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Edith Stein

Edith Stein Research Centre

Edith Stein (1891-1942) a woman and philosopher, was refused, by the German academic community, the right to be conferred a postdoctoral degree, and being a Jew she was banned from teaching by the national socialists that  ruled Germany since 1933. Edith Stein’s home became, until her  martyr’s  death in  Auschwitz in summer 1942, the Teresian Carmelite Family, where she lived and wrote under the name of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

The name of Edith Stein has been given to the Research Centre because of the richness of her biography. Stein in her life joined and reconciled  contradictions on the basis of universal cultural and religious values.  The general aim of Edith Stein Research Centre include coordination of investigation and activity  of the research and teaching staff of various faculties of the Adam-Mickiewicz-University as well as other universities in Poland, and various Polish and international institutions, carried out in order to develop models of excellence of European culture. These models, referring to European traditions, mainly to Christian culture in ecumenical understanding,   are intended to combine the efforts of all researchers and students to revive the spirit of unity in  Europe.

The objectives of the Edith Stein Research Centre include:

  1. Research on Edith Stein’s biography and academic legacy (philosophical and educational)
  2. Research on European integration in the light of her title “Edith Stein a Co-Patroness of Europe”.
  3. Popularising education with respect to ecumenical culture
  4. Expanding the phenomenological perspective
  5. Research on the philosophy of dialogue
  6. Developing a research program concerning women’s emancipation and the ethos of the contemporary woman
  7. Launching a dialog between science and religion

The Edith Stein Research Centre intends to attain its goals through:

  • Organising congresses, conferences, educational programmes and exhibitions
  • Organising lectures promoting first and foremost the ecumenical dimension of culture

(philosophy, literature, art, music history of religious denominations and interreligious dialog)


Publications promoting literature related to philosophy, education and art.