Agata Paluch's research project concerns the interplay between Jewish and non-Jewish esoteric traditions in early modern East-Central Europe. She received her doctorate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from University College London in 2013. For the past two years she has held a Gerda Henkel Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Free University of Berlin. Prior to joining UCL she studied history and Jewish thought in Kraków, Warsaw, and Jerusalem. Her dissertation was published as Megalleh ‘Amuqot: The Enoch-Metatron Tradition in the Kabbalah of Nathan Neta Shapira of Kraków (1585–1633) (Cherub Press, 2014). She worked as a cataloguer of Hebrew manuscripts for the Polonsky Foundation Digitisation Project at the British Library until 2015. Her areas of research interest include the history and literature of Jewish mysticism (especially in early modern Eastern and Central Europe), the materiality of textual transmission (particularly in the context of the dissemination of Hebrew manuscripts in the age of nascent print), and the cognitive science of religion.


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