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”).



7.-8.4.2017: Symposium "Learning to be Human for Global Times: Current Challenges from the Perspective of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion", organized by Mag. Dr. Brigitte Buchhammer and Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Herta Nagl-Docekal (both: Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna) in cooperation with RaT Review+Photos/program

  • 16.3.2017: Open Lecture by Prof. Dr. Suleiman al-Hussaini (Universität Nizwa, Oman) "Tolerance between religions and Muslims of different schools. Perspectives of the Sultanate of Oman", organized by Univ.- Prof. Dr. Wolfram Reiss (Department of Systematic Theology and Religious Studies) in cooperation with RaT. Review+Photos
  • On 23.2.2017 Prof. Sieglinde Rosenberger, vice-speaker of the researchplatform RaT was Key Note-Speaker at the conference "Migration et diversité culturelle et religieuse. Dialogue franco-autrichien" in Paris. program (francais)
  • Newsletter nr. 10 is online Download
  • Summary and photos of the guest lecture by Andreas Arndt: "Bürgerliche Gesellschaft, Religion und Staat bei Hegel und Marx", organized on January 25, 2017, in cooperation with the Department of Fundamental Theology (Faculty of Catholic Theology) here Download poster (German)
  • The 11th volume of the  RaT-series was published in April: Unterwegs zu einer neuen "Zivilisation geteilter Genügsamkeit". Perspektiven utopischen Denkens 25 Jahre nach dem Tod Ignacio Ellacurías, edited by Sebastian Pittl and Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel. More Information
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Open access Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society: Volume 4 on "Religion and Migration" was published on January 16, 2016