Dr. Amit Levy

Amit Levy
Managing Editor of "Naharaim: Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Culture History"
Research Coordinator of "Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History in Israel"
Research Fellow 2016-17

Amit Levy is a postdoctoral fellow in the George L. Mosse Program in History (University of Wisconsin–Madison & Hebrew University of Jerusalem). As a cultural and intellectual historian, he is interested in the ways migrating knowledge affects transnational and inter-cultural encounters, especially in imperial and colonial contexts. In his PhD project (Department of History, HUJI, where he also completed his MA studies), entitled A New Orient: German-Jewish Oriental Studies in Palestine/Israel, 1926–1963, Amit studied the migration of Orientalist knowledge from German universities to Palestine/Israel and the encounter of Arabic and Islamic Studies scholars with the Orient. He is now developing a new project which will explore encounters of migrating and local knowledge in British Mandate Jerusalem, starting with the British-Arab-Jewish initiative of the Palestine Folk Museum (1936-1948). 

Since 2019 Amit also serves as the managing editor of the FRMRC's Naharaim: Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History.

He was the research coordinator of the joint project of the FRMRC, DLA Marbach and the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History in Israel.



Selected Publications

- (co-authored with Hanan Harif) “‘A Complete, Multifaceted Discipline’: The Debate over the History of Jews in Muslim Lands and its Teaching at the Institute of Jewish Studies and the School of Oriental Studies, 1948–1955,” in: Uzi Revhun and Yfaat Weiss (eds.), The History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 5th volume (accepted; forthcoming) [IN HEBREW].

- “The Archive as Storyteller: Refractions of German-Jewish Oriental Studies Migration in Personal Archives,” Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts / Dubnow Institute Yearbook XVII (2018), pp. 425–446.

- ”A Man of Contention: Martin Plessner (1900–1973) and His Encounters with the Orient,” Naharaim 10.1 (2016), pp. 79-100.

- "'The Sheik': Understanding American Orientalism through Visual and Narrative Differences in Three Decades of Discussion,” Slil 10 (Winter 2016), pp. 39-57. [IN HEBREW]

- "'Ma'alesh, Nistader': Arabic in the Folklore of the Palmach during the 1940s,” Hayo Haya 11 (Autumn 2015), pp. 46-66. [IN HEBREW]