Dr. András Handl


Dr. András Handl, (Budapest, *1979) is postdoctoral FWO [PEGASUS]² Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Research Unit History of Church and Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium. He studied protestant theology, Christian archaeology and journalism at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Budapest (Hungary), at the University of Erlangen and Leipzig (Germany) as well as at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology and Facultà Valdese in Rome (Italy). He earned his PhD at the University of Basel (Switzerland) in 2015 with a dissertation to Bishop Calixtus I. of Rome (217?-222?) and his controversy with the Author of the Refutatio omnium haeresium.

As a FWO [PEGASUS]² Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, his research project at the KU Leuven investigating the reception history of the story of “Jesus and the adulteress woman” (pericopa adulterae, John 7,53-8,11) in late Antiquity. In addition, he recently initiated and he is the PI of an international and interdisciplinary research project to the earliest known Christian free-standing sculpture in history, the so called “Hippolytos-statue“, supported by FWO.

He was awarded for several s­cholarships such as Lutheran World Federation (2000-2002), graduate (2003-2007) and doctoral fellowship (2008-2012) of the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst and received the annual Kurt-Nowak-Preis of the Universität Leipzig in 2007 for his Diploma thesis on Bishop Damasus and the refurbishment of the tombs of martyrs in the Catacombs of Rome.

His research agenda has always been connected to questions concening the history and development of the (pre-Constantinian) Christianity in the context of the Roman Empire. In focus of his reserch is the social history of early Christianity, martyrdom, cult of saints and relics. Furthermore, he is also interested in Christian funeral habits, Christian iconography and epigraphy and the so called “Hippolytfrage”.