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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



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.

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
 Kathryn Ania Haley-Halinski