W
elcome to the website of the Smart Family Institute of Communications the research and outreach arm of communication studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Here you will find details of the research activities of the Smart Institute’s affiliates and, more broadly, of the faculty and the doctoral students of the Department of Communication and Journalism. Founded in 1987 and supported by the Smart Family Foundation, the Institute's primary goals are to promote the active involvement of communication researchers and scholars in shaping Israel’s media environment, and to enhance constructive political and cultural participation. Through ongoing support for individual and group research projects among faculty and research students, as well as the organization of symposia, conferences and outreach projects at national and international levels, the Institute advances the study and understanding of communications in general, and of Israeli media and culture in particular.



Professor Tamar Liebes,

an Emerita and former Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, passed away in March 2015.


Professor Liebes was a world-reknowned scholar who published 14 books and more than 100 articles and chapters in the fields of audience research; media events; journalism, war and terror; and media and public memory. Her book “The Export of Meaning: Cross Cultural Readings of Dallas” (1990), co-authored with Elihu Katz, revolutionized audience research and made a pioneering contribution to the study of media and cultural globalization. Professor Liebes was also a prominent public intellectual in Israeli journalism and broadcasting, serving as a member of the Israel Press Council and on the General Assembly of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.





כנס בינלאומי על יצירתו של הבמאי הקמבודי הנודע רית'י פאן



רית'י פאן והקולנוע הקמבודי: שדות האורז, שדות ההרג


הבמאי הקמבודי-צרפתי רית'י פאן פרץ מחדש לתודעה הבינלאומית עם המועמדות של סרטו "התמונה החסרה" לפרס האוסקר ב- 2014. פאן מוכר לקהל שוחרי הקולנוע בעולם כבר מספר עשורים בזכות שישה עשר הסרטים, העלילתיים והדוקומנטריים, שיצר עד היום. בגיל 25, בשנת 1989, כלומר שנה בלבד לאחר מותו של הדיקטטור הקמבודי פול פוט וכחמש שנים לפני שהחמר רוג' (הקומוניסטים הקמבודים) פשטו את מדיהם והצטרפו לממשלה, פאן העז לכתוב ולביים את סרטו הדוקומנטרי הראשון ("Site 2"). הסרט מתאר את מחנה הפליטים בשם זה בגבול תאילנד-קמבודיה, אליו נמלט פאן בהיותו בן 15 לאחר שהחמר רוג' רצחו את כל בני משפחתו. מאז, מתמודדת יצירתו הקולנועית עם זיכרון שלטון האימים של פול פוט (1975 - 1979).

מחוייבותו הבלתי מתפשרת של פאן להילחם בתהליכי ההדחקה בקמבודיה, המסרבת זה ארבעים שנה לאחר שהקמבודים רצחו רבע מבני עמם (כ- 2 מיליון קמבודים) להכיר בעבר, באה לידי ביטוי באופני ייצוג הטראומה הזו ביצירתו. בסרטו "אנשי האורז" (1994) הוא חוזר אל שדות האורז שהפכו לשדות ההרג ומתעד את חיי משפחת איכרים הנאבקת בפגעי הטבע הממיטים עליה אסונות. בסרטו עטור הפרסים "S-21: מכונת ההשמדה של החמר רוג'" (2003), מעמת פאן בין סוהרים לשעבר בכלא טואול סלנג (S21) בפנום פן לבין אסירים לשעבר, ששרדו את זוועות הכלא. יחד עם הצלם פרום מסאר, פאן מצלם בעצמו ומחייה-מחדש את הפעולות הרוטיניות של הסוהרים. הזיכרון הטראומטי ממומש בזיכרון הגופני האוטומטי של הסוהרים. יחד עם השיחזור, פאן עושה שימוש נוקב בסרטי תעמולה שנוצרו על ידי משטרו של פול פוט כדי לעמת את הצופים עם האמת. כך, באמצעות השיחזור והעריכה, הוא מציג, כמו בכל סרטיו, רובד מטא-קולנועי המדגיש את תפקידו של הקולנוע בכינון זיכרון לאומי. 

המחוייבות העמוקה לחשיפת האמת מתאפשרת גם בזכות יכולתו של פאן כבמאי ליצור אינטימיות עם הפרוטגוניסטים שלו, בין אם הם מרצחים ומענים, בין אם הם קרבנות. זו, מגיעה לשיא בסרט "גחלים אי אפשר לעטוף בנייר" (2007), שבו הוא חושף את העוני המרוד והחיים בצל מחלת האיידס של נשים קמבודיות העובדות בזנות.

עשרים ושש שנות העשייה של פאן עד כה הניבו דיוקן קולנועי היסטורי-טראומטי של אחת התקופות האפלות במאה העשרים. דיוקן זה מגיע לכלל שיא נוסף ביצירתו האוטוביוגרפית "התמונה החסרה." עם סרט זה, ההעלאה באוב של המתים, רוחות הרפאים של קמבודיה, הופכת לצו האתי המרכזי של יצירתו. בארץ שבה כל אנשי תעשיית הקולנוע והאמנות נרצחו, כל סרט חדש הוא בגדר נס קולנועי, ניצחון מתחדש על העבר.


פרופ' רעיה מורג, האוניברסיטה העברית








הכנס ילווה בהקרנת רטרוספקטיבה מסרטיו של רית'י פאן בסינמטקים. לוח ההקרנות הראשונות:

בירושלים, ב- 15.3.15, בשעה 20:00, אולם 3, הקרנת "התמונה החסרה" בנוכחות הבמאי

בתל אביב, ב- 19.3.15, בשעה 19:15, אולם 1, הקרנת "התמונה החסרה" בנוכחות הבמאי




Recent Activities and Awards - Faculty Members:
  • Prof. Paul Frosh was awarded a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation for a two-year project "You Must Remember This: Iconic Photographs and Collective Memory". The project is being jointly organized with Professor Akiba Cohen of the Yizraeel Valley Academic College and Dr. Sandrine Boudana of Tel Aviv University. Professor Frosh, Professor Cohen and Dr. Boudana were also awarded a grant to establish a research group on iconic photographs, collective memory and time-consciousness by the Shpilman Institute for Photography.
  • Dr. Nicholas John was awarded a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation for his research: “Sharing: A keyword for the digital age”.
  • Prof. Tamir Sheafer received the Keith R. Sanders and Lynda Lee Kaid Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award by the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (Seattle, with Gadi Wolfsfeld and Elad Segev). The full citation of the paper:
    Wolfsfeld, G. , Segev, E., & Sheafer, T., (2013). Social media and the Arab Spring: Politics comes first. International Journal of Press/Politics, 18(2), 115-137.
  • Dr. Meital Balmas-Cohen was awarded a research grant from the German Israeli Foundation (GIF) Young Scientist program for her research: "I am the state!: Projection of Leaders Image on Their Countries in the International Arena".
  • Dr. Meital Balmas-Cohen was awarded the Alon Fellowships for Outstanding Young Researchers on the behalf of The Israeli academy of science.
  • Dr. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt is the winner of the 2014 International Communication Association's Outstanding Article Award for her article “Bridging Collective Memories and Public Agendas: Toward a Theory of Mediated Prospective Memory“ (published in Communication Theory, 2013).  The award honors an article that was published in a refereed journal during the previous two years and that "promises to be influential over time, within a particular field of communication and also across fields".
  • 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-). 



Ongoing Research: 
 




Recent Events

Gatekeepers: The Media and Social & Political Processes in the Middle East

The Conference was held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on December 29-30  2014 at Abba Eban Hall, Truman Institute and in the central library on Mt. Scopus Campus.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

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

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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.
            
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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.