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  • Congratulations to Dr. Marlis Lami for the successful completion of her Ph.D. dissertation (co-supervised by Prof. Karl Baier) entitled "Andrzej Towianski im europäischen Kontext seiner Zeit [Andrzej Towianski in the European Context of his time]".
  • Birgit Heller has a new post at the RaT-Blog on equality, religions, and gender (2.11.2017).
  • The Department of Religious Studies welcomes Elisabetta Porcu (University of Cape Town) as a Senior Research Fellow until mid-February 2018. For more information on Professor Porcu’s CV and research project while at the Department, please see here.
  • Birgit Heller gave an interview on the topic of virgin birth in religions at the Ö1 on 25.12.2017. You may listen to the interview here.
  • Sara Kuehn will deliver two papers in Japan in January: 1) "Traditions of Divine Service of the Sufi Orders in the Balkans: On Forms of Loud Dhikr (Remembrance of God)," National Museum of Ethnology, Suita, 20 January 2018; 2) "A Supernatural Creature in a Transcultural and Transreligious Framework: The Case of the so-called 'Sēnmurw'," Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo, 26 January 2018.
  • The student representatives of the Department of Religious Studies now have their own webpage on the departmental cyber space! You can find out more (including contact details and future events) here.
  • The Department of Religious Studies welcomes Prof. Dominika Motak (Jagiellonian University, Kraków) as a Senior Research Fellow until March 2018. For more information on Prof. Motak's CV and research project while at the Department, please see here.
  • You can now follow the Department on Twitter!  


New Publications

  • Birgit Heller has published three new articles:
1. "Autonomie versus heteronome Humanität? Moderner Würde-Diskurs und interreligiöse Perspektiven." In: Clemens Sedmak ed., Menschenwürde: Vom Selbstwert des Menschen (Grundwerte Europas 7). Darmstadt 2017, 219–236.
2. "Der Tod und die Trauer – Gender-Aspekte." In: Heller, Andreas ed., Trauer leben. Das Jahresheft (Praxis Palliative Care/demenz). Hannover, 2017, 39–43.
3. "Wie Religionen rituell in der Trauer helfen." In: Heller, Andreas ed., Trauer leben. Das Jahresheft (Praxis Palliative Care/demenz). Hannover, 2017, 48–51.
  • Sara Kuehn's new article: "On the Transcultural and Transreligious Dimension of the so-called 'Sēnmurw'." In: G. Lutz and J. Olchawa, eds. Ein Hildesheimer Drachen-Aquamanile des 12. Jahrhunderts. Objekte und Eliten in Hildesheim, 1130 bis 1250, vol. 1. Regensburg, 2017, 105–128.
  • Johann Figl's new article is now published: "Re-Formation als Strukturprinzip der Religionsgeschichte [Re-formation as Structural Principle of the History of Religions]." Historisches Jahrbuch, 137: 7–23.
  • Birgit Heller's new article is now published: "Bedeutung religiös-kultureller Unterschiede in Palliative Care [The Meaning of Religious-Cultural Differences in Palliative Care]." In: Barbara Steffen-Bürgi et al. Hrsg., Lehrbuch Palliative Care. 3. vollst. überarb. Aufl. Bern, 510–517.
  • Lukas Pokorny's new article in now published: "The Unificationist Conversion Narrative: Current Perspectives on Past Experiences in the Austrian Unification Movement." In: Hans Gerald Hödl and Lukas Pokorny, eds. Religion in Austria, Volume 3, Vienna: Praesens, 2016, 215–260.
  • The third volume of Religion in Austria edited by Lukas Pokorny and Hans Gerald Hödl is now published.
  • Sara Kuehn's new article in now published: "Pilgrimage as Muslim Religious Commemoration: The Case of Ajvatovica in Bosnia-Herzegovina." In: Ingvild Flaskerud and R. J. Natvig, eds. Muslim Pilgrimage in Europe, New York: Routledge, 98–117.
  • Nickolas Roubekas' new article is now published: "How Did Religion Start?" In: Aaron Hughes and Russell T. McCutcheon, eds. Religion in 5 Minutes, Sheffield, UK and Bristol, CT: Equinox, 43–46.