The Open University of Israel
Dr. Eldad Kedem

Dr. Eldad Kedem

Department of Literature, Language and the Arts

Updated: December 2009


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Born and raised on Kibbutz Ma'agan, Jordan Valley. Moved to Tel Aviv in 1988.
Army service: 1975-1977. Second Lieutenant, Artillery. Wounded in Lebanon and recognized as a disabled war veteran



2007 PhD, Dept. of Media Studies, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam.
Dissertation: The Kibbutz and Israeli Cinema: Deterritorializing Representation and Ideology
1995 M.A. (with distinction), Dept. of Poetics and Comparative Literature, Tel Aviv University
1990 B.A. (with distinction), Dept. of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University
1981 Hotel Management Certificate, Program of Hotel Management, Jerusalem University and Tadmore School of Hotel Management

Work Experience

2001-present Academic teaching staff, The Open University of Israel
1993-present Tutor, the Open University of Israel
1991-2004 Teaching assistant and lecturer, Department of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University
1987 Reception and Marketing Manager, Kibbutz Ma'agan Hotel

Areas of Research


Courses Taught


List of Publications


"From Representation to Rhizome in Sweet Mud," South Cinema Notebook, 2, 2007 (Hebrew).

"To Hold and To Lose: Kibbutz and Israeli Cinema 1960-1967," in Israeli Fiction and Cinema (ed. Gertz, Lubin, Ne'eman, 1998).

"Israeli Cinema," The Encyclopedia of Middle East Cultures (Oxford Press, 1997).


"Allegory and Interpretation": A critical reading of Walter Benjamin, Paul De Man and Fredric Jameson

"From Alice to Eternity: The Divided Hero in the Cinema of Wim Wenders"

"The Influences of Harold Lloyd on Yasujiru Ozu's Early Films"

"The Western as Serious Parody": A case of literary and cinematic allusion in Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West"


Open University Publications (in Hebrew)

2001 Study Guide to East and West in Israeli Cinema
2008 Editor, reader: Essays on Israeli Cinema