Dr. Laurie K. Bertram is the Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. She is a gender historian and curator specializing in material culture, trauma, and memory in Canada and completed her PhD in 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-North American popular culture and identity. In addition to this project, her latest scholarly research explores the long and complex history of Aboriginal-Icelandic relations in North America, including community intermarriage, cultural and economic exchange and conflict.
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