Forskning ved Københavns Universitet - Københavns Universitet

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 seeks to trace how notions of privacy emerge at the intersection between spirituality and politics in the works of François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon (1651-1715). Consulting a wide array of source material such as Fénelon’s pedagogical works, his devotional literature, spiritual direction, and other correspondence I seek to identify how the royal tutor construes the relation between private and public in different enunciative 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 of approximately 27.000€ awarded by the Danish Ministry for Higher Education and Science.


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