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The Research Centre “Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society” brings together the research on religion at the University of Vienna and makes it internationally visible. The centre currently involves around 70 researchers from 7 faculties and 14 disciplines (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Islamic Theology, Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies and Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Law and Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy and Education, Evolutionary Biology).

Since its founding in 2010, the research centre RaT has explored the reciprocal relationship between religion, religiosity, and social transformation processes in the contemporary global context. The centre considers itself an academic contribution to a dialogue between the large religious traditions on the one hand and religion and the secular world on the other.


The research centre RaT has an open-access Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society (JRAT) issued by BRILL, which is listed in Q1 in the category Religious Studies (SCImago). JRAT is closely linked with JRAT Supplementa and RaT Book Series.​​


Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna is one of Europe’s oldest and largest universities. Around 10,700 employees work at 20 faculties and centres, including around 7,500 academics. This makes the University of Vienna the largest research and educational institution in Austria: 85,200 national and international students are currently enrolled in 187 different degree programmes.


The performance level in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Vienna is very high. According to the QS World University Ranking, the University of Vienna is ranked 21st worldwide in the field of “Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.”


The venue for EuARe 2025 is the Main Building of the University of Vienna. Located within Vienna’s historic centre, directly on Vienna’s Ringstrasse Boulevard, the University’s Main Building is easy to reach by public transport. The building, designed by Heinrich Ferstel, was built in Italian Renaissance style and inaugurated in 1884. The green Arcaded Courtyard lies at the heart of the main building and will be the social meeting point of the conference with coffee stations, book stands, etc.


The seminar rooms and a wide range of lecture halls offer a unique and historical university setting for the panels and keynotes of EuARe 2025.

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