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Please note that the Department’s Administrative Officer, Dagmar Hofko, is on sick leave for an indefinite time. Urgent queries may be sent to Agnes Leyrer.

  • We cordially welcome Professor Tibor Porció (University of Szeged). While at the Department, he will co-ordinate a course on "Buddhism in Central Asia." For more information on Professor Porció, please click here.
  • Congratulations to Gudrun Breuer for completing her M.A in Religious Studies with a thesis on Lifestyle versus Lebenskunst. Eine kritische Analyse der Marke Rituals und das ambivalente Potential ritualisierter Selbstfürsorge in einer beschleunigten Welt [Lifestyle versus Art of Living: A Critical Analysis of the Brand Rituals and the Ambivalent Potential of Ritualised Self-care in an Accelerated World], supervised by Karl Baier.
  • Congratulations to Bernadette Reiskopf for completing her M.A in Religious Studies with a thesis on Die reinigende Wirkung des Wassers in den Religionen im Vergleich von Hinduismus und Judentum [The Cleansing Effect of Water in the Religions through a Comparison of Hinduism and Judaism], supervised by Birgit Heller.
  • After many fruitful years at the Department of Religious Studies, Professor Karl Baier formally retired on October 1, 2020. We are delighted that he keeps contributing prolifically and vibrantly as a Professorial Research Fellow in the next years.
  • Congratulations to Sarah-Allegra Schönberger for completing the Ph.D. programme in Religious Studies with a thesis on Vaiśravaṇa. Dämonischer Wächter und Herr der Reichtümer: Ikonographische Transformationen im Kulturtransfer zwischen Indien und dem sino-japanischen Raum [Vaiśravaṇa. Demonic Guardian and Lord of Wealth: Iconographical Transformations in the Cultural Transfer Between India and the Sino-Japanese Area], supervised by Karl Baier and examined by Peter J. Bräunlein (Göttingen) and Lukas Pokorny.
  • The Department is happy to announce the start of the 20 months research project "The Globalization of East Asian Religions in Comparative Perspective," funded by the Austrian National Bank Anniversary Fund. For more information, click here.
  • Call for Papers: The volume From Syncretism to Hybridity: Transformations in African-derived American Religions in the peer-reviewed series JRaT (Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society) is planned for late 2021 / early 2022, with a focus on religious change in the field of African-derived Religions in the Americas. Edited by Bettina Schmidt (Cardiff) and Hans Gerald Hödl (Vienna). Deadline for abstracts is November 1st, 2020, deadline for contributions is July 1st, 2020.
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New Publications

  • Fritzl, Hermann: "Atemtechniken. Ein historischer Überblick auf alternativreligiöse Wurzeln der Körperarbeit." In: Praxis PalliativeCare, 48: 37–39.
  • Lukas Pokorny:
    1. "The Millenarian Myth Ethnocentrized: The Case of East Asian New Religious Movements." In: Nickolas P. Roubekas und Thomas Ryba, eds., Explaining, Interpreting, and Theorizing Religion and Myth: Contributions in Honor of Robert A. Segal, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2020, 299–316.
    2. "The Unificationist Funerary Tradition." In: Religions, 11.5 (2020): 1–14.
    3. and Rudiger Frank, Ina Hein, Agnes Schick-Chen, ed. 2020. Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, 12, Berlin: De Gruyter/Sciendo.
  • Human-Friedrich Unterrainer:
    1. et al., "The Relationship Between Existential Well-Being and Mood-Related Psychiatric Burden in Indian Young Adults with Attachment Deficits: A Cross Cultural Validation Study." In: BMC Psychology 8.21 (2020).
    2. et. al., "Facets of Shame are Differently Expressed in Dermatological Disease: A Prospective Observational Study." In: British Journal of Dermatology (2020).
    3. et al., "Pinpointing Neural Correlates of Attachment in Poly-drug Use: A Controlled Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study." In: Frontiers in Neuroscience (2020).
    4. and J. Fuchshuber, "Childhood Trauma, Personality and Substance Use Disorder: The Development of a Neuropsychoanalytic Addiction Model." In: Frontiers in Psychiatry (2020).
    5. et al., "The Relationship between Skin Shame, Psychological Distress and Quality of Life in Patients with Psoriasis: A Pilot Study." In: Acta Dermato-Venerologica (2020).
    6. and G. Leon, "The Therapeutic Community: A Unique Social Psychological Approach to the Treatment of Addictions and Related Disorders." In: Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11 (2020).
    7.  et al., "Decreased Attachment-Related Oxytocin Reactivity in Poly-drug Users Undergoing Maintenance Therapy Compared to Healthy Controls." In: Frontiers in Psychiatry (2020).
  • Birgit Heller.
    1. "Warum Unreinheit stigmatisiert wird." In: Journal für Urologie und Urogynäkologie (2020).
    2. "Religionen und Geschlecht. Präliminarien aus religionswissenschaftlicher Perspektive." In: Christine Büchner and Nathalie Giele (eds.), Theologie von Frauen im Horizont des Geschlechterdiskurses. Ostfildern: Grünewald, 2020, 17–35.