PD Dr. Christian Hornung – Recipient of Heisenberg Scholarship
Dr. Christian Hornung has been a Heisenberg scholarship holder of the German Research Foundation (DFG) since April 1, 2015 at the seminar for Catholic Theology at the University of Siegen.
The program named after the physics Nobel laureate Werner Heisenberg is the DFG's most important instrument for the promotion of young scientists. The program is aimed at scientists who fulfill all prerequisites for the appointment to a long-term professorship, and is intended to enable young scientists to prepare for a scientific leadership position and to work on further research topics during this time. The maximum funding period is five years.
The church historian Christian Hornung qualified as a university lecturer in 2014 with the subjects of Old Church History and Patrologia at the University of Bonn. His specialty is the late antiquity. He worked for the Franz Joseph Dölger-Institute for the project "Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum". (Real Dictionary for the Antiquity and Christianity)
Within the framework of his Heisenberg scholarship, he is involved in two projects. On the one hand, Prof. Hornung investigates asceticism and ascetic ideals in ancient Christianity, and on the other hand he concentrates on the subject of penance and how its canon law construction relates to the pastoral reality.