Book Prize! The Viking Immigrants

The Viking Immigrants snatches the crown for “Best Book in Regional History (Prairies)” from the Canadian Historical Association!

Social For Scholars Instagram Workshop

How do we make quality information go viral? This social media workshop offers academics, scientists, and other researchers opportunity to learn how to mobilize important, timely scholarship to big social media audiences. Follow L.K.’s tips on large-scale social media data mobilization on Instagram @socialforscholars or inquire about coaching or a workshop for your organization.

Podcast Feature: Meant to be Eaten

Kind thanks to the fab food studies podcast, “Meant to Be Eaten,” for having me on to talk about The Viking Immigrants and “Icelandic Cake Fight,” my recent article on the history of vínarterta in Gastronomica. Check out the interview here! Image: Vínarterta by Arden Jackson, photographed by Nelson Gerrard, Eyrarbakki Icelandic Heritage Centre  


Books The Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North Americans. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020 Articles “Icelandic Cake Fight: History of an Immigrant Recipe.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies 19, no. 4 (2019): 28-41. “‘Eskimo’ Immigrants and Colonial Soldiers: Icelandic Immigrants and the North-West Resistance, 1885.” Canadian Historical Review 99, no. 1 (2018): 63-97. (Winner of the 2019…


One of the most common markers of modern Icelandic North American identity is a seven-layered torte called vínarterta (vee-nar-terta), also popularly (mis)spelled “vinatarta” or “vinaterta.” For this English speaking and seemingly assimilated ethnic group, vínarterta is a remarkably consistent and popular symbol of ethnic identity. This torte is regularly served during special occasions, particularly at Christmas,…

History of Canadian Sex Work Legislation

Sex work legislation is an important human rights issue that concerns all Canadians. Long before the Canadian government’s passage of Bill C-36 in 2014, many other laws have tried to stop “the world’s oldest profession” in Canada. More than simply trying to end prostitution, these historical  laws legalized discrimination against a range of communities based…


Biography L.K. Bertram is a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Toronto specializing in the delivery of critical historical data through social media algorithms and the history of migration, gender, sexuality, and colonialism in the 19th century North American West. She is the author of The Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North…