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Dr Harriet Evans-Tang, MA (York); PhD (York)

Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology

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Harriet studied English and Related Literature (BA) and Medieval Studies (MA) at the University of York. After completing her dissertation on Old Norse literature, she continued her association with the Centre for Medieval Studies, studying with Dr Matthew Townend and Dr Steve Ashby for her PhD on animal-human relationships in Viking-age and medieval Iceland.

Post-PhD, Harriet worked on a number of projects, including a research assistant post on the Melting Pot project, and continued teaching Old Norse and medieval literature for the Department of English and Related Literature at York.

Harriet is currently working on the Leverhulme-funded project: COHABITing with Vikings: Social space in multi-species communities with Dr Karen Milek and Loïc Harrault

Research Interests

  • Animal studies and animal-human relationships, especially domestic animals and farming societies
  • Emotions
  • Medieval texts, especially Icelandic sagas and legal texts
  • Spatial analysis and architecture


Chapter in book

  • Evans Tang, H. J. & Ruiter, K. N. (Submitted). Animalistic ambiguity: exploring animals as agents and objects in early Medieval Scandinavia. In Animals and Animated Objects in Past Societies. Gardela, L. Brepols.
  • Evans, H. J. (2017). Schwein – E.1 – IV.1 Narrative Texte. In Tiere in der Literatur des Mittelalters Ein interdisziplinäres Lexikon. Obermaier, Sabine. Online.
  • Evans, H. J. (2014). The Horse and his Hero in Old Norse Literature: A symbiotic relationship in the heroic poetry of the Poetic Edda. In Illuminating the North: Proceedings from the Nordic Research Network Conference 2013. Broome, A., Chow, P. & Smalley, N. Norvik Press. 45-60.

Book review

  • Evans Tang, Harriet (2019). Representing Beasts in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia. Saga-Book 43: 183-186.