Bastian Felter Vaucanson

Bastian Felter Vaucanson

Ph.d. stipendiat

In March 2018 I obtained my Master’s degree in theology from the University of Copenhagen with stays as visiting student at the Université sorbonne nouvelle Paris 3 (fall 2015), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (fall 2016), and Cambridge University (winter/spring 2018).

My ongoing PhD project deals with the notion of friendship in the works of François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon (1651-1715) in the period 1689-99. Consulting a wide array of source material such as the royal tutor's pedagogical works, his devotional and theological literature, as well as his letters of spiritual direction I seek to identify how friendship delineates private spheres in different historical contexts.

The project is carried out within the interdisciplinary framework of Centre for Privacy Studies, a Centre of Excellence funded by The Danish National Research Foundation ( and is a joint degree (cotutelle) with Université Rennes 2, supervised by Professors Mette Birkedal Bruun (Copenhagen) and François Trémolières (Rennes 2) and co-supervised by Postdoctoral Fellow Lars Cyril Nørgaard (Copenhagen).

In February 2020 the project was endorsed by the EliteForsk travel grant awarded by the Danish Ministry for Higher Education and Science.

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