Dr. phil. Katharina Limacher

Current Position: Programme Manager of the Vienna Doctoral School of Theology and Research on Religion VDTR

Research Interests: Digital Religion, Religion and Youth, Religion and Migration (especially hinduism in Europe), New Christian Right in Austria and Europe, Sociolgy of Religion, Qualitative Research

Publications (Selection):


Limacher, K. (2022): «Fundamentalisms Old and New? Intra-religious Developments and Inter-denominational Alliances in the New Christian Right in Austria». In: Marko, J. et al. (eds.): «Religious Diversity, State, and Law. National, Transnational and International Challenges». Leiden: Brill. Pp. 358-378.   doi-org.uaccess.univie.ac.at/10.1163/9789004515871

Novak C., Haselbacher M., Mattes A. and Limacher, K., (2022): «Religious “Bubbles” in a Superdiverse Digital Landscape? Research with Religious Youth on Instagram». In: Religions 2022, 13 (3): 213. doi.org/10.3390/rel13030213 


Limacher K. (2021): Doing mandir, doing kōvil. Eine empirische Rekonstruktion hinduistischer Tempelpraktiken in der Schweiz und in Österreich. Religionen aktuell, Bd. 32. Baden-Baden, Tectum/Nomos. Open Access: https://www.nomos-elibrary.de/10.5771/9783828877665/doing-mandir-doing-kovil

Limacher K., Walthert, R. (Hg.) (2021): Praxistheorien und Religionswissenschaft. Neuere Theoriediskussionen in der empirischen Religionsforschung. Bielefeld, transcript. Open Access: https://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-5848-4/praxistheorien-und-religionswissenschaft/

Mattes, A., Urbanic, B., Limacher, K. (2020): Revise, Reclaim, Revive: Towards a New Christian Right in Austria?. In: Religion in Austria, No. 5., pp. 171-212.

Limacher, K., Mattes, A., Novak, C. (Hg.) (2019): Prayer, Pop and Politics. Researching Religious Youth in Migration Society. V&R Unipress, Wien.

Limacher, K. (2019): «Bhangra, Bhajan und Bollywood: Popkulturelle Referenzen in der Identitätskonstruktion junger Hindus in Wien» In: Limacher, K., Mattes A., Novak C. (Eds.): Prayer, Pop and Politics. Researching religious youth in migration society. V&R Unipress, Wien.

Limacher, K., Rückamp, V. (2016): «’Entrance free – we are looking forward to your visit!’ Public Events as Strategies of Legitimisation in Immigrant Religious Organisations». In: Journal of Religion in Europe.

Academic CV:

Since 05/2021:Programme Manager of the Vienna Doctoral School of Theology and Research on Religion VDTR

11/2018 - 04/2021: University Assistant (Post-Doc) at the Research Centre "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society RaT"

2015/6: Research Stay at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma (Scholarship)

2012-2016: Research Assistant (Prae Doc) at the Institute of Religious Studies, University of Lucerne

2012-2018: PhD Student in Religious Studies, University of Lucerne

2011-2012: Research Assistant at the Institute for Social an Cultural Geography, University of Berne

2010: Intern at the Federal Administration, Berne

2009: Master's Degree in Sociology and Religious Studies from the University of Lucerne