Maya de Vries Kedem

Dr. Maya de Vries Kedem

Lecturer, Department of Communication & Journalism. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Post-doctoral Fellow
University College of London & The Swiss Center fort Conflict Research, Management and Resolution, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Maya de Vries Kedem

General Information – My name is Maya de Vries Kedem. I am an ethnographic researcher who loves to be at the field-site and believe that a good research can lead to an action. My interests are social media, digital activism, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem/al-Quds. I also love documentary making and believe in the power of this genre to create waves of change.

 

What am I working on now

I am currently working on a longterm ethnographic research in East Jerusalem focusing on ageing and digital platforms.

This is an international project led by Prof. Daniel Miller from UCL.

Important achievements

One of the great achievements of my current research is its “action” since the majority of the informants are having a lot of difficulties to operate their smartphones, we launched a unique course of 15 meetings at the field site of “how to use your smartphone”. So far, the course is a success and we hope to open more groups

EDUCATION

2012- Present The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

              Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Communication and Journalism

The Role of Social Media within Disadvantaged Communities in Intractable Conflict Zones: The Case Study of East Jerusalem Palestinians

Supervisor: Prof. Ifat Maoz

2010                The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

MA The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution

Perceptions and Attitudes of Israeli Participants in Track Two Diplomacy in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

2007              Diploma in Arabic Language, Givat Haviva Institute for Arabic studies

2006              Ben Gurion University of the Negev

 BA in Middle East Studies, Politics, and Government (magna cum laude)

Recent studies

  • How Local is the Digital Public Sphere on Twitter? A Comparison between Jerusalem and Berlin. (Pfetsch, B., Waldherr, A., Kligler-Vilenchick, N., Maier, D., Stoltenberg, D. & de Vries, M)
  • The Role of Social Media within Disadvantaged Communities in Intractable Conflict Zones: The Case Study of East Jerusalem Palestinians (de Vries M. PhD dissertation)

Publications

 

  • de Vries, M., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Alyan, E., Ma’oz, M., & Maoz, I. (2017). Digital contestation in protracted conflict: The online struggle over al-Aqsa Mosque. The Communication Review, 20(3), 189–211. doi.org/10.1080/10714421.2017.1362814
  • de Vries, M., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Alyan, E., Ma’oz, M., & Maoz, I. (2017). Digital contestation in protracted conflict: The online struggle over al-Aqsa Mosque. The Communication Review, 20(3), 189–211. doi.org/10.1080/10714421.2017.1362814
  • de Vries, M., Simry, A., & Maoz, I. (2015). Like a bridge over troubled water: Using Facebook to mobilize solidarity among East Jerusalem Palestinians during the 2014 war in Gaza. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2622–2649.
  • Available at: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3581
  • de Vries, M. & Maoz, I. (2013). Tracking for peace: Assessing the effectiveness of Track Two Diplomacy in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, 6(1–3), 62­–74. doi.org/10.1080/17467586.2013.861074

 

UNDER REVIEW

  • de Vries, M. The voice of silence: Practices of participation among East Jerusalem Palestinians.
  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N., de-Vries, M., Maier, D., & Stoltenberg, D., Mobilization vs. Demobilization Processes as Reflected on Social Media: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of the 2018 Municipal Elections in Jerusalem.

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

  • de Vries, MAgeing with smartphones in al-Quds. Monograph to be submitted to UCL press.
  • Pfetsch, B., Waldherr, A., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Maier, D., Stoltenberg, D. & de Vries, M., How Local is the Digital Public Sphere on Twitter? A Comparison between Jerusalem and Berlin.
 

 

 

DISTINCTIONS & AWARDS

2018             Runner up top student paper award

Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group            

The International Communication Association (ICA)           

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2018                Travel grant

                        The authority for research students

                        The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2018                Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students

2014                The Department of Communication and Journalism

2013                The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2016                Travel grant

                        Faculty of Social Sciences

   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2016                Doctoral student grant

                        The Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy

              Ben-Gurion University

2018                Research grant

2016                The Smart Family Institute for Communications

   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2015               Travel grant

 The Department of Communication and Journalism

  The Faculty of Social Sciences 

  The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2015               Writing Grant

                        Faculty of Social Sciences

                        The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2015               Doctoral Student Grant

                        The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace

2015                Doctoral Student Grant

                        Israel Association of University Women

2015                Yad Ora scholarship for ethnographic research in the Middle East

2013                 Doctoral scholarship

2015                 Levi Eshkol Institute for Social, Economic and Political Research in Israel

                         The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2008                MA Thesis Grant

                         The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution

                         The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & TALKS

  • Silenced voices: Practices of non-communication by East Jerusalem Palestinian Facebook Users. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Prague, May 2018 (Runner up top paper award).
  • Silenced voices: Practices of non-communication by East Jerusalem Palestinian Facebook Users. Paper presented at The Israeli Communication Association Annual Conference, Sapir Academic College, Israel, April 2017.
  • #Al-Aqsa_is_in_danger: The digital gatekeepers of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Paper presented at the Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference, Berlin, October 2016.
  • #Al-Aqsa_is_in_danger: The digital gatekeepers of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Paper presented at the Israeli Communication Association Annual Conference, Kineret Academic College, April 2016.
  • Bounded Protest: Using Facebook to Mobilize Solidarity of East Jerusalem Palestinians during the 2014 War in Gaza. Paper presented at the Global Cultures of Contestation Conference, Amsterdam, October 2015.
  • Facebook in Conflict Zones: the case study of East Jerusalem. Paper presented at the Israel Communication Association Conference, Open University of Israel, April 2015.
  • Like a bridge over troubled water: Using Facebook to mobilize solidarity of East Jerusalem Palestinians during the 2014 Gaza war. Presented at the Gatekeepers: The Media and Social& Political Processes in the Middle East Conference, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 2014.
  • Tracking for Peace: The effectiveness of Track II Diplomacy in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: An Israeli-Jewish Perception.Paper presented at the International Society of Political Psychology, Herzelia, June 2013.
  • From Repression to Activism: The Palestinian Image in the Epic and Documentary Israeli cinematography. Lecture given at The Swiss Center for Conflict Resolution's Colloquium, Jerusalem, May 2013.

TEACHING & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Lecturer and teaching assistance:

Frontal teaching (classes of 15-30 students), personal academic guidance, essay and exam grading.

2013-2018       Department of Communication and Journalism & Conflict Studies program, The Hebrew University.

             Courses: Connected to Communications: Introduction to communication studies (BA, thought in Hebrew and      Arabic);Advanced qualitative and ethnographic methods for the study of digital participation (MA); Internship course for MA students at the Faculty of Social Sciences (MA); Theories in Political Communication (MA)

Research assistant 

Material collection, interviews, coordination of research group

2013-2015               Research Assistant for Dr. Laila Abed Rabho

2009-2010              Research Assistant for Prof. Ifat Maoz

OTHER PROFESSIOANL EXPRICENC

2013-Present       BA Advisor, Department of Communication and Journalism

        The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2012                     Producer of the Israeli-Palestinian cinematic project WATER

2008-2011            Public Outreach Coordinator & Producer at the NGO Ir Amim

2006                      Coordinator of the Culture Office at the Student Body of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

2018                  Co-founder of “Luwam Leity Books” (Good Night Books) project

                         Books for toddlers from the Eritrean community residing in Israel/

2014                 Co-founder of the PTA (parent-teacher-association)

                          YMCA Jewish-Arab Pre-school, Jerusalem.

LANGUGAES

  • Hebrew - Mother tongue
  • English - Reading, writing and speaking fluency.
  • Arabic- Medium-level literary Arabic; High-level spoken Arabic

listen to an interview with Maya de Vries about Facbook in East Jerusalem @ JLMfm(Hebrew)

Contact Information

p: 0545585077