Welcome to the research platform
"Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society" (RaT)!


The research platform "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society" dedicates itself to important questions regarding the term and the position of religion and religiousity within societal transformation processes in contemporary global context.

The platform is an interdisciplinary research community; its members come from the fields of catholic and protestant theology, social science, law, cultural studies, philosophy, and education.

Our common purpose is to achieve a clarification on the interactive coherence of religion and societal transformation processes in the contemporary global context, looking at the many versatile approaches from the different participating research fields (for details, please see “Mission Statement”).

Heller (special editor): Religion, Transformation and Gender. (J-RaT Issue 5). Vienna University Press V&R 2015.

The latest volume of the J-RaT (Issue no. 5) was published and is available here.

"Die Gesellschaft nicht aus den Augen verlieren" - An article on RaT in the recent Newsletter of the University of Vienna


Religion and Transformation recently started a blog:

The RaT-Blog will continuously publish short contributions of members and guests of the research platform. Here you can read the first blog entries: www.rat-blog.at

Future Events 

Lecture entitled "Christentum und Islam" by Klaus von Stosch, January 20th 2018, 10.00 a.m., Stift Melk

VO Ring lecture series organized by Violetta Waibel: Love and Hatred in Philosophy, Literature, Religion (2017W), Mo 3.00-4.30 p.m. lecture hall II (NIG ground floor) Poster

Guest lecture by Angelika Berlejung (University of Leipzig) "Gott als Gärtner", March 2nd, 10.15-11.45 am, Schenkenstrasse 8-10, lecture hall 1 (5.th floor).

Recent publications

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

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

Hans Gerald Hödl, Johann Pock, Teresa Schweighofer (ed.): 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:
"Restoring routine by debating tolerance? Discursive responses to jihadist terrorist attacks" in: Politics, Religion & Ideology. (the article is available online)

Wolfram Reiss / Ulrike Bechmann (eds.) Antisemitismus in den Medien? Beschneidungsdebatte und Israelkritik in österreichischen Printmedien (Anwendungsorientierte Religionswissenschaft Band 7), Marburg, Tectum 2017.  

Mattes, Astrid: “Who We Are Is What We Believe? Religion and Collective Identity in Austrian and German Immigrant Integration Policies”, in: Social Inclusion, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017, pp. 93–104.

Aslan, Ednan / Kolb, Jonas / Yildiz, Erol (2017): „Muslimische Diversität. Ein Kompass zur religiösen Alltagspraxis in Österreich“. Wiesbaden.

Recent Events

9.12.2017: Conference organized by Cornelius Zehetner: "Menschenrechte und Metaphysik. Zum 400. Todestag von Francisco Suárez." Lectures by Rolf Darge, Sandra Lehmann, Thamar Rossi Leidi, Philip Waldner and Cornelius Zehetner.
Time: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the office of the research platform RaT,1010 Vienna, Schenkenstraße 8-10, staircase 2, 2. floor, Room 053.

4.12.2017: Lecture by Beesan Sarrouh (Ryerson University Toronto) "Simple Twists of Faith. Accommodating Muslim Minorities in Secular Societies — The Case of Quebec" 6.30 p.m. at the conference room IPW (A222), NIG 2. floor, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna. Poster

30.11.2017: Lecture by Zahra’ Langhi on "Religion and Violence: The betrayal of tradition and the rise of modern extremist ideologies in Libya". 5 p.m. at the HS1 (Department of Political Sciences, 2. floor), Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna. Further informationen is available here.

27.11.2017, 18:30-20:00 Public panel discussion on „Religion and Prison“ with Dr. Triantafylos Tanos (Greece), Rev. Dr. Magnus Abrahamson (Sweden), Prof. Dr. Wolfram Reiss (University of Vienna). Moderation by Prof. Dr. Kurt Appel, speaker of the platform „Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society“, HS 47 Main building, Universtitätsstr. 1.
Poster Summary and Photos

27.11.2017: Panel discussion "Die Göttliche Ordnung?: Religion und Strukturelle Gewalt gegen Frauen" in the context of the international campaign "16 days against violence on women and girls" (25.Nov.-10.Dec.2017) in the lecture room HS 48, 6:30 p.m., hosted by the research platform RaT, scientific management: Astrid Mattes. Further information is available here. Please find the link to the contribution here.

24.-26.11.2017: Workshop/Seminar "Religion and Prison. Management of religious diversity in correctional services in Greece, Sweden and Austria" took place in HS 1 of the Schenkenstraße 8-10 (5th floor). Organisation: Wolfram Reiss. Further Information with regards to the Seminar are available here. Program Summary and Photos

16.-17.11.2017: Conference "Religiöse Erfahrung, säkulare Vernunft und Politik um 1900", organized by the department of Christian Philosophy, in cooperation with RaT and the Titus-Brandsma-Institute/Nijmegen More

14.-15.11.2017: Workshop “Can Polemics Innovate?” Change and Continuity in Jewish–Christian Polemics from Late Antiquity to the Modernity, organized by the Institute of Jewish Studies (University of Vienna), RaT and the Department of the History of Jewish People (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)  More Program

On October 24th, 2017 a book launch followed by a discussion took place. The event was entitled "Von Abba bis Zorn Gottes: Irrtümer aufklären - das Judentum verstehen" with Norbert Reck, Willy Weisz, Markus Himmelbauer and was moderated by Regina Polak. The book launch was organized by the bookshop Herder in cooperation with the coordinating committee of Christian-Jewish-Cooperation, Bilbia and the Kardinal König Stiftung. More  

On October 14th, 2017 Hans Gerald Hödl gave a lecture at the international Nietzsche-Congress "Nietzsche und die Reformation / Nietzsche and the Reformation" (12.-15.10.2017 in Naumburg) entitled "Doppelte Prädestination und Ewige Wiederkehr. Eine Reflexion". Programm 

On October 5, 2017 a reading took place with Regina Polak, organized by the bookshop Herder, on the topic of migration, flight and religion (Vol. 1 and 2). More 

On October 2 the RaT-members started the term with an internal study day on "Religion and Boundaries"

29.-30.09.2017: Workshop "Prayer, Pop and Politics: researching post-migrant religious youth culture", organized by Astrid Mattes and RaT. Call for Papers (contact: astrid.mattes@univie.ac.at)


On January 4th 2018 Hans Schelkshorn wrote an arcticle with the title "Neue Rechte, Demokratie und Christentum", published in the Uni:view Magazin of the University of Vienna.

On December 5th 2017 Elisabeth Holzleithner spoke about  "Zur Öffnung der Ehe für alle durch den Verfassungsgerichtshof"at the radio station FM4 (Reality Check).

On October 16th Jan-Heiner Tück wrote a contribution in the Neue Züricher Zeitung entitled "Das Sinnangebot des Christentums. Eine Antwort auf Slavoj Žižek.

On October 12th Sieglinde Rosenberger wrote a commentary entitled "Einsilbige Reaktionen. Der Umgang unserer Gesellscahft mit religiös motivierter Gewalt hat sich seit dem ‚Charlie Hebdo‘-Anschlag geändert".

On October 4th 2017 Hans Schelkshorn gave an interview on the topic of democracy in Europe and the influence of newly right-winged parties. Gleanings in Kathpress entitled "Katholischer Philosoph: Neorechte Islamkritik hat keinen Sinn".

On October 2nd Astrid Mattes and Richard Potz moderated a podium discussion on the topic of "Initiative Muslimischer Österreicher befragte Parteien" (Religion.ORF.at).

On September 9th, 2017 Irene Klissenbauer wrote a contribution in derStandard.at entitled "Keine Angst vor Pluralität"

In the morning program of the radio station Ö1 (Morgenjournal) Rüdiger Lohlker gave an interview entitled "Deradikalisierung: Videos kommen an" on September 22nd, 2017.

On September 20th, 2017 Rüdiger Lohlker spoke in the radio station Ö1 in the series 'Praxis - Religion und Gesellschaft' on the topic of the Muslim Brotherhood entitled "Österreich und die Muslimbruderschaft. Muslimbruderschaft in Österreich +++ Islam in der offenen Gesellschaft +++ Bar Bahar - "Zwischen den Stühlen". - Moderation: Alexandra Mantler".

On September 19th, 2017 a contribution by Ingeborg Gabriel, which originally aired in the series "Kreuz und Quer", was published at Religion.ORF.at and entitled "Das Leben entrümpeln".

On September 14th, 2017 the "Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017" of the OSZE took place in Warsaw. The statement of the special emissary of the OSZE, Ingeborg Gabriel, was aired via Video. Another contribution was published in Kathpress here.