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The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization

  • From antiquity to modernity

About the Project

The ITN “The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization” is a research collaboration between 6 universities and 9 non-academic partner organizations across Europe. The project will trace the historical roots and transformations of the modern conception of humans as dignified and free beings, especially as met with in theological and philosophical traditions.

Follow the link to read more about the project and the individual PhD positions: 

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Project Partners and Participants

The ITN is a collaboration between Aarhus University, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Univerzita Karlova v Praze, and University of Reading.

In addition to these six universities, the ITN cooperates closely with nine non-academic partner organizations: Mohr Siebeck Verlag, Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle, Verlag Walter de Gruyter, Lutheran Church of Middle Germany, Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, Aschendorff Verlag, Dar al-Kalima College of Arts and Culture, The Diocese of Pécs, Christian Heritage Institute, and Etikos Aps.

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Finally, 14 ESRs are engaged in the ITNs research. You can read more about them on this page - here you will also find the trailer to the upcoming movie about Freedom, created by one of the ESRs.

News

2017.07.11 | Events

From West to East - Origeniana in Jerusalem

Two of the senior researchers in the ITN had arranged a panel within the ITN framework at the Origeniana conference in Jerusalem with a focus on the Body and Soul in Origen's theology. A number of the ESRs attended the conference, and they have written about their experiences in this report.

2017.06.28 | Events, PhD Course

Upcoming ITN course

In August, an introductory course on consulting manuscripts and early books and prints from the collections of the Archive and the Library of the Francke Foundations is open to all PhD fellows - registration before July 23 via the link below.

2017.06.26 | Events

The End of the World or the World of the End? Forms and Functions of Ancient Eschatologies

Prof. Karla Pollmann, one of the ITN supervisors, is organizing a seminar on ancient eschatologies at the University of Reading on September 30, 2017. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Data

Program: H2020 ITN-HHFDWC-676258
Participants: 14 PhDs, 6 universities and 9 non-academic partner organizations
Period: 48 months
Grant: EUR 3,651,149
Starting date: January 1, 2016
Countries: DK, DE, IT, CZ, GB, IL, HU
Coordinator: Aarhus University, Denmark

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 676258.

Network Coordinator

Anders-Christian Jacobsen

Professor with Special Responsibilities

Contact

Birgitte Bøgh (administrative coordinator), bb@cas.au.dk or +45 50 56 54 66

Upcoming events

June 2017

ITN panel on Origen on Body and Mind (Jerusalem)

August 2017

Course:Training in archive studies - reading ancient manuscripts (Halle)

October 2017

Course: Origen’s philosophy of freedom in early modern and modern times (Münster)

November 2017

ITN seminar on AAR Annual Meeting (Boston)

December 2017

Course: Human resource management (Aarhus)


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