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).


16-18 May 2018: Congress The Ends of Religious Community: Challenging Continental Philosophy of Religion (II). In Cooperation of RaT with Michael Staudigl and the IWM. Programme

 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

16. May 2018: Symposiuon "70 Jahre Staat Israel": History - Conflicts - Theology, 06:30- 09:00 p.m., Stephansplatz 3. Initiated by the Theologische Kurse and the Koordinierungsausschuss für christlich-jüdische Zusammenarbeit.

16-18 May 2018: Congress "The Ends of Religious Community: Challenging Continental Philosophy of Religion (II)". Organized by Michael Staudigl and the IWM in cooperation with RaT. Program

23 May 2018: international Workshop "Religion, Community, Borders (II). Social Imaginaries and the Crisis of Neoliberal Democracy" with the Consortium sIMAGINE (NL), 10-17.00 Uhr in the Office of the Research centre RaT. Program

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

28 May 2018: Guest lecture by Rabbi Ron Kronish "Coexistance and Reconcililation in Israel", 7 p.m., Schenkenstraße 8-10, lecture hall (Seminarraum) 5. Organized by the Department for Practical Theology, the Research Centre RaT and the Koordinierungsausschuss für christlich-jüdische Zusammenarbeit.More Information

4 June 2018 (before noon, start 10.00 a.m.): Workshop "Resilience in Religion and Society" with Professor Cornelia Richter (Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn). Research fields of Professor Richter are (amongst others) resilience in Religion and Spirituality. Location: Office of the Research Centre (Schenkenstrasse 8-10, 1010 Vienna, 2. floor, Raum 053). Please Register at

Recent Publications

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

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.

Diana Serôdio/Cornelis Hulsman (Hg.): The 2014 Egyptian Constitution. Perspectives from Egypt (Anwendungsorientierte Religionswissenschaft Band 10) Tectum-Verlag: Marburg 2017

Sieglinde Rosenberger, Astrid Mattes, Katharina Goetsch:

Recent Events

12 March 2018: workshop Crisis of Representation II. The workshop will take place at the Office of the Research platform (Schenkenstraße 8-10, 2nd floor, room 053). Program

14 March 2018: guest lecture by Ugo Perone Secularization, at the Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1st floor, lecture hall no. 5 (SR 5). 17:00-18:30 Poster

26-28 February 2018: the interdisciplinary conference "Literatur und Religion. Bilanz und Perspektiven eines Forschungsgebietes" takes place under the scientific Management of Jan-Heiner Tück. The conference will be hosted in the conference hall at the deanship of Catholic theology. Programm

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

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.

5-8 March 2018: conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna.


09.02.2018: article by Jakob Deibl "La lettera, genere originario della teologia", in: Settimana News.

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).