Visiting scholars

Sumit Sonkar

Sumit Sonkar is a Ph.D. Candidate at Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His thesis topic, “Progressive Constitutionalism in India: Examining Women’s Right to Access Hindu Temples and its Societal Harmonization,” examines how the Supreme Court of India has recognized women’s right to worship and how it can be made more socially acceptable from a gender equality perspective. Currently, he is visiting the Centre, in the capacity of Visiting Research Fellow on Ernst Mach-Stipendien, Eurasia-Pacific Uninet Grant, 2021, funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Holzleithner.

Muhammad Machasin

Dr. Muhammad Machasin is a Professor of the History of Islamic Cultures at the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University (UIN) Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has been actively promoting interfaith dialogue and is a member of the Board of the Asian Council on Religion and Peace. He used to be one of the Heads (Ra’is) of the Consultative Board of Nahdlatul Ulama and is now a member of its advisory board. As a faculty member of the graduate school at his university, he teaches approaches and methodologies in Islamic Studies.

In the winter semester 2019, he was a guest at the Institute for Oriental Studies and the Research Centre RaT.

Daniel Minch

Daniel Minch was a guest lecturer in Vienna in the framework of the Erasmus+ Program in the summer semester 2018. He has participated in and presented his research at several seminars and conferences held by RaT, including “The Crisis of Representation” in June 2017.
Minch is currently a postdoctoral University Assistant at the Institut für Dogmatik, University of Graz. His research has focused on the hermeneutical theology of Edward Schillebeeckx, the economic dimensions of contemporary political theology, eschatology and theologies of hope. Recently, he published a monograph with the title "Eschatological Hermeneutics: The Theological Core of Experience and Our Hope for Salvation" (New York 2018).

Current publication

Ugo Dessì

Ugo Dessì was Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Religious Studies in 2017/18 and worked on a project co-financed by RaT. The topic of the project was religious adaption in the context of globalisation, especially in Japan.

He is Associate Professor at the Institute for Religious Studies at the University of Leipzig and has done research at several universities in South Africa, Japan, the United States and other countries. The focus of his work lies on Japanese Religions, Shin Buddhism and the relation of religion and globalisation.

Website of Ugo Dessì

Website of the Institute for Religious Studies

Francesco Ghia

In the summer semester 2017, Francesco Ghia, Professor for Political Philosophy at the University of Trento, was visiting scholar at the Research Centre RaT. His work primarily focuses on authors like Humboldt, Rosmini, Troeltsch, Weber and Jellinek, but also on classical German philosophy. His research on the relation of religion and politics was also presented and discussed during his stay in Vienna.

Review Workshop

Review Guest Lecture

Website of Francesco Ghia

Paolo Costa

Paolo Costa was a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Vienna from May to July 2017. He is a philosopher and senior researcher at the Center for Religious Studies of the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento, Italy.

His research field is the theory of secularization and, more generally, the changes in contemporary spirituality. During his stay at the faculty, he collaborated with the Research platform “Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society” and gave two talks, respectively, on the new secularisation debate and the concept of “religious unmusicality”. In the course of his visit, he also wrote a substantial section of his book “La città post-secolare. Il nuovo dibattito sulla secolarizzazione” (Brescia: Queriniana, 2019).

Website Academia

Website Bruno Kessler Foundation

Current Publication

Juraj Skačan

In the winter semester 2014/15, Juraj Skačan was visiting scholar at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Vienna.

He is assistant for the professorship of philosophy at Constantine The Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia. His main research interests are medieval and late medieval mystics and the possibility of a philosophical portrayal of mystic aspects. During his stay in Vienna, he did research on ontologic and gnoseologic aspects of Meister Eckharts philosophy.

Website Juraj Skačan