Recent Activities and Awards - Faculty Members:
- Prof. Raya Morag received The Hebrew University Rector Prize for 2014, awarded to distinguished scholars for excellence in research, teaching, and contribution to university academic life. Morag is one of five recipients chosen from 2000 Hebrew University scholars.
- Dr. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt and colleagues from seven countries won an EU FP7 Collaborative Grant for studying the roles that media play in violent conflicts and peace-building processes. The project is entitled (In)forming Conflict Prevention, Response, and Resolution: The Role of Media in Conflict (INFOCORE) and includes Romy Fröhlich (coordinator, LMU Munich), Christian Baden (LMU), Thomas Hanitzsch (LMU), Christoph Meyer (King's College London), Gadi Wolfsfeld (Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya), Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou (ELIAMEP Athens), Georgios Terzis (Global Governance Institute), Snezana Trpevska (School of Journalism and PR Skopje), Rosa Berganza (University Rey Juan Carlos), and Marie-Soleil Frère (Université Libre Bruxelles). The Work Package led by Dr. Tenenboim-Weinblatt focuses on the role of journalistic transformation in the conflict news dissemination process. It analyzes how specific information, interpretations, and agendas are selected, transformed, and disseminated by the news media, and how they evolve over time.
- Prof. Raya Morag was awarded the ISF research grant (2013-2017, 90,000 NIS) for her research on "The Perpetrator Figure and Societal Trauma in Cinema." Her new book Waltzing with Bashir: Perpetrator Trauma and Cinema was published by I.B. Tauris (London and New York:) in 2013. See http://us.macmillan.com/waltzingwithbashir/RayaMorag
- Dr. Keren Tenbenboim-Weinblatt was awarded the ISF research grant (2013-2015) for her study on “Journalism and the challenge of time: A comparative study of news temporalities” (together with Dr. Motti Neiger).
- Dr. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt received the inaugural Outstanding Dissertation Award of the International Communication Association's Political Communication Division.
- Dr. Amit Pinchevski gave a keynote lecture at the Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture held by the Lisbon Consortium, June 24-29 2013. Keynote title: “Archiving Trauma: Holocaust Testimony and Audiovisual Media”
- Dr. Amit Pinchevski won seed money from the Hebrew University—Humboldt-Universitat Cooperation Program for 2013-15. Cooperation will take place in Berlin and Jerusalem on the topic: “Archiving Presence: From Analog to Digital.”
- Prof. Raya morag was invited to give a keynote lecture on the 'Aftershock: Post- traumatic cultures since the Great War' Conference, held at the University of Copenhagen, May 22nd- 24th, 2013. Keynote Title: "The New German Cinema as Post-Traumatic Cinema: Staging a New Paradigm". See: http://engerom.ku.dk/english/research/conferences/aftershock/about/ This cross-disciplinary conference focused on genres of post-traumatic stress as identified and studied in military and civilian psychology, social and cultural history, film studies as well as literary and art criticism.
- Prof. Raya Morag served as Guest Editor for a recently published special issue of Studies in Documentary Film (Volume 6, Issue 3, April 2013), which was devoted to Israeli documentary cinema. Published by Intellect Books, the edition can be found at: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=2396/
- Prof. Menahem Blondheim has been elected Director of the Truman Institute for Peace Research at the Hebrew University (2012-).
- Prof. Ifat Maoz has been elected Director of the Swiss Center for Conflict Research and of the Conflict Research Graduate program at the Hebrew University (2012-)
- Prof. Esther Schely-Newman has been elected Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism (effective October 2012).
- Prof. Tamir Sheafer has been elected Vice Dean for Academic Matters in the Faculty of Social Science (2012).
- Dr. Lilach Nir was appointed Visiting Scholar, the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication (on sabbatical leave from the Hebrew University) (2012-).
- Prof. Tamir Sheafer and colleagues from Belgium and Canada won 2.5 Million-Euro research grant from European Union (2012-)
- Prof. Paul Frosh was appointed Distinguished Scholar at the Hebrew University's Rothberg International School (2011-).
- Dr. Limor Shifman was awarded a research grant from the German Israeli Foundation (GIF) Young Scientist program for her research: “Online joke memes as globalizing agents? A cross-linguistic Study” (2011-).
Recent Activities and Awards -Doctoral Students:
- The following paper of Yiftach Ron (with Ifat Maoz) was accepted for publication: Ron, Y. & Maoz, I. (in press). Dangerous Stories: Encountering narratives of the other in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.
- Meital Balmas has been awarded the ISEF foundation Fellowship for outstanding post-doctoral students 2012-2013.
- Yiftach Ron was awarded the 2012 Walter Lebach institute Excellence scholarship (Tal Aviv University) for his Doctoral research.
- Hananel Rosenberg was awarded the Hebrew University "President’s Scholarship" for doctoral students (4 year program) (2010-).
- Noam Feinholtz was awarded the Hebrew University "President’s Scholarship" for doctoral students (4 year program) (2011-).
Documentary Truth: Re-thinking the Politics of the Index
The international Conference was held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on February 24-25, 2014 at the central library on Mt. Scopus Campus.
Conference Chair: Prof. Raya Morag
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Bill Nichols
A Look From the Inside, A Look from the Outside:
The Second international conference on Israeli documentary cinema – The Documentary Protagonist
The Communication and Journalism Department at the Hebrew University was proud to support the Documentary Cinema's Second International Conference.
A one day discussions between academics and filmmakers from Israel and abroad about the place and function of the documentary protagonist in Israeli documentary cinema.
The conference celebrated the Cinematec's Film Festival's 30th anniversary and hosted major film researchers from California University, Lincoln University, Macquarie University and the Director of "Koch", Mr. Neil Barsky.
The Conference took place on Monday, July 8th, 2013 in Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem.
Lectures were delivered in English and Hebrew.
The Role of Media in Coverage of Conflicts: Between the Nation and the Profession"
The lecture was held on May 6th, 2013, (at 16:30-18:00 room 3304 at the Faculty of Social Sciences' building), by The Swiss Center for Conflict Research in collaboration with the Department of Communication and the Smart Institute.
Lecturer: Dr. Motti Neiger, School of Communication, Netanya Academic College.
Chair: Prof. Esther Schely- Newman- Chair of the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University.
Respondents: Prof. Esther Schely- Newman and Dr. Keren Tenenboim- Weinblatt- Department of Communication.