Zohar Shavit (Hebrew: זהר שביט, b.1951) is an Israeli professor at Tel Aviv University’s School for Cultural Studies.
Shavit was born in Tel Aviv. She studied at Tel Aviv University, where she wrote her PhD theses under the supervision of Itamar Even-Zohar in the direct course of studies for outstanding students. In 1997, she became a full professor of culture research at Tel Aviv University.
In 2000, she was appointed a cultural affairs advisor to Matan Vilnai, the Minister of Science, Culture and Sport. She served as an advisor to the Knesset‘s education and cultural committee and was a member of the board of directors of the Second Television and Radio Authority, and a member of the New Council for Arts and Culture. She is a member of the council of the Israeli Opera and of the Board of Governors of literary prizes for the Ministry of Culture.
She chaired as the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport’s Vision 2000 committee, which drafted and presented the Ministry’s cultural program (Culture Charter – Vision 2000, Cultural Policy for the State of Israel in the 21st Century: Consensus Statement). She initiated the reading project of “A Book at every House” and chaired it for six years.
In 2009, when she was elected to Tel Aviv’s city council, Shavit was appointed Cultural Affairs Advisor to Ron Huldai, the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo. In this capacity, she initiated several cultural projects, among which were changing the status of two archives: the Gnazim Archive and the Theater archive, which was made part of Beit Ariela – the municipal main library. She initiated the “Poetry on the Road” project in which passages of poetry were exhibited throughout the city on placards, banners and signs, including at bus stations, three of the city’s boulevards and on city garbage trucks. In addition, she initiated a poetry writing competition.