Dr Hajnalka Tamas
Hajnalka started working at the Department in September 2016 as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie research fellow. Her project, supervised by Prof. Morwenna Ludlow, is entitled "Christian Diversity in Late Antique Sirmium (ca 350 - 450): A Historical, Literary and Theological Study" (Grant no. 658265).
Hajnalka is a graduate in Classical Philology (University of Cluj, 2006). She obtained MA (2008 and 2009) and PhD degrees (2014) in Theology and Religion at KU Leuven (Belgium), where she spent two further years as a research fellow (2014-2016).
Hajnalka's research focuses on the history and theology of the late antique Church from the third to the fifth century, a field in which she explored several avenues: apologetics, hagiography, asceticism, the edition and translation of late antique texts. She is especially interested in the study of Christianity in the Roman provinces situated on the middle course of the Danube, as her PhD dissertation also shows (“Pannonian Martyrs of the Great Persecution and the Formation of Christian Identity in the Late 4th and Early 5th Century Middle Danube Area”). Her last research project, however, aimed at retrieving the implications of urban asceticism on the larger ascetic discourses in the fourth and the fifth century ("The Monk in Society: Late Antique Asceticism and Social Relations," funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung).