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 studies have consistently revolved around the field of literature and theology with a strong focus on the early modern period. In my Master’s thesis, I analysed the influence of Blaise Pascal on the Trinitarian theology of 20th-century Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar.

My ongoing PhD project focuses on 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, i.e. Fénelon’s pedagogical novel Télémaque, his fables, devotional literature, spiritual direction, correspondence, and theological, pedagogical, and political treatises, I seek to identify how the royal tutor construes interior and exterior spaces of princely privacy at the court of Versailles.

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 ( The project is a joint doctorate (cotutelle) with Université Rennes 2 and is supervised by Professors Mette Birkedal Bruun (Copenhagen) and François Trémolières (Rennes 2), and Postdoctoral Fellow Lars Cyril Nørgaard (Copenhagen).

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