Welcome to the research platform
"Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society" (RaT)!


The research platform "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society" dedicates itself to important questions regarding the term and the position of religion and religiousity within societal transformation processes in contemporary global context.

The platform is an interdisciplinary research community; its members come from the fields of catholic and protestant theology, social science, law, cultural studies, philosophy, and education.

Our common purpose is to achieve a clarification on the interactive coherence of religion and societal transformation processes in the contemporary global context, looking at the many versatile approaches from the different participating research fields (for details, please see “Mission Statement”).

Heller (special editor): Religion, Transformation and Gender. (J-RaT Issue 5). Vienna University Press V&R 2015.

The latest volume of the J-RaT (Issue no. 5) was published and is available here.

RaT features...

Reading about religion  - Georges de la Tour, St Jérôme lisant

Recommended Reading by RaT

Here we'd like to present articles from our print book series. The Religion and Transformation print series is published by Vandenhoek und Ruprecht since 2012.

We want to make the series and their topics accessible and invite you to our regularly featured reading.

Currently, we recommend a Double Feature:  Säkularisierungsresistent? Struktur und Relevanz eines religiösen Daseinsverhältnisses by Hans-Joachim Höhn

and the response by

Christopher Meiller: Religiöses Daseinsverhältnis“ – Anmerkungen und Rückfragen zu Hans-Joachim Höhns „existentialpragmatischer“ Religionsphilosophie

Past featured articles are available online here.




Religion and Transformation recently started a blog:

The RaT-Blog will continuously publish short contributions of members and guests of the research platform. Here you can read the first blog entries: www.rat-blog.at

Future Events 

26-28 February 2018: the interdisciplinary conference "Literatur und Religion. Bilanz und Perspektiven eines Forschungsgebietes" takes place under the scientific Management of Jan-Heiner Tück. The conference will be hosted in the conference hall at the deanship of Catholic theology. Programm

Guest lecture by Angelika Berlejung (University of Leipzig) "Gott als Gärtner", 2 March, 10.15-11.45 a.m. at the Schenkenstrasse 8-10, lecture hall 1 (5th floor).

3 March 2018: guest lecture by Abdullah Takim on the term Ruach, in the framework of the seminar for master students and doctoral students entitled "Transformationen des Religiösen" at Melk abbey.

5-8 March 2018: conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna.

12 March 2018: workshop Crisis of Representation II. The workshop will take place at the Office of the Research platform (Schenkenstraße 8-10, 2nd floor, room 053). Program

14 March 2018: guest lecture by Ugo Perone Secularization, at the Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1st floor, lecture hall no. 5 (SR 5).

19-21 March 2018: guest lecture by Erwin Dirscherl Inkarniertes Bewusstsein. Die Bedeutung der Leiblichkeit bei Emmanuel Levinas als Herausforderung für die Theologie.

25 April 2018: congress The future of Hegel  with Martin Crowley and Ian James (UK, Cambridge).

15-18 May 2018: congress The Ends of Religious Community: Challenging Continental Philosophy of Religion (II) with John D. Caputo. Organized by Michael Staudigl and the IWM in cooperation with RaT. 

22-24 May 2018: conference with the consortium of sIMAGINE (NL).

Recent publications

Hans Gerald Hödl, Lukas Pokorny (Hg.): Religion in Austria 3. Praesens 2017.

Angelika Walser (Hg.): "Freundschaft" im interdisziplinären Dialog. Perspektiven aus Philosophie, Theologie, Sozialwissenschaften und Gender Studies (Salzburger Theologische Studien), Tyrolia 2017.

Hans Gerald Hödl, Johann Pock, Teresa Schweighofer (ed.): Christliche Rituale im Wandel. Schlaglichter aus theologischer und religionswissenschaftlicher Sicht. Göttingen: Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, 2017.

Sieglinde Rosenberger, Astrid Mattes, Katharina Goetsch:
"Restoring routine by debating tolerance? Discursive responses to jihadist terrorist attacks" in: Politics, Religion & Ideology. (the article is available online)

Wolfram Reiss / Ulrike Bechmann (eds.) Antisemitismus in den Medien? Beschneidungsdebatte und Israelkritik in österreichischen Printmedien (Anwendungsorientierte Religionswissenschaft Band 7), Marburg, Tectum 2017.  

Recent Events

9.12.2017: Conference organized by Cornelius Zehetner: "Menschenrechte und Metaphysik. Zum 400. Todestag von Francisco Suárez." Lectures by Rolf Darge, Sandra Lehmann, Thamar Rossi Leidi, Philip Waldner and Cornelius Zehetner.
Time: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the office of the research platform RaT,1010 Vienna, Schenkenstraße 8-10, staircase 2, 2. floor, Room 053.

4.12.2017: Lecture by Beesan Sarrouh (Ryerson University Toronto) "Simple Twists of Faith. Accommodating Muslim Minorities in Secular Societies — The Case of Quebec" 6.30 p.m. at the conference room IPW (A222), NIG 2. floor, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna. Poster

30.11.2017: Lecture by Zahra’ Langhi on "Religion and Violence: The betrayal of tradition and the rise of modern extremist ideologies in Libya". 5 p.m. at the HS1 (Department of Political Sciences, 2. floor), Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna. Further informationen is available here.

27.11.2017, 18:30-20:00 Public panel discussion on „Religion and Prison“ with Dr. Triantafylos Tanos (Greece), Rev. Dr. Magnus Abrahamson (Sweden), Prof. Dr. Wolfram Reiss (University of Vienna). Moderation by Prof. Dr. Kurt Appel, speaker of the platform „Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society“, HS 47 Main building, Universtitätsstr. 1.
Poster Summary and Photos

27.11.2017: Panel discussion "Die Göttliche Ordnung?: Religion und Strukturelle Gewalt gegen Frauen" in the context of the international campaign "16 days against violence on women and girls" (25.Nov.-10.Dec.2017) in the lecture room HS 48, 6:30 p.m., hosted by the research platform RaT, scientific management: Astrid Mattes. Further information is available here. Please find the link to the contribution here.


09.02.2018: article by Jakob Deibl "La lettera, genere originario della teologia", in: Settimana News.

On January 4th 2018 Hans Schelkshorn wrote an arcticle with the title "Neue Rechte, Demokratie und Christentum", published in the Uni:view Magazin of the University of Vienna.

On December 5th 2017 Elisabeth Holzleithner spoke about  "Zur Öffnung der Ehe für alle durch den Verfassungsgerichtshof"at the radio station FM4 (Reality Check).

On October 16th Jan-Heiner Tück wrote a contribution in the Neue Züricher Zeitung entitled "Das Sinnangebot des Christentums. Eine Antwort auf Slavoj Žižek.

On October 12th Sieglinde Rosenberger wrote a commentary entitled "Einsilbige Reaktionen. Der Umgang unserer Gesellscahft mit religiös motivierter Gewalt hat sich seit dem ‚Charlie Hebdo‘-Anschlag geändert".

On October 4th 2017 Hans Schelkshorn gave an interview on the topic of democracy in Europe and the influence of newly right-winged parties. Gleanings in Kathpress entitled "Katholischer Philosoph: Neorechte Islamkritik hat keinen Sinn".

On October 2nd Astrid Mattes and Richard Potz moderated a podium discussion on the topic of "Initiative Muslimischer Österreicher befragte Parteien" (Religion.ORF.at).

On September 9th, 2017 Irene Klissenbauer wrote a contribution in derStandard.at entitled "Keine Angst vor Pluralität"

In the morning program of the radio station Ö1 (Morgenjournal) Rüdiger Lohlker gave an interview entitled "Deradikalisierung: Videos kommen an" on September 22nd, 2017.

On September 20th, 2017 Rüdiger Lohlker spoke in the radio station Ö1 in the series 'Praxis - Religion und Gesellschaft' on the topic of the Muslim Brotherhood entitled "Österreich und die Muslimbruderschaft. Muslimbruderschaft in Österreich +++ Islam in der offenen Gesellschaft +++ Bar Bahar - "Zwischen den Stühlen". - Moderation: Alexandra Mantler".

On September 19th, 2017 a contribution by Ingeborg Gabriel, which originally aired in the series "Kreuz und Quer", was published at Religion.ORF.at and entitled "Das Leben entrümpeln".

On September 14th, 2017 the "Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017" of the OSZE took place in Warsaw. The statement of the special emissary of the OSZE, Ingeborg Gabriel, was aired via Video. Another contribution was published in Kathpress here.