Nitzan Rothem

Nitzan Rothem

Dr. Nitzan Rothem

Shifting Moral Orders: Mutual Commitments between Individuals and Society and the "New Wars"
Durkheim and the Concerns of Social Theory
Van Gennep and the Study of Transitions
Individuals, Societies and their Military: Soldiers' Suicide; Captivity and Homecoming
Cultural Dynamics between Israel and the United States


Current Projects: 

 1. Military Suicide and the Truths of 'the Social'

1.1 The Post-Contractual and the Rhetoric of Hugging

1.2 Sociology and Suicide: The Finale?

2. An Age of Abduction and the Effects of "the New Wars"

2.1 One of a Kind: Reintegration of Former Captives in the United States and Israel

2.2 From Captivity to Abduction: The Media's Impatience and the New Wars

2.3 Reclaiming van Gennep's "The Rites of Passage", with Dr. Francesca Fiaschetti (International Workshop, 15-16 May 2016, Jerusalem)


Curriculum Vitae: 

Education and Fellowships

  • Since 2013, Research Fellow, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

  • June 2016, The New School, ICSI Summer Seminar, Why Marx Today? led by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

  • 2015, Fall Semester, Visiting Scholar, the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Prof. Carolyn Marvin.

  • 2013, PhD dissertation: "The Domestication of Suicide through Solidarity and Responsibility: Suicide of Soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces as Portrayed in Psychology, Law and Modern Hebrew Literature". Supervised by Prof. Edna Lomsky-Feder and Prof. Eyal Ben-Ari, at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ben Halpern Award for Best Dissertation in the various field of Israel Studies. 

  • 2006, MA in Cultural Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • 2002, BA in Psychology and Communication and Journalism, the Hebrew University.

Discussions Groups:

  • Co-led with Dr. Adam Klin-Oron, "Theoretical Tremors: The Split of the Disciplines", The Advance Studies Unit, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

  • "Living Together: Exploring Modes of Political Membership", Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University. Academic Director: Dr. Raef Zreik.

  • 2014-2016 Presentations in Conferences and Workshops:

  • May 2016, Time Fighters: Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" and the Morality of Current Warfare.

  • July 2015, "Casualty Aversion and Self-Sacrifice: Reintegration of Former Captives in the United States and Israel", first workshop of a tri-national project on contemporary reconfigurations of civil-military relations in Japan, Denmark and Israel.

  • June 2015, "Studying Transitions: Coming Back from Captivity, Coming Back to Arnold van Gennep", the Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association.

  • February 2015, "Without Captivity, Without Return: the Weak Society and 'the Hannibal Directive' (permission to shoot toward captive soldiers and their abductors in order to prevent their imprisonment)", the Annual Conference of the Israeli Sociological Society.

  • January 2015, "'Hugging the Soldiers', 'Embracing the People of the South': Positing the Possibility of Post-Contractual Social Relations", in: "Love, Respect and the Political: An Interdisciplinary Workshop", The Minerva Center for the Humanities, Tel Aviv University and The Faculty of Law, University of Haifa.

  • June 2014, "Gendering Military Suicide: Between a Loved Country and an Unloved Self", Leadership & Critical Decisions, Association for Israel Studies (AIS), Ben-Gurion University.

  • May 2014, "Modern Hebrew Literature and the Ethos of Self-Sacrifice: A Sociological Perspective", Hebrew Literature Thought: Consciousness and History, Ben-Gurion University.

  • March 2014, "Solidarity and Responsibility in Cultural Attitudes towards Suicide", The Military and the People, the Hebrew University.


  •  (Forthcoming), Suicide and Our Shared Fate, Tel Aviv University Press (in Hebrew)

  • (Under review), Intellectual, Moral and Practical Imperatives: Assessing Two Moments in the Sociology of Suicide

  • (Under review), Handling Transitions: the Current Status of Captivity and its Trials

  • (Under review), Psycholawgy and its Moral Effects, with Eyal Ben Ari

  • "The Age of Abduction: Israel's Turn from the Terminology of Captivity and its Socio-Moral Implications, Haaretz Weekend Magazine, September 4th 2015, pp. 56-58 (in Hebrew).

  • (February 2016) "Book Review of 'Captives' edited by M. Mack", Israeli Sociology: a Journal for the Study of Society in Israel, Volume 17 (1).

  • (Forthcoming) "'An Apolitical yet Heartbreaking Event': Negotiating Female Soldiers' Suicides", in: Sasson-Levy, O. and Lomsky-Feder E. (eds.), Gender and Military, Jerusalem: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (in Hebrew).

  • 2008 (Author) "Face of Angst", HeartQuake, Jerusalem: the Museum on the Seam, pp. 92-95 (in Hebrew), pp. 314-319 (in English).

  • 2008 (Editor) HeartQuake, Jerusalem: the Museum on the Seam (English and Hebrew).