Archive | Fourth Term (2018–2022)

In this section, events between April 2018 and March 2022 are archived.


  • Events

    Esoterik – Religion – Afrikanische Traditionen: Wie Ile-Ife die Heilige Stadt der Yoruba wurde

    Online-Lecture by Judith Bachmann

    17 January 2022, 3 p.m.

    For the announcement text and the participation link please click here.

    Woman without a Name: Sacrifice and Gender Identity

    Online lecture by Katerina Koci

    13 January 2022, 4 - 5.30 pm

    You can find the link to the lecture here.

    Guest lecture: Nancy Bahn: König David, Gott, und der Frosch.

    Aspekte des Zusammenhangs von Gottes Schöpfung und Königtum in den Psalmen und ihrer Rezeption.

    11 January 2022

    The lecture, organized by the Institute of Old Testament Science of the Faculty of Protestant Theology, will take place from 11:30-13:00 in HS 1 at Schenkenstraße 8-10. Participation is also possible digitally. Registration by mail is requested:

    Workshop: Media - Memory - Affects.

    Dimensions of a Theology of Culture.
    10 – 11 December 2021
    Venue: Faculty of Protestant Theology
    The programme can be found here.

    Karl-Heinz Ott: Hölderlin Lecture

    Poetry Lectureship
    07 December 2021, 7. p.m.

    Venue: Online, no registration is required. You can participate by clicking on the following link:


    Guest lecture: Filip Capek (Prag): When, Where and How YHWH became YHWH? Archaeology of Cult in Israel and Judah

    01 December 2021

    The lecture, organized by the Institute of Old Testament Science of the Faculty of Protestant Theology, will take place from 11:30-13:00 in HS 1 at Schenkenstraße 8-10. Participation is also possible digitally. Registration by mail is requested:


    Conference: Gender and Postsecularity.

    Tensions and transformations in knowledge production and popular culture, online

    26-27 November 2021

    Doris Guth (Academy of Fine Arts) and Sabine Grenz (University of Vienna) cordially invite you to the online conference. Registration is requested by November 22. All information about the program and registration can be found on the conference homepage: Konferenz: Gender and Postsecularity (


    Sikh Women in India and in Austria

    Invitation to an online panel discussion and book launch

    26 November 2021, 4 - 6:15 p.m.

    The panel discussion planned for 26 November 2021 cannot take place as an in-person event due to the current lockdown. Nevertheless, it will be held as a public online panel discussion to which interested parties from the various scientific disciplines are cordially invited.


    Leibniz-Lecture of the ÖAW: José Casanova: Particular Universalisms and the Universalization of the Particular. The Neglected Dynamic of Globalization, hybrid

    16 November, 2021

    The lecture will take place in the Theatersaal of the ÖAW at Sonnenfelsgasse 19 and can also be followed via livestream. Start time is at 6:00 pm. Registration is required for on-site participation. All further information can be found in the program.

    Kick-Off Event of the New Doctoral School:

    We are very pleased to invite you to the opening of the Vienna Doctoral School of Theology and Research on Religion on November 11, 2021 (for a detailled programme click on the picture or here).
    The newly founded Doctoral School started its operation on July 1, 2021 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Markus Tiwald, Prof. Dr. Christian Danz and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Langer. It is (in alphabetical order) a joint project of the Faculty of Protestant Theology, the Faculty of Catholic Theology, and the Research Center "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society RaT". The three sponsoring organizations are in favor of establishing a cross-religious, interdisciplinary and internationally visible center for the promotion of young academics in Vienna. However, the Doctoral School does not only see itself as a place for the promotion of young academics, but also wants to actively shape the dialogue between science and society.

    Please register by November 5, 2021 at  Please note that the current Covid measures apply and a vaccination or test certificate must be presented at the entrance.


    Josef Winkler: "Who was Chaim Soutine?"
    Poetry Lectureship
    09 November 2021
    Venue: HS 32, Main Building, University of Vienna
    Registration is requested:

    Ancient and Medieval Religious Homelands.
    An Interdisciplinary Conference on Space, Place, and Religion.
    8 – 10 November 2021
    Venue: online
    Please register via this link. Programme details can be found here.

    Workshop: Doomed to Sacrifice? Existential and Phenomenological Perspectives on Sacrifice and Gender

    28-29 October, 2021

    The workshop, organized by Katerina Koci and Ludger Hagedorn, will take place at the IWM library (Spittelauer Lände 3). The program and the registration link can be found here.

    Lecture:The Transmission of Religion during Adolescence. Preliminary Results from an Empirical Study in Austria

    28 October 2021, hybrid

    Lecture by Anne Koch and Karsten Lehmann at the Alfried-Krupp-Wissenschaftskolleg of the University of Greifswald/GER. The event starts at 19:00, the link for online participation can be found here.


    Conference: Entangled Sufism in (Post-)Ottoman Europe. Cross-Disciplinary Approaches

    21 – 23 October 2021, hybrid

    The conference, organized by Cem Kara, Evelyn Reuter and Zsófia Turóczy, will take place both on site, in the Dean's Hall of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the main building, and online. Those interested can contact Cem Kara. A detailed program of the conference can be found here.

    Conference: In the Shadow of Religious Experience: Hostility, Violence, Revenge

    06 - 08 October, online

    Keynote-Lectures by J. Aaron Simmons, Neal Deroo and Olga Louchakova-Schwartz. In association withthe FWF-Projects "Revenge of the Sacred" and "The Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience." For further information, click here.

    Lecture: Entlang der Anwesenheit in Abwesenheit. On Susan Taubes' Discussion of the Gnostic Understanding of God

    29. September 2021, 19:00, online

    Lecture followed by a discussion by Christina Pareigiss and Thomas Macho. Event in the context of the Workshop „Attention. Öffnungen durchqueren nach Simone Weil“ in cooperation with the HU Berlin. For further information, click here.

    Habermas Congress: "A History of Philosophy"

    22 – 24 September 2021, online
    The conference will focus on Habermas' most recent opus magnum "A History of Philosophy" (2019). The contributions of the invited speakers will deal on the one hand with the main chapters of the book, and on the other hand with the overall conception.
    Speakers: Adela Cortina, Gerardo Cunico, Maximilian Forschner, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Ludwig Honnefelder, Maureen Junker-Kenny, Theo Kobusch, Rudolf Langthaler, Christoph Markschies, Eduardo Mendieta, Ludwig Nagl, Heiner Roetz, Hans Schelkshorn, Thomas Schmidt, Notger Slenczka, Magnus Striet.
    For more information please click here.

    ÖGGF Conference 2021

    20 – 22 September 2021
    The conference is organised as a cooperation of the GAIN research platform with the Gender Research Department of the University of Vienna and the Austrian Gender Research Society (ÖGGF).
    More information can be found here.

    Young Believers Online
    Public Mid-Term Workshop
    16 September 2021
    The YouBeOn research project, in which RaT is a cooperation partner, celebrates its first anniversary with a public symposium on 16 September 2021 from 1 pm in the main building of the University of Vienna (Dekanatssaal der KTF, Stiege 8). After an online kickoff, we are pleased to hold the YouBeOn Mid-Term Workshop in person.  We have invited the members of our Scientific Advisory Board to Vienna and are looking forward to an afternoon of inputs from and discussions with renowned experts from different fields of research on religion, youth and social media. If you want to attend, please register at as places are limited.
    More information can be found here.

    "The True, the Good, and the Beautiful"
    XXV. Congress of the German Society for Philosophy
    5 – 8 September 2021
    Prof. Johann Schelkshorn is in charge of the section on Philosophy in the Latin American World, as well as giving a lecture on "Intercultural philosophy as a global discourse on modernity".
    More information can be found here.


    Internal RaT Workshop, September 3-6, 2021:
    The last month of the lecture-free period was used this year by RaT to organize a workshop in a smaller circle and with selected guests for a group exchange and for internal team building. The venue was the beautiful Scuola Apostolica del Sacro Cuore in Albino, Lombardy, where from September 3 to 6, the current projects, including some doctoral theses that are about to be completed, were presented and discussed together.
    We had the pleasure to welcome as guest of honor the philosopher Hans-Dieter Bahr, who taught in Vienna until his retirement in 2000. Bahr, whose work includes a philosophy of hospitality (see, for example, Die Sprache des Gastes. Eine Metaethik and Die Anwesenheit des Gastes. Entwurf einer Xenosophie), had thankfully agreed in advance to discuss with us a chapter from his book project Aktaion oder Die Wesenlosigkeit der Jagd, which is currently in preparation.
    After two days of presentations and discussions, the workshop ended with a cultural excursion to Bergamo, where we visited the church of Santa Maria Maggiore with its wooden inlays designed by Lorenzo Lotto.

    "A Philosophy of Boundaries. Contours of Albert Camus' Philosophy of Life" - online Lecture by Johann Schelkshorn

    Monday, 28 June 2021, 4:30 - 6pm.

    More information can be found here. Please register via email:

    "Esotericism and 'Embodied Language' in Hinduism and South Asian Islam" - online lecture by Keith Edward Cantú.

    Monday, 14 June 2021, 6:30 - 8pm.

    Please register by Friday, 11 June to: 

    You will then receive the link by email, probably on the day of the lecture.

    "Continuity and Actuality of Anti-Semitism. An Austrian and Global Challenge" - hybrid conference of the Sir Peter Ustinov Institute (University of Vienna & Life Stream)

    Thursday 27 May 2021, from 9am:

    Friday 28 May 2021, from 9am:

    For further information, please click here. For on-site presence, please register at

    "Resistance needed? Identity and gender struggles in the horizon of right-wing populism and Christian fundamentalism in Europe today" - Online IPW Lecture by Rita Perintfalvi (University of Graz)

    Thursday, 27 May 2021, 6 - 7:30pm

    Information and registration link

    "Translation, Theosophy, and the Global History of Religion" - Online Lecture by Mriganka Mukhopadhyay 

    Thursday, 20 May 2021, 6:30 - 8pm

    For further information please click here. Registration via email is requested:

    Weekly in Wintersemester 2020: Lecture Series "Gender, Religion, Transformation", organised by Sabine Grenz, Birgit Heller and Andrea Lehner Hartmann in cooperation with RaT.

    February 6.-7: International Workshop "Sovereignty: Sacred and Secular", organized by Jason W. Alvis, cluster "Religionsphilosophie" of the Research centre RaT, in cooperation with the FWF Project grants "Revenge of the Sacred: Phenomenology and the Ends of Christianity in Europe" and "Secularism and it's Discontents: Towards a Phenomenology of Religious Violence"

    January 24 2020: Guest lecture by Dr. Michael Jahn: „Der Ethikunterricht als Ersatzunterricht für den konfessionsgebundenen RU - Wie es dazu gekommen ist und gegenwärtiger Stand der Implementierung.“ 

    January 16 2020: IPW-Lecture "Zwischen postmodernem Heidentum und identitärem Christentum: Die politische Theologie der Neuen Rechten" by RaT-member Sebastian Pittl, chaired by Katharina Limacher.

    December 18 2019: Guest Lecture "Islamic Theology of Peace" by Prof. Muhammad Machasin, Fellow at the Research Centre RaT.

    December 17 2019: Workshop "Theology and Africa" with Students of Fundamental Theology, Practical Theology and Theological Ethics and Daniela Waldburger from the Institute of African Studies.

    December 16 2019: Trialogue "Vor uns die Sintflut? Jüdische, Christliche und Islamische Gedanken zur Klimakatastrophe", chaired by RaT-member Regina Polak at Radio-Café, ORF.

    December 11 2019: Lecture Vortrag "Indonesian Islam. Solution or Problem?" by Prof. Muhammad Machasin, organised by the Department of Near Eastern Studies in cooperation with RaT.

    December 2 2019: Workshop and book presentation "Der Jude Jesus und die Zukunft des Christentums" by Norbert Reck.

    November 30 2019: Conference "Die MuslimInnen in Europa. Fakten, Analysen, Ausblicke", with RaT-member Astrid Mattes, at Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna.

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

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

    November 20-22 2019: Workshop "Confronting Fanaticism. Theoretical and Applied Perspectives", organized by Jason Alvis, Hans Bernhard Schmid, Michael Staudigl, Ruth Tietjen and Leo Townsend.

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

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

    November 14 and 15 2019: Workshop "Derrida Religion Violence. Derrida on secular and religious reason", organised by Jason W. Alvis, Kurt Appel and Michael Staudigl, in cooperation with the FWF-Project "Secularism and ist Discontents", "Revenge of the Sacred" and the Research Centre RaT.

    October 25 2019: Workshop "Vienna Circle and Religion", organised by Elisabeth Nemeth and Esther Ramharter (Institute for Vienna Circle, Vienna Circle Society, RaT).

    October 22 2019: Guest lecture by Lucia Vantini: Christologische Implikationen einer Phänomenologie des Geschlechts

    October 17 to 19 2019: International Conference: "Interreligious Dialogue in Context. A European Comparison"

    14.-15. October 2019: Workshop "Derrida Religion Violence. Derrida on secular and religious reason", organized by Jason W. Alvis, Kurt Appel und Michael Staudigl, cooperation of FWF-Projekts "Secularism and ist Discontents", "Revenge of the Sacred" and the Research Centr RaT.

    Workshop "The Shaping of Collective Identities - Emotion, Religion, and the Political", September 30.- October 1. 2019, lecture hall 2H, Neues Institutsgebäude (Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien), 2nd floor.

    June 17 and 18 2019: Lectures and Seminars in Course of ERASMUS-Teaching-Mobility with Professor İhsan Çapcioğlu and Professor Selman Yilmaz, University of Ankara, organised by ED Wien, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Institute for Practical Theology, Faculty of Catholic Theology. 

    June 21 2019: Guest lecture by Markus Markus Wirtz (Köln): Religiöse Diversität – Vom Pluralismus zur interkulturellen Religionsphilosophie, organised by Hans Schelkshorn.

    June 12 2019: Workshop with Georg Essen: "Fragile Souveränität. Eine Politische Theologie".

    June 4 2019: 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.

    June 4 2019: Guest lecture by Claudio Ciancio: "Luigi Pareyson und die Relevanz des Mythos heute".

    May 23 2019: Workshop with Prof. Brian Klug: "The god and the gadfly"

    May 28 22019: Guest lecture by Joshua Furnal: "Being before God: Cornelio Fabro’s Thomistic approach to Kierkegaards’s Theology".

    May 14 2019: Conference with Prof. David W. Tracy, University of Chicago: "On the Range of Reason in Theology", and guest lecture: "Theology and the Range of Reason: The Question of Mysticism"

    May 7 2019: Guest lecture by Maureen Junker-Kenny: „Selbst, Sozialität und Sinn: Welcher Ort für Religion in Entwürfen der philosophischen Ethik?“, organised by the Institute for Fundamental Theology and RaT

    April 4 2019: Workshop with Armin Schneider connected to the Central College "To Begin with... Dialectics, Materialism and Mathematical Formalism in Hegel and Badiou. Or: Thinking between Philosophy and Science" in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Karls-Universität Prag and the Research Centre RaT.

    April 4 2019: Panel discussion Die Europäische Integration auf dem Prüfstand“ on the occasion of the upcoming elections, organised by Ingeborg Gabriel.

    April 1 2019: Lecture "Buridans Logische Probleme mit der Trinität", by Esther Ramharter and Michael Toppel

    March 22 2019: Conference Identity without Faith? Agamben, Sovereignty, and an Awareness of What is Missing, organised by Martin Koci and Jason Alvis

    March 18-20 2019: Constituent Meeting of the Centre's Scientific Advisory Board and Open Day

    March 4-7 2019: RaT at the European Academy of Religion, Bologna

    February 22/23 2019: "Drittes Wiener Forum interkulturellen Philosophierens", organised by Hans Schelkshorn. Otto-Mauer-Zentrum.

    February 7 2019: Conference of the Research Project „Postsecular Conflicts“, public discussion at ÖAW on  „European Culture Wars?“, with James Davison Hunter, Olivier Roy, Susanna Mancini and Ivan Vejvoda.

    February 2 2019: African Day - Workshop on Theology and Africa, Dominican convent, Vienna.

    January 29 2019: Plublic discussion "Christentum im Angesicht des Judeseins Jesu" with Christian Danz, Walter Homolka, Verena Lenzen and Magnus Striet, chaired by Gerhard Klein.

    January 27/28 2019: Conference "The future of Islamic theology and religious education within the European region between the priorities of science, politics and society", at the Department for Islamic Theology.

    January 18 2019: Workshop "Die doppelte Sendung" mit Mouhanad Khorchide und Dina El Omari.

    January 15 2019: Lecture "Diversität und Gleichstellungsarbeit - Von Theorien, Gesetzen und universitärem Alltag", with Sylvia Bukowska and Lisa Appiano.

    January 14 2019: Lecture on  Phật Giáo Hòa Hảo, one of Asias most important Buddhist Traditions, by Pascal Bourdeaux, Paris.

    December 17th 2018: Lecture "Religionen im Dialog" at KAICIID Dialogue Centre.

    December 12th 2018: Workshop "Conflict and Interpretation. Ricoeur and the Return of Religion", organized by Jason W. Alvis, Branko Klun and Michael Staudigl. Poster Schedule

    December 11th 2018: Panel discussion "Wahrheitsanspruch in der dialogischen Theologie" with Handan Aksünger, Kurt Appel, Awi Blumenfeld, Christian Danz, Marija Jandrokovic and Abdullah Takim, moderation by Ebrahim Afsah. Organized in course of  "Ringvorlesung: Diversität im Islam" by the Institute for Islamic-Theological Studies.

    December 7th 2018: Symposion ­­"Menschenrechte in interkultureller Perspektive - Symposion zu 70 Jahre UN-Deklaration der Menschenrechte" ("Human rights in an intercultural perspective - Symposion on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UN-declaration of human rights"), organised by Prof. Hans Schelkshorn, with: Andreas Müller, Heiner Roetz, Hans Schelkshorn, Anke Graneß, Sarhan Dhouib

    November 30th / December 1st 2018: Conference "Religious Reform, Christian Democracy and Political Islam", Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Tunis - Lecture by Stefan Hammer: “Secularity of the State, Religious Reform, and the Role of Religions in Secular Democracy”

    November 23rd 2018: Guest lecture "Frauen im Sikhismus" by Areshpreet Wedech, 18:30-20:00, Hörsaal 6, Tiefparterre, Main Building of the University of Vienna, organised by the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Cooperation with RaT. Poster

    November 23rd and 24th 2018: "Occult South Asia", Spitalgasse 2, Campus, University of Vienna. Organisation: Prof. Karl Baier (Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna) and Mr. Mriganka Mukhopadhyay MA, (PhD candidate, Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam). Associated Workshop from November 19th to 21st. Poster

    November 16th to 20th 2018: Participation at the American Academy of Religion, Denver

    November 12th 2018: Symposium "70th Anniversary of Israel: Insights and Perspectives. Politics - Culture - Religion", 14:00-19:30, conference hall of the deanship of the Faculty of Catholic-Theology, universíty of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna; organized by RaT and the Department for Practical Theology in cooperation with the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien. Poster

    October 24th 2018: Guest lecture with Dominik Finkelde "Anamorphose und Subjektivität im Raum der Gründe", 16:45-20:00, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1. Stock, Seminarraum 5. Poster Review

    24th September 2018: guest lecture by Dr. Brian Klug (Oxford) entitled "Wittgenstein and the Divine: Can Nonsense Make Sense?" Place: RaT office (Schenkenstrasse 8-10, 1010 Vienna, Room 053). Review

    4 June 2018 (before noon): 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). 

    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. Review

    16-18 May 2018: The End(s) of Religious Community - International Conference in Cooperation with IWM and FWF, organized by Michael Staudigl

    Interview with Charles Taylor

    Review - lecture by Charles Taylor

    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. Link

    25 April 2018: Guest lecture by Ian James and Martin Crowley (Cambridge) „Catherine Malabou. The Future of Hegel"