13th-17th of February 2023, Vienna

War in Ukraine. Theological, Ethical and Historical Reflections - Vienna Postgraduate Symposium

Organized by: Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Vienna (Organizing Team)





The Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine that escalated in February 2022 will have been a matter of intense global concern for almost one year by the time the symposium will take place. The war has drawn a lot of public and academic attention to Ukraine, its history, people, culture, churches and religions. Furthermore, the war has also questioned many assumptions and alleged certainties in theology, ethics, historical studies and related disciplines. We know that the questions that this war raises, will remain issues of debate and attention for a long time and want to discuss them in our symposium.



Part of our symposium will be a public evening lecture. It will be given by Nobel Laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk on 15 February 2023. Everyone is very welcome to attend - online or on-site.

For more information see: Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk


The symposium wants to align theological research, historical accounts and philosophical-ethical questions with the current situation in Ukraine as well as to reflect on the challenges that go along with the war and its containment.

It aims to create a safe space for analysis and reflection, for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, for inspiring encounters and networking.

Intended audience

The symposium welcomes in particular postgraduate Ukrainian scholars from the fields of Theology, Religious Studies, and History (or related disciplines), who either live in Ukraine or had to leave the country in the past months. Scholars from other countries, who are working on topics related to the current war, are equally invited to participate.

Postgraduate scholars (=junior scientists) include predoctoral researchers (=PhDs) and postdoctoral researchers. If you are unsure about your fulfillment of this requirement, please contact us via symposium4ukraine.ktf@univie.ac.at.

Information for interested participants

In addition to our speakers and members of the organising team, only a limited number of non-presenting participants will be able to attend the on-site symposium due to space limitations.

Information for online participation:

The majority of presentations will be streamed for registered participants. You can use this form to register for the streamed presentations until February, 12th 2023. You will receive an email with the webinar link on February, 13th 2023.

>>> Register for online participation

Please note: You will only be able to watch the stream, there will be no opportunity to ask questions or contribute to the discussion. Please also note that some presentations will not be available for streaming and that the discussions following the presentations will not be available.