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Kathryn Ania Haley-Halinski

Kathryn Ania Haley-Halinski

Department: ASNC

Supervisor: Dr Judy Quinn

College: Pembroke

AHRC subject area: Languages and Literature

Title of thesis: (Provisional) Birds in Old Norse Mentalities and Realities: 400-1200 AD

Historical Anthrozoology in an Old Norse context

Cognitive approaches to Old Norse culture

Cultural contacts in the Viking Diaspora (e.g. Anglo-Saxon, Sami, Slavic, etc)

Animals' roles in belief systems

Medievalism in heavy metal

Queer approaches to the Viking Age


Former record shop employee and current medievalist.

I did my BA in English Language and Literature at King's College London, and my MA in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies at the University of Iceland and Unversity of Oslo.

I have always been fascinated with animals, and so my main interest is animal-human interactions in an Old Norse cultural context, looking at how human-animal interactions influenced belief systems/mentalities and vice-versa. For my PhD thesis, I will be using this appraoch to look at birds in Old Norse literature and iconography. In my "spare time" I also have an interest in globalising the Middle Ages and, as a non-binary asexual, locating LGBTQIA+ history.

In my actual spare time, I like to play bass guitar, violin, and guitar, although not all at once.