Starting with April 1st 2018 the University of Vienna installed the interdisciplinary Research Centre "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society“ (RaT). Scientist 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).


The new progress report of the "Centrum für Europäisch-Arabische und Islamisch-Christliche Studien und Austauschprojekte" (CEURABICS) informs about activities in the year 2017


The new issue of J-RaT Moralities of Warfare and Religion (special editors: Angela Kallhoff / Thomas Schulte-Umberg) is available online!

 RaT Features

Reading about religion  - Georges de la Tour, St Jérôme lisant

In this category we present selected articles from our book series. Currently: Sebastian Pittl - The “crucified people” as place of a heterotopic utopia, from Vol. 11 (Hg. S. Pittl/ G. Prüller-Jagenteufel).

Upcoming Events

12. November 2018: Symposium "Israel's 70th Anniversary: 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.

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) 

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.

Sieglinde Rosenberger, Astrid Mattes, Katharina Goetsch:

Hans Schelkshorn/Herman Westerink (Hg.): Reformation(en) und Moderne. Philosophisch-theologische Erkundungen. Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, Göttingen 2017

Recent Events

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.

24-25 May 2018: Conference "Tell me Europe, how do you feel about religion?", hosted by Marie-Luisa Frick and Michaela Neulinger in the deanship hall at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Innsbruck, Karl-Rahner Platz, 6020 Innsbruck. Program

22.-24. May 2018: Conference of the international Research Consortium sIMAGINE and workshop "Religion, Community, Borders" (Schenkenstraße 8-10, 2nd floor, room 053). Review and photos

24-25 April 2018: Workshop and guest lecture on The Future of Hegel with Martin Crowley and Ian James (Cambridge, UK), hosted by RaT.

21.-23. March 2018: Members of RaT at the Networking Event Dogmatics and Fundamental Theology in Stuttgart.

14 March 2018: Guest lecture by Ugo Perone Secularization, at Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1st floor, lecture hall no. 5.

12 March 2018: Workshop "Crisis of Representation II" at Schenkenstraße 8-10, 2nd floor, room 053. Program 

5-8 March 2018: Panel The Future of the Grand European Narratives. Political, Theological and Philosophical Considerations at the conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna. Program

3 March 2018: Guest lecture by Abdullah Takim on the term Ruach, in the framework of the seminar for master students and doctoral students entitled "Transformationen des Religiösen" at Melk abbey.

20 January 2018: Guest lecture by Klaus von Stosch "Christentum und Islam" at the seminary "Transformationen des Religiösen" at Melk abbey.


May 27th 2018: Interview with Charles Taylor in the DerStandard - "Jede Form von Leitkultur ist der falsche Weg"

March 30th 2018: Contribution by Jan-Heiner Tück in the Easter- special issue of the NZZ - "Ist ein unmoralischer Gott noch ein Gott?"

March 30th 2018: Interview von Gabriele Palasciano mit Kurt Appel in der Osterausgabe von Il Foglio - Pasqua e la resurrezione per postmoderni [Ostern und die Auferstehung für Postmoderne].