Research Center "Religion—Violence—Communication and World Order"

This research center is carried out by several institutes of the theological faculty in Innsbruck in cooperation. It aims to relate social problems (mimesis, rivalry, violence, ostracism, authority, justice and law, order, peace) and theological questions closely with one another. That way it also connects diverse theological topics and disciplines with each other (sacrality, sacrifice, rituals and rites, revelation, salvation, grace, trinity, etc.). The research project wants to clearly formulate the Christian message in the context of modernity and its problems, in order to show the positive challenge that this message poses to humanity.
The center has slowly developed over more than a decade. It is strongly inspired by René Girard's mimetic theory, which encompasses theological topics as well as anthropological and social dimensions; but it also draws from  numerous other authors.


Assoc.-Prof. Mag. phil. Dr. theol.
Nikolaus Wandinger

Department of Systematic Theology
Karl-Rahner-Platz 1 (Room 140) A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: + 43(0)512/507-85267

Univ.-Ass. Mag. Dr.
Johannes Panhofer

Deputy Spokesman 

Department of Practical Theology
Karl-Rahner-Platz 1 (Room 233) A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43 512 507 85411





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