Articles in English

Tackling the Complex Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity at the European Level: The International COST Action “COREnet”

In their article, Regina Polak and Gintarė Pocė introduce us to the research network „COREnet: Connecting Theory and Practical Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity“. For more information visit: the COREnet homepage.

“Politics of Dis-enclosure: Religion – Community – Violence”. A Conference for the Decolonial Fugitivity of the Passer-by

What is the relation between religion, violence and community? How is it possible to think of being in common from a decolonial perspective? Some of these questions have been dealt during the conference „Politics of Dis-Enclosure. Religion – Community – Violence“ that took place from 26–27 April 2023. In this article Marco Fiorletta and Marian Weingartshofer give a small insight about it.

“Commentaries on Psalms”: Insights from a Workshop

In his article, Arnim Janssen-Wnorowska presents the results of a conference held on 5 June 2023 on the subject of „Psalm commentaries“. In particular the conference focused on Psalm 14 and Psalm 53, and tried to understand which new perspectives these Psalms may offer us.

An Ecofeminist Utopia – the Hope for a Common Future

The talk of utopias is part of the Christian tradition. It is tantamount to a dream for the future and at the same time a critique of the present reality. Mirijam Salfinger sees ecofeminism from Latin America as a meaningful utopia in the face of the crises of our time.

God’s Pronouns? Displacing Hegemonic Masculinity within Theological Scholarship through a Diversity of Language, Imagery, and Symbols

Drawing on two case studies, a Facebook post from the University of Vienna and Harmonia Rosales‘ The Creation of God, J.J. Warren shows how it is necessary to take a critical stance against the strictly binary and hegemonically masculinist idea of God. For this reason, Warren illustrates how a Critical Re-Imagining is necessary. He takes as his point of departure the apophatic tradition and the Catholic theologian Elisabeth Johnson, who argues that the naming of God in many genres is necessary and healthy for the whole life of the church.

Deobandi ʿulamāʾ and Violence in Pakistan (part 2 of 2)

In the second part of his contribution Muhammad Bilal keeps to emphasize that confining Deobandi thought to a philosophy of violence is too simplistic. Taking the events of 9/11 as a starting point, the author emphasizes the cultural, social and especially realigious context in which Deobandi thought developed.

Deobandi ʿulamāʾ and Violence in Pakistan (part 1 of 2)

The Islamic theological school of the Deobandi is seen in many discussions as the spiritual precursor of Islamist terrorism. In his contribution, Muhammad Bilal uses the example of Pakistan to give an introduction to the complex historical background of this movement and shows that the truth is, as so often, more complex.

A New RaT Research Cluster, an Old Question, and an Ongoing Academic Endeavor: Theories of Religions in Past, Present, and Future

How can religion be understood as a social phenomenon? What human needs does it arise from and what is its role in a society? All these questions and many more form the core of religious studies. On the occasion of the launch of a new RaT Research Cluster, Nickolas Roubekas provides an overview of historical developments and current guiding questions.

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.