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 Religous 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). 


RECENTLY IN THE PRESS: December 18 2019, Interview with Kurt Appel: "Die Welt ist nicht religiöser geworden" ©Photographer Silke Lapina


Here, we want to introduce a third party funded research project.

“The Iconic Heritage of Judaism: Documentation and Mediation” - a project in order to digitalize the  Schubert-Archive in cooperation with the Center for Jewish Art, Wien Kultur and RaT. More


The new issue of J-RaT The Crisis of Representation (Special Editors: Kurt Appel / Carl Raschke) is accessible online!

 RaT Features

In this category we present recent publications by our members.

Currently: Astrid Mattes, How religion came into play: ‘Muslim’ as a category of practice in immigrant integration debates, in: Religion, State and Society 46:3, 186-205.

Upcoming Events

Lecture on "Österreichische Moscheen als Ort der Radikaliseriung?", by Shams ul-Haq. Discussion with Prof. Dr. Wolfram Reiss. Thursday, january 24 2019, 13:15-14:45, Hörsaal 6, Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien. poster

Lecture "Jüdische und israelische Gedenkkultur: Persönliche und gesellschaftliche Perspektiven", by Anita Haviv-Horiner. Thursday, january 24 2019, 18:30, Seminarraum 5, 1. OG, Schenkenstraße 8-10. 

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,  sunday, january 27, 18:00-20:00, Institute for Islamic Theological Studies, and monday, january 28, 09:00-19:00, Aula, Campus. We kindly ask for 

Workshops in cooperation with the central college Berlin: "To Begin with... Dialectics, Materialism and Mathematical Formalism in Hegel and Badiou. Or: Thinking between Philosophy and Science", in cooperation with the Humboldt-University Berlin, the Charles-University Prague  and the Research centre RaT. (further Information to come) 

 Upcoming events organised by Forum Zeit und Glaube - Katholischer Akademiker/innenverband der Erzdiözese Wien

Recent Publications

Kurt Appel: Tempo e Dio. Aperture contemporanee a partire da Hegel e Schelling. In der Biblioteca della Teologia Contemporanea bei Querinana.

Brigitte Buchhammer (Hg.), Re-Learning to be Human in Global Times: Challenges and Opportunities from the Perspectives of Contemporary Philosophy and Religion

Angelika Walser (Hg.): Freundschaft im interdisziplinären Dialog. Perspektiven aus Philosophie, Theologie, Sozialwissenschaften und Gender Studies (Salzburger Theologische Studien), Tyrolia 2017.

Hans Gerald Hödl, Lukas Pokorny (Hg.): Religion in Austria 3. Praesens 2017.

Hans Gerald Hödl, Johann Pock, Teresa Schweighofer (Hg.): Christliche Rituale im Wandel. Schlaglichter aus theologischer und religionswissenschaftlicher Sicht. Göttingen: Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, 2017.

Recent Events

Lecture "Diversität und Gleichstellungsarbeit - Von Theorien, Gesetzen und universitärem Alltag", with Sylvia Bukowska and Lisa Appiano. Tuesday, january 15 2019, 17:00, Seminarraum 1, EG, Schenkenstraße 8-10.

Lecture on  Phật Giáo Hòa Hảo, one of Asias most important Buddhist Traditions, by Pascal Bourdeaux, Paris. Monday, january 14 2019, 11:30, Seminarraum 1, EG, Schenkenstraße 8-10.

Lecture "Religionen im Dialog" at KAICIID Dialogue Centre, Monday, december 17 2018, 18:30.

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 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 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 SJ "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

22 June 2018: Meeting with a UN Working Group. More details here.

 4 June 2018: Workshop with Cornelia Richter "Residenz in Religion und Gesellschaft" ("Resilience in Religion and Society"), hosted by the research centre RaT.