Noam Gal

 

Email: noam.gal@mail.huji.ac.il

I am a PhD candidate in the department of communication and journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My dissertation, advised by Prof. Limor Shifman and Dr. Zohar Kampf, deals with the use of ironic humor in processes of collective identity construction in digital participatory spheres. My research interests are new media, collective identity, gender, queer studies and humor.






Education
  • 2013- present The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Communication and Journalism
    Ironic Humor and Collective Identity in Digital Participatory Spheres       Supervisors: Dr. Zohar Kampf & Prof. Limor Shifman
  • 2012 - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    MA in Communication and Journalism - Magna Cum Laude
    Internet Memes and the Construction of Collective Identity: The Case of ‘It Gets Better’
  • 2010 - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    BA (Hons) in Hebrew Literature and Communication and Journalism
Publications
Scholarships and Awards:
  • 2015-2018 The President’s Scholarship for Outstanding PhD Students The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2015 Top Student Paper Award, The International Communication Association (ICA), LGBTQ division
  • 2014-2017   The Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2014  Top Three Paper Award (with Limor Shifman & Zohar Kampf), The International Communication Association (ICA), Popular Communication Division
  • 2013 Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students, The department of communication and Journalism The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2012-2013 Honored for excellence in teaching, the faculty of social sciences The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2012 The Lafer Centre for women and gender studies fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Conference Presentations:

  • “Identity in Crisis: The dialectics of social identity and conflict in LGBT social-change activity”. Paper scheduled to be presented at the International Communication Association Conference. Puerto Rico, May  2015.  (Top Student Paper)

  • “The positioning of LGBT/Queer research in Israeli sociology”. Round-table held at the Israeli Sociology Society Conference. Kineret College, Israel, February 2015.

  • “'It Gets Better': Internet memes and the construction of collective identity” (with Limor Shifman and Zohar Kampf). Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference. Seattle, May  2014.  (Top Three Paper)

  • "Memetic practices in the participatory cyber space and collective identity construction: The case of 'It Gets Better'”. Paper presented at the Israeli Communication Association Conference. Netania Academic College, Israel, April  2014.

  • “Internet memes and the construction of collective identity: The case of 'It Gets Better'”. Paper presented at Metaksherim: Conference for communications research students. Haifa University, Israel, December 2012.

  • “(Un)Queering The Alternative Public Sphere”. Paper presented at Queering Paradigms, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2012.

  • “Subversion Vs. Compliance in LGBT Social Change Activity”. Paper presented at Queering Paradigms, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2012.

  • The use of an interpersonal and internal discussion tool on narratives of lesbian sexual identity formation. Paper presented at 'Mifgash' conference for the launch of issue 33, Netanya Academic College, Israel, December 2011.

  • “'How could I have not known about myself... Nobody told me!': interpersonal and internal discussion in processes of lesbian identity formation”. Paper presented at Between sexual orientation and professional bias, The Bob Shapell school of social work, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, October 2011.

  • “'Let's not call it perverse': power relations and negotiation over social order in LGBT social change activity”. Paper presented at Mind the Gap, Lafer Center for Women and Gender studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, May 2011.

Teaching and Research Experience:

Teaching Assistant

  • Frontal teaching (classes of 15-60 students), personal academic guidance, essay and exam grading

  • 2011-present Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew Univers Courses: Research Methods in Communication (BA); Reading and Writing Supervision (BA); Language and Communication (BA); Televised Humor in Israel (BA); Gender in Communication (BA & MA); New Media and the Information Age (MA)

  • 2014 School of Communication, Netanya Academic College Courses: Digital Culture (BA); Qualitative Research Methods (BA)

Research assistant

  • Material collection, coding procedure, interviewer.

  • 2011-present   Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University

Academic Activity & Service

  • 2015             Ad–hoc reviewer for Feminist Media Studies.

  • 2014-2015    Conference reviewer, the International Communication Association (ICA): divisions of popular communication, LGBT studies, and feminist scholarship.

  • 2011-2013    Founding Member, Scholar peer group for research students of queer studies. Lafer Center for Women and Gender studies, The Hebrew University.

  • 2012             Member of Conference Organizing Committee, Mind the Gap: Academy and Activism within the queer community. Lafer Center for Women and Gender studies, The Hebrew University.

  • 2008-2010    Member of Conference Founding Organizing Committee, Between sexual orientation and professional bias. The Bob Shapell school of social work, Tel-Aviv University.

  • 2006-2010    Member of Editorial Founding Team, Beintaim; Journal of Literature. School of literatures, The Hebrew University.