Vita Academica

Franz Winter, PD MMag.DDr.

born in Graz, Styria, Austria
Primary school in Gratkorn 1977–1981
Secondary school: Bundesgymnasium Stift Rein 1981–1989
School-leaving exam: Matura June 1989 (summa cum laude)

University Studies:

1989-1994: M.A. in Classical Philology (Greek/Latin Language) in Graz; further studies in Indo-European Languages (specializing on Sanskrit), (summa cum laude)

1991–1998: M.A. in Religious Studies and Theology in Graz/Salzburg/Vienna, (summa cum laude)

1997-2000: Doctoral thesis in Classical Philology at the University of Vienna/Salzburg; final exam on 14 January 2000, (summa cum laude)

2000/2001: Postgraduate-studies in Rome (at the Università La Sapienza and the Augustinianum)

2001-2005: Japanese Studies (language training) and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna

2002-2004: Second doctoral thesis in Religious Studies at the University of Vienna; final exam on 29 March 2004, (summa cum laude)

September 2002: Research stay in Kyoto, Japan

Autumn/Winter 2004: Visiting researcher at the NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions in Kyoto, Japan

March 2005: „Promotio sub auspiciis prasidentis rei publicae“ (The Ceremony of „Promotion“ for my second Ph.D. in Religious Studies was held „under the auspices of the President of the Austrian Republic“, which is the highest honour to be accorded a recipient of a doctoral degree in Austria, personally presented by the head of the Austrian government taking part in the ceremony)

March/April 2005: Research stay in Kyoto and Tokyo

November 2008: Research stay in Tokyo

October 2010: „Habilitation“ in Religious Studies at the University of Vienna

Spring 2011: Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Department of Religion at Boston University (hosted by Stephen Prothero)

March-August 2013: Visiting Professor (Buddhism) at the Institut Theologie Interkulturell und Studium der Religionen, University of Salzburg

2014: Shortlisted for Professorship in Religious Studies, University of Freiburg/Breisgau (primo loco)

2015: Shortlisted for Professorship in Religious Studies, University of Vienna (primo loco)

2015: Shortlisted for Professorship in Religious Studies, University of Salzburg (secundo loco)

2016-2019: Dozent at the Institute for Religious Studies of the University of Graz, Austria

2015: Shortlisted for Professorship in Religious Studies, University of Salzburg (secundo loco)

Sine April 2019: Professor of Religious Studies at the Intitute for Religious Studies of the University of Graz, Austria

University Degrees:

Prof.MMag.DDr.

Academic posts:

1997-2000: Research associate of the Institute of New Testament Studies at the University of Salzburg

2000/2001: Post-Graduate Grant of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education for a one-year postgraduate research stay in Rome

2002-2006: Research associate („Assistent“) at the Institute of Religious Studies in Vienna

Autumn/winter 2004: Visiting researcher at the NCC-Center for the Study of Japanese Religions in Kyoto, Japan

2007-2016: Research associate at the “Bundesstelle für Sektenfragen”, Vienna

Since 2008: Lecturer („Lehrbeauftragter“) at the Institute of Religious Studies, University of Vienna

Since 2010: Dozent at the Institute of Religious Studies, University of Vienna

Spring 2011: Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Department of Religion at Boston University

March -August 2013: Visiting Professor (Buddhism) at the University of Salzburg

Since April 2019: Professor of Religious Studies at the Institute for Religious Studies of the University of Graz, Austria

Professional awards:

December 2004: Honorary Award of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs (for the doctoral thesis in Religious Studies)

March 2005: „Promotio sub auspiciis prasidentis rei publicae“

For Spring 2011: Fulbright Visiting Scholarship, awarded by the Austrian-American Educational Commission, Vienna

Professional Memberships:

1995–1997: Member of PRO SCIENTIA

Since 1996: Member of the Grazer Morgenländische Gesellschaft

Since 1997: Member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Assistentinnen und Assistenten an bibelwissenschaftlichen Instituten in Österreich

Since 2000: Member of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Religionswissenschaft (ÖGRW)

Since 2003: Member of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionsgeschichte DVRG (since 2006: Deutsche Vereinigung Religionswissenschaft DVRW)

Since December 2008: Member of the American Academy of Religions (AAR)

Since 2013: member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for the Study of Religions (see http://easr.org/index.php?id=1318)

Language skills:

English, Italian: very good knowledge; French, Spanish: good knowledge; Russian, Modern Greek: passive knowledge/reading ability

Professional language skills:
Japanese, Sanskrit (with Prof. Schwarz/Graz, Prof. Slaje/Graz); Pali (with Prof. Werba/Vienna, Prof. von Rospatt/Vienna); (Buddhist) Chinese (with Prof. Deeg/Vienna); Arabic (of the Qur’an) (with Prof. Prenner/Graz); Middle-Persian (with Prof. Hutter/Graz); (Manichaean)-Parthian (with Prof. Hutter/Graz); Aramaic (with Prof. Hutter/Graz); Hebrew (of the Bible) (with Prof. Madl/Graz, Prof. Marböck/Graz); Syriac (with Prof. Bauer/Graz, Prof. Cipriani/Rom); Coptic (with Prof. Woschitz/Graz, Prof. Orlandi/Rome)