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). 


Have a joyful summertime!

© Silke Lapina


We from the Research Centre RaT wish you a pleasant summer and are looking forward to meeting you again at many interesting lectures and events in autmn!

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

Rüdiger Lohlker (Hg.): World Wide Warriors. How Jihadis Operate Online. Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, Göttingen 2019.

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


Congratulations to editors Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter of the Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements for winning the ICAS Edited Volume Accolade 2019.

 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

© Silke Lapina

Conference on the topic State Control of Islamic Theology and Law in the West. Organised by Ebrahim Afsah. September 23-24 2019.

Workshop "The Shaping of Collective Identities - Emotion, Religion, and the Political", September 30.- October 1. 2019.

Workshop "Derrida on Religion and Violence", October 14.-15. 2019.

International Conference: Interreligious Dialogue in Context - A European Comparison. Organised by Karsten Lehmann in cooperation with RaT. October 17-19 2019.

Workshop Vienna Circle and Religion, organised by Elisabeth Nemeth and Esther Ramharter (Institute for Vienna Circle, Vienna Circle Society, RaT). October 25 2019.

International conference "Religion(s) at school", organised by the Institute for Islamic-Theological Studies, November 17-19 2019.

© Silke Lapina

© Silke Lapina

© Silke Lapina

Current Events: Religious Life in Vienna

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: For the summer holidays, we recommend the series "Der Himmel voller Götter" on oe1. Members of the Research Centre have contributed.

Recent Publications

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

Special Feature: Publication connected to our research interests