Yonatan Fialkoff


Academic Background

  • 2012: Studies for Ph.D. in Communication, supervised by Dr. Amit Pinchevski, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 2010-2011: M.A. (with honors) in Communication, thesis on the "The Discourse of 'Communication' in Israeli Marriage Encounter Workshops," supervised by Dr. Amit Pinchevski, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 2007-2009: B.A. in Communication and International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Fields of Interest


For the past 50 years or so, interpersonal "communication" has become a pervasive idea in western culture. Widely discussed in talk shows, advice columns and self-help books, commonly practiced in workshops and therapy sessions, and dominant in everyday thought and practice, "communication" is attributed far-reaching consequences both for individuals and the collective. Accordingly it has become an almost ubiquitous value of our society. My research focuses on the historical roots of this phenomenon, as well as its social manifestations, cultural meanings and normative implications.

Apart from my academic work, I am also an origami artist. I display my work in a jointly run studio, "PaperClay," located in Jerusalem's "Designers in the City" compound and online atwww.papertigerorigami.com. In addition, I teach a combined course of origami and math in a Jerusalem school for gifted children.    

Publications and Papers Presented in Conferences
  • Katz, E. & Fialkoff, Y. (2017 – forthcoming). Six Concepts in Search of Retirement. Forthcoming in Annals of the International Communication Association 1(1).

  • Fialkoff, Y. (in press). The "Chidush" of the Collusive Witnesses: Truth and Testimony in a Talmudic Debate. Nitzotzot Shachar essays.

  • Fialkoff, Y. (2015). "Their Words to the Ends of the World": The Telegraph and Jewish Communities in the 19th Century. Paper presented at the 2nd annual conference of Daat Hamakom research group, Yad Hashmona, Israel.

  • Fialkoff, Y. & Pinchevski, A. (2014). The Work of Communication in Communication Workshops. Paper presented at the 17th international conference on the history of concepts, Bielefeld, Germany.

  • Fialkoff, Y. (2011). The Discourse of 'Communication' in Israeli Marriage Encounter Workshops. Paper presented at Metaksherim Conference, Haifa University, Israel.

Recent Awards

  • 2017:  Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity scholarship, Hebrew University

  • 2013-2016: Daat Hamakom scholarship for young researchers

  • 2014-2015: Nitzotzot Shachar scholarship for Academic Excellence (Ph.D. students), Bar- Ilan University

  • 2012: Scholarship for Academic Excellence for Ph.D. students, Department of Communication and Journalism

  • 2010: Dean's Award for Academic Excellence

  • 2010: Rector's Award for Academic Excellence

  • 2010: Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Students