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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.

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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 Kent.

In addition to these six universities, the ITN cooperates closely with nine non-academic partner organizations that have been selected because of their relevant competences and qualifications for the ITN. These are Mohr Siebeck Verlag GmbH & Co, Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle, Verlag Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Lutheran Church of Middle Germany, Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, Aschendorff Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Dar al-Kalima College of Arts and Culture, The Diocese of Pécs, Christian Heritage Institute, and Etikos Aps.

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Seminar in Kent

2016.07.12 | PhD students, Events

August 2016 The first network-wide seminar in the ITN takes place in August. All the ESRs, supervisors, and a couple of invited speakers will be there. In addition to being introduced to important historical knowledge, the project's content and goals, theory and methodology, and some practical matters, is a great opportunity for the participants…

Etikos' June newsletter (in Danish)

2016.07.07 | Religion and theology, News from the management, Public/media

The June newsletter from Etikos (in Danish) contains an article written by one of the ITN partners, Christina Busk, and a presentation of one of the ESRs, Renze Klamer, who is going to be working closely together with Etikos.


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


Birgitte Bøgh (administrative coordinator), or +45 50 56 54 66

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Revised 18.08.2016