Past events of the current term

"A Philosophy of Boundaries. Contours of Albert Camus' Philosophy of Life" - online Lecture by Johann Schelkshorn

Monday, 28 June 2021, 4:30 - 6pm.

More information can be found here. Please register via email:

"Esotericism and 'Embodied Language' in Hinduism and South Asian Islam" - online lecture by Keith Edward Cantú.

Monday, 14 June 2021, 6:30 - 8pm.

Please register by Friday, 11 June to: 

You will then receive the link by email, probably on the day of the lecture.

"Continuity and Actuality of Anti-Semitism. An Austrian and Global Challenge" - hybrid conference of the Sir Peter Ustinov Institute (University of Vienna & Life Stream)

Thursday 27 May 2021, from 9am:

Friday 28 May 2021, from 9am:

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"Resistance needed? Identity and gender struggles in the horizon of right-wing populism and Christian fundamentalism in Europe today" - Online IPW Lecture by Rita Perintfalvi (University of Graz)

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 6 - 7:30pm

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"Translation, Theosophy, and the Global History of Religion" - Online Lecture by Mriganka Mukhopadhyay 

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 6:30 - 8pm

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Weekly in Wintersemester 2020: Lecture Series "Gender, Religion, Transformation", organised by Sabine Grenz, Birgit Heller and Andrea Lehner Hartmann in cooperation with RaT.

February 6.-7: International Workshop "Sovereignty: Sacred and Secular", organized by Jason W. Alvis, cluster "Religionsphilosophie" of the Research centre RaT, in cooperation with the FWF Project grants "Revenge of the Sacred: Phenomenology and the Ends of Christianity in Europe" and "Secularism and it's Discontents: Towards a Phenomenology of Religious Violence"

January 24 2020: Guest lecture by Dr. Michael Jahn: „Der Ethikunterricht als Ersatzunterricht für den konfessionsgebundenen RU - Wie es dazu gekommen ist und gegenwärtiger Stand der Implementierung.“ 

January 16 2020: IPW-Lecture "Zwischen postmodernem Heidentum und identitärem Christentum: Die politische Theologie der Neuen Rechten" by RaT-member Sebastian Pittl, chaired by Katharina Limacher.

December 18 2019: Guest Lecture "Islamic Theology of Peace" by Prof. Muhammad Machasin, Fellow at the Research Centre RaT.

December 17 2019: Workshop "Theology and Africa" with Students of Fundamental Theology, Practical Theology and Theological Ethics and Daniela Waldburger from the Institute of African Studies.

December 16 2019: Trialogue "Vor uns die Sintflut? Jüdische, Christliche und Islamische Gedanken zur Klimakatastrophe", chaired by RaT-member Regina Polak at Radio-Café, ORF.

December 11 2019: Lecture Vortrag "Indonesian Islam. Solution or Problem?" by Prof. Muhammad Machasin, organised by the Department of Near Eastern Studies in cooperation with RaT.

December 2 2019: Workshop and book presentation "Der Jude Jesus und die Zukunft des Christentums" by Norbert Reck.

November 30 2019: Conference "Die MuslimInnen in Europa. Fakten, Analysen, Ausblicke", with RaT-member Astrid Mattes, at Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna.

November 30 2019: Premiere in Austria of the film "Hans Blumenberg: Der unsichtbare Philosoph" and audience discussion with director Christoph Rüter, in Votivkino.

November 28 2019: Book presentation "Prayer, Pop and Politics" with editors Katharina Limacher, Astrid Mattes and Christoph Novak in Volkskundemuseum Wien.

November 20-22 2019: Workshop "Confronting Fanaticism. Theoretical and Applied Perspectives", organized by Jason Alvis, Hans Bernhard Schmid, Michael Staudigl, Ruth Tietjen and Leo Townsend.

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

November 14 and 15 2019: Workshop "Praxistheorien in der Religionswissenschaft", organised by Rafael Walthert (Universität Zürich) and Katharina Limacher, at Universität Zürich.

November 14 and 15 2019: Workshop "Derrida Religion Violence. Derrida on secular and religious reason", organised by Jason W. Alvis, Kurt Appel and Michael Staudigl, in cooperation with the FWF-Project "Secularism and ist Discontents", "Revenge of the Sacred" and the Research Centre RaT.

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

October 22 2019: Guest lecture by Lucia Vantini: Christologische Implikationen einer Phänomenologie des Geschlechts

October 17 to 19 2019: International Conference: "Interreligious Dialogue in Context. A European Comparison"

14.-15. October 2019: Workshop "Derrida Religion Violence. Derrida on secular and religious reason", organized by Jason W. Alvis, Kurt Appel und Michael Staudigl, cooperation of FWF-Projekts "Secularism and ist Discontents", "Revenge of the Sacred" and the Research Centr RaT.

Workshop "The Shaping of Collective Identities - Emotion, Religion, and the Political", September 30.- October 1. 2019, lecture hall 2H, Neues Institutsgebäude (Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien), 2nd floor.

June 17 and 18 2019: Lectures and Seminars in Course of ERASMUS-Teaching-Mobility with Professor İhsan Çapcioğlu and Professor Selman Yilmaz, University of Ankara, organised by ED Wien, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Institute for Practical Theology, Faculty of Catholic Theology. 

June 21 2019: Guest lecture by Markus Markus Wirtz (Köln): Religiöse Diversität – Vom Pluralismus zur interkulturellen Religionsphilosophie, organised by Hans Schelkshorn.

June 12 2019: Workshop with Georg Essen: "Fragile Souveränität. Eine Politische Theologie".

June 4 2019: Presentation of the recently published volume "Prayer, Pop and Politics. Researching Religious Youth in Migration Society", with Regina Polak, Areshpreet Wedech, Luna Al-Mousli and Georg Traska, organised by RaT.

June 4 2019: Guest lecture by Claudio Ciancio: "Luigi Pareyson und die Relevanz des Mythos heute".

May 23 2019: Workshop with Prof. Brian Klug: "The god and the gadfly"

May 28 22019: Guest lecture by Joshua Furnal: "Being before God: Cornelio Fabro’s Thomistic approach to Kierkegaards’s Theology".

May 14 2019: Conference with Prof. David W. Tracy, University of Chicago: "On the Range of Reason in Theology", and guest lecture: "Theology and the Range of Reason: The Question of Mysticism"

May 7 2019: Guest lecture by Maureen Junker-Kenny: „Selbst, Sozialität und Sinn: Welcher Ort für Religion in Entwürfen der philosophischen Ethik?“, organised by the Institute for Fundamental Theology and RaT

April 4 2019: Workshop with Armin Schneider connected to the Central College "To Begin with... Dialectics, Materialism and Mathematical Formalism in Hegel and Badiou. Or: Thinking between Philosophy and Science" in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Karls-Universität Prag and the Research Centre RaT.

April 4 2019: Panel discussion Die Europäische Integration auf dem Prüfstand“ on the occasion of the upcoming elections, organised by Ingeborg Gabriel.

April 1 2019: Lecture "Buridans Logische Probleme mit der Trinität", by Esther Ramharter and Michael Toppel

March 22 2019: Conference Identity without Faith? Agamben, Sovereignty, and an Awareness of What is Missing, organised by Martin Koci and Jason Alvis

March 18-20 2019: Constituent Meeting of the Centre's Scientific Advisory Board and Open Day

March 4-7 2019: RaT at the European Academy of Religion, Bologna

February 22/23 2019: "Drittes Wiener Forum interkulturellen Philosophierens", organised by Hans Schelkshorn. Otto-Mauer-Zentrum.

February 7 2019: Conference of the Research Project „Postsecular Conflicts“, public discussion at ÖAW on  „European Culture Wars?“, with James Davison Hunter, Olivier Roy, Susanna Mancini and Ivan Vejvoda.

February 2 2019: African Day - Workshop on Theology and Africa, Dominican convent, Vienna.

January 29 2019: Plublic discussion "Christentum im Angesicht des Judeseins Jesu" with Christian Danz, Walter Homolka, Verena Lenzen and Magnus Striet, chaired by Gerhard Klein.

January 27/28 2019: Conference "The future of Islamic theology and religious education within the European region between the priorities of science, politics and society", at the Department for Islamic Theology.

January 18 2019: Workshop "Die doppelte Sendung" mit Mouhanad Khorchide und Dina El Omari.

January 15 2019: Lecture "Diversität und Gleichstellungsarbeit - Von Theorien, Gesetzen und universitärem Alltag", with Sylvia Bukowska and Lisa Appiano.

January 14 2019: Lecture on  Phật Giáo Hòa Hảo, one of Asias most important Buddhist Traditions, by Pascal Bourdeaux, Paris.

December 17th 2018: Lecture "Religionen im Dialog" at KAICIID Dialogue Centre.

December 12th 2018: Workshop "Conflict and Interpretation. Ricoeur and the Return of Religion", organized by Jason W. Alvis, Branko Klun and Michael Staudigl. Poster Schedule

December 11th 2018: Panel discussion "Wahrheitsanspruch in der dialogischen Theologie" with Handan Aksünger, Kurt Appel, Awi Blumenfeld, Christian Danz, Marija Jandrokovic and Abdullah Takim, moderation by Ebrahim Afsah. Organized in course of  "Ringvorlesung: Diversität im Islam" by the Institute for Islamic-Theological Studies.

December 7th 2018: Symposion ­­"Menschenrechte in interkultureller Perspektive - Symposion zu 70 Jahre UN-Deklaration der Menschenrechte" ("Human rights in an intercultural perspective - Symposion on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UN-declaration of human rights"), organised by Prof. Hans Schelkshorn, with: Andreas Müller, Heiner Roetz, Hans Schelkshorn, Anke Graneß, Sarhan Dhouib

November 30th / December 1st 2018: Conference "Religious Reform, Christian Democracy and Political Islam", Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Tunis - Lecture by Stefan Hammer: “Secularity of the State, Religious Reform, and the Role of Religions in Secular Democracy”

November 23rd 2018: Guest lecture "Frauen im Sikhismus" by Areshpreet Wedech, 18:30-20:00, Hörsaal 6, Tiefparterre, Main Building of the University of Vienna, organised by the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Cooperation with RaT. Poster

November 23rd and 24th 2018: "Occult South Asia", Spitalgasse 2, Campus, University of Vienna. Organisation: Prof. Karl Baier (Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna) and Mr. Mriganka Mukhopadhyay MA, (PhD candidate, Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam). Associated Workshop from November 19th to 21st. Poster

November 16th to 20th 2018: Participation at the American Academy of Religion, Denver

November 12th 2018: Symposium "70th Anniversary of Israel: Insights and Perspectives. Politics - Culture - Religion", 14:00-19:30, conference hall of the deanship of the Faculty of Catholic-Theology, universíty of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna; organized by RaT and the Department for Practical Theology in cooperation with the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien. Poster

October 24th 2018: Guest lecture with Dominik Finkelde "Anamorphose und Subjektivität im Raum der Gründe", 16:45-20:00, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1. Stock, Seminarraum 5. Poster Review

24th September 2018: guest lecture by Dr. Brian Klug (Oxford) entitled "Wittgenstein and the Divine: Can Nonsense Make Sense?" Place: RaT office (Schenkenstrasse 8-10, 1010 Vienna, Room 053). Review

4 June 2018 (before noon): Workshop "Resilience in Religion and Society" with Professor Cornelia Richter (Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn). Research fields of Professor Richter are (amongst others) resilience in Religion and Spirituality. Location: Office of the Research Centre (Schenkenstrasse 8-10, 1010 Vienna, 2. floor, Raum 053). 

23 May 2018: international Workshop "Religion, Community, Borders (II). Social Imaginaries and the Crisis of Neoliberal Democracy" with the Consortium sIMAGINE (NL), 10-17.00 Uhr in the Office of the Research centre RaT. Review

16-18 May 2018: The End(s) of Religious Community - International Conference in Cooperation with IWM and FWF, organized by Michael Staudigl

Interview with Charles Taylor

Review - lecture by Charles Taylor

16. May 2018: Symposiuon "70 Jahre Staat Israel": History - Conflicts - Theology, 06:30- 09:00 p.m., Stephansplatz 3. Initiated by the Theologische Kurse and the Koordinierungsausschuss für christlich-jüdische Zusammenarbeit. Link

25 April 2018: Guest lecture by Ian James and Martin Crowley (Cambridge) „Catherine Malabou. The Future of Hegel"