Ido Ramati



Academic Background

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My dissertation, “Archaeology of Hebrew Inscribing Machines” (advisor: Dr. Amit Pinchevski), focuses on the appearance of the modern technologies for recording Hebrew: typewriters, sound recordings and eventually Hebrew computer programs—media that served as infrastructure for the re-emergence of Hebrew since the mid-19 th century.
The revitalization of the language is considered unique and unprecedented in world history: Hebrew stepped out of the books to serve as a vernacular. However, this could not have happened without material means that belong to the realm of modern media, which were invented at the same historical period. The theoretical framework of Media Archeology helps me in investigating the machines that enabled the process of manufacturing written or audio texts, within the historical context of the birth of modern Hebrew culture.

I have completed my MA, magna cum laude, in the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focusing on Trauma studies and visual culture. My MA thesis (advisor: Prof. Raya Morag), “Returning to the Site of Trauma: Representations of Germany in Israeli Contemporary Fiction Cinema”, explored the notion of return to Germany in Israeli Films and the way this return enables working-through processes in Israeli society that is still deeply traumatized by the Holocaust.


My BA (Dean’s Honors List, 2005/6) was carried out at the Department of Communication and at the Department of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, during which I immersed myself in theoretical aspects of cultural studies and hermeneutics and studied German as a third language.

Research Interests

Media Studies: history/archeology of media technologies, philosophy and theory of media and communication, new media; Modern Hebrew: revival, Zionism, Israeli Culture; History of Modern Germany and German Jewry

Research Groups, Courses and Continuing Education


  • 2014–2015  Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany: A member of the research group “Archiving Presence: from Analog to Digital”.

  • 2014  Princeton Univeristy, New Jersey, USA: The Weimar and Princeton 4th Summer School for PhD students in Media Studies: “Practices Procedures Recursions: The reality of Media”. June 15-21.

  • 2011 Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany:  Visiting Scholar at the Media Department (Fall semester).

  • 2011 Memorial Auschwitz–Birkenau State Museum, Poland: Educators Seminar: “Auschwitz in the Collective Memory of Poland and Abroad: Memory of Auschwitz and its Meaning for Jews and Poles,” International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust

  • 2010  Leo Baeck Institute and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany: Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies

  • 2008 Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. USA: Courses audited at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.

  • 2007 Heidelberg University, Germany: International Summer School for German Language and Culture.

  • 2005 Yad VaShem, Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel: Instructors Course, International School for Holocaust Studies.

Awards and Grants

  • 2016 - 2018 The Smart Institute of communication Research Grant.
  • 2014 - 2017   President’s Scholarship for Outstanding PhD Students.

  • 2014            Travel Grant, Faculty of Social Sciences.

  • 2014            Departmental scholarship for outstanding PhD students, Department of Communication and Journalism.

  • 2011            Scholarship of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) for Students from Israel.

  • 2010            Research grant of the Center for German Studies, the European forum at the HebrewUniversity.

  • 2005/6         Dean’s List, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Teaching Appointments
  • 2016 – 2017 Instructor, Department of Communication and Journalism, Hebrew University.

  • 2007/8–Present Teaching assistant, Department of Communication and Journalism, Hebrew University.

  • 2006–2013 Guide and author of educational materials, International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad VaShem.

  • 2006  Hebrew Ulpan teacher, Rothberg International School, Hebrew University.



  • “The Orientalized Phonograph: The Mechanical Recording of Oral JewishTradition” Cultural Critique (accepted).
  • “Walk on Water: Returning to Germany as Cultural Healing,” Cinematic Home-comings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema, ed. Rebecca Prime (London; Continuum, 2015)
  • “Between Israel and Germany: Therapeutic Return to the Place of Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinema” New German Critique, 41,3 123 (Fall 2014). Pp 179-197
  • “Images in Transformation: Representations of Germany and Germans in Contemporary Israeli Fiction Cinema,” Working Papers Series, European  Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010-11) [available at: ]
  •  “Eretz Moledet: An Analysis of the Second Aliyah Myth in the TV Series,” Slil: An Online Journal for History, Cinema and Television 1 (Spring 2008) [available at:] (in Hebrew)
Selected Conference Presentations
  • “Machine Translation: Intercultural Connectivity between Humans and Machines”, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), July 2016.
  •  “The Poetic Quantified Self: Perceiving Cyborg as a Cultural Technique”, International Communication Association annual conference (ICA), June 2016.
  •  “The Orientalized Phonograph: The Mechanical Recording of Oral Jewish Tradition”, International Communication Association annual conference (ICA), June 2016.
  • “The Sound of Teaching Hebrew circa 1900”, Archiving Presence: From Analog to Digital. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 2015.
  • “Eastern sounds in Western Technology”, the 19th conference of the Israel Communication Association, Open University, Ra’anana. April 2015 [online  abstract available at: ]
  •  “An Archaeology of Hebrew Sound Recording,” Archaeologies of Media and Film, Bradford University, UK, September 2014. [online abstract available at: ]
  • “Archaeology of Hebrew Media as a Postumanist Historiography,” OH-Man, OH-Machine: The Politics & Aesthetics of Posthumanism, Tel-Aviv University, May 2014. [online abstract available at: ]
  • Archiving Oriental Sounds: Oral Jewish Tradition Meets the Phonograph,” Techno-Trauma: From Analog to Digital, Humboldt University, Berlin, April 2014 [online abstract available at:]
  • “The Return to Germany: the representation of Germany in contemporary Israeli Fiction Cinema,” Shoa MeHasraetim (Holocaust in Cinema): Cinema Teaches History, Western Galilee College, March 2011.
  • “The Depiction of Holocaust Survivors in Israeli Movies,” The 6th International Conference on Holocaust and Education: Teaching the Shoah – Fighting Racism and Prejudice, Yad VaShem, Jerusalem, July 2008 [online abstract available at:]