War in Ukraine

Theological, Ethical and Historical Reflections

Vienna Postgraduate Symposium


13th-17th of February 2023, Vienna

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. It is hard to predict what the situation will be when the symposium takes place, but we know that the questions that this war raises, will remain issues of debate and attention for a long time. We therefore want to discuss them in our symposium.



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.


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.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has closed on the 30th of September 2022. We thank all interested postgraduate scholars for their submissions and are currently evaluating them.

>>> Call for Papers