The Open University of Israel
Dr. Ishay Landa

Dr. Ishay Landa

Dept. of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies

Updated: January 2015
 

Personal

Office: 972-9-7781085

Cell: 972-52-3647929

E-mail: ishayla@openu.ac.il

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Education

2004 Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. Dissertation: "Nietzschean Heroism in 20th Century Popular Culture"
1999 M.A. Studies in General History, direct track to Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
1996 B.A. (with distinction), History and Foreign Literatures, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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Academic Positions and Scholarships

2012 – current Senior Lecturer of History, The Open University of Israel
2009 – 2012 Visiting Senior Lecturer of History, The Open University of Israel
2009 – 2012 Alon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers, the Council of Higher Education, Israel
September 2006 – August 2008 Post-doc fellowship with distinction: Gerhard Martin Julius Schmidt Minerva Fellowship, TU Braunschweig, Germany
2002 – 2006 Teaching (pro-)seminars, Dept. of History, Ben-Gurion University
October 2005 – February 2006 Fellow of the Karl Franzens University of Graz (Institute of Contemporary History), David Herzog Funds, Austria
November 2000 – October 2004 Fellow of the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies; Kreitman Foundation Fellowship for graduate and post-graduate students of exceptional excellence at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
1999 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for 2-month research in Wuppertal, Germany
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List of Publications

Books and Monographs

2009 The Apprentice's Sorcerer: Liberal Tradition and Fascism, Brill: Leiden and Boston, 362 pp.
2007 The Overman in the Marketplace: Nietzschean Heroism in Popular Culture, Lexington: Maryland, 325 pp.
2015 Open University Textbook: The Roots of European Fascism, 1789-1945. [In Hebrew]
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Reference Articles

"From the Elevated Hero to the Marginal One, and Back Again," with Luis Landa, Mikan, (special volume in Honor of Tamar Alexander), Vol. 15, No. 2, 2015, pp. 309-326. [In Hebrew]

"Bataille's Libidinal Economics: Capitalism as an Open Wound," Critical Sociology, published online first, June 2014. Printed version forthcoming.

"Bataille: The Master, the Slave, and Consumption," Critical Sociology, published online first, May 2014. Printed version forthcoming.

"Mass Hysteria or a Class Act? Premonitions of Fascism between Marxism and Liberalism," The Longue Duree of the Far-Right: An International Historical Sociology, R. Saull, A. Anievas, N. Davidson, A. Fabry, (eds.), London: Routledge, 2014, pp. 44-63.

"True Requirements or the Requirements of Truth? The Nietzschean Communism of Alain Badiou," International Critical Thought, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2013, pp. 424-443.

"James Bond: a Nietzschean for the Cold War," in James Bond and Philosophy, Chicago: Open Court, 2006, pp. 79-94.

"Aroma and Shadow: Marx vs. Nietzsche on Religion," Nature, Society, and Thought, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2006, pp. 461-499.

"Slaves of the Ring: Tolkien's Political Unconscious," Historical Materialism, Vol. 10, No. 4, January 2003, pp. 113-134.

"Nietzsche, the Chinese Worker's Friend," New Left Review, 236, July-August 1999, pp. 3-23.

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Essays in Books

"Take Care not to Spit against the Wind!' War on the Last Man from Nietzsche to Juenger," in Politische Gewalt in Deutschland. Urspruenge - Auspregungen  - Konsequenzen, D. Avraham, M. Zepp (eds.), Tel  Aviver Jahrbuch fuer deutsche Geshichte, 42, 2014. pp. 35-52.

"Who's Afraid of the End of History?" Dialettica, storia e conflitto. Il proprio tempo appreso nel pensiero. Festschrift in onore di Domenico Losurdo, Napoli: Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, 2011, pp. 275-288.

"Heideggers entwendeter Brief: Die liberale Volksgemeinschaft" [Heidegger's Purloined Letter: The Liberal Volksgemeinschaft], in Politische Unschuld? In Sachen Martin Heidegger, ed. Bernhard H.F. Taureck, München: W. Fink Verlag, 2008, pp. 97-127.

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Other Publications

Book review of Alain Badiou, The Rebirth of History. Times of Riots and Uprisings. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 07.2013.

Book review of Peter Beilharz, Socialism and Modernity. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 05.2012.

Book review of Denis Mäder, Fortschritt Bei Marx. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 04.2011.

Book review of Justin P. Holt, Karl Marx's Philosophy of Nature, Action and Society: A New Analysis. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 03.2010.

Book review of Domenico Losurdo, Nietzsche, der aristokratische Rebell: Intellektuelle Biographie und kritische Bilanz. Die Kommune, 02.2010. [In German]

Abstract of Ph.D. dissertation in Minerva Year-book. March 2008.

"Eyes Wide Shut: Liberalismus, Faschismus und die diskursiven Grenzen der 'Open Society'" [Eyes Wide Shut: Liberalism, Fascism and the Discursive Limits of the 'Open Society'], Marburger Forum, Beiträge zur geistigen Situation der Gegenwart, Jg. 9 (2008), Heft 2.

"The Absent Father: Patriarchy and Social Order in the Films of Zhang Yimou," Nature, Society, and Thought, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2007, pp. 228-234.

"On Marxism, Religion, Straws, and Beams: A Response to David S. Pena's Reply," Nature, Society, and Thought, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2007, pp. 113-121.

"Ach, Menschenwürde!," Book review of Bernhard HF Taureck's "Zwischen den Bildern" and "Die Menschenwürde im Zeitalter ihrer Abschaffung" in freitext. Kultur- und Gesellschaftsmagazin, Heft 9, 2007.

Book review of Critical Affinities: Nietzsche and African-American Thought, ed. J. Scott, A. Franklin, in Nature, Society, and Thought,. Vol. 19, No. 3, 2006, pp. 366-378.

"Mister Bond and Dr. Bean." Iton 77, 215 (1998), pp. 36-39. [In Hebrew]

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Selected Papers: Conferences, Workshops, Lectures

“Will Not a Poor Person Enter the Kingdom of God? On Jews, Christians, and Capitalism,” 4th Conference of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims, The Open University, Ra’anana, Israel, 2014, December [in Hebrew].

“Capitalism, History, and Progress: Marxist Perspectives Re-examined,” London, SOAS, the 11th Annual Conference of Historical Materialism, November 2014.

“Liberalism, Fascism, and the Conundrum of Mass Society,” Lecture in the frame of the Lecture Series “Theories of the Capitalist State” at the Centre for Labour Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia, 2014, September.

“Brushing History against the Grain: Walter Benjamin’s Concept of Progress,” The Open University, Ra’anana May 2014 [in Hebrew].

"Buying out of it: working-class consumption under capitalism," The 10th Annual Conference of Historical Materialism: "Making the World Working Class," at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, November 2013.

"Consumption and Citizenship: Water and Oil? Left-Wing Positions in Historical Perspective," A Multi-Disciplinary Research Workshop: Measuring the Immeasurable: Social Movements and Changes in the Conceptual Understandings and Practices of Citizenship, Zichron Ya'akov, Israel, July-August 2013.

"Neither God, nor Master, nor Nature, nor Overman: Marx's Humanism," The Left Forum international conference, Pace University, New York, June 2013.

"The Left and the Masses: The Question of Consumption," The Left Forum international conference, Pace University, New York, June 2013. 

"Prometheus Insulted: A Re-examination of ‘Red-Green’ Politics," 1st Asian Conference of Historical Materialism, Delhi University, April 2013.

“Capitalism and Consumption: A Re-evaluation,” Young Scholars Forum of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, March 2013.

“‘Take care not to spit against the wind!’: War on the Last Man from Nietzsche to Jünger,”  Violence and Politics in Germany: Origins and Consequences of Nazism, Bar-Ilan University,  January 2013.

“The Liberal Critique of Fascism: a Mythology Revisited,”  Workshop: The Longue Duree of The Far-Right: Ideology, Organization, State Formation and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London, October 2012.

“Communism and Consumerism: A New Perspective,” London Conference in Critical Thought, Birkbeck College University of London, June 2012.

“Anti-Dionysus: a Judaeo-Christian Critique of the Nietzschean Space,” Tradition and Transition in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Cultures, at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, June 2012.

"On Slaves, Bankers and Officers: Nietzsche and the Judeo-Christian Tradition," Opening Conference of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Open University, Ra'anana, Israel, December 2011. 

"Who's Afraid of the End of History?," Conference of the Internationale Gesellschaft Hegel-Marx für dialektisches Denken at the University of Urbino, Italy, November 2011.

"A Tale of Two Cities, and Two Manuscripts: Marx on Consumption," The 8th Annual Conference of Historical Materialism: "Spaces of Capital, Moments of Struggle," at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, November 2011.

"The End of History, or the End of Consumer Society?," Forum of the Dept. of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University, Israel, February 2011.

"Anti-Liberal Fascism? Individualism as a Case Study," The Seventh Annual Conference of Historical Materialism: "Crisis and Critique." at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, November 2010. 

"Liberalismus und Faschismus: eine Wahlverwandtschaft," Lecture at the Center for Austrian and German Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, October 2010. 

"Fascism and the Liberal Split,"  The Left Forum international conference, Pace University, New York, March 2010. 

"On the Negation of Abnegation," The Left Forum 2009, Pace University, New York, April 2009.

"On The Socialist Necessity of Re-Appropriating Pleasure," The fifth annual conference of Historical Materialism: "Many Marxisms," The School of Oriental and African Studies, London, November 2008.

"God is Dead: Long Live Nietzsche! Or Marx?," Inaugural North American Conference, "Historical Materialism," York University, Toronto, April 2008.

"The Absent Father: Patriarchy and the Social Order in the Films of Zhang Yimou," Conference on "The Socialist Market Economy and Other Theoretical Issues," Beijing, China, June 2007.

"'The Happiness of the Cow From a Socialist Perspective," conference on "Moments of Futurity: From Present Conditions to Material(Izing) Horizons," Gainesville, FL, March 2007.

"Der Massenwahn der Faschismustheorie," TU Braunschweig, Germany, January 2007.

"Fascism as Mass Movement: Origins of a Theory," Lecture in the framework of the Lecture Series of the Dept. of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, December 2004.

"James Bond: a Nietzschean for the Cold War," conference on "The Cultural Politics of Ian Fleming," Bloomington Univ., Indiana, June 2003.

"How to Tame a Bulldog: the Sociopolitical Mission of Nietzschean Heroism," Presenter and co-organizer, "The first international conference for graduate students of the Center for German Studies," at BGU, December 2001. 

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Membership in Professional Societies

2012: Member of the Young Scholars Forum of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2011-2012: Editorial member of the 'Internationale Gesellschaft Hegel-Marx für dialektisches Denken'

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