Natalie Van Deusen is the inaugural Henry Cabot and Linnea Lodge Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Alberta, where she teaches a variety of courses on Scandinavian language, literature, and culture. Her research interests include Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic paleography and philology, manuscript culture, hagiography, disability studies, and gender studies.
Ingrid Urberg is an Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies on the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta where she teaches a variety of Norwegian language, Scandinavian literature and Scandinavian culture courses. Her research focuses on personal narratives and polar literature, and this has brought her to Northern Norway, Greenland and Svalbard. She is also working on an oral history project, The Norwegian Immigrant Experience in Alberta.
Matthew achieved his PhD in the philosophy of education from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia while completing doctoral research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He is currently a Professor in the School of Education at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. Matthew is the Director of the Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives (IIIP). His primary interests are in the philosophy of education, environmental and outdoor learning, Indigenous sovereignty, Elderhood and worldview analysis.
John Nilson is a retired politician, having served in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for over 20 years. John has held many government posts including Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Minister of Health, and Minister of the Environment. He even served briefly as the Interim Leader for the NDP (2011). He is a long-standing member of the AASSC.
Katelin Marit Parsons is a postdoctoral researcher at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has studied Icelandic manuscripts in North America from 2009 and has been project manager of the Fragile Heritage Project (Icelandic: Í fótspor Árna Magnússonar í Vesturheimi) at the Árni Magnússon Institute from 2015. Her research interests include codicology, early modern Icelandic literature, the history of archives, diaspora literature and migration. She is also a professional translator of Icelandic into English.
A member of the Sámi American community, Tim Frandy is an Assistant Professor of Nordic Studies at the University of British Columbia. Working predominantly with Indigenous peoples, their research includes decolonization, Sámi and other Indigenous folklore, public folklore, and the environmental humanities. Frandy’s recent translation of Inari Sámi Folklore is the first polyvocal anthology of Sámi oral tradition ever published in English.
Christine Ekholst is a historian who researches gender and sexuality in medieval Scandinavia and Europe. She has taught at Carleton University and the University of Guelph in Canada. She is currently a research fellow at the Department of History at Uppsala University and will take up an assistant professorship there starting January 2018.