Articles in English

Gnostic Myth and Enlightenment: On the Perversity of Institutional Promise/Misspeaking (Versprechen)

How can we see the discourse about ‘Gnosis’ in a contemporary light or how can we perceive it at all? Christian Zolles approaches this topic based on new interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Imp of the Perverse and of Jacob Taubes’ reflections on The Uneasiness with the Institution.

The twofold Demise of a Communicative Genre. Shutdown-notes during the fifth Austrian Shutdown

Another update by Karsten Lehmann.

Doomed to Sacrifice? Existential and Phenomenological Perspectives on Sacrifice and Gender

International Workshop 28–29 October 2021 at the Institute for Human Sciences, organised within the FWF Research Project M2947-G “Woman without a Name: Gender Identity in Sacrificial Stories” and co-organised by the Research Centre for Religion and Transformation. A report by Katerina Koci.

Times of Distanced Judaism

How have the recent COVID-19 related lockdowns affected Jewish religious pracitce? Yuval Katz-Wilfing’s text reflects upon the challenges that the pandemic poses to Jewish laws regarding prayers and rituals and gives an insight into the various ways different Jewish communities have responded to these difficult times.

Are the Taliban Jihadists? On the Religious Identity of Afghanistan’s New Rulers

How can we comprehend the current state of affairs in Afghanistan? Thomas Schmidinger offers us an insight into the religious position of the Taliban inside of Sunni Islam. In doing so, he shows us that religious identities are more complex than we

Fakelore and Cultural Appropriation: New Age and Folk Religion

Taking the example of the self-declared Zulu shaman Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa, Hans Gerald Hödl reflects on the difficult task of classifying religions and draws our attention to the power relations that are always at play in this process.

Increasing Removal of the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Public Sphere. Observations during the fourth Austrian Shutdown.

Another update by Karsten Lehmann.

Colliding Epistemologies: Reflections on Nidhal Guessoum

Rüdiger Lohlker and Margareta Wetchy reflect on the physicist’s musings in a preview of J-RaT 7 (1/2021)

Coping with Government Restrictions. Shutdown-Notes during the second and third Austrian Shutdown

An update by Karsten Lehmann.

On the “return to Freud” in post-war German philosophy

Starting now (summer 2020) a new edition of the works of Klaus Heinrich, the Berlin-based scholar of religion, is published by ça ira (Freiburg/Vienna). On the RaT-blog, we will honor this with the publication of a mini-series in which several authors are going to pick out an aspect of Heinrich’s pivotal and expansive works and […]