Welcome from the Director

A Warm Welcome to the Center for Religious Studies at Central European University.

CEU represents an excellent example of outstanding international education, a hub for cross-disciplinary regional and global studies, and a remarkable source of intellectual support. Situated in the heart of Europe and at a crossroad of world religions, Vienna offers a microcosm of interactions between religions, cultures and societies. CEU students come from more than 110 countries. Our faculty is comprised of specialists representing more than 30 nationalities.

This makes CEU a vibrant, cosmopolitan and unique setting for the study of religion in a historical and comparative perspective. We understand religion in its broadest meaning, as it is in permanent interaction with all the dimensions of social and political life.

Every year, in addition to their departmental studies, incoming MA and PhD students join the Center for Religious Studies to engage in a rigorous and challenging program focused on the study of religious phenomena from a historical, anthropological and sociological  point of view, from Late Antiquity to modernity, through a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, as almost all the departments of CEU are involved.

Since 2005, the Center has grown as an academic forum at CEU fostering the study of religion, a hub of work in the humanities and social sciences that crosses the boundaries of disciplines and geo-political categorizations. Religion is considered as a privileged focus for innovative thinking and ground-breaking cognitive endeavours.

We look forward to meeting you, working with you, and providing fresh resources for your academic work in a convivial atmosphere. Students, faculty, other members of the academic community here at CEU, as well as visitors are always welcome.

Join us for this rewarding experience.

Warm regards,

Jean-Louis Fabiani