This conference was held in Philadelphia in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications. It was the first conference co-organized by the Smart Institute outside Israel, and a rare high-profile scholarly event co-sponsored by an Israeli academic institution taking place abroad. The conference, held on 16-18 February 2007, and featuring world-leading communication scholars, was a sequel to a Smart Institute conference convened in Jerusalem in 2006.
This well attended conference, held in Jerusalem on December 24 2006, marked the publication of the first book in the Smart Institute and Magnes Press series on communications, and also celebrated the career of one of its authors, Hanna Adoni - a former director of the Institute and former Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism, upon her retirement. The conference highlighted the tensions between communication research and practice and between academia and the newsroom, providing critical perspectives and extensions of Professor Adoni’s work.
This three-day international conference, June 18-20 2006, was convened together with the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Swiss Center for Conflict Research. The conference took place at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club on Mount Scopus and was supported by the Research Authority and the Faculty of Social Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and by the Embassy of the United States, American Office of Public Affairs.
The Institute convened a one-day conference on March 20th on ‘Cinema and Coping with Conflict’ at the Maiersdorf faculty club, Hebrew University. The conference was organized in partnership with the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, the Hebrew University, the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (I.C.C.I.) and the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem.
From October 2004 through to June 2005, the Institute held a series of weekly seminars together with the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University. The series, entitled ‘Communication in the Jewish Diaspora’ brought together international scholars and Israeli scholars from a range of different fields, including History, Linguistics, Jewish studies, Media studies and Cultural studies. The seminars were very well received and generated fascinating insights into the role of the media and of memory in Jewish history, and the creation of a Jewish …
Held on 16-17 June 2004, the conference, in honor of Professor Shoshana Blum-Kulka, focused on pragmatics as a scholarly approach, and demonstrated its relevance to a broad range of issues in communication research. As the first of our conferences held in this general field, it highlighted theoretical aspects of pragmatics and discourse. Specialized sessions explored the links between discourse and politics, identity, ideology, and language.
This conference, in honor of the retirement of Prof. Alan Rosenthal, focused on the relationship between history and cinema, with a particular emphasis on the documentary. Key-note speaker Professor Thomas Elsaesser, Head of the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam, presented an exploratory analysis of the discourses of history and memory in the cinema. Professor Rosenthal presented a sample of his extensive body of work in documentary filmmaking.
Held on 13-14 January 2004, the conference, in honor of the retirement of Professor Yitzchak Roeh, explored aspects of media discourse through focusing on rhetoric, implied theory and institutional practice in the performance of Israeli and world media. Speakers included media theorists and practitioners who offered a diverse range of perspectives on language, narrative, and genres of media coverage. Rhetorical dimensions of media discourse were highlighted by studies and discussions of news coverage practices during the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
For its summer conference, which was held on 18 June 2003, the Institute experimented with a new format: a communications scholars’ workshop. In collaboration with the Israel Democracy Institute, a group of approximately 50 scholars and research students convened to jointly analyze aspects of television coverage of recent Middle Eastern conflicts.