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

May 

14-16: Origen and the Origenian tradition on progress (Rome). Download the program here
27-31: Contours and Expressions of the Self in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures (Jerusalem). Download the program here

June 

2: Colloquium Adamantianum II (Cambridge)
3-4: Concepts of God and Man in Henry More’s Critique of Spinoza (Cambridge)
13-16: Origen’s Platonism (Los Angeles)

July

7: Beierwaltes Seminar III on Origen and Christian Platonism (Cambridge)

October

20: Beierwaltes Seminar IV on Origen and Christian Platonism (Cambridge)

November 

29-30: Verurteilung des Origenes – Kaiser Justinian und das Konzil von Konstantinopel 553 (Münster)

December

12-14: PhD course in Human Resource Management (Aarhus)

This list is regularly updated. A PDF of main events (only updated every three months) is also available here.

News

2018.06.29 | Knowledge exchange

Origen in Hollywood: a report of the ITN panel in Los Angeles

From June 13 to 16, 2018, the 16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies (ISNS) took place in Los Angeles. Two of our ESRs, Giovanni and Andrea, hosted a panel on Origen and Neo-Platonism. Read the report to find out what happened there, and why Los Angeles was such a suitable occasion for the panel.

2018.06.20 | Events

Beierwaltes Seminars III - on Origen and Christian Platonism

On July 7, the third in a series of Cambridge seminars revolving around the scholar Werner Beierwaltes takes place in Cambridge. Please find a link to the full program below as well as contact information if you want to join.

2018.06.14 | Knowledge exchange

Jacobsen, Christ – Teacher of Salvation: A workshop report on the second Colloquium Adamantianum

The second Colloquium Adamantianum revolved around the latest book by Prof. A.-C. Jacobsen, Christ – Teacher of Salvation. Below, you can read about the different papers, which addressed various key topics of Jacobsen’s study and its place in classical and contemporary Origen scholarship.

Data

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

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

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