Talk: 'The Tangled Intellectual Biographies of Gershom Scholem and Hans Kohn'
October 17, 2017
Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
758 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
"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.
From the main UMass Amherst campus, head north on North Pleasant Street. The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies is on the left, just past the traffic circle.