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 our most recent publications. Currently:

Rüdiger Lohlker (Hg.): World Wide Warriors. How Jihadis Operate Online. Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, Göttingen 2019.

Further Information

Link to the publishing house

 RaT Features

Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel, Sharon Bong, Rita Perintfalvi (Ed.): Towards Just Gender Relations. Rethinking the Role of Women in Church and Society. Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, Göttingen 2019.

Further Informationen

Link to the publishing house


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The current edition of our Newsletter has been released in October!

We wish you an enjoyable reading. You can find the Newsletter here.


Since September 1, Jakob Deibl helds the position as Tenure-Track-professor for Religion and Aesthetics  and Scientific Manager of the Research Centre RaT.



Current Publication:

Abschied und Offenbarung. Eine poetisch-theologische Kritik am Motiv der Totalität im Ausgang von Hölderlin (Studien zu Literatur und Religion, Band 2)

 Special Feature

© Ursula and Kurt Schubert Archive, Center for Jewish Art

The project of indexing Hebrew manuscripts of the Kurt and Ursula Schubert Archive, realised by the Center for Jewish Art in cooperation with RaT, could be completed successfully.

You can find the online-database here!

Further Information

Upcoming Events

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Lecutre Series Gender, Religion, Transformation, organised by Sabine Grenz, Birgit Heller and Andrea Lehner Hartmann in cooperation with RaT. Main buildiung of the University of Vienna, lecture room 31, starting with October 10, every thursday, 18:30-20:00.

Workshop "Praxistheorien in der Religionswissenschaft", organised by Rafael Walthert (Universität Zürich) and Katharina Limacher, November 14 and 15 2019, Universität Zürich.

International conference "Religion(s) at school", organised by the Institute for Islamic-Theological Studies, November 17-19 2019.

Workshop "Confronting Fanaticism. Theoretical and Applied Perspectives", organized by Jason Alvis, Hans Bernhard Schmid, Michael Staudigl, Ruth Tietjen und Leo Townsend, 20.-22. November 2019, NIG, Universitätsstraße 7, HS 3D.

Book presentation "Prayer, Pop and Politics" with editors Katharina Limacher, Astrid Mattes and Christoph Novak. Thursday, November 28 2019, 7 pm, Volkskundemuseum Wien.

Premiere in Austria of the film "Hans Blumenberg: Der unsichtbare Philosoph" and audience discussion with director Christoph Rüter. Saturday, November 30 2019, 12:00, Votivkino.

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Current Events: Religious Life in Vienna

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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 in Volkskundemuseum Wien (The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art): Schulgespräche. Junge Muslim*innen in Wien.
September 18 2019 - February 2 2020, Volkskundemuseum, Laudongasse 15-19. 1080 Vienna

Recent Publications

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

Sieglinde Rosenberger/Verena Stern/Nina Merhaut (Ed.): Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation. Cham 2018.