Starting with April 1st 2018 the University of Vienna installed the interdisciplinary Research Centre

"Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society"

(in short: RaT) . Scientists from 7 faculties and 14 disciplines are united under the
umbrella of this Research Centre - including Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Islamic
theology, Jewish studies, Islam and Religious studies, social- and cultural studies, studies
of law, philosophy, and the department of education.

RaT researches the reciprocal relations between religion, religiousness and
transformation processes within the contemporary global context

The Research Centre RaT continues the work of the correspondent research platform
which was founded as a unit of the University of Vienna in the year 2010 (2010-2018). 



JRAT published by BRILL

The Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society (JRAT) is transferred to the internationally well-known publishing house BRILL with december 2019. The issues of the years 2015 to 2018 will be available on the Website of BRILL from now on.
As before, they can be downloaded for free.

JRAT 5 (1/2019), entitled "Religious Experience, Secular Reason and Politics around 1900. Sources of the Contemporary Turn to Spirituality", has just been published.

In this category, we present our most recent publications. Currently:

Cornelius Zehetner (Ed.): Menschenrechte und Metaphysik. Beiträge zu Francisco Suárez. Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, Göttingen 2020.

Further Information

Link to the publishing house

 RaT Features

Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel, Sharon Bong, Rita Perintfalvi (Ed.): Towards Just Gender Relations. Rethinking the Role of Women in Church and Society. Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, Göttingen 2019.

Further Informationen

Link to the publishing house


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The current edition of our Newsletter has been released in October!

We wish you an enjoyable reading. You can find the Newsletter here.

 Special Feature

© Ursula and Kurt Schubert Archive, Center for Jewish Art

The project of indexing Hebrew manuscripts of the Kurt and Ursula Schubert Archive, realised by the Center for Jewish Art in cooperation with RaT, could be completed successfully.

You can find the online-database here!

Further Information

Upcoming Events

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Lecture Series "Gender, Religion, Transformation", organised by Sabine Grenz, Birgit Heller and Andrea Lehner Hartmann in cooperation with RaT. Main buildiung of the University of Vienna, lecture room 31, 

IPW-Lecture "Zwischen postmodernem Heidentum und identitärem Christentum: Die politische Theologie der Neuen Rechten" by RaT-member Sebastian Pittl, chaired by Katharina Limacher. Thursday, January 16 2020, 6:30 pm, Neues Institutsgebäude NIG, Universitätsstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna, Konferenzraum IPW, 2nd Floor.

Guestlecture by Dr. Michael Jahn: „Der Ethikunterricht als Ersatzunterricht für den konfessionsgebundenen RU - Wie es dazu gekommen ist und gegenwärtiger Stand der Implementierung.“
Location: HS 3, 6. floor, Schenkenstrasse 8-10
Time: Friday 24.1.  11.00

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© Silke Lapina

© Silke Lapina

Current Events: Religious Life in Vienna

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In this category, we present selected events organised by and about different religious communities in Vienna. Take your time and gain insight into something new! 

Currently in Volkskundemuseum Wien (The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art): Schulgespräche. Junge Muslim*innen in Wien.
September 18 2019 - February 2 2020, Volkskundemuseum, Laudongasse 15-19. 1080 Vienna

Recent Publications

Kurt Appel: Tempo e Dio. Aperture contemporanee a partire da Hegel e Schelling. In der Biblioteca della Teologia Contemporanea bei Querinana.

Sieglinde Rosenberger/Verena Stern/Nina Merhaut (Ed.): Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation. Cham 2018.