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.

The ITN has two major aims: To train ESRs and to investigate the philosophical and theological traditions behind the modern Western conception of humans as free, valuable, and dignified beings, and how these traditions developed chronologically and geographically. The network will focus on the reception and assimilation of the theological ideas expounded by the church father Origen from the 3rd century Alexandria. He argued, among other things, for human freedom, dignity, and capacity to master sin, but his views lost to those of Origen’s mighty opponent – Augustine of Hippo – whose conception of humans was based on the doctrine of original sin, and who emphasized a predetermined fate, no free will, and human servitude.

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

Read the full project description

READER ON RELEVANT THEORIES

Christian Jaque Stub has written a Reader on reception theory and social network theories for all the ITN participants - and for others interested in the subject.

Download it here.

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.

The ITN also 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. The entire ITN is supported by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

Read more about the SAB, partners and beneficiaries

In addition, we have established fruitful collaborations with a number of external researchers and other networks - find them here.

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.

Upcoming events

2019

May 

May 28: Seminar with Dr. Mitri Raheb. Find more information here.

July

July 7: Beierwaltes seminar V. Find more information here.

October

October 19: Beierwaltes seminar VI. Find more information here.

October 30 - November 3: Final ITN conference.

 

News

2019.07.12 | People

Good Omens - Origen and freedom

In a Deutschlandfunk broadcast Prof. Dr. Alfons Fürst relates the new BBC-miniseries 'Good Omens' to Origen and freedom. Listen to the broadcast in German here

2019.07.07 | People

Interview of Prof. Dr. Alfons Fürst

'Christ in der Gegenwart' has done an interview of Prof. Der. Alfons Fürst, in which he was asked miscellaneous questions concerning both religion, entertainment, happiness and much more. The interview is available in German.

2019.05.27 | Events, Knowledge exchange

History, culture and research in Fulda

Two of our ESRs, Ilaria Scarponi and Sara Contini, recently went on a research visit to Fulda. They participated in the International Colloquium for Early Career Researchers in Early Christianity, led a workshop on their research on Origen, visited the historical archives, met other researchers in their filed, and much more. Read the report of…


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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.

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

 

 

Network Coordinator

Anders-Christian Jacobsen

Professor with Special Responsibilities

Contact

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

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