According to the government's legal statements and guidelines, the office of the research center is currently not staffed. We are still available at the general email address


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.

The second issue of JRAT published by BRILL, JRAT 5 (2/2019), entitled "Religion, Community, Borders: Social Imaginaries and the Challenge of Pluralism", 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

A few weeks ago, the first issue of JRAT publiyhed by Brill, JRAT 5 (1/2019), entitled "Religious Experience, Secular Reason and Politics around 1900. Sources of the Contemporary Turn to Spirituality", has been published.

Further Information

Link to the full text


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The current edition of our Newsletter has just been released!

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

© Silke Lapina

As prescribed by University of Vienna's recotrate, no events will take place until April 3 2020.

© 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: Talks and Events organised by the Austrian Buddhist Society

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.