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  • Gerald Hödl will be presenting a lecture entitled "Flash of the Spirit - The Aesthetics of African and Afro-Caribbean Religions" for the Catholic Academics Association of the Archdiocese of Vienna (Otto-Mauer-Zentrum, Währinger Str. 2-4, 1090 Vienna) on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 7 p.m. For more information, see here.
  • We cordially welcome Professor Zdeněk Vojtíšek, who will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Department from September 2018 to February 2019. More on Professor Vojtíšek can be found here.
  • We cordially welcome Dr Alessandro Testa, who will be a KTF Fellow at the Department from August to October 2018. More on Dr Testa can be found here.
  • To further enlarge the Department of Religious Studies’ Bahá'í collection in the Quellenbibliothek, we have received another generous book donation in the value of €433 by the Austrian Bahá'í Community.   
  • Congratulations to Peter Gottsbachner on his graduation with an M.A. thesis on Religiöse Toleranz im Vergleich zwischen Österreich und dem Oman [A Comparison of Religious Tolerance between Austria and Oman] supervised by Wolfram Reiss.
  • Our graduates share the interesting career paths they took with a degree in Religious Studies. You can read more here.
  • 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

  • Marta Dominguez Diaz has a new article out, entitled "The Būdshīshiyya’s Tower of Babel: Cultural Diversity in a Transnational Sufi Order", available as open-access for a short period here.
  • Nickolas P. Roubekas has new publications out:
  1. "Theory in Distress? On Being 'Critical' with Everything." Method & Theory in the Study of Religion.
  2. "Response to Thesis 12." In Russell T. McCutcheon, "Religion" in Theory and Practice: Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Academics. Sheffield, UK and Bristol, CT: Equinox, pp. 199–202.
  3. "The Insularity of the Study of Ancient Religions and 'Religion'." In: Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 47 (2), 2018: 2–7.
  4. "On Finding Common Ground: A (Very Brief) Reflection on a So What? Question." In: Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 47 (2), 2018: 10–11.
  • Johann Figl has new publications out:
  1. "Ökologie und Buddhismus [Ecology and Buddhism]." In: Zeitschrift für Religions-und Missionswissenschaft, 102 (1/2): 28–40.
  2. "Innerstes aller Religionen: Das Heilige und die Heiligen." In: Jahrbuch der Diözese Gurk 41 (2018): 36–39.
  3. "Einheit der Religionen: Konzepte europäischer Religionsphilosophie und des Sufismus (im Westen) [The Unity of Religions: Concepts from the European Philosophy of Religion and (Western) Sufism]." In: Erdal Toprakyaran et al., eds. Dem Einen entgegen: Christliche und islamische Mystik in historischer Perspektive, Berlin und Wien: LIT, 219–236.
  • Human F. Unterrainer has two new articles out:
  1. (et al.): "Personality Influences the Relationship Between Primary Emotions and Religious/Spiritual Well-Being." In: Frontiers in Psychology 9.
  2. (et al.): "Depressive Symptoms and Addictive Behaviors in Young Adults After Childhood Trauma: The Mediating Role of Personality Organization and Despair." 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.