Liron Mor

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Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Comparative Literature
School of Humanities
Core Faculty, Global Middle East Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Critical Theory
Ph.D., Cornell University, Comparative Literature
University of California, Irvine
243 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Modern Hebrew and Arabic literature and film; critical theory; political theory; conflict, law and colonization; translation studies; visual studies
Academic Distinctions
Frankel Institute Fellow, University of Michigan ("Mizrahim and the Politics of Ethnicity"), 2022-2023
UCHRI Residential Research Group Fellow ("Truth"), 2019
Anne Tanenbaum Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies and Center for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto, Canada, 2015-2016
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 2013-2014
Research Abstract
My research is interdisciplinary in nature, spanning the fields of critical and political theory, Hebrew and Arabic literatures, translation and visual studies, and critiques of law, conflict, and colonialism. I am particularly interested in local conceptualization of colonial and racial processes as expressed in the cultures of Palestine-Israel. My first book, Conflicts: The Poetics and Politics of Palestine-Israel (Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2023), looks to Hebrew and Arabic literature to reassess the meaning of political conflict. I am currently working on a second book project that interrogates intentionality as a mechanism for racializing both Mizrahi Jews and Palestinians.
Conflicts: The Poetics and Politics of Palestine-Israel, Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2023.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
“Zionist Speculation: Colonial Vision and Its Sublime Turn,” Theory & Event, Vol. 26, no. 1, 2023, pp. 154-185.

“Reorienting Visual Reading: From Colonial Visions to the Subtexts ‘Facing Us,’” Qui Parle, vol. 31, no. 2, 2022, pp. 189-229.

“Through Locked Doors: Shimon Ballas, Portraits of Exile and the Form of Comparison,” in a special issue in memory of the Iraqi-Jewish author Shimon Ballas of ha-Kivun Mizrah, Vol. 37, 2020, pp. 94-99 (Hebrew).

“Resistance into Incitement: Translation, Legislation, ‘Early Detection’ and the Palestinian Poet’s Intention,” Arab Studies Journal, vol. 27, no.1, 2019, pp. 118-54.

“Humor and the Law of Rights: Voltaire’s Cosmopolitan Optimism and Emile Habiby’s Dissensual Pessoptimism,” Comparative Literature, vol. 71, no. 2, 2019, pp. 171-93.

“From Representation to Performance: The Politics of the Tent Phenomenon in Recent Political Protests in Israel and Palestine" (Hebrew). Israeli Visual Culture Anthology. Eds. Sivan Shtang and Noa Hazan. ha-?ibuts ha-Me?u?ad and Shen?ar Press, 2017, pp. 198-223.

“Nihilism and Repetition: Dahlia Ravikovitch’s Reiterations as Critique.” The Politics of Nihilism: From the Nineteenth Century to Contemporary Israel. Eds. Nitzan Lebovic and Roy Ben Shai. Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2014, pp. 151-76.

“Translation.” Mafte'akh: Lexical Review of Political Thought, vol. 2E, 2011, pp. 113-46.

“Tirgum (Translation),” Mafte'akh: Lexical Review of Political Thought, vol. 2, 2010, pp. 157-92 (Hebrew).

Lezra, Jacques. “Translation.” Mafte'akh: Lexical Review of Political Thought, vol. 6, 2013, pp. 111-36 (Hebrew).

Bollas, Christopher. Hysteria. Tolaat Sefarim Press, 2009 (Hebrew).

“Conspiracies,” a podcast by a UCHRI Residential Research Group, Foundry, January 2020.

“Vampires,” a podcast by a UCHRI Residential Research Group, Foundry, September 2019.

“‘You Never Return, You Go’: An Interview with Elias Khoury,” Erets ha-Emori, July 2013 (Hebrew, online).

“Save Bab al-Shams.” Erets ha-Emori, January 2013 (Hebrew, online).

“I am Not Here,” The New Hebrew Diaspora Series, Erets ha-Emori, July 2012 (Hebrew, online).
Professional Societies
American Comparative Literature Association
Association for Jewish Studies
Middle East Studies Association
Other Experience
Editor, US Editorial Collective, Postcolonial Studies (2018-2021)

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