Ass. Prof. Nitzan Lebovic

18 Jun 2018 – 02 Jul 2018 guest at the ZfL

Associate Professor for History and Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values at the Lehigh University in Bethlehem (USA)


Nitzan Lebovic received his BA in the History and Theory of Literature from Tel Aviv University and his PhD from UCLA. His first book, titled The Philosophy of Life and Death: Ludwig Klages and the Rise of a Nazi Biopolitics was published in 2013. His second book, Zionism and Melancholia: The Short Life of Israel Zarchi was published in Hebrew in 2015 and is expected in 2019 in English. Nitzan is also the co-editor of The Politics of Nihilism (2014), of Catastrophe: A History and Theory of an Operative Concept (2014), and of special issues of Rethinking History (Nihilism), Zmanim (Religion and Power), and New German Critique (Political Theology).

Website of Nitzan Lebovic at the Lehigh University

Research Interests

  • Lebensphilosophie: history and theory
  • Biopolitics and biometrics
  • Melancholy of zionism: history of literature
  • Film theory and history of film



  • »Political Melancholy: An Alternative History of Zionism«, in: Rethinking Marxism, special issue 2018 (forthcoming).
  • »The Current State of Biopolitical Theory«, in: Teoria u’Vikoret [Theory and Criticsm, in Hebrew], special 50th issue (forthcoming).
  • »Tradition«, in: Daniel Weidner (ed.): Handbuch Literatur und Religion, Stuttgart 2016, pp. 455–458.
  • »›Freeze-Framing‹: Archive and Temporality in Friedlaender, Hersonsky and Forgacs’s documentaries« (peer reviewed chapter), in: Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture, Cambridge 2016, pp. 257–276.
  • »Neutral Angles: Mamlachtiut (Etatism) and Law in the Israeli Court, 1947–1961«, in: New German Critique 42.3 (2015), pp. 41–67.
  • »Biometrics: The Power of the Radical Center«, in: Critical Inquiry 41.4 (2015), pp. 841–868.