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). 


In this category, we present our most recent publications.

Currently: "The Occult Nineteenth Century. Roots, Developments, and Impact on the Modern World", edited by Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter, 2021.

Link to the publication.

Appel, Kurt/Deibl, Jakob: Hegel, Hölderlin e l'apertura della Gottesfrage. estetica. studi e richerche 2/2020, pp. 439-478.

Link to the publication.


The new issue of JRAT (Volume 7, Issue 1) entitled "Religion and the Sense of Law" has just been published. The issue - edited by RaT members Stefan Hammer and Jakob Deibl - reflects on concepts of law determined or impacted by various currents of Abrahamitic religious traditions. The individual articles address important alternative approaches regarding the status of revelation as a source of law. Access to all articles can be found here.


New Publication:

Lohlker, Rüdiger: 'Abd al-Karim al-Jili and the Praxis of Hadith, in: Ulumuna 25i (2021).

The article provides a study of the use of Hadith in the works of al-Jīlī, the author of, e. g., al-Insān al-kāmil. The article provides a fresh look at the use of Hadith in pre-modern Sufi writings. Esp. al-Kahf al-raqīm, a less studied work of al-Jīlī, is analyzed. The study will help to have a more precise analysis of Hadith in premodern times among Sufis. The study is not focused on the criticism of the way Sufis use Hadith by Hadith scholars. It is a reconstruction of one aspect of the thought and works of al-Jīlī as an exponent of the later school of wahdat al-wujūd. Thus, it widens the field of Hadith studies to other approaches than those shared by Hadith scholars. It is the praxis of Hadith in Sufi writings that can be studied this way and has no claims for authority.

New Blog entries:

„Fakelore and Cultural Appropriation: New Age and Folk Religion." Taking the example of the self-declared Zulu shaman Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa, Hans Gerald Hödl reflects on the difficult task of classifying religions and draws our attention to the power relations that are always at play in this process.

„Ein Judentum für Dummies." Gerhard Langer takes a light-hearted look at the process of writing his book "Judaism for Dummies", which will be published next year.

Upcoming Events

Young Believers Online
Public Mid-Term Workshop
16 September 2021
The YouBeOn research project, in which RaT is a cooperation partner, celebrates its first anniversary with a public symposium on 16 September 2021 from 1 pm in the main building of the University of Vienna (Dekanatssaal der KTF, Stiege 8). After an online kickoff, we are pleased to hold the YouBeOn Mid-Term Workshop in person.  We have invited the members of our Scientific Advisory Board to Vienna and are looking forward to an afternoon of inputs from and discussions with renowned experts from different fields of research on religion, youth and social media. If you want to attend, please register at as places are limited.
More information can be found here.

"The True, the Good, and the Beautiful"
XXV. Congress of the German Society for Philosophy
5 – 8 September 2021
Prof. Johann Schelkshorn is in charge of the section on Philosophy in the Latin American World, as well as giving a lecture on "Intercultural philosophy as a global discourse on modernity".
More information can be found here.


ÖGGF Conference 2021
20 – 22 September 2021

The conference is organised as a cooperation of the GAIN research platform with the Gender Research Department of the University of Vienna and the Austrian Gender Research Society (ÖGGF).
More information can be found here.

Habermas Congress: "A History of Philosophy"
22 – 24 September 2021, online

The conference will focus on Habermas' most recent opus magnum "A History of Philosophy" (2019). The contributions of the invited speakers will deal on the one hand with the main chapters of the book, and on the other hand with the overall conception.
Speakers: Adela Cortina, Gerardo Cunico, Maximilian Forschner, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Ludwig Honnefelder, Maureen Junker-Kenny, Theo Kobusch, Rudolf Langthaler, Christoph Markschies, Eduardo Mendieta, Ludwig Nagl, Heiner Roetz, Hans Schelkshorn, Thomas Schmidt, Notger Slenczka, Magnus Striet.
More information on the timeline will follow in August.

Workshop: Media - Memory - Affects.
Dimensions of a Theology of Culture.
10 – 11 December 2021
Venue: Faculty of Protestant Theology
The programme can be found here.

© Silke Lapina

© Silke Lapina

© Silke Lapina

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