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Symposium: Learning to be Human for Global Times: Current Challenges from the Perspective of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

7th to 8th April 2017

The symposium’s topic refers to the XXIV World Congress of Philosophy, which will take place in Beijing in August 2018 (13th-20th), entitled “Learning to be Human”. Presenters from five countries will engage with problems of eroding solidarity and increasing violence in conflicts. The rapidly growing results of some disciplines (Neuro-Sciences, Robotics, Techno-Sciences) along with deep socio-economic changes require a new philosophical exploration of the term human and a reflection of human self-understanding, respectively. Relations with non-human nature need to be reconsidered. Thereby it is crucial to investigate the self-understanding of religions under present circumstances. The publication of contributions to the Viennese symposium will be presented at the XXIV World Congress of Philosophy. The edited volume will be published in a book series by the Catholic University, Washington, D.C., which documents analogous symposia around the world.


Organization: Mag. Dr. Brigitte Buchhammer and Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Herta Nagl-Docekal
(both Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna)

Cooperation: RaT

Location: Seminary room of the Institute for Ethics and Law in Medicine (Ethik und Recht in der Medizin) (=Old Chapel at the Campus of the University of Vienna), court 2.8, Spitalgasse 2–4, 1090 Vienna



New publication!

Religion and Migration


Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society - J-RaT Ausgabe 4


In recent years, the topic of religion in the context of migration has become a major issue in society and politics. Since autumn 2015, the beginning of the so called “migration-crisis” in Europe, also European academic discourse intensifies its research on this highly controversial topic. The 4th issue of the “Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society” discusses diverse occurring phenomena within this area from an interdisciplinary perspective. Experts on religious, political and educational science – from demography and theology as well as representatives from Christianity and Islam – reflect transformation-processes on diaspora communities and subjective religiosities, the discourse on religion and migration in political science and the contribution of theology and religious institutions to the challenges of flight and migration. The contributions offer empirical insights into the plural religious field of Europe, which is being transformed intensively by migration.