Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982 – 1984
    University of the Witwatersrand, Departments of Hebrew, English and Comparative Literature, Bachelor of Humanities degree (magna cum laude)

  • 1985 – 1991
    Tel Aviv University, Department of Comparative Literature and Poetics, Master of Arts degree (summa cum laude).

  • 1992 – 1998
    Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Department of Comparative Literature and Poetics, Shirley and Leslie Porter School of Cultural Studies, Ph.D. (with distinction), under the supervision of Dr. Hannan Hever.

  • 1998 – 1999
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of English, Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship under the sponsorship of Dr. Shuli Barzilai.

APPOINTMENTS AT THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY

  • 1999 – 2001
    Teaching Associate, Rank of Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.

  • 2001 – 2006
    Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English and the Program in Cultural Studies.

  • 2006 – 2015
    Tenured Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English and the Program in Cultural Studies.

  • Since 2015
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English and the Program in Cultural Studies.

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS/TASKS AT THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY

  • 2009 – 2010
    Chair, Program in Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities

  • 2011 – 2014
    Member, Committee for Review of Promotions of Staff in the Parallel Track

  • 2012
    Acting Chair, Program in Cultural Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

  • 2012 – 2014
    Member, Advisory Board of the Excellence Program for Ph.D. Students in the Humanities

  • 2013 – 2014
    Chair, Program in Cultural Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Since 2013
    Member, Academic Committee of the Center for Literary Studies, Faculty of Humanities

SERVICE IN OTHER ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

  • 1988 – 1998
    Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics, Tel Aviv University, Style-Editor and Editorial Assistant, Poetics Today: International journal of Poetics and Semiotics published by the Porter Institute and Duke University Press.

  • 1992 – 1993
    Tel Aviv University, Teaching Assistant, Department of Comparative Literature and Poetics. Tutor in compulsory introductory courses.

  • 1994 – 1995
    Tel Aviv University, Teaching Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature and Poetics

  • 1995 – 1998
    Tel Aviv University, Adjunct Teacher, Department of Comparative Literature and Poetics. Independent teacher of elective B.A. courses

  • 2003
    Visiting Scholar, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2008
    Visiting Scholar, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2006 – 2010
    Second Ph.D. supervisor of Noam Leshem, with Dr. Anthony Julius, The London Consortium, MA and Ph.D. Programme in the Humanities and Cultural Studies (The Architectural Association, Birkbeck College University of London, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Science Museum, TATE)

  • 2008 – 2011
    Second Ph.D. supervisor of Nicky Falkof, with Professor Barry Curtis, The London Consortium, MA and Ph.D. Programme in the Humanities and Cultural Studies (The Architectural Association, Birkbeck College University of London, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Science Museum, TATE)

  • 2010 – 2011
    Member of Academic Steering Committee of the Inter-University Program, Member of Academic Committee of The Inter-University Program in African Studies, Ben-Gurion University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Open University, Tel-Aviv University.

Selected publications

  • 2015. “Genres of Identification: Holocaust Testimony and Postcolonial Witness,” in Marking Evil: Holocaust Memory in the Global Age, edited by Amos Goldberg and Haim Hazan., 171 – 192.

  • 2015. “Scratching the Surface: The Home and the Haptic in Lauren Beukes’s Zoo City and Elsewhere,” Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa 20(1): 3-23.

  • 2013. Lauren Beukes’s Post-Apartheid Dystopia: Inhabiting Moxyland,” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 50(5): 522-534.

  • 2012. “Unruly Pedagogies; Migratory Interventions: Unsettling Cultural Studies.” Special edition of Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies, 26(1). Edited by Louise Bethlehem and Ashleigh Harris.

  • 2007. Violence & Non-Violence in Africa. Edited by Pal Ahluwalia, Louise Bethlehem and Ruth Ginio. Routledge: London and New York.

  • 2006. Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and Its Aftermath. (2006).Unisa (University of South Africa) Press, Pretoria; Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.

  • 2004. South Africa in the Global Imaginary. Edited by Leon de Kock, Louise Bethlehem and Sonja Laden. Unisa (University of South Africa) Press, Pretoria; Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation, 1948-1990.

  • European Research Council Consolidator Grant: APARTHEID-STOPS

  • http://erc.europa.eu/apartheid-global-itinerary-south-african-cultural-formations-transnational-circulation-1948-1990

  • This project traces the global diffusion of South African cultural formations, whether textual, musical or visual in a Cold War setting. The apartheid government exiled political activists, intellectuals, writers, photographers and musicians. Texts depicting racial oppression circulated within transnational networks. Images were disseminated by the mass media. Sounds traveled, whether as the radio broadcasts of displaced writers or as the jazz performances of exiled musicians. Cultural mediation is integral to these outward itineraries. Through the lens of cultures of resistance to apartheid, my research team and I seek to explain how South African political dissidents, writers, musicians, artists and photographers frame questions of social justice and racial equality for—and within—other global constituencies.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • One year of service on Israel Science Foundation Committee

  • Active reader for the National Research Foundation of South Africa

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Louise Bethlehem has described herself as a “long-distance South African” in the poet Denis Hirson’s phrase. She maintains an active research presence in South Africa, where she has had a long association with WISER: The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.

  • In Israel, she was a member of the original group of scholars who successfully instituted the Inter-University Program in African Studies, presently running between three Israeli universities.


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Louise Bethlehem sits on the international advisory boards of African Identities, African Studies, Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies, English in Africa, English Studies in Africa, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Mafte’akh: Lexical Review of Political Thought, Poetics Today: International Journal of Literature and Communication, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, and Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa. Her translation of Ariella Azoulay’s Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography was published by Verso in 2011.

  • She is the proud mother of two extraordinary young adults, Idan and Maya Shabat.


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