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News & Religious Studies in the Media

  • 26 May 2018: Birgit Heller will deliver a paper entitled "Vollkommenes Glück: Vom Gelingen des Lebens in den Religionen" at the conference Glück von oben? Glück von Innen? organized by the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, Germany.
  • Invitation: The Department of Religious Studies invites you to the career perspectives "Quo vadis?" event for students in Religious Studies, on June 5, 2018 at 18:00 (Venue: HS3, 6th floor, ETF).
  • Congratulations to Beate Karner on her graduation with an M.A. thesis on Zum aktuellen Verständnis des Fastens in der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirche in Österreich [On the Current Understanding of Fasting in the Austrian Protestant Lutheran Church], supervised by Lukas Pokorny.
  • The Department of Religious Studies welcomes two visiting lecturers: Jana Valtrová (Masaryk University, Brno) and Jan Ole Bangen (Free University of Berlin) who will offer two courses at the 2018 summer semester on "Buddhism and the West" and "Einführung in die Religionssoziologie," respectively.
  • Karl Baier, Lukas Pokorny, and Dominic Zöhrer have prepared an information brochure on the theme "RELIGION - WORLDVIEW – SPIRITUALITY: Perspectives from Religious Studies for the Application Field of Life and Social Councelling". The brochure has now been made available online by the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO).
  • Congratulations to Lisa Kottas on her graduation with an M.A. thesis on "Ghetto of the Mind": Religion as Form of Resistance in Hip Hop and Afrofuturism as seen through Jiba Molei Anderson’s Black Comic "The Horsemen", supervised by Hans Gerald Hödl.
  • Congratulations to Jutta Mayr on her graduation with an M.A. thesis on David Hume (1711–1776): His Philosophy of Religion and his Critique of Religion. An Analytical Essay.
  • As in previous semesters, members of the Department of Religious Studies will participate in the summer semester 2018 with numerous exciting presentations in the lecture series "Religions in the Past, Present and Future" within the framework of VHS Science.
  • 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.
  • You can now follow the Department on Twitter!  


New Publications

  • Human F. Unterrainer (et al.): "Personality Influences the Relationship Between Primary Emotions and Religious/Spiritual Well-Being." In: Frontiers in Psychology 9.
  • Lukas Pokorny has a number of new publications out:
  1. "Introduction: Korean New Religious Movements." In: Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter, eds., Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements, Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2018, 231–254.
  2. "The Unification Movement." In: Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter, eds., Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements, Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2018, 321–342.
  3. (with) Rudiger Frank, Ina Hein, and Agnes Schick-Chen, eds., Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, 9, Vienna: Praesens, 2017.
  4. and Franz Winter, eds., Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements, Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2018.
  5. and Franz Winter. "East Asian New Religious Movements: Introductory Remarks." In: Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter, eds., Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements, Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2018, 3–13.
  • Johann Figl's new article is now published: "Rezeption zentraler Themen Friedrich Nietzsches [The Reception of Friedrich Nietzsche's Themes]." In: Yulia V. Sineokaya and Ekaterina A. Poljakova eds., Friedrich Nietzsche: Legacy and Prospects. Moscow: LRC Publishing House, 593–604.
  • Birgit Heller's new article is now published: "Der Tod – ein Übergang in eine andere Existenzform. Jenseitsvorstellungen in den Religionen [Death: A Transition to Another Form of Existence. Afterlife in Religions]. In: Jens Beutmann ed., Tod und Ritual: Kulturen von Abschied und Erinnerung. Begleitband zur gleichnamigen Sonderausstellung im Staatlichen Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz 16. November 2017 bis 21. Mai 2018. Dresden, 2017, 25–34.
  • 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.