Tamar Novick
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Tamar Novick

Senior Research Scholar (Sep 2015-Feb 2023)

PhD

Tamar Novick’s research lies at the intersection of history of technology, environmental history, animal studies, and Middle East studies. Her forthcoming book, Milk & Honey: Technologies of Plenty in the Making of a Holy Land, examines the ways in which technology became means for erecting a mystical past in modern Palestine/Israel. The book focuses on the bodies that were involved, literally, in producing honey and milk, and in the reproduction of settler populations: honeybees, cows, sheep, goats, horses, and people.  

Her current fluid of fascination is urine. She explores the process by which bodily waste became central to scientific research and practice after World War I. Urine to Gold focuses specifically on the centrality of human and animal urine to the reproduction sciences. More broadly, she is interested in the ways in which materials gain and lose value across different worlds of practice. Other projects deal with animal theft, and with zoological collections in the Middle East. 

Novick holds a PhD from the History and Sociology of Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to the MPIWG, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. She recently held a teaching fellowship at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University, and a guest professorship at ETH Zürich. 

Projects

Animal Mobilities

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Bovine Regimes: Body Work, Intimacy, and Knowledge

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Out of Place, Out of Time

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The Body of Animals

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The Waste of the Body

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Urine to Gold: The Problem of Sterility in the Age of Plenty

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Selected Publications

Gottesman, Rachel, Tamar Novick, Iddo Ginat, Dan Hasson, and Yonatan Cohen (2021). Land. Milk. Honey: Animal Stories in Imagined Landscapes. Zürich: Park Books.

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Novick, Tamar (2020). “Review of: Meiton, Fredrik: Electrical Palestine: Capital and Technology from Empire to Nation. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press 2018.” Journal of Israeli History 38 (2). 38 (2): 437–438. https://doi.org/10.1080…

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Novick, Tamar (2019). “Hakol odot stavit: biografia hayyatit הכול אודות סתוית: ביוגרפיה חייתית [All about Stavit: A Beastly Biography].” Theory and Criticism 51: 15–40. https://theory-and-criticism.vanleer.org.il/fd.php?id…

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Novick, Tamar (2018). “Die Entdeckung des Urins.” In Materialgeschichten, ed. M. Hagner and C. Hoffmann, 139–149. Zürich: Diaphanes.

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