Did you know...

  • that Religious Studies is not a theological discipline, but a non-denominational, cultural studies subject?
  • that Religious Studies can also be studied without basic studies (Bachelor/Master/Doctorate) within the framework of the Bachelor Religious Education (Religious Studies Education)?
  • that condition-free admission to the MA Religious Studies is possible after completing the two extension curricula in any undergraduate program?
  • that almost any undergraduate degree (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) can be used for admission to the MA Religious Studies?
  • that required courses (usually consisting of the two extension curricula) can be completed not only before the start of the study program but also during the study programme?
  • that you can learn more about the self-image of the subject Religious Studies, the cultural studies discipline on the topic of "religion", here?
  • that EU/EEA/CH citizens do not pay tuition for their B.A./M.A./Ph.D. studies? Non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees of 749.42 Euro/semester.This includes all degree programmes (B.A./M.A./Ph.D.).

News

  • The eleventh workshop of the Religious Studies Workshop Series on "Semi-structured Interviews: Practical Use and Limitations" will take place on 24 June in Seminar Room 2 and will be led by Petra Tlčimuková (University of South Bohemia). Further information on the workshop can be found here.
  • Nicole Bauer (University of Graz) will present her habilitation project "Healing between Medicine and the Bible (Re-)Staging and Institutionalization of Roman Catholic Exorcism in Austria" on 18 June from 16:45 in the Dean's Hall of the Faculty of Catholic Theology.
  • The Department of Religious Studies is hosting an event on 19 June as part of the series "Quo vadis? Karriereperspektiven für Religionswissenschafter:innen", in which graduates of religious studies will report on their professional careers and exchange ideas with students. Further information on the event can be found here.
  • On 13 June, the tenth workshop of the Religious Studies Workshop Series on "Implicit Religion in Social Media" took place in Seminar Room 7 in the Main Building of the University of Vienna. The workshop was led by Sarah Perez and Bastiaan von Rijn (University of Bern).
  • We warmly welcome Sarah Perez and Bastiaan van Rijn (University of Bern) at our institute. During their stay, they will lead a course entitled "Something old, something new, something borrowed: Religious Studies source work on afterlife visions from the Middle Ages to the Present".
  • Students in the Master's program Religious Studies now have the opportunity to carry out an independent research project worth 10 ECTS as part of updating a database of religious communities in Vienna. For further information, please contact Prof. Pokorny and Dr. Schuster.
  • We are happy to welcome Dirk Schuster as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. He will be in particular charge of the institute's special focus "Religion in Austria". More on Dr Schuster can be found here.
  • Congratulations to Lukas K. Pokorny and Samuel Thévoz for their successful FWF funding application on “Yogic Icons in the Making: Alexandra David-Neel in India and Tibet and Yoga and Meditation in France and Europe (1890–1960).” The four-year project will start on 1 June 2024. For more information, please click here.
  • Congratulations to Lukas K. Pokorny (qua editor-in-chief) for the publication of Volume 15 of the open access Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, which is now available at BRILL. Since several years, the journal has a Religious Studies section. In Volume 15, it is dedicated to Vietnamese religions.
  • In the new QS World University Ranking by Subject 2024, the University of Vienna's Theology and Religious Studies Cluster ranks 21st worldwide.
  • The calls for individual papers as well as closed panels and roundtables for the XXIII IAHR World Congress from 24 to 30 August in Kraków are now open. Further information can be found here.
  • In a new episode of the Skandilös, the podcast of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Vienna, Dirk Schuster talks about "The religion(s) of the Germanic tribes  yesterday and today". The focus of his talk is on the discrepancy between scientific findings and the prevailing public perception. The podcast can be listened to here.

New Publications

  • Lukas K. Pokorny:
    1. "The Theosophical Daodejing: The Beginnings." In: Lukas K. Pokorny and Franz Winter, eds. Appropriating the Dao: The Euro-American Esoteric Reception of China. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 61–82.
    2. and Franz Winter, eds. Appropriating the Dao: The Euro-American Esoteric Reception of China. London and New York: Bloomsbury
    3. and Franz Winter. "China in the Euro-American Esoteric Imagination: Contouring a Lacuna." In: Lukas K. Pokorny and Franz Winter, eds. Appropriating the Dao: The Euro-American Esoteric Reception of China. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 1–14.
    4.
    and Rossella Ferrari, Rudiger Frank, and Ina Hein, eds. 2023. Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, Volume 15. Paderborn: Brill Schöningh.
    5.
    and Grzegorz Frąszczak. 2023. "Yiguandao in Vietnam: A Preliminary Exploration." Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, Volume 15: 310–334.
    6. "Musok: Koreanischer Schamanismus [Musok: Korean Shamanism]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke. Religion und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 293–298.
    7. "Shintō." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke. Religion und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 149–154.
    8. "Sōka Gakkai." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke. Religion und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 321–325.
    9. "Vereinigungsbewegung [Unification Movement]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke. Religion und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 327–332.
    10. "The Ascended Confucius: Images of the Chinese Master in the Euro-American Esoteric Discourse." In: NVMEN: International Review for the History of Religions, 71 (1), 29–47.
    11. and Franz Winter, eds. Euro-American Esoteric Readings of East Asia. NVMEN. International Review for the History of Religions (Special Issue), 71 (1).
    12. and Franz Winter. "Euro-American Esoteric Readings of East Asia: Introductory Remarks." In: NVMEN: International Review for the History of Religions, 71 (1), 1–8.
  • Birgit Heller:
    1. and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht [Religion and Gender], Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter.
    2. "Gerechtigkeit [Justice]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 459–476.
    3. "Geschlechterstereotype [Gender Stereotypes]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 375–390.
    4. "Geschlechtsspezifische Unterschiede in der Religiosität [Gender-specific Differences in Religiosity]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 441–455.
    5. "Gewalt [Violence]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 477–491.
    6. "Gottheit und Geschlecht [Deity and Gender]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 425–439.
    7. "Hindu-Religionen [Hindu-Religions]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 89–111.
    8. "Sexualität [Sexuality]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 407–424.
    9. and Edith Franke. "Androzentrismus der Religionen und ihrer Erforschung [Androcentrism of Religions and their Examination]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 23–27.
    10. and Edith Franke. "Feminismus und geschlechtersensible Religionswissenschaft [Feminism and Gender-Sensitive Religious Studies]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 559–562.
    11.
    and Edith Franke. "Forschungsgeschichte und Forschungsansätze: von der Frauenforschung zu Transgender Studies [Research History and Research Approaches: from Women's Studies to Transgender Studies]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 37–42.
    12. and Edith Franke. "Geschlechterrollen und religiöse Autorität [Gender Roles and Religious Authority]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 359–373.
    13. and Edith Franke. "Grundbegriffe [Basic Terminology]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 17–22.
    14. and Edith Franke. "Impulse des Feminismus für die Religionswissenschaft [Impulses of Feminism for the Study of Religion]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 29–36.
    15. and Edith Franke. "Körper [Body]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 391–406.
    16. and Edith Franke. "Leitkategorien [Central Categories]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 555–558.
    17. and Edith Franke. "Materialität, Religion und Geschlecht [Materiality, Religion and Gender]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 49–53.
    18. and Edith Franke. "Offizielle Religion und Alltagsreligion/gelebte Religion [Official Religion and Everyday Religion/Lived Religion]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 55–64.
    19. and Edith Franke. "Paradigmenwechsel und Forschungspostulate [Paradigm Shifts and Research Postulates]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 553–561.
    20. and Edith Franke. "Religion und Geschlecht: Verflechtungen und Wechselwirkungen [Religion and Gender: Entanglements and Interactions]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 1–13.
    21. and Edith Franke. "Religion und Geschlechterordnungen [Religion and Gender Structures]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 43–47.
  • Dirk Schuster:
    1. "Yrjö von Grönhagen und die ›Pflegstätte für indogermanisch-finnische Kulturbeziehungen‹. Forschung und Propaganda im SS-›Ahnenerbe‹ [Yrjö von Grönhagen and the 'Care Center for Indo-Germanic-Finnish Cultural Relations'. Research and propaganda in the SS 'Ahnenerbe']." In: Ralph Tuchtenhagen and Laura Hirvi, eds. Helsinki, Berlin und zwischendrin. Aspekte deutsch-finnischer Verflechtungen im 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Nordeuropa-Institut, 55–77.
  • Karl Baier:
    1. "The Archetypal Dao: A Look at C. G. Jung's Reception of Chinese Thought." In: Lukas K. Pokorny and Franz Winter, eds. Appropriating the Dao: The Euro-American Esoteric Reception of China. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 163–200.
  • Hüseyin I. Çiçek:
    1. and Rauf Ceylan. "Alevitische Identität in der Diaspora: Erfahrungen von Exklusion und soziale Integration im deutschsprachigen Raum [Alevite identity in the diaspora: experiences of exclusion and social integration in the German-speaking area]." In: Zeitschrift für Religion, Gesellschaft und Politik.
    2. "Alevis and Turkish-Muslims in Austria: History and Current Developments." In: Rauf Ceylan and Marvin Mücke, eds. Muslims in Europe. Historical developments, present issues, and future challenges. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 113–130.
  • Ugo Dessì:
    1. "Italian Zen and the Ways of Globalization." In: Lionel Obadia and Enzo Pace, eds. The Sociology of Yoga, Meditation, and Asian Asceticism. Leiden: Brill, 15‒40.
  • Johannes Endler:
    1. "Holistisches Milieu [Holistic Milieu]." In: Birgit Heller and Edith Franke, eds. Religionen und Geschlecht, Berlin und Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 351–356.
  • Johann Figl:
    1.
    "Der neue Mensch in der Philosophie Nietzsches [The new human being in Nietzsche's philosophy]." In: Mariano Delgado und Klaus Vellguth, eds. Der bessere Mensch. Religionswissenschaftliche, ethische und theologische Perspektiven, Ostfildern: Matthias Grünewald Verlag, 67–84.
  • Pavel Horák:
    1. and Karolina Maria Kotkowska. "Introduction: Studying the Complex Histories of the Occult and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe." In: The Polish Journal of the Arts and Culture. New Series 17 (1), 7-11.
    2. and Karolina Maria Kotkowska, eds. Occultism and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. The Polish Journal of the Arts and Culture. New Series 17 (1).
  • Davide Marino:
    1. "The Daoist Who Wasn't: Albert de Pouvourville, Matgioi, Nguyễn Văn Cang and the Problem of Indochinese Masters in fin de siècle Occultism." In: Lukas K. Pokorny and Franz Winter, eds. Appropriating the Dao: The Euro-American Esoteric Reception of China. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 83–108.
  • Julian Strube:
    1.
    "Esotericism between Europe and East Asia: How the 'Esoteric Distinction' Became a Structure in Cross-Cultural Interpretation." In: NVMEN: International Review for the History of Religions, 71 (1), 9–28.
    2. "Daoism and Kung Fu as Occult Sciences. Historical Comparisons between Chinese Practices and Mesmerism." In: Lukas K. Pokorny and Franz Winter, eds. Appropriating the Dao: The Euro-American Esoteric Reception of China. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 15–34.
  • Samuel Thévoz:
    1. "'Trainings for Sorcery, Magic, Mystic, Philosophy—for That Which Is Called 'the Great Accomplishment': Alexandra David-Neel’s Written and Unwritten Tibetan Grimoires." In: Cameron Bailey und Aleksandra Wenta, eds. Tibetan Magic: Past and Present. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 193–220.
    2. und Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis. "Présentation." In: Alexandra David-Neel, Souvenirs d'une Parisienne au Thibet. Paris: Plon, 21–47.
  • Human-Friedrich Unterrainer:
    1. et al. "Is there an affective neuroscience of spirituality? The development and validation of the OCEANic feelings scale." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 18:1329226.
    2. et al. "Anxious and depressive symptoms mediate the influence of sleep quality on suicidality in young adults." Frontiers in Public Health, 12:1322069.
    3. et al. "Primäremotionen und Bindung bei psychischer Erkrankung [Primary emotions and attachment in mental disorder]." Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, 70.
  • Robert Wurzrainer:
    1. and Wolfram Reiss. "Anwendungsorientierte Religionswissenschaft: Aktuelle Beispiele und mögliche Entwicklungen [Application-orientated Religious Studies: Current examples and possible developments]." In: Michael Klöcker, Udo Twoschuka and Martin Rötting, eds. Handbuch der Religionen. Kirchen und andere Glaubensgemeinschaften in Deutschland und im deutschsprachigen Raum, EL 79. Hohenwarsleben: Westarp. I–5.7.10, 1–29.