Dr. Nir Kedem

  • The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television
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Dr. Nir Kedem
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Nir Kedem is assistant professor of cultural studies at Sapir College, and lectures in literature, queer theory, and film at Tel Aviv University. He is currently working on two scholarly monographs: one in English, titled A Deleuzian Critique of Queer Thought: Overcoming Sexuality; and another in Hebrew, tentatively titled Untimely Queer: Deleuze and Cinema beyond Desire. Although independent from one another, the two monographs together comprise a single critical project that systematically employs Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical method and political pragmatics in order to offer a total reconstruction of “queer” as a radical concept for thought, action and analysis. To this end, Kedem uses Deleuze’s form of immanent critique to rethink and articulate anew the philosophical and geopolitical conditions for the emergence of queer theory (in Philosophically Queer) and of New Queer Cinema [NQC] (in Untimely Queer) in the United States, as well as to evaluate both queer theory’s and NQC’s critical potential to transform our ways of thinking, creating and acting in today’s control societies. 

His research centers on Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, conceptualizations of body and time in feminism and queer theory, and, recently, animality and the figure of the inhuman in literature, film and philosophy.




PhD      Porter School of Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University, 2015.

MA       Literature, summa cum laude, Tel Aviv University, 2008.

BA        Poetics and Comparative Literature, magna cum laude, Tel Aviv University, 2005.





The Viral Politics of Queer Resistance.






2012-14: The Rotenstreich Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Students in the Humanities,

              Israel’s Council of Higher Education.

2009-11: Merit scholarship, The Lesley and Shirley Porter School of Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University.

2009:     Pozis Merit Award, The Lesley and Shirley Porter School of Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University.

2008-9:  Merit scholarship, The Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics, Tel Aviv University.

2007:     Young Research Fellow, The Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics, Tel Aviv University.



COURSES 2017-2018

The Foundations of Queer Thought [MA seminar]
Contemporary Trends in Queer Theory and Transgender Studies [MA seminar]
Literature and Life: Deleuze on Literature [BA seminar]
New Queer Cinema Films


COURSES 2016-2017


Queer Theory: Then and Now [MA seminar]

Humans and Non-Humans in Literature, Film and Philosophy [BA seminar]

Tragdy and Philosophy

"The Brain is the Screen": Deleuze and Cinema



Research Interests

Gender and Women's Studies, LGBT Studies and Queer Theory; contemporary French thought, with emphasis on the works of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault; film and literary theory; New Queer Cinema; Cultural Studies; post-structuralism; ancient Greek tragedy, philosophy and language; posthumanism, queer ecology, and human-animal studies. 


Books/Manuscripts in Preparation

Untimely Queer: Gilles Deleuze and Cinema beyond Desire
“Depth of Field” book series in Film Studies for Am Oved Press. Series editor: Raz Yosef, Tel Aviv University [accepted; forthcoming in 2018]

Philosophically Queer: A Deleuzian Critique of Queer Theory
“Plateaus” book series for Edinburgh University Press. Series Editor: Ian Buchanan, University of Wollongong [accepted].


Refereed Journal Articles

Kedem, Nir. “Reading for Vital Symptoms: Deleuze, Literary Theory, and the Case of David Grossman.” Forthcoming in Poetics Today.


Kedem, Nir. “Introduction: Prophetism and the Problem of Betrayal.” Deleuze Studies 5. supplement (2011): 1-6.

Translations to Hebrew


From English


Adams, Carol J. “The Sexual Politics of Meat.” The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory.”
20th Anniversary ed. New York: Bloomsbury, 2010. 47-63. In The Post-Human Era, edited by Amichai Shalev and Yochai Ataria. Haifa: Pardes Academic Publishing. 117-138. [forthcoming, December 2016].


From French

Darrieussecq, Marie. “Mon mot préféré.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 16.5 (2012): 725. In The Post-Human Era, edited by Amichai Shalev and Yochai Ataria. Haifa: Pardes Academic Publishing. 357-358. [forthcoming, December 2016].


Other Publications

“Literature and Life: Gilles Deleuze and Literary Theory.” A video-article [1.45 hours] appended to Introduction to Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, By Hanna Herzig. Raanana: The Open University, 2013.

Tammy Amiel-Hauser, Dafna Hirsch, Nir Kedem and Sandra Meiri. Theories and Approaches in Cultural Studies: Student Handbook. Raanana: The Open University of Israel, 2012. 

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