Policy & Theory of the Arts: Faculty Person

Salah Asher, Prof.

Salah Asher, Prof.

Asher Salah (born in 1967 in Florence, Italy) is an historian and a specialist in Italian Jewish literature. Besides his scientific activity, he has been a translator of Hebrew literature and has written extensively in film studies and contemporary Middle East politics working as a columnist for different Italian newspapers.
After studying at the University of Geneva, he obtained his master degree at the Paris VII University and his doctorate at the Ecole Nationale des Langues Orientales in Paris. In 2011-2012 he has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA). He is Senior Lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, where he has been teaching different fields of Western cultural history since 1998 in the Theory and History department and in the different M.A. programs. He is also a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
His publications concerning Jewish Italian History include a translation into Italian and an analysis of Samuele Romanelli’s Masa‘ Be‘arav, (Firenze: La Giuntina, 2006) a Hebrew account of an Italian Jew’s extended stay in Morocco at the end of the eighteenth century, La République des Lettres: Rabbins, médecins et écrivains juifs en Italie au XVIIIè (Boston/Leiden: Brill, 2007) and Marco Mortara: un rabbino italiano tra riforma e ortodossia (Firenze: La Giuntina, 2012). In film studies his research focuses on subjects related to Italian and Israeli cinema and the image of the Jews in the seventh art.

asrslh@post.bezalel.ac.il