Katalin Pataki


Katalin Pataki was Research Associate on The Fiscal-Military System Project between 2020 and 2023. She investigated the role of Vienna as a main hub of military entrepreneurship in the early modern era. By tracing the fiscal-military networks of merchants, bankers, high-ranking military officers and diplomats and by considering Vienna not only as a major courtly residence, but also as an evolving diplomatic centre in the early eighteenth century, she has managed to shed light on various, so-far unknown aspects of military contracting. 

Katalin took up a new post in March 2023 as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of History, HUN-REN Research Centre for the Humanities in Budapest and she is currently working on the ERC project “Negotiating Sovereignty: Challenges of Secularism and Nation Building in Central Eastern Europe since 1780”. (HUN-REN refers to the Hungarian Research Network into which several institutions and research centers of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences were incorporated after 2019).

She received her doctoral degree at the Central European University in 2020. In her PhD dissertation, she studied secular authorities’ capacities to monitor incomes and expenses directly connected to the individual members of religious orders in the Habsburg realms. She is particularly interested in the question of how the standards and criteria dictated from Vienna were constantly negotiated and modified by local actors and circumstances. 

Her research interests also include the history of early modern medicine, especially the material culture and economic role of apothecary shops maintained by monasteries. During her doctoral studies, she held several fellowships and pursued her research at various prestigious institutions including the University of Cambridge (CEU Doctoral Research Support Grant), the Charles University (Erasmus+) and the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague (Visegrad Fund), the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, and at the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna. She taught academic writing as Global Teaching Fellow at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh in 2020, where she also developed a new research project on the management of tax-free lands in eighteenth-century Bengal. 

Latest publication:  

Monastic Prisons in the Eyes of Ecclesiastical and Secular Authorities, Storia e Regione/Geschichte und Region (2022) vol. 31 no. 1., 119-143.  

For a full list and further updates see:  

Open Researcher and Contributor ID 

The Hungarian Scientific Bibliography 

Katalin Pataki's profile on the website of the SOVEREIGNTY project

List of links

Research Center for the Humanities: https://abtk.hu/en/about


Project website: https://sovereignty.abtk.hu/

Hungarian Research Network: https://hun-ren.hu/en/about-hun-ren/about-us

Hungarian Scientific Bibliography:


ORC ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0331-8295

Individual profile on the website of the SOVEREIGNTY project: https://sovereignty.abtk.hu/people/katalin-pataki/