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 Religious 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). 


In this category, we present selected publications.

Currently: Katharina Limacher (Hg.), Astrid Mattes (Hg.), Christoph Novak (Hg.), Prayer, Pop and Politics. Researching Religious Youth in Migration Society.

Further Information

Publisher's website


Link to the publisher's eLibrary

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

Further Information

Publisher's eLibrary

Upcoming Events

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Worshop with Prof. Brian Klug, Thursday, May 23 2019, 11:00, Room 053, 2nd Floor, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna

Guest lecture by Joshua Furnal: "Being before God: Cornelio Fabro’s Thomistic approach to Kierkegaards’s Theology", Tuesday, May 28 2019, 18:30, Seminary room 1, ground floor, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna

Guest lecture by Claudio Ciancio: "Luigi Pareyson und die Relevanz des Mythos
heute", Tuesday, June 4 2019, 18:30, Seminary room 1, ground floor, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna

Guest lecture by Georg Essen: "Fragile Souveränität. Eine Politische Theologie", Tuesday, June 11 2019, 18:30, Seminary room 1, ground floor, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna

Workshop "Applying Phenomenology of Religion", June 25.-26. 2019.

Workshop "The Shaping of Collective Identities - Emotion, Religion, and the Political", September 30.- October 1. 2019.

Workshop "Derrida on Religion and Violence", October 14.-15. 2019.

Lecture Series Philosophy of Religion Today: Topics, Problems, Perspectives (2019S), weekly 16:45-18:15 at  Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7. III/3. Floor, 1010 Vienna. Organized by Michael Staudigl und Esther Ramharter. Link u:find

Presentation of the recently published volume "Prayer, Pop and Politics. Researching Religious Youth in Migration Society", with Regina Polak, Areshpreet Wedech, Luna Al-Mousli and Georg Traska, organised by RaT. Tuesday, June 4 2019, 18:00. Sky Lounge, Oskar Morgenstern Platz 1, 1090 Wien.

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

Conference on the topic State Control of Islamic Theology and Law in the West. Organised by Ebrahim Afsah. September 23-24 2019.

International Conference: Interreligious Dialogue in Context - A European Comparison. Organised by Karsten Lehmann in cooperation with RaT. October 17-19 2019.

© Silke Lapina

© Silke Lapina

© Silke Lapina

Current Events: Religious Life in Vienna

In this category, we present selected events organised by and about different religious communities in Vienna. Take your time and gain insight into something new!

Currently: On Friday, May 24, starting at 7:30 pm, MÖH (Muslimische österreichische HochschülerInnen) organises a public Iftar. You can find further information here: 

Recent Publications

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

Special Feature: Publication connected to our research interests