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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.


2017.11.17 | PhD students, Knowledge exchange

Audios from the course on Origen’s Philosophy of Freedom in 17th-Century England

From the recently held course in Münster, we present the recorded papers by two ESRs - Elisa Bellucci and Andrea Bianchi - on topics central to understanding the reception of Origen' philosophy of freedom in the 17th century.

2017.11.14 | Research news

Report from the recent Origen colloquium in Cambridge

In October, the first Colloquium Adamantianum took place in Cambridge. Each of these events revolve around around the research of one pre-eminent Origen scholar. The first was Theo Kobusch, one of the ITN's advisors. Read the report below to learn more of the event and of recent research on Origen.

2017.11.07 | Events, Knowledge exchange

New Origen seminar in Cambridge

On November 25, the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism is hosting the second seminar on Religion and Philosophy in Origenism Old and New II.


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

Upcoming events

November 2017

ITN seminar on AAR Annual Meeting (Boston)

Religion and Philosophy in Origenism Old and New II (Cambridge)

February 2018

Network-wide Seminar (Halle)

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Revised 20.11.2017