A Conversation with Moshe Idel about his new book: Old Worlds, New Mirrors: On Jewish Mysticism and Twentieth Century Thought

 

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

A Conversation with Moshe Idel about his new book: Old Worlds, New Mirrors: On Jewish Mysticism and Twentieth Century Thought

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies hosted a panel discussion prompted by and celebrating the publication of Moshe Idel’s new book, Old Worlds, New Mirrors: On Jewish Mysticism and Twentieth Century Thought. The book, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in association with the Katz Center, is part of the series Jewish Culture and Contexts. Idel turns his gaze on figures as diverse as Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, Franz Kafka and Franz Rosenzweig, Arnaldo Momigliano and Paul Celan, Abraham Heschel and George Steiner, to reflect on their relationship to Kabbalah in a cosmopolitan, mostly European context. The panelists are participants in the 2009–2010 Fellowship Program at the Katz Center titled Secularism and Its Discontents.

Speaker: 
Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp; David N. Myers, University of California, Los Angeles; Galili Shahar, Tel Aviv University; Moshe Idel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Moshe Idel is Max Cooper Professor of Jewish Thought Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Senior Researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a member of the Israeli Academy for Sciences and Humanities. He is a world renowned scholar of Jewish mystical and philosophical traditions.

Vivian Liska is Professor of German Literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her research focuses on modern German literature and literary theory.

David N. Myers is Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. His fields of expertise are modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history.

Galili Shahar is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Florida. His fields of research are German cultural history, philosophy and theatre, and German-Jewish and Israeli literature.

Event Subtitle: 

Thirteenth Annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture

Event Location: 

Van Pelt Library, Class of 1955 (Second Floor) University of Pennsylvania 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Event Date and Time: 
April 21, 2010 5:00pm
Open to the public
Sponsors: 
Kutchin Seminar Series of Jewish Studies
Sponsors: 
Department of History
Sponsors: 
Deaprtment of Religious Studies
Sponsors: 
Centro Primo Levi
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