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). 


Current issues with regard to the recent events in Vienna

RaT member Rüdiger Lohlker spoke in several newspapers and media channels about the events in Vienna, for example in Der Falter, in Der Standard, on the website of APA, in Frankenpost, in Deutschlandradio Kultur, in the Czech Magazine Voxpot, and in the Slovak newspaper Postoj. Recently, Rüdiger Lohlker also spoke in the news journal ZIB of the Austrian public service broadcaster.

RaT members Katharina Limacher, Jakob Deibl and Rüdiger Lohlker have written down their thoughts on the events and published an article over on our RaT-Blog

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

Regina Polak (Hg.). Israel's 70th Anniversary: Insights and Perspectives. Politics - Culture - Religion. Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, Göttingen 2020.

Further Information

Link to the publishing house


The issue of JRAT 6 (1/2020) Exploring Human Dignity - Foundations and Applications in Contemporary Transformation Processes, edited by Sigrid Müller, Todd A. Salzman, Nenad Polgar, Katharina Mairinger has just been published!

Further information on the journal

Access the full text here

Call for Papers: God(s) and the Digital: Theological Perspectives and Religious Metaphors. For our future issue of our open access journal J-RaT, edited by Gemma Serrano and Alessandro De Cesaris, we are looking for contributions. Find the complete call here. 

Call for Papers: Religion and Disease For our future issue of our open access journal J-RaT, edited by Rüdiger Lohlker, we are looking for contributions. Find the complete call here. 

Call for Papers: From Syncretism to Hybridity:Transformations in African-derived American Religions For a future issue of our open access journal J-RaT, edited by Hans Gerald Hödl and Bettina Schmidt, we are looking for contributions. Find the complete call here.


New article: Sieglinde Rosenberger wrote about the "overwrought discourse" about Islam and the dangers of such discourse in Der Standard.

New blog entry: Sacred buildings as part of city expansion: draft for a campus of religions in Wien Seestadt

Jakob Deibl has published a new article on our blog, the article can be read here.

New publication: Saudi Arabia in the Mirror of Saudi Cables

RaT member Rüdiger Lohlker wrote a new publication which will be released in the coming weeks.

New blog entry: "On the “return to Freud” in post-war German philosophy".

A new blog article has just gone live on our RaT blog. The commentary by Herman Westerink focuses on a study by Klaus Heinrich titled “Anfangen mit Freud. Die ‚wiederentdeckte‘ Psychoanalyse nach dem Krieg”. In the upcoming weeks, further contributions on this will be published on our blog as a mini-series.

New Publication: Music Therapy and Mental Health

RaT-member Rüdiger Lohlker has published a new article for the website 'Muslim Heritage' that can be read here.

New Publication: Sacred Architecture and Public Space under the Conditions of a New Visibility of Religion

RaT-member Jakob Deibl has published a new article in the Journal Religion 11 (8/2020) that can be accessed here.

New Research Project: Young Believers Online. Mapping on- and offline identifications of urban religious youth

The research centre RaT is cooperation partner of the new research project "YouBeOn - Young Believers Online. Mapping on- and offline identifications of urban religious youth" realised at the Austrian Academy of Science under the direction of RaT-member Dr. Astrid Mattes. The two-year project builds upon the conceptual work of the book project “Prayer, Pop and Politics: Researching Religious Youth in Migration Society” that appeared in the RaT book series. The project launches in September 2020.

Further Information

 Special Features

© Silke Lapina

10 years Research Centre RaT

On occasion of the tenth anniversary of the research centre, RaT member Esther Ramharter investigated the term 'transformation' and its developments and changes over the years. In her text "'Transformation' in the Context of Religion and Society", which can be read here, she explores how other members of the research centre have applied and understood the term in their past publications.

Project indexing Hebrew manuscripts

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

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© Silke Lapina

© Silke Lapina

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.