Call for Application

The Department for Systematic Theology at the University of Salzburg and the Salzburger Hochschulwochen are organizing a Triannual International Summer School on The Political and Cultural Presence of Religions in Europe: Judaism – Christianity - Islam (Salzburger Religionstriennale) which will take place at the University of Salzburg. This summer school offers 20 exceptionally talented Ph.D.-students as well as postdoctoral researchers from all over Europe the opportunity to study and discuss questions of religion, culture, politics and identity in the European context with distinguished experts in this field. These topics are dealt with from a historical as well as systematic perspective focusing on the three monotheistic traditions Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


The second part of this triannual programme will take place from

28th of July to 2nd of August 2014

at the University of Salzburg.

The topic of this year’s Salzburg Summer School is

Political Religions: The Political History and Presence of Religions in Europe


Three high-calibre  researchers unfold this topic from the perspectives of different religious traditions: 

  •  Ruth Langer (Boston) – Judaism (Monday/Tuesday)
  •  John Milbank (Nottingham) – Christianity (Wednesday/Thursday)
  •  Nicolai Sinai (Oxford) – Islam (Friday/Saturday)


In a mixed format of lectures, studying of texts and discussions each of these researchers will work with the participants for two days. Each day has the following structure:

  •  09:00 am – 10:30 am ecture and discussion
  •  11:00 am – 12:30 pm reading and discussion of texts
  •  12:30 am –   2:30 pm Lunch Break
  •    2:30 pm –   4:00 pm Lecture and Discussion
  •    4:30 pm –   6:00 pm World Café


There is also the possibility for participants to present their own research topics in an afternoon section.

The accompanying scholar of the week is Georg Essen, professor for systematic theology at the University of Bochum.

The whole programme will be held in English, knowledge of the German language is not necessary.


PhD-students and postdoctoral researchers in the field of theology and religious studies from all over Europe are invited to apply for participation until 28th of February 2014. Only persons who participate in the whole programme can be considered for participation.

The organizers of the International Salzburg Summer School offer:


  • Free participation in a high-quality programme on The Political and Cultural Presence of
    Religions in Europe: Judaism – Christianity – Islam
  • Possibility to present own research projects
  • Optional participation in the cultural programme of the Salzburger Hochschulwochen (an interdisciplinary academic programme that will take place at the same time as the Summer School –
  • Free meals and accommodation (
  • Travel reimbursement up to € 250,--

A registration fee of € 100,-- has to be paid in advance. This registration fee will be paid back in case of successful participation.

Please send your application including a brief CV, a short description of your research interests and (optional) an abstract of your research presentation (about 300 words) to sigrid.rettenbacher(at)  no later than 28th of February 2014. The organizing committee of the Salzburger Religionstriennale will select 20 participants who will be informed about participation by the beginning of April 2014.


For further questions do not hesitate to contact

MMag.a Sigrid Rettenbacher
Project coordinator
Vice chairwoman of the Salzburger Hochschulwochen
Department for Systematic Theology
University of Salzburg