Publications

Books The Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North Americans. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019 (Forthcoming) Articles “‘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 CHA Article Prize and the CCMET Article Prize) “The Madam Who Shot the Mountie.” (Public History) University of Toronto…

Vínarterta

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…

About

Dr. Laurie K. Bertram is a scholar specializing in histories of gender, sexuality and material culture in  the global North. Her forthcoming book, The Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North Americans (UTP)  uses everyday forms of expression, including baking, clothing and ghost stories, to understand the evolution of Icelandic immigrant popular culture and identity from 1870 onwards. Bertram’s…