Dr. Madalina Toca

Schenkenstr. 8-10

A-1010 Wien

Tel.: +43-1-4277-32601

Fax: +43-1-4277-8-32610


Office hour

by appointment


Madalina holds a BA in Classical Philology from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (2009), a MA in Medieval Studies at the Central European University, then in Budapest (2011), and a Research MA in Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven (2013).

In 2021 she defended her PhD at KU Leuven with a thesis on the epistolary collection of Isidore of Pelusium, offering a systematic treatment of the manuscript transmission of the corpus (Greek, Latin, Syriac), and an in-depth historical, theological and literary analysis of a sample of letters. Her PhD thesis was awarded the J.P. Gumbert Dissertation Award 2022 from the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the Universität Hamburg.

In Vienna, Madalina is a Lise-Meitner FWF Fellow (project M 3270, Nov 2022-2024, working on authorial self-fashioning in late-antique epistolary corpora), having previously held a Saltire Early Career Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh for 2022, at the University of Edinburgh (School of History, Classics & Archaeology). She is also a free research associate at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in Leuven.


FWF-Project "Self-Fashioning in Late-Antique Epistolary Corpora"


Edited volume

  • M. Toca and D. Batovici (eds.). Caught in Translation: Studies on Versions of Late-Antique Christian Literature. Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity 17. Leiden: Brill, 2020.

    [Reviewed by Matthieu Cassin in Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques 106.1 (2022); Joseph Verheyden in the Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 74.3-4 (2022); Yuliya Minets in Church History 90.1 (2021); Bernard Coulie in Le Muséon 133 (2020).]

Journal articles and book chapters

Book reviews

  • B. Bitton-Ashkelony, T. de Bruyn, C. Harrison (eds.), Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), in Augustiniana 1-4 (2016): 247-252.