Dr. Laurie K. Bertram is a postdoctoral fellow and curator specializing in gender, material culture, trauma, and memory in the global North. She completed her PhD in Canadian history at the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Her forthcoming book uses everyday forms of expression, including baking, clothing and ghost stories, to understand the evolution of Icelandic-Canadian popular culture and identity. In addition to this project, her new scholarly research explores the long and complex history of Indigenous-Icelandic relations in the global North, including material cultural exchange, trade and intermarriage.
As a curator, her gallery-based practice often focuses on the interplay between marginalized objects, spaces and images and traumatic memory and absence in the Canadian West. Her new traveling exhibit: Pioneer Ladies [of the evening]: A commemorative landscape for women on the margins in Western Canada, 1878-1916 most recently appeared at the University of Alberta’s Human Ecology Gallery. Click here for more information on the show.
Image courtesy of the Edmonton Sun, 2012