumpolar North. He is a settler from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Editor. Inuit TakugatsaliuKatiget | On Inuit Cinema. St. John’s, Memorial University Press, 2022.

The Arctic Book Review, April 2023

Award nominations
Shortlisted for 2023 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Atlantic Book Awards Society


cover of Labrador Cinema

Co-author with Morgen Mills. Labrador Cinema. Happy Valley-Goose Bay: Brack and Brine, 2022.

The Telegram. February, 2023 



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Co-author with Morgen Mills. Remotely Useful: Practical Lessons for Northern Community Archiving. Council on Library & Information Resources, CLIR pub 187, 2023.

Press Release
CLIR Announcement, August 8, 2023

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Book Chapters and Articles - Scholarly

“Labrador Inuit and Moravian missionaries: Legacies of a shared documentary heritage.” The German Quarterly, vol 96, no 1, 2023, pp. 265–267.

With Morgon Mills, Martha MacDonald and Ashlee Cunsolo. “Here is Where We See: Cinema, academic libraries, and northern community intellectual life.” Library and Information Studies for Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities, edited by Spencer Acadia and Marthe Tolnes Fjellsted, Routledge, 2020, pp. 153-171.

“A Short History of the Moravian Brass Bands of Northern Labrador.” Historic Brass Society Journal, vol 30, 2018, pp. 37-62. OPEN ACCESS.

“Efficacy and Archival Practice in Nunatsiavut: A Case Study of the Rigolet Inuktut Living Archive.” PUBLIC, vol 57, 2018, pp. 208-216.

“A Revolution (Briefly) Embodied.” Luma, no 002, 2015. OPEN ACCESS.

“The Tyranny of Absence: One Account of Archival Practice at the Fringe of the State.” A Tyranny of Documents: The Performing Arts Historian as Film Noir Detective, edited by Stephen Johnson. Spec. issue of Performing Arts Resources, vol 28, 2011, pp. 322-328.

With Justin Blum and Gabrielle Houle. “Research For Production and Production As Research in Re-Living the Vita Futurista.” Futurist Dramaturgy and Performance, edited Paul Stoesser, Legas, 2011, pp. 133-149. NO PREVIEW.

“Rising Tide Theatre: Communication and Paradigm.” Canadian Theatre Review, vol 140, 2009, pp 20-25.

Essays and Other Writing - Popular Press
Press & Media

With Morgen Mills. “Remotely Useful.” August 18, 2023. Labrador Morning. August 18, 2023.


With Terry Howlett. “Brass Band Workshop.” OKâlaKatiget Society. Radio. August 1, 2023.

Host. “Labrador Cinema Panel Discussion.” Nickel Independent Film Festival. Panel discussion with film- and media-makers filmmakers Anne Budgell, Jennie Williams, and Latonia Hartery. St. John’s, NL, 2023.


With Nyla Innuksuk, Harry Tulugak, Paulusi Novalinga, Juani Novalinga, Dave Stonier. Host, Nahlah Ayed. “Another Country: The Film.” Ideas. CBC Radio. June 29, 2023.


“Tracing the Narratives of Inuit Filmmaking Talents.” Inuit Art Quarterly Online. August 31, 2022.


Co-Principal Investigator with Paul Pecuker. Uncommon Bonds: Labrador Inuit and Moravian Missionaries. 2020-present.

Facilitator and instructor. Brass Band Workshop | Tittulausijattet Ilinniatitsi Katigenningit. 2023.

Co-Investigator. Gatherings: Archival and Oral Histories of Canadian Performance. 2018-present.

Co-Investigator. Tradition and Transition Among the Labrador Inuit. 2015-2020.


Co-producer with Ian Foster. “Close to the Bone.” Ian Foster. 2023.

Co-Producer with Tom Gordon and Nain Brass Band. Researcher. “Nainip Tittulautingit | Nain Brass Band.” 2017.

Co-producer withTom Gordon and Karrie Obed. Trumpet. “Trumpet Hymns | Imgiguset”.  Karrie Obed and Mark Turner. 2016.

Co-producer with King Nancy and Andrew Magoffin. Guitar. “This is not a High-Five.” King Nancy. Thirteen original rock songs. 2007.

Co-producer with King Nancy and Brian Moncarz. Guitar. “you were indestructible once.” King Nancy. 2004.

Co-producer with King Nancy. Guitar. “To Quitta.” King Nancy. 2002.