Past events of the current term


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.