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Hizky Shoham is the head of the Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel; and a co-director of the Bar-Ilan’s Center for Cultural Sociology (CCS-BIU). He also serves as a research fellow in the Kogod Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies at the Shalom Hartman institute in Jerusalem. His works consist of anthropological history and cultural sociology of Zionism, the Yishuv, and Israel; and cultural theory. His publications include Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism (Academic Studies Press, 2014); and Israel Celebrates: Festivals and Civic Culture in Israel (Brill, 2017). His new manuscript Why Bar and Bat Mitzvah? Gender, Spectacle, and Temporality in Modern Jewish Cultures has won the Goldberg Prize for 2022 and is about to be published in Hebrew by the Open University of Israel Press.

Shoham engages in interdisciplinary research that combines history, theory, sociology and anthropology, and political philosophy and is mainly interested in the way in which cultural and social processes occur from below without the direction of social and political institutions, with an emphasis on theoretically-informed work. His books dealt with the meanings that the Israeli and Jewish publics finds in the holidays and life cycle rituals, focusing on interfaces between religion, nationalism and consumer culture. Other publications dealt, in addition to these topics, with the history of childhood, family, and emotions, as well as the theory of time, space, culture and religion. 

Research Areas:

  • Cultural history
  • Israel studies
  • Jewish studies
  • Cultural sociology
  • Cultural Theory

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Bar-Ilan University

Nov 2002Oct 2006

Award Date: 24 Oct 2006

Master's Degree, Bar-Ilan University

… → Oct 2002

Award Date: 31 Oct 2002


Oct 1997Oct 2000

Award Date: 31 Oct 2000


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