The aim of this lecture is to suggest potential sources, approaches and conceptual frames in which one could research chrono-spatial aspects of Hasidism and, more generally, any modern religious movement. Is it true that Hasidism dominated most of East European Jewry already by the end of the eighteenth century? How could we measure it? What were the borders of Hasidic influence? When, how and why did they change? Which Hasidic dynasties were strongest? These and other questions will inform the lecture.
Marcin Wodziński is professor of Jewish history and literature at the University of Wrocław, Poland. His special field of interest is social history of Jews in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe. His books include: Hebrew Inscriptions in Silesia 13th-18th c. (Pol., 1996), Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: A History of Conflict (2005), and Hasidism and Politics: The Kingdom of Poland, 1815-1864 (2013).
Marcin Wodzinski–‘Space and Belief: toward a geography of Hasidism’
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Committee for the Study of Religion