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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 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

2016.12.20 | PhD Course

Course and conference: Ancient Thought from a Global Perspective: Human Freedom and Dignity

The next ITN course and conference - open to all - will take place in Canterbury, England, from February 25 - March 1, 2017. Read on to see the program and other relevant information.

2016.12.20 | Awards

New grant: Augustine's anthropology

The ITN coordinator, Prof. Anders-Christian Jacobsen, has received a generous grant from The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. The new research network will investigate the idea of the human in the theology and philosophy of Augustine of Hippo, especially how he views human freedom and dignity.

2016.12.19 | Public/media

New publications from Mohr Siebeck

Two new books on human rights have recently been published by one of our partner organizations, Mohr Siebeck.

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 courses

January 2017

Academic writing and publication

February 2017

Origen on human freedom and dignity in the late Middle Ages

April 2017

Web presentation of research results


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