PhD Course

Existential Sustainability: Expanding the Discourse on Sustainability

Agenda 2030 PhD course, 18 September 2023 - 18 January 2024 (7,5 hp)

This course is part of the Agenda 2030 Graduate School at Lund University, which provides interdisciplinary PhD courses based on the societal challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Open for PhD students from all faculties

What is existential sustainability and how can existential perspectives become part of contemporary sustainability work? In the process of implementing the green transition, new perspectives have emerged, relating to the existential and religious dimensions of human life. The course addresses this by paying attention to the human being as a narrative being, in relation to three theoretical complexes, namely place, time, and identity.

The course is a collaboration between the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology and the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at LTH. Here, existential and religious studies perspectives on sustainability will be studied in relation to perspectives on the built environment, as a way of expanding the conceptual framework of Agenda 2030. Departing from an excursion to Råängen at Brunnshög, you will study how existential meaning and identity are created through storytelling in relation to place and time.

Råängen is an urban development project conducted by Lund Cathedral on land belonging to the church. It is part of the large redevelopment project in northeastern Lund, Brunnshög. Råängen is unique in its ambition to take on board the perspective of eternity when developing a new city district. This exemplifies how places, through their specific environment and history, become part of human identities and acquire meaning-making significance.

For information see or contact Lovisa Nyman lovisa.nymanctr.luse.


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