Mads Bunch. Exec. Picture. AASSC. Website

Mads Bunch, President

Mads Bunch is an Assistant Professor in Nordic Literature in The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at The University of Copenhagen. He spent five years in Canada (2006-2011) as a Lecturer teaching Danish and Scandinavian Studies at The University of British Columbia. His main areas of interest are 19thcentury Scandinavian Literature and Philosophy (Søren Kierkegaard), Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen, Scandinavian Cinema (Lars von Trier) and Contemporary Danish and Nordic Literature, especially autofiction. He is currently working on a book about the cinema of Lars von Trier.


Dr. Mads Bunch

Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics
University of Copenhagen
Njalsgade 120

2300 København S, Denmark





Natalie van Deusen, Vice President and Programming Chair


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 and religious literature, and women’s and gender studies. She is also the Book Review Editor for Scandinavian-Canadian Studies/Études scandinaves au Canada, and the Chair of the Canadian Initiative for Nordic Studies (CINS).

Dr. Natalie van Deusen
Henry Cabot and Linnea Lodge Scandinavian Professor, Assistant Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta
309-D Arts Convocation Hall
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E6
Email: vandeuse@ualberta.ca

John T. Nilson, Treasurer


3270 Albert St

Regina, SK

S4S 3N9



email: jnilson@sasktel.net


Helga Thorson, Editor Scandinavian-Canadian Studies

Helga Thorson is Chair of the Department of Germanic &  Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. Her research and teaching interests focus on late nineteenth- and early twentieth century literature in Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia; foreign language pedagogy; and Holocaust studies. She began her term as editor of Scandinavian-Canadian Studies in 2014.

Dr. Helga Thorson
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
University of Victoria
Clearihue Building, Room D254
P.O. Box 3045
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3P4

Email: scancan@uvic.ca

Guðrún Björk Guðsteinsdóttir, Secretary


Research Interests: English Literature, especially North American Literature

School of Humanities – Faculty of Language, Literature and Linguistics

University of Iceland

Nýi Garður / Ng-204

Reykjavík, Iceland

Email: gsteins@hi.is


Natalie van Deusen, Book Review Editor Scandinavian-Canadian Studies

Currently Natalie is serving as editor of book reviews for the Scandinavian-Canadian Studies Journal.

Dr. Natalie van Deusen
Henry Cabot and Linnea Lodge Scandinavian Professor, Assistant Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta
309-D Arts Convocation Hall
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E6
Email: vandeuse@ualberta.ca

Erin Halstad McGuire, AASSC Newsletter Editor and Webmaster

Erin Halstad McGuire joined the University of Victoria in 2010 as an Assistant Teaching Professor in Anthropology. She holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  Her main areas of interest are the Viking North Atlantic, funerary ritual, gender identities, material culture, migration and Medieval Archaeology. Her current research explores the theme of childhood in burial practices in Scandinavian Scotland. Erin’s secondary research interests revolve around the scholarship of learning and teaching, with a particular focus on supporting students during group work processes.

For the AASSC, Erin is Newsletter Editor and Webmaster

Dr Erin McGuire
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Victoria
PO Box 3050 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 3P5
e-mail: ehalstad@uvic.ca

John T. Nilson, Member at Large


Bio and address



Jessica Auer, Member at LargeJessica Auer

Jessica Auer is a visual artist who teaches photography at Concordia University in Montreal. With a focus on the study of cultural sites, her work has brought her on several journeys throughout Scandinavia and across the North Atlantic to Newfoundland, where she followed in the footsteps of the Norse explorers that discovered the New World. She also serves as the chair of the Brucebo Fine Art Scholarships Committee in Canada, a foundation based in Gotland, Sweden.

Jessica Auer, MFA
Part-time faculty, Photography
Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
S-EV 2615
Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8

Email: jessica@jessicaauer.com
Website: www.jessicaauer.com/site

Ingrid Urberg, Past PresidentIngrid_Urberg_face_shot

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.

Augustana Campus
University of Alberta
4901 46th Avenue
Camrose, AB  T4V 2R3

Tel: (780) 679-1573
Email: iurberg@ualberta.ca