Program & Speaker Information

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies cordially invites you to

Heidegger and Kabbalah. Exploring Elliot Wolfson’s Work on Martin Heidegger and Jewish Mysticism

Thursday, March 5, 2020, Annenberg Conference Room, SSMS  4315, 10-5 pm
University of California, Santa Barbara

A conference on Elliot Wolfson’s book, Heidegger and Kabbalah. Hidden Gnosis and the Path of Poiēsis (Indiana University Press, 2019).
Convened by Elisabeth Weber (Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Comparative Literature)


  • 9:30-10:00 am: Coffee and pastries, served at the Annenberg Conference Room
  • 10-10:10 am: Welcome by Elisabeth Weber, Department chair, Introduction of John Majewski, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • 10:10-10:20 am: Dean John Majewski, Opening Remarks
  • 10:20-11:20 am: Elad Lapidot (University of Bern, Humboldt Universität, Berlin): Ethnocentrism in Esoteric Circles: Reflections on Political Gnoseology
  • 11:25 am-12:25 pm: Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham): The Art of Withdrawal: Tsimtsum in Wolfson
  • 12:30-2 pm: Lunch reception, Annenberg Conference Room
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Michael Fagenblat (Open University of Israel): “To be free people in our homeland”: Wolfson and Heidegger on the Place of the Political
  • 3:05-4:05 pm: Almút Sh. Bruckstein (Taswir Projects, Berlin / Istanbul): Algorithmic Paths of Poiesis. Heidegger and Kabbalah in Infinity Loops (Fourfold)
  • 4:15-5:15 pm: Elliot Wolfson (University of California, Santa Barbara): Reflections and Responses
  • 7 pm: Dinner for conference speakers and hosts, location TBD

Conference Program


  • Agata Bielik-Robson
    University of Nottingham
  • Almút Shulamit Bruckstein Çoruh
    ha’atelier / Taswir projects, Berlin / Istanbul
  • Michael Fagenblat
    Open University of Israel
  • Elad Lapidot
    University of Bern, and Humboldt Universität, Berlin
  • Elliot Wolfson
    University of California, Santa Barbara

We gratefully acknowledge co-sponsorship from the College of Letters and Science, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Comparative Literature Program, and the Departments of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.