Past events of the current term


YouBeOn Map Release

26 January 2023, 6 pm

Venue: Brick-15, Herklotzgasse 21, 1150 Vienna

Release-party of the digital YouBeOn Map, developed by the research project Young Believers Online – mapping on- and offline identifications of urban religious youth (Astrid Mattes, Christoph Novak, Miriam Haselbacher, Katharina Limacher). During the evening, the digital map, representing religious lifeworlds on- and offline, will be officially presented. Additionally, the researchers will give a brief overview on selected findings from the project. Afterwards, there will be a chance to socialise during live music, snacks and drinks.

For more information click here.

Please register at

War in Ukraine. Theological, Ethical and Historical Reflections. Vienna Postgraduate Symposium

13-17 February 2023

Venue: Dean's Office of the Faculty for Catholic Theology, Universitätsring1 (Staircase 8, 2nd floor), 1010 Vienna

The symposium wants to align theological research, historical accounts and philosophical-ethical questions with the current situation in Ukraine as well as to reflect on the challenges that go along with the war and its containment. It aims to create a safe space for analysis and reflection, for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, for inspiring encounters and networking.

More information can be found here.

Masterclass and Public Lectures with John S. Kloppenborg and Jens Schröter

27 February 2023

Venue: Dekanatssaal, Dean's office Universitätsring 1, Staircase 8, 2nd floor

With Jens Schröter (Humboldt University Berlin) and John S. Kloppenborg (University of Toronto), the VDTR welcomes two internationally renowned experts in the field of early Christianity and the religions of Mediterranean antiquity, respectively.


The two members of the VDTR Scientific Advisory Board will offer a Masterclass on the occasion of their stay in Vienna. The Masterclass is mainly aimed at PhD students and you can find the program here. Registration is requested by February 10, 2023 to

Public Lectures:

We cordially invite you to attend the two public lectures in the evening:

John S. Kloppenborg: The Cult of Christus in Civic Space

Jens Schröter: Anthropology and a Letter: The Image of the Human Being in Paul’s Letter to the Romans and the Purpose of the Writing

The lectures will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Dean's Hall of the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1 (Stiege 8, 2nd floor). Refreshments will be served afterwards. For organizational reasons, we would appreciate your registration at

RaT Workshop "Religious Exits: Transformative Trajectories and Transitions into Alternative Worlds”

31st January 2023

The members of the RaT research centre organise an internal workshop entitled "Religious Exits: Transformative Trajectories and Transitions into Alternative Worlds" on 31 January 2023. The topic is currently the research focus of the centre.

Our point of departure is the consideration that religions claim to transcend immanent world orders, i.e. experiences that can be classified in the individually and collectively determinable spatiotemporal categories of the everyday world. By means of leaving immanent orders, however, not only everyday experiences are transcended, but also exits from world orders are found that include the religious subject in existing symbolic and social world orders. In this way, religion can contain an exit strategy in which the subject creates alternative places (of refuge), thereby overcoming firmly established limitations and opening up new worlds of imagination. Of course, religious practices are themselves ambivalent in this respect: on the one hand, they can prevent possible creative exits from established orders, but on the other hand, they can also radically open them up, insofar as the world of transcendence neither contains a definitively fixed territory nor an immovable order of time.

Workshops with Martin Crowley: "Opacity" and "Recognition and its Discontents"

9-11 January 2023

Venue: University of Vienna

From 9-11 January 2023, we welcome Martin Crowley, Head of the Department for French Studies at the University of Cambridge, as a guest in Vienna. Together with him, we will hold workshops on the topics of "Opacity" and "Recognition and its Discontents". The topics will be addressed in a dialogue of postcolonial, deconstructive and classical philosophical discourses with references to Eduard Gliassant, Glen Sean Coulthard, Herman Gray, Catherine Malabou and Hegel.

Guest Lecture by Paolo Costa: "The Postsecular City" 
13 December 2022, 6:30 to 8 pm

Venue: SE room 5 (1st floor, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna) as well as via Zoom: click here to access the meeting (Meeting ID: 892 1249 5738, ID code: 5Y342Z)

“The Post-Secular City” is the first attempt to systematically map and assess the recent debate about secularization. It examines the alleged shift from a “secular” to a “post-secular” dispensation from the perspective of the ongoing de-construction of the secularization “theorem” (as Hans Blumenberg called it). Accordingly, the new secularization debate is described as being polarized between the “de-constructors” and the “maintainers” of the standard thesis of secularization. This is the assumption underlying an ambitious effort to map the field, which consists of a long introduction where “secularization” is analyzed as a deeply problematic concept-of-process and of eight chapters in which several protagonists of the recent debate are discussed as crucial junctions of a multidisciplinary conversation.


Open Research Day

On December 6, the next VDTR Open Research Day will take place, to which all interested parties are cordially invited! Visitors of the Open Research Day will have the unique opportunity to experience young research in the field of theology and religious studies up close. The day will be organized by young researchers from VDTR, who will offer insights into their dissertation projects in their presentations. There will be plenty of space for questions and discussions, and culinary delights will also be provided.

When: Di, 6. Dezember 2022

WhereAula, Hof 1, Campus der Universität Wien

The Program

Please register by mail until November 28, 2022 to

For more information please visit the homepage of the organizer Vienna Doctoral School of Theology and Research on Religion (VDTR)



15. Symposion: Die Ausübung Konfessionellen Glaubens und ihre Grenzen

Date: 23.-24. November 2022

Location: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sitzungssaal, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien

Program and abstracts

Vienna University Press Reception at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) 

20. November 2022, 19 - 20 Uhr

Veranstaltungsort: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO

Wir laden Sie herzlich zum Empfang der Vienna University Press im Rahmen des AAR am 20. November 2022 in Denver ein! Neben der Vienna University Press, die ein Imprint des renommierten Verlags BRILL ist, werden wir auch unsere interdisziplinäre Zeitschrift Religion and Transformation (JRAT), die JRAT Supplementa Reihe und unsere Buchreihe vorstellen. Wir laden Sie herzlich ein, am 20. November 2022 im Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel dabei zu sein. Für Essen und Getränke ist gesorgt und wir freuen uns auf Ihr Kommen!

Link zur Website.

IPW Lecture: Uncivil religion? The rise of Christian nationalism in 21st century Europe

Wednesday, 16 November 2022, 5 pm

Venue: Konferenzraum (second floor), Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG), Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna

Lecturer: Anders Berg-Sørensen

Moderation: Fabio Wolkenstein

Link to the event.

The Beginning of the Truly Grand Narratives.
Serial Identity(ies) and Serial Existence

Organised by the Bonn Institute for Hermeneutics in cooperation with the Vienna Research Centre Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society and the German Society for Philosophy of Religion.

11-12 November 2022

Based on the life-world observation of the increased enthusiasm for new media formats, the role of series in the formation of the recipient's identity will be discussed using the phenomenon of series as an example.

Venue: Hybrid event, Dean's office hall of the Faculty of Humanities, Am Hof 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Zoom Link: click here.

Link to the poster.

Link to the conference dossier.

Poetics Lecture

8 November 2022, 7pm

Martin Mosebach "What is the Catholic Novel?"

Venue: University of Vienna, Lecture Hall 6, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1

"I am a Catholic and have written a number of essays on Roman Catholic liturgy, but that is not my main business - that is writing novels. That these novels are not 'Catholic' is something that some readers find surprising from time to time and combine this with the suggestion that I could finally write a 'Catholic novel'. It is not easy for me to give a brief answer to this. I have therefore thought about what exactly the problem of the 'Catholic novel' is for me."

R20 Indonesia 2022: REVEALING & NURTURING RELIGION AS A SOURCE OF GLOBAL SOLUTIONSWith a speech by RaT member Rüdiger Lohlker2-3 November 2022Venue: Grand Hyatt, BaliThe G20 Religion Forum leverages the “Group of 20” (G20) Summit, an annual gathering of the world’s most economically powerful nations, to help ensure that religion in the 21st century functions as a genuine and dynamic source of solutions, rather than problems.

The programme can be found here.

Celebration in honour of Univ.-Prof. Sieglinde Rosenberger

13 October 2022

Sky Lounge, University of Vienna, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1

Link to the Programme


The history of modern Tantra between Bengali local tradition and global interconnections

10 October 2022, 4.30 pm

PD Dr. Julian Strube: Semester lecture of the Austrian Society for the Study of Religions (ÖGRW)

Venue: Meeting room of the Dean's office of the Faculty of Catholic Theology Universitätsring 1 (Stiege 8, 2nd floor), 1010 Vienna

Link to the flyer.

Poetics Lecture

11 October 2022, 7 pm

Elisabeth Schmidauer: Reading and discussion about the novel "Fanzi" (Picus, 2021)

Venue: Buchhandlung Herder, Wollzeile 33, 1010 Vienna

"Fanzi" is a most extraordinary novel, gripping and touching, with great depth. How do feelings of guilt work over generations: Is it possible to make peace with a fate decades later? A story about the war, about the post-war generation, but also about our present.


Paolo Costa: The Post-Secular City

11 October 2022, 12 - 1 pm

Venue: Online

Is it really possible to objectively map a debate on a topic as controversial as the fate of religion in modernity? How many contentious theoretical choices are needed to achieve this? And, with the benefit of hindsight, did we really need it?The author will discuss these issues with Matteo Bortolini, professor of General Sociology at the University of Padua. Register here.

Parting of the Ways. The Variegated Ways of Separation between Jews and Christians and its Consequences for Modern Jewish-Christian Dialogue.

International Conference, 05-08 September 2022

Venue: Sitzungssaal, Faculty of Catholic Theology Dean’s office, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna

Registration: Please send an email to Registration possible until 21 August 2022. There is no registration fee.

Link to the programme.

Global History of Religions: Perspectives for the Comparison of Religions 

Workshop of the Institute for the Study of Religions in coop. with RaT, 28-29/07/2022

Venue: Conference room of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, Stiege 8, 2nd floor

Registration: free of charge until 25 July at

Link to the poster.

Lecture Series "Moments of Austrian-Islamic Contact"

organised by the Sigmund Freud Private University &
the Interdisciplinary Research Centre Islam and Muslims in Europe
Summer term 2022, Thursdays from 5.30-7 p.m.

Further information can be found here.

Religious Diversity in the 1920s and 1930s
1-2 July 2022
Deadline for participation (without own paper): 29.05.2022
Venue: Stephansplatz 3/ 3rd floor, Vienna (under current hygiene regulations)
Registration and enquiries: Magistra A. Katzian (

The workshop will take place in cooperation with the DVRW-AK RelPol. The AK invites all interested parties who work in this field to present a paper during the workshop. Based on the regulations of the DVRW, it is thankfully possible to financially support young researchers who are members of the DVRW. In case of broader interest, the option of publishing the contributions is envisaged. Finally, the organisers are trying - as far as possible - to provide further resources.   

Link to the programme.

(In)Visibility and Making Visible: Science and Occultism around 1900
Lecture by Jonas Staehelin
17 June 2022, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Venue: NIG HS 3B, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
Link to the flyer.

Disenchantment and Enchantment: Issues of the Modern and the Secular
Workshop with Dr. Julian Strube
18 June 2022, 10 - 4 pm
Venue: Schenkenstr. 8-10, 1. OG., SR 5
Registration at

Religious Experience, Secular Reason and Politics around 1945
Friday 17 June 2022, 9 am - 6 pm and Saturday 18 June 2022, 9 am - 1 pm
Hybrid mode: Participation is possible on site in the "Sitzungssaal des Dekanats" as well as via video streaming
Registration at:
Further information can be found here.

Workshop on Fichte's Transcendental Logic

Reading workshop with Alexander Schnell
10 June 2022, 3-6.30 p.m.
Location: RaT Research Centre, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna
Registration at:

The basis for the reading is the second lecture on Transcendental Logic from 1812, published by Immanuel Hermann Fichte as early as 1834, entitled " Vom Unterschiede zwischen der Logik und der Philosophie selbst, als Grundriss der Logik und Einleitung in die Philosophie". In this lecture, Fichte gives an introduction to the logical principles of his Wissenschaftslehre in relation to the pure concepts of cognition. In a critical discussion with Kant, he determines the image as the basic concept of his logic and as the unity of Anschauung and Begriff. The course will focus on the reading of selected passages from the second logic lectures, on the basis of which Fichte's understanding of logic, transcendental logic and philosophy, as well as Fichte's conception of concept, judgement and conclusion will be discussed.

Religions and Sexuality
Symposium of the Austrian Society for the Scientific Study of Religions (ÖGRW)
10-11 June 2022
Venue: Kleiner Festsaal of the University of Vienna
Further information can be found here.


Workshop with David Dusenbury, James Dodd, and Martin Koci

3 June 2022, 9.30 – 12 am

Venue: SR1, Faculty of Theology, Schenkenstraße 8, 1010 Vienna,

organised by Katerina Koci, supported by RaT.

The link to the poster can be found here.

The link to the programm can be found here.

Book presentation "Judaism for Dummies" by Gerhard Langer
25 May 2022, 6.00 pm, Hybrid event
Venue: Aula on the Campus of the University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 2-4, Courtyard 1.11, 1090 Vienna

Link to the programme.

VDTR Open Research Days - in cooperation with RaT
23-24 May 2022
The Open Research Days offer all those who are interested in interdisciplinary theological and religious research questions the opportunity to gain insights into various current research fields and to exchange ideas with others. The lectures will be given by junior researchers of the VDTR as well as by RaT members.
You can find the programme here.

Christian Lehnert
"Auf der Schwelle. Von Religion und Poesie"

Poetics lectures: 5 April | 26 April | 10 May | 24 May 2022
Tuesdays 7 p.m., Vienna University Main Building: Lecture Hall 6.

The poet and theologian Christian Lehnert seeks out thresholds in four lectures. At the borders of language, he explores the kinship of poetic and religious search movements into the unsaid. The silencing of God on the cross and the opposing idea of creation as a linguistic event form the points of reference from which Christianity appears as a linguistic force that can never remain in what is said.

More information can be found here.

Subtle Energies. Explorations within Holistic Healing and Spirituality
28 - 30 April 2022, University of Vienna
This three-day (in-person) conference aims to explore modern concepts revolving around the notion of subtle energy. It focuses on two major themes: On the one hand, practices and interpretations of energy healing, and, on the other hand, concepts of kuṇḍalinī within modern yoga and transpersonal psychology. Furthermore, it features contributions on the role of subtle energies in transnational exchanges, tantric traditions, gender discourses, nationalist movements, nationalist and life reform movements, UFO cults, martial arts, and eco-spirituality.

More information can be found here.