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Fellows 2017


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bucerius Ph.D. Fellow

Repudiated Violence, Sovereign Power and the Public Sphere – The Case of Israel


Studies of violence and the public sphere have focused on debates around wars, terror and routine policing. However, no attention has been given to acts of repudiated violence: acts committed by state agents that the state condemns and disowns. In these cases, the public is forced to recognize the existence of unnecessary victims on the enemy’s side. Hence, analysis of the public sphere from the perspective of repudiated violence can more profoundly crystallize and expose the limits of dominant social values. A comparative analysis of four historical and contemporary cases of repudiated violence in Israel will examine how do moments, perceived as exceptional violence, reshape the public sphere and reconfigure the relations between this sphere and the sovereign power.

Revital Madar is a Ph.D. student in the cultural studies program in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a fellow member of the Minerva Humanities Center. In 2015 she initiated, together with Dr. Roi Wagner, a widely acclaimed academic professionalization workshop for first generation students, which is now entering its third year. Her M.A. thesis in philosophy explored Nietzsche’s concept of revenge, and offered an innovative reading of his perception of revenge as a constructive concept. Her academic work is embedded within the Israeli public sphere through social and feminist activism and through publications of op-ed columns in leading Israeli newspapers.

2020: “Deathmurder: From the Language of Humanity to the Question of Who Can Be Murdered,” in Manuela Consonni & Vivian Liska (Eds.), Sartre, Jews and the Other – Rethinking Anti-Semitism, Race & Gender. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Revital Madar

2019: “’Do You Know What’s an Arab Bystander?’: The Kafr Qasim Trial as a Case Study for a Sovereign Failure,” in Amal Jamal (Ed.), The Conflict – Sociological, Historical and Geographical Aspects. Walter Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence through Education, Tel Aviv University, pp. 25-48 [Hebrew], Revital Madar

2015: “Stretching What Already Exists”: The Work of the Designer Sasson Kedem as a Different Encounter between Creation and Critic," Bezalel - Journal of Visual and Material Culture, (2) Retrieved from: [in Hebrew] 

2015: “Covered yet Overexposed: From a Female Religious Jewish Performance to Israel’s Status as a Western or Non-Western Country,” International Journal of Fashion Studies, 2 (1).

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