Upcoming Events

27 February 2023: Masterclass and Public Lectures with John S. Kloppenborg and Jens Schröter

With Jens Schröter (Humboldt University Berlin) and John S. Kloppenborg (University of Toronto), the VDTR welcomes two internationally renowned experts in the field of early Christianity and the religions of Mediterranean antiquity, respectively.


The two members of the VDTR Scientific Advisory Board will offer a Masterclass on the occasion of their stay in Vienna. The Masterclass is mainly aimed at PhD students and you can find the program here. Registration is requested by February 10, 2023 to contact.vdtr[at]univie.ac.at.

Public Lectures

We cordially invite you to attend the two public lectures in the evening:

John S. Kloppenborg: The Cult of Christus in Civic Space

Jens Schröter: Anthropology and a Letter: The Image of the Human Being in Paul’s Letter to the Romans and the Purpose of the Writing

The lectures will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Dean's Hall of the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1 (Stiege 8, 2nd floor). Refreshments will be served afterwards. For organizational reasons, we would appreciate your registration at contact.vdtr[at]univie.ac.at.

Past Events

December 6, 2022: VDTR's second Open Research Day

On December 6, about 60 VDTR members and interested audience members gathered for VDTR's second Open Resarch Day. In thematically structured panels - "Marriage and Burial" or "Torah and Tanakh", to name just two examples - PhD students from various disciplines presented excerpts from their research projects and answered questions from supervisors and the audience. The day was characterized by lively conversations, new acquaintances and lots of coffee.

December 5, 2022: Peer-Workshop "Research Methods and Scientific Writing"

On December 5, 20 PhD students of VDTR met for a workshop to refresh or deepen their knowledge about literature research and management as well as citation methods. After some initial hesitation, the workshop was so well attended that the day was held in a rather crowded room. We would like to thank Elias Haslwanter and Christina Dietl for their commitment!

November 20, 2022: Presentation of the VDTR at the American Academy of Religion

On the 20th of November 2022, Noemi Call presented the VDTR on an international stage. The AAR is the largest scholarly society dedicated to the academic study of religion from the perspectives of different disciplines. During the conference days receptions took place in which internationally renowned publishers and research centers were presented, such as the "Vienna University Press" (VUP). Prof. Dr. Christian Danz was responsible for the VUP reception, in which Dr. Jakob Deibl presented the "Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contempo rary Society" (JRAT) and Noemi the VDTR. These important publication organs at the University of Vienna present very good opportunities for young researchers. 

May 23 and 24, 2022: VDTR's first open research days

On the 23th and 24th of May 2022 the first Open Research Days of the Vienna Doctoral School of Theology and Research on Religion (VDTR) in cooperation with the Research Centre  Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society (RaT) took place. Doctoral students and professors came together for enriching discussions and insights into current research projects on religion and theology from multiple perspectives.

The sessions of the VDTR dealt with the following topics: the catholic church’s responsibility in view of societal challenges, the questions of empirical research and epistemology for theology and theological ethics; views on liturgical traditions over centuries; to name but a few.

Here you can look up the programme of the Open Research Days. A media report on the  event can be found here: Katholische Kirche Österreich

November 11, 2021: The VDTR Kick-Off Event

On November 11, the official kick-off event of the Vienna Doctoral School of Theology and Research on Religion VDTR took place in the Sky Lounge. The celebration was accompanied by a diverse program.In his welcoming address, Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Jean-Robert Tyran praised the VDTR as a "beacon" among the Vienna Doctoral Schools. In this context, he emphasized the strong value of the Research Centre Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society RaT for interdisciplinary research, which is also part of the VDTR. In his address, VDTR Director Prof. Dr. Markus Tiwald provided insights into the developments to date and the vision of the VDTR. Prof. Jodi Magness emphasized in her Keynote Lecture that the fundamental value of religious freedom must necessarily go hand in hand with the promotion of religious education.In the panel discussion, both professors and doctoral students gave personal insights into their motivation to conduct research in the field of theology and research on religion. At the buffet, the attendees got into conversation with each other.

German media contributions on the kick-off event can be found at kathpress.at, domradio.de as well as katholisch.at.