Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Adi Ophir

Visiting Professor of Humanities and Middle East Studies
Pembroke Hall 209
At the Cogut Institute Director, Political Concepts


Adi Ophir is a visiting professor affiliated with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Center for Middle East Studies. At the Cogut Institute, he directs the Political Concepts initiative. He is also Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University. His current research focuses on political concepts as events, performances, and discursive apparatuses, with special attention to three concepts: “concept,” “political,” and “the Other.” He studies types of Others in general, and the structure and genealogy of one type of Other in particular – the Goy, the Jew’s Other. Ophir also writes occasionally on violence and ideology in Israel/Palestine. He is the founding editor of Theory and Criticism, Israel's leading journal for critical theory, and Mafte'akh: Lexical Review for Political Thought. His recent books include The One-State Condition (Stanford University Press, 2012), co-authored with Ariella Azoulay; Divine Violence: Two Essays on God and Disaster (Hebrew, The Van Leer Institute, 2013); and Goy: Israel’s Multiple Others and the Birth of the Gentile (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-authored with Ishai Rosen-Zvi.

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