Theological reflection on how to build the good city (4+4 or 5+3)

Theological reflection on how to build the good city (4+4 or 5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Diocese of Aarhus and the Municipality of Aarhus, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship/fellowship in theological reflection on how to build the good city provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD scholarship/fellowship is available as of 1 September 2017 for a period of up to three years (5+3) and of up to four years (4+4). The candidate who is awarded the scholarship/fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 September 2017. 

The PhD scholarship/fellowship will be financed by the 3 parties.

The PhD scholarship/fellowship is advertised within the field of the city of Aarhus is in the process of a very dynamic development. In many places new buildings are being built, and new residential areas are either in the planning or are in the process of being materialized. During the years new churches have being built along with the development of the city of Aarhus. The present expansion of new local residential areas raises a new the question where to build new churches, what kind of churches, and for what purposes?

When new residential areas are being built, a number of considerations must be taken into account like architecture, garden planning, size of the local population, infrastructure, cultural activities, and high tech-technology. An important aspect in city planning is also the theological dimension and an analysis of how new churches can contribute to establishing the good city. In the theological tradition it is possible to find resources for ways of establishing an academic connection between the city as an idea, city planning, and theology about the city. Christianity was developed with the city as its socio-cultural context in Jerusalem, Antioch, Constantinople, and Rome. Augustin’s theology is based on the concept of the City of God. The Reformation took place in cities in Northern Europe, and Thomas More’s Utopia from 1516 inspired the Puritans and the Pietistic movements to build cities based on theological ideas. In the 19th and 20th Centuries churches were built in Denmark according to new architectural and ecclesiological ideas related to the growth of Copenhagen (Kirkefondet) and the new suburban areas. 

The focal point of the offered PhD project is to analyse how theology and ecclesiology can be used for the Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Aarhus Diocese, as a resource in building the good city today. Special focus must be put on challenges and difficulties for the local church in establishing human relations among people living in new neighbourhoods in the 21st Century characterized by individualization and modernization. What role can a “multilocal” Lutheran Church play in developing human relationships, citizenship, and civil society?

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

The PhD scholar/fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Theology, History of Ideas and Philosophy.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Culture and Society’s research programme:
http://cas.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/

 

4+4 programme
When you apply for a SU PhD scholarship (4+4), you must be able to document relevant qualifications in the academic area of the PhD project in the form of a Bachelor’s degree and one year of Master’s degree studies or equivalent qualifications. A prerequisite for allocation of SU PhD scholarships is that these qualifications are acquired no later than 31 August 2017.

Applicants who have acquired 60 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination and applicants who will have acquired 60 to 90 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination after the deadline for application can apply for a combined SU and PhD scholarship in the 4+4 scheme. Applicants who have already earned 90 ECTS credits at the time of application should apply for the 5+3 PhD fellowship when the Master’s thesis has been submitted for assessment.

The duration of Part A of the PhD degree programme depends on the number of ECTS credits earned at the commencement of study. The duration is estimated based on the information in the application about the number of ECTS credits earned and those to be awarded upon satisfactory completion of current courses.

A condition for being allocated a combined SU and PhD scholarship is that the applicant passes this examination prior to the commencement of studies.

SU PhD scholarships are allocated in accordance with the Ministerial Order regarding state educational support (SU), section II: https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=158626 (Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme Authority – only in Danish. Please see this page for further information http://www.su.dk/english/).

In connection with the SU PhD scholarship, a PhD scholar can undertake paid work amounting to 280 hours distributed over part A of the studies. Employment in accordance with protocol regarding PhD scholars; agreement regarding payment of PhD students for work carried out in connection with the PhD degree programme: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

SU PhD-points and hourly pay: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/salary-and-employment/salary-part-a-of-the-4-4-programme/

 

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must enclose documentation stating that you have submitted your Master’s thesis for assessment by the deadline for application, and you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2017.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3-programme-and-part-b-of-the-4-4-programme/

 

Application
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the SU PhD scholarship/PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Theology, History of Ideas and Philosophy:  http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/contacts/

For further information, please contact Peter Lodberg, School of Culture and Society, teopl@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 87162481.

Applications for the SU PhD scholarship/PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/application/application-guide/

 

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2017 at 23.59 CET
Reference number: 2017-14

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.