Teaching virtue: a research cluster for the study of the politics of education in pre-modern Europe


Project leader


Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)


Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2013
End date: 31/12/2016
Funding: 4500000 SEK


Description

The research cluster will bring together researchers and doctoral students who specialize in the cultural and intellectual history of the pre-modern periods into a creative research environment. The activities will be hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies at Stockholm University, a leading swedish centre in this research field. Stockholm university has agreed to contribute appr. 6.8 million SEK of funding for the activities of the cluster. The cluster involves seven core participants, one of whom serving as co-ordinator. Two are currently working at the dept. for Literature and the History of Ideas, SU, one at the dept. of Cultural Sciences, Lund University, one at the Swedish Institute in Rome, one at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Bergen, one at the Institute for the History of Music (IRPMF) in Paris, and one at the Norwegian Institute in Rome. Two doctoral students will also join the cluster, as will a number of guest researchers. A common theme unites the participants: the educational history of virtue ethics in pre-modern Europe. It will be studied from a broad societal perspective, its function in the forming of social and gender ideals being a main focus of interest. The main goal is a better understanding of how the problems of teaching virtue were answered from late antiquity through to the late 18th century: was it considered possible to learn the virtues? Who should be educated in them, how were they taught, and who were considered the appropriate teachers?The research cluster will bring together researchers and doctoral students who specialize in the cultural and intellectual history of the pre-modern periods into a creative research environment. The activities will be hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies at Stockholm University, a leading swedish centre in this research field. Stockholm university has agreed to contribute appr. 6.8 million SEK of funding for the activities of the cluster. The cluster involves seven core participants, one of whom serving as co-ordinator. Two are currently working at the dept. for Literature and the History of Ideas, SU, one at the dept. of Cultural Sciences, Lund University, one at the Swedish Institute in Rome, one at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Bergen, one at the Institute for the History of Music (IRPMF) in Paris, and one at the Norwegian Institute in Rome. Two doctoral students will also join the cluster, as will a number of guest researchers. A common theme unites the participants: the educational history of virtue ethics in pre-modern Europe. It will be studied from a broad societal perspective, its function in the forming of social and gender ideals being a main focus of interest. The main goal is a better understanding of how the problems of teaching virtue were answered from late antiquity through to the late 18th century: was it considered possible to learn the virtues? Who should be educated in them, how were they taught, and who were considered the appropriate teachers?

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