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News & Religious Studies in the Media

  • Our graduates share the interesting career paths they took with a degree in Religious Studies. You can read more here.
  • The Department of Religious Studies is happy to announce to have received the Ron W. Walker estate on Mormon Studies. Following more than a year of negotiations, the Department was selected amongst several interested parties as the new home of the estate. Ron Warren Walker (1939–2016), famed Latter-day Saints historian, was Prorfessor at Brigham Young University and President of the Mormom History Association. With this endowment, the Department likely holds the largest book collection in the area of Mormon Studies in Europe.
  • Congratulations to Gundel Schromm, who completed the M.A. programme in Religious Studies with a thesis on "Om statt Amen: Die Ansichten von AnhängerInnen indischer Neureligionen über die römisch-katholische Kirche" [Om Instead of Amen: The Views of Followers of Indian New Religions towards the Roman-Catholic Church] supervised by Lukas Pokorny.
  • We cordially welcome Beatrix Mecsi (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest). While at the Department she will co-ordinate a course on "Introducing East Asian Religious Arts." More on Professor Mecsi can be found here.
  • We cordially welcome Robert Segal (University of Aberdeen). While at the Department he will co-ordinate a course on "Myth." More on Professor Segal can be found here.
  • Birgit Heller has commented extensively on the issue of abortion in Hinduism on an online publication at the Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen – Kultur, 12.11.2018. More here.
  • The "Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements" (Brill 2018), edited by Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter,  has recently been reviewed very positively in the Journal of Religion in Japan by Lehel Balogh (Hokkaido University) (see here), in Religious Studies Review by David W. Kim (Australian National University) (see here), and in Reading Religion by Hoàng Vān Chung (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences) (see here).
  • Congratulations to Stefan Georg Schneider, who completed the M.A. programme in Religious Studies with a thesis on "The Role of 'Sophia' in the Life and the Early Writings of Sergij Bulgakov" [Die Rolle 'Sophias' im Leben und in den frühen Schriften Sergij Bulgakovs] supervised by Ioan Moga.
  • To further enlarge the Department of Religious Studies' collection on the Sathya Sai Movement in the Quellenbibliothek, we have received a generous book donation in the value of €231 by the German Sathya Sai Association.
  • 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).
  • 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

  • Birgit Heller and Karl-Heinz Steinmetz (Hg.) 2018. Spiritualität und Körper [Spirituality and Body]. Das Jahresheft Palliative Care/demenz/Praxis Pflegen 10. Hannover.