Rome, Italy

Freedom and Responsibility in the Spirit of Edith Stein

when 20 August 2023 - 26 August 2023
language German
duration 1 week
fee EUR 300

The summer academy addresses the question of freedom by focusing on both Edith Stein's own understanding of freedom but also in the academic perspectives in which Edith Stein herself worked, including from biblical, theological, philosophical, anthropological and spiritual perspectives.

The German-language summer academy in Rome will include a mix of study, prayer, disscusion, community and relaxation in the quiet atmosphere of the Pontifical Faculty Teresianum.

The topics include discussions around: the philosophical, theological and biblical foundations of freedom, the essence of personal freedom, freedom in social and political theory, freedom in psychology, and freedom and responsibilty in the digital world. More details are available on our website, where you can also videos of our previous lectures (most with subtitles available).

Course leader

Em. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz (Institut EUPHRat, Heiligenkreuz)
P. Dr. Christof Betschart OCD (Rom),
Mag.a Daniela Köder (Wien),
P. Dr. Roberto Maria Pirastu OCD (Rom)
und P. Dr. Lukasz Strzyz-Steinert OCD (Rom)

Target group

The summer academy will be held in German and is primarily aimed at students, young researchers or anyone (up to the age of 35) who has an inquisitive mind (not only in philosophy and theology). It is aimed at people under 35, but we will consider all applications (although, due to the restricted capacity, preference will be given to those in the target group).

Course aim

The course aims to develop both an academic understanding of the topic of freedom and also the spiritual significance of freedom.

Fee info

EUR 300: The fee includes accomodation and board. Most rooms are private although some may be shared (when the maximum capacity is reached). Travel to and from the venue is not included. Capacity is limited to 20.


Reductions for students are available on request.