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Florian Ruf

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Working Area Ancient Church History

Rheinstraße 10
79085 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203-67703

PhD student in sub-project G1
"Otium – a Cultural Transfer between East and West. Transformations of Asceticism and Monasticism"

Academic CV

  • Since June 2017 research fellow and PhD student at the Collaborative Research Centre 1015 “Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices”, sub-project G1 “Otium – a Cultural Transfer between East and West. Transformations of Asceticism and Monasticism”
  • 2017 first state examination in Theology and History
  • 2015-2017 student assistant at the Collaborative Research Centre 1015 “Otium/Leisure. Concepts, Spaces, Figures”, sub-project A2 “Otium/Leisure as Lifestyle in Late Antiquity: Theoria and the Monastic Tradition”
  • 2014-2017 student assistant at the Department of Ancient Church History and Patristics
  • 2011-2017 student of Theology, History and Chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Dissertation project

Based on different versions of Barlaam and Josaphat, this project examines representations of otiose leisure in culturally diverse region. As the novel has different varieties suited to its specific religious context, Barlaam and Josaphat represents different versions of the Buddha legend that came to the Middle East through Manichaean mediation. The novel is of particular importance since figures from a strictly monastic and ascetic context also play a major role and therefore offer an auxiliary category in the conceptual exploration of otium and theoria in philosophical-theological terms. It is precisely these figures and their background that make the novel an important testimony to the development of conceptions of otium and theoria under the conditions of cultural transfer.


  • Ruf, Florian: Josaphat - Heiliger und Buddha, in: Spektrum der Wissenschaft. Special issue on archelogy History Culture 2 (2018), pp. 58-61

   Conference and workshop organization

  • Organizing workshop on "Otium and digitalisation"