Dr. Enrico Lucca

Dr. Enrico Lucca c/o: Simon Dubnow Institut für Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur Goldschmidtstr. 28 04103 - Leipzig


Enrico Lucca (Como, 1983) holds a PhD from the University of Milan (2012). In 2008-2009 he obtained a specialization degree in Cultural Sciences from the Scuola Alti Studi - Fondazione Collegio San Carlo (Modena). In Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 he has been a visiting graduate student at the University of Chicago (Divinity School). From January to June 2012 he has been a research fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Grants and scholarships include DAAD scholarship (Summer 2008), PhD full scholarship (University of Milan, 2009-2011), Posen Foundation Summer Fellowship (August 2011), the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (January - June 2012), the Guidetti Prize of the Vigevani Foundation & the Italian Association of the Friends of the Hebrew University (March 2014), the Olga and William Lakritz Prize in Martin Buber Studies (July 2014), «Da‘at ha-Maqom» Center for the Study of Modern Jewish Cultures (2015). From Summer 2015 he is the editorial manager of the Center's periodical Naharaim.


Research Project

Enrico Lucca's research aims to explore the multiple dimensions of the biography and work of Shmuel Hugo Bergman (1883-1975), and elucidate his crucial position in the cultural, intellectual, and political life of pre-state Jewish and subsequently Israeli society. Originally from Prague, where in the first two decades of the 20th century he led the Jewish-cultural renaissance of the local German speaking community, Bergman moved to Palestine, where he assumed an influential role within the Jewish yishuv. He soon became a leading institutional figure associated with the development both of the Jewish National Library (of which he was the first director) and the Hebrew University (where he served as the first rector). At the same time, in light of his active advocacy of bi-nationalism and Arab-Israeli dialogue, first as one of the leaders of Brit Shalom and then in Ichud, and by virtue of his participation in various other political and labor organizations, Bergman emerged as an important point of reference for left-wing Israeli discourse, thus reaching a position as an eminent intellectual engaged in the national public debate. The research will generate an intellectual biography that encompasses the multiple aspects of Bergman’s political, scholarly, and cultural activity.


Selected Publications

- Sotto il segno della gnosi. Un’approssimazione ad alcune poesie scholemiane, in T. Tagliacozzo (ed.), Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem e il linguaggio, Mimesis, Milan, 2016 [in press] [Under the sign of Gnosis. An approximation to Scholem’s poetry]

- Crisis y apocalipsis. Notas para un análisis de la reflexión scholemiana sobre el mesianismo, «Res Publica: Revista de Historia de las Ideas Políticas», xviii, 2 (2015), pp. 339-352, issn 1576-4184 [Crisis and Apocalypse. Notes towards an analysis of Scholem’s reflections on messianism]

- Spinoza [Introduzione e selezione antologica di testi], in M.C. Bartolomei, P. Caloni (eds.), Filosofia della Religione. Lineamenti Introduttivi. Con un’antologia di testi, Mimesis, Milan, 2015, pp. 101-105 [Spinoza. Introduction and Selection of Texts]

- Il riposo della terra. Anno sabbatico in terra d’Israele, «Equilibri: Rivista per lo sviluppo sostenibile», xix, 1 (2015), pp. 168-173, issn 1594-7580 [The Resting of the Land. Sabbatical Year in Israel]

- Decadenza del linguaggio e crisi del sionismo nel giovane Scholem, «Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio», viii, 2 (2014), pp. 171-181, issn 2036-6728 [Decadence of Language and Crisis of Zionism in the early Scholem]

- Sull’orlo dell’abisso: Scholem e Rosenzweig sulla lingua ebraica, «Rivista di Storia della Filosofia», 68, 2 (2013), pp. 305-320, issn 0393-2516 [On the edge of the abyss: Scholem and Rosenzweig on the Hebrew Language]

- Dossier Jesi. Lettere e Materiali (Furio Jesi, Gershom Scholem), a cura di A. Cavalletti ed E. Lucca, «Scienza & Politica», xxv, 48 (2013), pp. 103-109, issn 1825-9618 [Dossier Jesi. Letters and Materials (Furio Jesi, Gershom Scholem)]

- Gershom Scholem, On Franz Rosenzweig and his Familiarity with Kabbala Literature, edited by Enrico Lucca and Ashraf Noor, «Naharaim»: Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, vi, 1 (2012), pp. 1-6, issn 1862-9148

- Gershom Scholem on Franz Rosenzweig and the Kabbalah. Introduction to the text, «Naharaim»: Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, vi, 1 (2012), pp. 7-19, issn 1862-9148

- Gershom Scholem, On History and Philosophy of History, edited by Enrico Lucca and Ashraf Noor, «Naharaim»: Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, v, 1-2 (December 2011), p. 1-7, issn 1862-9148

- Between History and Philosophy of History. Comments on an unpublished document by Gershom Scholem, «Naharaim»: Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, v, 1-2 (December 2011), pp. 8-16, issn 1862-9148

- La Scrittura in esilio. Ermeneutica e poetica in Edmond Jabès, Led: Il Filarete, Milan, 2011 (pp. 148) [Writing in Exile. Hermeneutics and Poetics in Edmond Jabès], isbn 978-8879165068