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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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PhD course in Academic writing and publication (January 11-13, 2017)

2016.10.12 | PhD Course, PhD students

This study course is designed to help PhD fellows produce high-quality scientific articles and monographs. It is open to all PhD students from Denmark and abroad and covers different aspects of academic writing and publication.

Our venue, the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, was situated inside the cathedral precincts.

An ESR's experience of the first network-wide seminar in Kent

2016.10.03 | Public/media

Karen Felter was one of the ESRs participating in the ITN's first network-wide seminar in Kent, England, in August. Click the link to read the short report on her experiences.

Conference on Dignity in Aarhus, October 6, 2016

2016.09.26 | Public/media

In October, one of the ITN partner organizations, Etikos, is hosting a conference on dignity ("Værdighed på Plakaten") together with Aarhus University (in Danish). Follow the link to see the entire program.


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 26.09.2016