Dr Avner Wishnitzer

Dr Avner Wishnitzer

Israeli Visiting Fellow

Avner Wishnitzer is currently a visiting fellow at St Antony’s College and since 2015, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. His current project is titled A Dark History of the Late Ottoman Empire, sponsored by the Israel Science Foundation. The study investigates the far-reaching transformation in late Ottoman nocturnal realities from the early 18th century to WWI, exploring a variety of themes, from the economic utility of darkness to material and political aspects of lighting. His previous work focused on temporality and his book Reading Clocks Alla Turca: Time and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.

Dr Wishnitzer received his PhD from Tel Aviv University and was later a Fulbright post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, a Lady Davis post-doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University and a Krietman Post-Doctoral Fellow at Ben-Gurion University. He is the co-editor of the Social History Workshop, a public history blog in Haaretz Newspaper (in Hebrew).

For a detailed CV and a list of publications, see here.