Prof. Louise Bethlehem
Louise Bethlehem is a literary scholar and cultural theorist. She holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of English and in the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her book, Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath (Unisa Press, Brill 2006) investigates the role of literature in contexts of severe political oppression and resistance. It was published in Hebrew translation by Resling in 2011. She has co-edited seven volumes in the fields of South African literature, African Studies and Cultural Studies. In the framework of her association with the Truman Institute, Louise Bethlehem has worked on literary representations of South African cities. She currently holds a prestigious European Research Council Consolidators Grants for the project: "Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990." Bethlehem supervises a large cohort of graduate students and is an active member of the African Studies community in Israel. In October 2018, she was appointed to the Academic Committee of the Truman Institute.