Prof. Dr. Anne Koch
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Anne Koche is a Scholar of Religions, a Theologian as well as a Philosopher. She applies models from cognitive sciences and new institutional economics to contemporary religion.

The work of Anne Koch focuses on:

• Religious Competence
• Religious Pluralism
• Religions in Europe
• Method and theory in the study of religion
• Economics of religion and
• Aesthetics of religion

At the moment, Anne Koch holds a Research Professorship for Interreligiosity at the Z.I.M.T - Centre for Interreligiosity, Migration Education & Multilingualism (University College of Education, Linz/Austria). Within the context of the Research-Network ‚Religion_Pluralität‘ she cooperates with the KPH Vienna/Krems. For further information see: as well as

Prof. OStR Mag. Dr. Alfred Garcia Sobreira-Majer
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Alfred Garcia Sobreira-Majer has studied Law as well as Protestant Theology at Vienna University. His research focuses on Interreligious Learning at schools (with a particular focus on ‘interreligiöses Begegnungslernen / interreligious Encounter Learning (IrBL)’ as well as theory and practice of celebrations to foster interreligious understanding at schools.
Further research interests are:
• Religious Pedagogy
• Ecumenical Theology and ‘konfessionell-kooperativer Religionsunterricht / Religious Instructions undertaken in a cooperative way by different confessional experts‘
• Systematic Theology
• Popular culture and religion
• Christian-Muslim dialogue
• Religious law and the legal status of religious education
Together with Karsten Lehmann, Alfred Garciua Sobreira-Majer has the lead in the research project on ‚Interreligious Encounter-Learning at School – an Evaluation. He also took the lead in the research project ‘Interreligious Learning within the Context of Encounters’, undertaken by the KPH Vienna/Krems as well as the ‘Private Studiengang für das Lehramt für Islamische Religion an Pflichtschulen in Wien / the Private Institute for Teaching Islamic Education at Compulsory Schools (IRPA)’ This project has been completed in 2014.

Gernot Sanfel
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Gernot Galib Stanfel is music therapist and teacher for music and creative shape.

As a musician he was dealing with art from Islamic shaped cultures. Out of this he started to become interested in the historical influence of the Islam to the Austrian culture and documented it systematically. In 2008 Stanfel awoke the remembrance of the Vienna born founder of the Red Crescent, Dr. Abdullah Karl Hammerschmidt. In 2012 he curated the traveling exhibition “Ostarrichislam” in occasion of 100 year existence of the Austrian Islam law. It was shown amongst others at the universities Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz, Osnabrück and at the Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur.

Since 2007 Stanfel teaches at the Studiengang für das Lehramt Islamische Religion für Pflichtschulen IRPA, which is located since  2015 as the Insitute for Islamic Religion at the KPH Wien / Krems. He is leading the working group for interreligious dialog of the institute. From 2011 – 2020 Stanfel was culture advisor of the Islamic religious community in the province Lower Austria of the IGGÖ.

Further areas of major research:

  • Inclusion / Special Education in the Islamic teaching
  • Pedagogic Practice
  • Music in pedagogic application

As far as the work at the SIR - Special Research Focus 'Interreligiosity' is concerned, Gernot Stanfel contributes to the exhibition 'Religious Plurality within Viennese Schools during the Interwar Period'.



Former Partner:

Mag. Johann Krammer

Johann Krammer (born in Graz, Austria) received his MA-Degree in Roman Catholic Theology and Religious Education (Magister 1989). Her worked as an assistant to the rector at the Austrian Hospice in Jerusalem (1990-1993) and conducted independent studies in Jerusalem (1993-1994). Since 1994 Krammer works as a teacher at a number of different high schools as well as a professor at the Catholic University College of Education Graz (since 2001).

His fields of major interest are:
Religion and society
Interreligious learning
Ethical learning
Media pedagogy

In addition, Krammer is working as a partner of the EU-project ETHIKA. Doris Lindner
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Doris Lindner is a sociologist as well as a pedagogue. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Vienna. She is reading courses in educational sociology and qualitative empirical educational research.

Her primary interests in research in the field of school pedagogy are concerned with children’s social development and implications for primary education. She specifically focus on diversity and inclusion/exclusion issues, and she is particularly interested in the intersection of various social and cultural categories such as race/ethnic, gender and religion within the theoretical context of discussions of social justice. Besides, her research projects explore the ways in which (mainly migration- and religious-driven) diversification is related to increase educational inequality.

Further major areas of research:
• Intersectionality
• Child poverty and social justice
• Human rights education
• School as a social institution and sub system and school reform theories 
• Ethnographic observation in the different school settings
• Evaluation research in different social fields and school settings

Prior to her current research and teaching position at the KPH Wien/Krems (since 2012) Doris Lindner was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Palliative Care and organizational ethics at the University of Klagenfurt (iff). She has many years’ previous work experience as a sociologist in different research fields on multiple research projects and evaluations. Edda Strutzenberger-Reiter

Edda Strutzenberger-Reiter is working as a Pedagogue of Religion, Coach and Trainer. She achieved her master and doctorial degree in Catholic Theology and Pedagogics of Religion via the Universities of Vienna and Lund (Sweden).

Her scientific expertise is Religious Diversity, School Development, School Pedagogics and School Research such as Gender and Diversity in the context of religious plurality. Her main focus is the pedagogically funded handling of diversity and the influence of diversity on pedagogically motivated action.

Further research interests are:

• Intersectionality
• Violence and Violence Prevention
• Interreligious Learning
• Ethical Learning
• Pedagogics and the Professionality of teachers

Prior to her research and teaching position at the KPH Wien/Krems (since fall 2013) Edda Strutzenberger-Reiter was research assistant at the Institute of Practical Theology/Pedagogics of Religion at the University of Vienna as well as research assistant in various projects at the University of Vienna and the KPH Wien/Krems.


MMMag. DDr. Paul Tarmann
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Paul R. Tarmann is a philosopher and a linguist. He has studied Philosophy (Doctorate, conferred 2012), Romance languages (Doctorate, conferred 2006), Ethics, Theology and Psychology, both academically and as part of his teacher training in Vienna. Because of his studies, he has travelled extensively, visiting France, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel and Hungary amongst others.
His research considers a variety of philosophical topics, and focuses specifically on the issue of humans and society. His investigations encompass questions about the essence of education and how to impart it: how is it possible to convey basic human skills, such as thinking, speaking, the celebration of communality, moral behaviour and religious belief? How can the answers to these questions help humans to develop the capabilities required for a tolerant, appreciative and inclusive life, and how might this be applied in everyday school life?

Further research interests include:
• Social Philosophy and Political Philosophy
• Ethics (including Applied Ethics)
• Philosophy of Language
• Metaphysics
• Philosophy of Religion
• Intellectual History
• General Didactics and Applied Didactics (Psychology and Philosophy; Ethics) as well as Pedagogy of Religion

Alongside his teaching and research activities at the University College of Teacher Education of Christian Churches in Vienna, he also lectures at the University of Vienna, mainly at the Department of Philosophy. Earlier in his career he was a teacher, working in various types of schools – mostly secondary – over a period of 17 years. During this time, he also served as a teacher trainer and a mentor for students of the school subject “Psychology and Philosophy”. Furthermore, he has worked as an adult educator and as a lecturer across various subjects.