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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.

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

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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.

Read more about the partners and participants

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

2017.02.23 | Knowledge exchange, Research news

Forthcoming publication on human rights

A new book (in German) relevant to all those interested in human rights will be published by Mohr Siebeck in May.

2017.02.09 | Events

Freedom through submission: The discourse of human freedom among Muslims in Denmark

On February 21, one of the ITN ESRs, Johannes Renders, will present his project with a particular focus on his Foucauldian-ethnographic approach to human freedom.

2017.02.08 | Events, Public/media

New conference panel in the ITN: Origen, Body and Soul

The ITN professors A.-C. Jacobsen and A. Fürst have been granted a panel at the Origen conference in Jerusalem in 2017. The panel will focus on the theme Body And Soul in Origen’s Theology.

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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