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Thinking Through Nationalism and Mysticism: The Tangled Intellectual Biographies of Gershom Scholem and Hans Kohn

A symposium with Amir Engel (Hebrew University) and Adi Gordon (Amherst College)

At a time when Gershom Scholem established the academic study of Jewish mysticism, Hans Kohn pioneered the academic study of nationalism. The biographies of these two German-Jewish intellectuals intersected: as Zionists in Central Europe and later, in Palestine, as advocates of bi-nationalism.

This event brings together the authors of two exciting new intellectual biographies: Amir Engel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) author of Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and Adi Gordon (Amherst College), author of Toward Nationalism's End: An Intellectual Biography of Hans Kohn (Brandeis University Press, 2017).

Sponsored by the Program in German and Scandinavian Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, and the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies.