School of Communication
Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan, 5290002
Chair, Israel Communication Association (ISCA)
1-813-300-8579 mobile (USA)
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I earned my B.A. in Biblical Studies and Psychology at the Bar-Ilan University, Israel (1996), and studied for a Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Prof. Amia Lieblich and Prof. Yoram Bilu. (2002) I studied Clinical Psychology and did my training in psychodynamic child psychotherapy in Jerusalem. I then spent a year (2001-2002) as a Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellow at Swarthmore College, with Prof. Ken Gergen, and at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), with Prof. Dan Ben-Amos. I completed two additional postdoctoral fellowships in Israel (2002-2004) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University (Ginsburg Postdoctoral Fellowship), and at the Department of Communication at the University of Haifa (Faculty of Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship).
In 2007 I was hired as faculty at the
Deprtment of Communication in Sapir College, and in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer there. Since then, three figures have formatively inspired my scholarly development in the field of language and social interaction (conceived broadly): Prof. Shoshana Blum-Kulka, Prof. Brenda Danet, and Prof. Tamar Katriel. In 2012 I was granted tenure at the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Florida.
Awards, Scholarships and Honors
Web Based Articles
Conferences, Papers, and Public Presentations (selected)
2016 - Winner, the Best Book Award. The Israeli Communication Association (ISCA).
Award decision letter (Hebrew)   &   Award decision letter (English, my trans.)
2011-2012 – The Ruth Meltzer Distinguished Fellowship and the Nancy S. and Laurence E. Glick Teaching Fellowship, The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
2010 - Prix Jean Widmer. Fribourg University, Fribourg, Switzerland.
2007-2010/2010-2013 - Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Management and Law, University of Surrey, England.
2007-2008 - Research Group Fellowship: Neuroscience and Society in Israel and Elsewhere, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel.
2004-2005 - The Research Authority Post-Doctorate Fellowship. Faculty of Social Sciences. Department of Communication. Haifa University.
2002-2003 - Ginsberg Post-Doctorate Fellowship. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2002-2003 - Mandel Post-Doctorate Scholarship. The Scholion Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Jewish Studies. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2001-2002 - Rothschild (Yad Hanadiv) Post-Doctorate Fellowship.
2001 - Profile Student. “Hebrew University’s President Report: 2001.”
2000-2001 - Ford Foundation (“Israel Foundation Trustees”) Writing Scholarship.
1998-2000 - Ford Foundation (“Israel Foundation Trustees”) Research Scholarship.
1997-2000 - Department of Psychology Excellence Scholarship.
1998-1999 - The Shaine Center for Research in Social Sciences Scholarship (The Faculty of Social Sciences).
1998 - Lafer Center for Women’s Studies Grant (The Faculty of Social Sciences).
1998 - The Levi Eshkol Institute for Economic, Social and Political Research Grant (The Faculty of Social Sciences).
1998 - The Martin and Vivian Levine Center for the Normal and Psychopathological Development of the Child and Adolescent Grant (Department of Psychology).
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Thank You for Dying for Our Country: Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem. New York: Oxford University Press. 2015.
Reviews and media interviews: Thank You for Dying for Our Country
Narrative Community: Voices of Israeli Backpackers. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. 2007.
Reviews of A Narrative Community:
Noy, Chaim & Erik Cohen. (Eds.), Israeli Backpackers: From Tourism to a Rite of Passage. N.Y.: State University of New York Press. 2005
Reviewes of Israeli Backpackers:
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Noy, C., and Hamo. M. (In press). Stance-taking and participation framework in museum commenting platforms: On subjects, objects, authors and principals. Language in Society, 48(3)
Memory, Media, and Museum Audience’s Discourse of Remembering. Critical Discourse Studies, 15(1): 19-38.
Participatory Media and Discourse in Heritage Museums: Co-constructing the Public Sphere? Communication, Culture & Critique, 10(2): 280-301.
"Seeing the voices": On the visual representation of texts in Jewish museums. IMAGES, 9(1): 5-18.
"Look at me! Oh Lord have mercy!": Images of roller-coaster riders and the work of self-recognition. Visual Studies, 32(1): 47-59.
Moral discourse and argumentation in the public sphere: Studying museums and their visitors. Discourse, Context & Media, 16: 39–47.
“My Holocaust Experience was Great!”: Entitlements for Participation in Museum Media. Discourse & Communication, 10(3): 274-290.
Participatory media new and old: semiotics and affordances of museum media. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 33(4): 308-323.
Writing in Museums: Toward a Rhetoric of Participation. Written Communication, 32(2): 195-219.
Hercbergs, Dana, and Chaim Noy. Mobile Cartographies and Mobilized Ideologies: The Visual Management of Jerusalem. Antipode, 47(4): 942–962.
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An Aikidoka's Contribution to the Teaching of Qualitative Inquiry. Qualitative Research, 15(1): 4-21.
Staging Portraits: Tourism’s Panoptic Photo-industry. Annals of Tourism Research, 47: 48-62.
Hercbergs, Dana, and Chaim Noy. Beholding the Holy City: Changes in the Iconic Representation of Jerusalem in the 21th Century. Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, 6 . [On-line journal]
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Cohen-Hattab, Kobi, and Chaim Noy. Of Place and Text: Beadle Freimann’s Role in the Transformation of Rachel’s Tomb. Cathedra, 148: 109-142. (Hebrew)
Abstract (English) fulltext (Hebrew)
Inhabiting the Family-Car: Children-Passengers and Parents-Drivers on the School Run. Semiotica, 191: 309-333. (Special Issue titled Interaction in Cars, edited by Pentti Haddington, Maurice Nevile and Tiina Keisanen).
Your hands. Extended: Performing Embodied Knowledge in Eastern Martial Arts. M/C Journal, 15(4). (Special Issue titled Embody edited by Danielle Brady and Neil Ferguson). [On-line Journal]
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The Aesthetics of Qualitative (Re)search: Performing Ethnography at a Heritage Museum. Qualitative Inquiry, 17(10): 917-929.
'I Worship You - Israeli Soldiers': Gender-cum-national Performances at an Israeli Commemoration Site. Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, 18: 211-236. [Hebrew].
Peregrinations: Etude (intergenerationnelle) d’un rite de passage culturel israelien [Israeli backpacking: An (inter-)generational perspective on a cultural rue-de-passage], Cahiers du Judaisme, 33: 104-117. (French)
Articulating Spaces: Inscribing Spaces and (Im)mobilities in an Israeli Commemorative Visitor Book. Social Semiotics, 21(2): 155-173. (Special Issue co-edited by Paul McIlvenny and Chaim Noy, titled “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Spaces of Multimodal Discourse.")
*The Introduction to the Special Issue: “Multimodal discourse in mediated spaces”, by Paul McIlvenny and Chaim Noy (Social Semiotics, 21(2): 147-154).
Brin, Eldad and Noy, Chaim. The Said and the Unsaid: Performative Guiding In a Jerusalem Neighborhood. Tourist Studies, 10(1):19-33.
Sanctities, Blasphemies and the (Jewish) Nation: Commemorative Inscriptions at a National Memorial Site in Israel. Postscripts 4.2:199–218.
Noy, Chaim and Kohn, Ayelet. Mediating Touristic Dangerscapes: The Semiotics of State Travel Warnings Issued to Israeli Tourists. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 8(3): 206-222.
Noy, Chaim and Kohn, Ayelet. 'Avoid Traveling to Sinai': Analysis of Journey Warnings in Israeli Media. Horizons in Geography, 75: 5-25. (Hebrew).
'I WAS HERE!': Addressivity Structures and Inscribing Practices as Indexical Resources. Discourse Studies, 11(4): 421-440.
The Politics of Authenticity in a National Heritage Site in Israel. Qualitative Sociology Review, 5(1): 112-129.
Mediation Materialized: The Semiotics of a Visitor Book at an Israel Commemoration Site. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(2): 175-195.
Pages as Stages: A Performance Approach to Visitor Books. Annals of Tourism Research, 35(2): 509-528.
Writing Ideology: Hybrid Symbols in a Commemorative Visitor Book in Israel. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 18(1): 62-81.
Resisting Hegemony: Gender and Embodiment in the Narratives of Female Israeli Tourists. Tourism Review International, 12(2): 93-114. Special Issue: Female Travelers II.
Sampling Knowledge: The Hermeneutics of Snowball Sampling in Qualitative Research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 11(4): 327-344.
The Poetics of Tourist Experience: An Autoethnography of a Family Trip to Eilat.” Tourism and Cultural Change, 5(3), 141-157.
Israeli Backpacking since the 1960s: A Historic-Cultural View of Institutionalization and Experience in Tourism. (Theme Issue:) Tourism Recreation Research, 31(3), 39-54.
Performing Identity: Touristic Narratives of Self-change. Text and Performance Quarterly, 24(2): 115-138.
From Persuasion to Self-Transformation: Dialogical Genres of Narration in a Tourist Speech Community. Texas Linguistic Forum, 48: 149-165. [On-line Journal].
'This Trip Really Changed Me': Backpackers’ Narratives of Self-Change. Annals of Tourism Research, 31(1): 78-102.
Narratives of Hegemonic Masculinity: Presentations of Body and Space in Israeli Backpackers’ Narratives. Israeli Sociology, 5(1): 75-120. Special Issue on Masculinity. (Hebrew)
The Write of Passage: Reflections on Writing a Dissertation in Narrative/Qualitative Methodology.Forum of Qualitative Social Research, 4(2). [On-line Journal]
(The article has been in translated into Germen and Spanish.)
An expanded version appeared as a book chapter in Wolff-Michael Roth (ed.), Auto/Biography and Auto/Ethnography: Praxis of Research Method. Rotterdam: Sense Publications (2005). Pp. 359-378.
‘You MUST go Trek There’: The Persuasive Genre of Narration Among Israeli Backpackers. Narrative Inquiry, 12(2): 261-290.
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Schiff, Brian, Chaim Noy, and Bertram cohler. Collected Stories in the Life Narratives of Holocaust Survivors. Narrative Inquiry, 11(1):159-194.
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Participation versus Protest: Discursive Rituals of National Commemoration. In KerenOr Schlezinger, Gadi Elgazi, Hanna Herzog, and Yaron Ezrahi (eds.), Israeli Sociology: In the Memory of Baruch Kimmerling . Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press. Pp. 405-433. [Hebrew].
Peace activism in tourism: Two cases studies (and a few reflections) in Jerusalem. In Blanchard, Lynda-ann and Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, (eds.), Peace Through Tourism: Promoting Human Security through International Citizenship. New York: Routledge. Pp. 204-216.
Teaching the Fundamentals of Qualitative Research: Insights from a Qualitative Martial Art. In Orit Hazzan & Liora Notov (eds.), Teaching Qualitative Research: Challenges, Principles, Application, Tel-Aviv: The Mofet Institute Publications. Pp. 269-296. [Hebrew].
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Narratives and Counter-Narratives: Contesting a Tourist Site in Jerusalem. In Jacqueline Tivers and Tijana Rakic (eds.), Narratives of Travel and Tourism. Aldershot, VT: Ashgate. Pp. 135-150.
The Political Ends of Tourism: Voices and Narratives of Silwan/the City of David in East Jerusalem. In Irena Ateljevic, Nigel Morgan, and Annette Pritchard (eds.), The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies: Creating an Academy of Hope. 2nd Ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publications. Pp. 27-41.
'A tourism paradise 90 minutes from Tel-Aviv': A critical view of contemporary vacationscapes, in Rachel Elior (Editor), A Garden Eastward in Eden: Traditions of Paradise - Changing Jewish Perspectives and Comparative Dimensions of Culture. Jerusalem: Magnes (Hebrew University) Press. Pp. 395-409. (Hebrew)
Commodified Imagined Spaces: A few Critical Remarks on Tourism’s (in)visibilities. In Arnon Soffer, Jacob, O. Maoz, and Ronit Cohen-Seffer (eds.), Cultural Landscape Patterns (honoring Yoram Bar-Gal). Haifa University Press, Haifa. Pp. 221-232. (Hebrew).
The Semiotics of (Im)mobilities: Two Discursive Case Studies of the System of Automobility. In Giuseppina Pellegrino (ed.), The Politics of Proximity: Mobility and Immobility in Practice. UK: Ashgate. Pp. 61-81.
On Driving a Car and Being a Family: A Reflexive Ethnography. In Phillip Vannini (ed.), Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life: Ethnographic Approaches . N.Y.: Peter Lang Publishing. Pp. 101-113.
Embodying Ideologies in Tourism: A Commemorative Visitor Book in Israel as a Site of Authenticity. In Vannini, P., and P. Williams (eds.), Authenticity in Culture, Self, and Society. London: Ashgate. Pp. 219-240.
Israeliness Outside-In: Backpacking and Contemporaries Identities in Israel. In Gisela Dachs (ed.), Judischer Almanach. Frankfurt am Main: Leo Baeck Instituts. Pp. 145-150. (Germen)
Travelling for Masculinity: Bodies/Spaces in Israeli Backpackers’ Narratives. In Annette Pritchard, Irena Ateljevic, and Nigel Morgan (eds.), Tourism & Gender: Embodiment, Sensuality and Experience. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. Pp. 47-72.
The Language(s) of the Tourist Experience: An Autoethnography of the Poetic Tourist. In Irena Ateljevic, Nigel Morgan, and Annette Pritchard (eds.), The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies: Innovative Research Methodologies. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publications. Pp. 349-370.
Israeli Backpackers: Narrative, Interpersonal Communication, and Social Construction. In Israeli Backpackers and Their Society: A View from Afar. Pp. 111-158.
Noy, Chaim and Erik Cohen. Introduction: Backpacking as a Rite of Passage in Israel. In Israeli Backpackers and Their Society: A View from Afar. Pp. 1-44.
Cohen, Erik and Chaim Noy. Conclusion: A View from Afar. In Israeli Backpackers and Their Society: A View from Afar. Pp. 251-262.
Schiff, Brian, and Chaim Noy. Making it Personal: The Social Character of Life Stories. In Anna De Fina, Deborah Schiffrin & Michael Bamberg (eds.), Discursive Construction of Identities . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 114-143.
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“Ethnography of Communication.” (Forthcoming). In Jörg Matthes (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Bartesaghi, Mariaelena and Chaim Noy. (2015). “Interdiscursivity.” In Tracy, K. (Ed.) & Ilie, C. & Sandel, T. (Assoc. Eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Boston: John Wiley & Sons. Pp. 1-7.
“Backpacker.” In Jafar Jafari and Honggen Xiao (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Tourism. Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing. Pp. 81-83.
Edited/collecetd Virtual Issue: Sampling.
International Journal of Social Research Methodology. August, 2016.
The Materiality of Visitor Books: Observations from an Israeli Military Commemoration Site. In materialworld.
Some of my teaching includes:
Language, Culture, Society: Introduction to Discourse
Israeli Society: A Sociological Introduction
Politics of Identity in Israeli Society
Speaking Masculinity: Narratives of Masculinity in Conversation and Discourse in Israeli Culture.
Tourism Sociology: Critical Investigations.
Qualitative Research Methods: From Themes to Performance.
The Art of Academic Writing.
“Reading Practices: Ethnography of Communication and Critical Discourse Studies” and “Texts on display: Handwriting and paper from museums to the Tweetersphere”. Two papers to be presented in the National Communication Association (NCA) 104th Annual Convention, November 8th-11th, Salt Lake City, UT (Language and Social Interaction Division, and Human Communication and Technology Division).
Reading Practices and Texts on Display
Interview about Jerusalem’s Holy Basin at Kan News Tonight (hadshot halayla) with Romi Noimark, October 11th [Hebrew]:
hadshot halayla (from minute: 12:25)
“Museum-Audience Interactions: A Threefold Comparative Study of Identities and Entitlements.” Paper to be presented at the XIX International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, July 15th-21st, Toronto, Canada.
XIX ISA Conference website
“Stance-rich discourse: Stance, repetition, and evaluation in written public discourse in museums” and “Envoicement: The discoursal and material interactional design of voicing in the public sphere.” Two papers to be presented at the 68th Annual International Communication Association Conference, May 24th-28th, Prague, Czech Republic.
ICA Conference website
I will also present at the ICA preconference titled “Articulating Voice: The Expressivity and Performativity of Media Practices.”
“Smart Museums for Smart Cities?: Audiences and Discourses of Contemporary Urban Museum-Capes.” Paper presented at the Challenges for European City Tourism Conference, The European Forum at the Hebrew University. May 1-5, Jerusalem, Israel. [Hebrew]
“Place of holiness.” Invited talk to be presented at the Holiness, Religion and Sacralization seminar, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, April 16th, Jerusalem.
“Curating voice: Ethnographic notes on semiotics and communicative affordances of 'voice' in the public sphere.” Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Communication Association, March 29th, Rishon Lezion: Israel College of Applied Science (COMAS) (Hamichlala Leminhal). [Hebrew]
“Museums and sites of heritage in the age of experience: A view to the future.” Invited plenary talk given at the Annual International Counsel of Museums Meeting (ICOM), March 21st, Rishon LeZion.
“Linguistic anthropology in museums new and old: Ethnographic notes on materiality, mediality, and the semiotics of writing.” Paper presented at The Society for Linguistic Anthropology Inaugural Conference, March 8th-10th, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
“Museums and tourism in the age of participation.” Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Tourism Studies Association, February 14th-15th, Kinneret College, Israel. [Hebrew]
“Future Directions in Qualitative Inquiry.” Concluding Plenary Roundtable, the Bi-Annual Conference of the Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies (ICQM), January 6th-7th, Be’er Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. [Hebrew]
“The body in qualitative research,” “Current issues in discourse analysis,” and “Linguistic and discourse analysis assisting qualitative research.” Three conference panels organized, chaired and discussed (the first two co-organized and co-chaired with Maya Maor and Michal Hamo, respectively), at the Bi-Annual Conference of the Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies (ICQM), January 6th-7th, Be’er Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. [Hebrew]
“Museum audience’s rhetoric of remembering” and “Stance-taking as participation in the public sphere: Insights from studying museum visitors’ discourse.” Two papers to be presented in the National Communication Association 103rd Annual Convention, November 16th-19th, Dallas, Texas.
“Ethnography of Communication in Museal Contexts: Text, Writing, Musealization.” Invited talk presented at the Discourse, Narratives and Identities: A Conference in the Honor of the Retirement of Professor Esther Schely-Newman. The Department of Communication and Journalism and the Smart Family Institute of Communications. November 6th-7th, 2017, Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“’Does America have a responsibility to promote democracy abroad?’: Moral discourse and argumentation in the public sphere,” and “Entitlement for participation in the public sphere: Affordances across media” - both papers presented in the International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) Conference: “Dialogue, interaction and culture: Multidisciplinary perspectives on language use in everyday life,” October 11-14, Bologna.
“Museum visitors’ public stance-taking articulations: Findings from discourse in three heritage museums in the USA and Israel.” Presented in the 15th International Pragmatics Conference, July 16th-21st, Belfast.
“Moral argumentation in the public sphere: Studying museum visitor discourse.” Accepted but not presented in the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 25th-29th May, San Diego.
Online conference program
“A linguistic anthropologist in the museum,” to be presented as part of a session I organized, titled “Linguistic anthropology today: Critical directions.” The 45th Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association, 17-18 May, Kafr Qasim. [Hebrew]
Online conference program
Conference program + abstracts
Respondent: “Tales of telling,” lecture by Professor Theo van Leeuwen. To be given at the Annual Shoshana Blum-Kulka Memorial Lecture, The Noah Mozes Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 9th, Jerusalem.
“Newer and older commenting platforms in museums: Audiencing practices across the digital divide,” presented at the Second Tel-Aviv Communication Conference: The Future of Old Media. Tel-Aviv: Tel-Aviv University, April 19th-20th.
“Museums, communication, and the public sphere: Analysis of visitor discourse in two Jewish heritage museums in the United States and Israel,” presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Israeli Communication Association, April 2nd, Sapir College. [Hebrew]
“Knowledge/Data: Diversifying Methods in Qualitative Research.” Invited paper & workshop - the Graduate Students Research Forum, the Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies (ICQM). The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, March 20. [Hebrew]
Website & Abstract
“Co-narrating heritage?: A comparative study of audience public participation in two museums.” Presented in the Museums and Their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History conference. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, March 13th-15th, Warsaw. I was also a Respondent for the session titled “Emotions and Experience.”
Conference website   Conference Program   YouTube
“Memory and identity in heritage tourism: A comparative discourse analysis perspective.” Presented at the 21th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Tourism Studies Association, February 21st-22nd, Ministry of Tourism, Jerusalem, Israel. [Hebrew]
Conferenc Program   Image
“Ambiguity and Secrecy in the Academe.” Participation in concluding panel of the “Behind the Scenes in Graduate Studies: Tensions, Dilemmas, and Insights” colloquium, organized by the graduate student bodies of the Israeli Anthropological Association and the Israeli Sociological Association. Tel-Aviv: Tel-Aviv University, January 15th. [Hebrew]
Colloquium program   Image1   Image2
“Writing and Submitting Papers Successfully: Making the qualitative Case.” Presented at the Israeli Communication Association Forum for Communication Graduate Students. Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University, January 13th. [Hebrew]
Colloquium program   Presentation   Image
“Collective memory and museum visitors’ participatory discourse: A comparative ethnography of commenting platforms in two heritage/memorial museums.” Presented at the Going Home: Familiarity, Memory and Atmosphere in German and Israeli Museums (GIF Concluding Workshop). The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, January 4th-6th. Jerusalem.
“Writing practices, collective identity and national commemoration: Converging methods in the analysis of visitor discourse in Ammunition Hill in East Jerusalem.” Invited research colloquium paper presented at the Multilingual Education Research Seminar, School of Education, December 8th. Tel-Aviv University. [Hebrew]
Talk's abstract [Hebrew]
Semester Program [Hebrew]
“Participatory media and discourse in heritage museums: Notes on the public sphere,” presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) 102nd Annual Convention, November 10-13, Philadelphia (Language and Social Interaction Division). I also chaired a session titled “A Media Ecological Look at Mass-Mediated Framing and Online Identity Construction” (Media Ecology Division).
Conference program website
“Oh, Holy Tourism: Discourse, Practice and Underground Tourism in the Old City,” invited paper for the “Calculating Route: Navigating between Antiquities, Sanctity, and Nationalism in Jerusalem” conference. The Van Lir Institute, June, 30th, Jerusalem.
Van Lir Website
Conference Program [Hebrew]
“Body (of Work)” and “Who Remembers the Remembering Museum?” Two invited panel Responses. Presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Anthropological Association, June 8-9, Kinneret Academic College, Israel. [Hebrew]
Conference Website [Hebrew]
Conference Program [Hebrew]
“Entitlements for Participation in the Public Sphere: Ethnography of Communication and Discourse Analysis of the Florida Holocaust Museum Visitor Book.” Presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Communication Association, April 17, Kinneret Academic College, Israel. [Hebrew]
Conference Website [Hebrew]   Conferenc Program [Hebrew]
“Visitors’ Voices at the Ammunition Hill National Commemoration Site,” invited paper presented at the 3rd Days of Jerusalem Conference, March 31st, Yad Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem [Hebrew].
Days of Jerusalem Conference 2016 Conference Program [English]   Days of Jerusalem Conference 2016 Conference Program [Hebrew]
“Heritage tourists at heritage sites: Texts and voices from the visitor books at the Ammunition Hill National Commemoration Museum.” Presented at the Annual Meeting for the Israeli Tourism Studies Association, February 17th, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon. [Hebrew]
Israeli Tourism Studies Association 2016 Conference Program
“Ethnographic approaches to language and discourse: insights from six years of ethnography at Ammunition Hill commemoration site.” Presented as part of a panel I co-organized and co-chaired together with Michal Hamo, titled “Combining methods in Discourse Analysis: lessons from Chaim Noy’s Thank you for Dying for Our Country.” I also participated in a Plenary Roundtable titled “Future directions in Qualitative Inquiry.” The bi-annual conference of the Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies (ICQM), February 8-9, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva. [Hebrew]
2016 ICQM Conference Website [Hebrew]   2016 ICQM Conference Website [English]   2016 ICQM Conference Program
“Participatory media ‘new’ and ‘old’: Remediation and the work of commenting media in museums” (Human Communication and Technology Division), “Writing practices: An ethnographic study of visitors’ texts and textual practices in heritage museums” (Language and Social Interaction Division), and “Experimental Tourism: Mapping and Performing Las Vegas” (invited Response to the NCA’s Opportunities Regarding Research workshop). Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) 101st Annual Convention, November 19-22, Las Vegas.
NCA Conference Website
"'Can Israel be a Jewish and a Democratic State?”’: Linguistic Ethnography at the National Museum of American Jewish History,” to be presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Association for the Study of Language and Society, June 29th, Tel-Aviv. [Hebrew]
“Participation and civic responsibility: Public texts and the practices of writing in a Jewish heritage museum in the Unites States,” presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Anthropological Association (IAA), June 11th, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon.
Conference Program   Conference Abstracts
"'Oh Lord have Mercy!': Visual media and public mediatization in amusement parks” (Visual Comm. Division) and "Future Directions in Ethnography of Communication" (invited paper for ICA’s Blue Sky Workshop titled, "The Ethnographers of Communication Joining Theoretical Conversations Outside Their Subfield"), presented at the International Communication Association’s (ICA) 65th Annual Conference, May 21st-25th, Puerto Rico.
Link to ICA Conference Program and website
“Autoethnography: Critical and Ethical Notes.” Invited public talk Presented at the Mofet Institute. May 14th, Tel-Aviv. [Hebrew]
"Combining Discourse Analysis and Performative Ethnography of Communication: A view from Heritage Museums," opening paper, the Disocurse Studies Group, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, June 7th, Jerusalem [Hebrew]
Hosted at "Shishi Be-hamesh" - Friday afternoon news program, Channel 1, Israeli Broadcasting Association, May 1st - about tourism, media, and the Nepal earthquake:
Shishi Be-hamesh (minute: 38:20)
“Towards a rhetoric of participation: Writings (and readings) in heritage sites and museums,” presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Communication Association, April 1st, The Open University: Ra’anana, Israel. [Hebrew]
Link to Conference Program and website
Power Point Presentation
“Ethnographic Approaches to the Study of Discourse.” Presented at the Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies, The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, January 19th, Beer Sheva.
Hosted at Erev Hadash: TV News Program with Dan Margalit (January 12, 30:10) [Hebrew], also at the Israeli Public Radio: Reshet Bet with Anat Dolev (January 11, 14:07) [Hebrew]
“From Machu Picchu to Goa: The Travel Itinerary of Young Israeli Backpackers.” Lecture Series at Beit Avi Chai, January-February, Jerusalem.
“’Thank you for dying for our country’: Performing Commemoration at Ammunition Hill (Jerusalem).” Presented at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the University of Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, The University of Chicago. November 21st, Chicago.
“The Effects of Tourism: How Contemporary Visual Media Transforms Tourists into Publics.” Chosen for presentation as part of the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group Session titled, “Structuring and Shaping the Anthropology of Tourism,” at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), December 3rd-7th, Washington DC.
“’Jews are Awesome’: Mediated publics, performance, and written interactions in two heritage museums,” and “’Look at me! Look at me!’: Screens, Selves and Mediatized Publics,” both presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) 100th Annual Convention, November 20-23, 2014, Chicago (Divisions of Language and Social Interaction, and Visual Communication, respectively).
Hercbergs, D., and Noy, C. “The Davidization of Jerusalem: Visualizing political shifts in the Holy City,” presented as part of a panel titled Branding (in) Jerusalem: Strategies of Local and Trans/National Place-Making, in the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS), June 23rd-25th, 2014, Ben-Gurion University, Sede-Boqer, Israel.
“Addressivities, identities, and written interactions in heritage museums,” presented in the International Communication Association’s (ICA) 64th Annual Conference. May 22nd-26th, Seattle.
Language and Social Interaction Unit Abstracts
I went on Seattle's Space Needle
and saw Seattle   and also a few mediating devices at work.   Finally, right outside the motel:Fuck Monsanto. Go Seattle!
“The Neoliberal Looking Glass of Tourism,” presented in the Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 21st-24th, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
“Audiences’ utterances: How addressivity structures shape museum performance,” invited talk presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), as part of a session titled “Mediating Private and (Counter)Public Discourse: Genre, Addressivity, and the Semiotics of (not) Belonging,” November 20th-24th, Chicago.
“’axi, ma- ze nishma kemo shem Aravi ma’ [bro, what- it sound like an Arabic name, what]: The Hebrew discourse marker ma in spoken and written interactions,” presented at the International Communication Association’s (ICA) 63rd Annual Conference. June 17th-21st, London. I also chaired the session titled, “Technologically-mediated Interactions: Problems and Promises for Civic Engagement and Interpersonal Interactions” (Both in the Language and Social Interaction Unit).
“The Jerusalem-Tampa Line: Snippets, Anecdotes, and the Performance of a Family Travel-Narrative”, presented at the Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 15-18, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I also Chaired the experts’ panel titled, “New Directions in Narrative Inquiry”.
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“Spaces Remembered/Places Performed: Reworking the Past in (and of) Ein-Karem”, presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS), June 25th-27th, University of Haifa, Haifa. (Hebrew).
“Media and Communication in Museums – a comparative perspective”, reply delivered in the “Media and Communication in Museums”, session co-organized and co-chaired with Jackie Feldman, presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association, April 4th, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv. (Hebrew)
“Bio-graphy and Mini-graphy: The Materialization of Civic Religions in the Israeli Context”, presented at Conference in Honor of Yoram Bilu, April 2nd, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem. (Hebrew)
“Performative Discourse Analysis”, presented at the Discourse–Conversation–Communication Conference, March 21st-23rd, Loughborough University, UK.
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“’What, already over?’ [ma, kvar nig’mar?]: The discourse marker ‘what’ [ma] is spoken Hebrew and in new media”, presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Linguistic Forum, February 21st, The David Yellin Teachers’ College, Jerusalem (Hebrew).
“Performance and Critical Approaches in Israel”, session organized and chaired by me at the Annual Conference of The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research Methods, February 2nd, Ben-Gurion University, Be’er Sheva. (Hebrew)
“Home Performed,” session organized, chaired and discussed by me at the 39th Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association, May 30th, Haifa University, Haifa. Also: “personal reflections on anthropology and activism in East Jerusalem,” presented as part of a session titled “Engaged Anthropology and Social Responsibility: The case of Lifta.” [Hebrew]
“Elites’ commemoration performances: Discourse analysis of a VIP visitor book in Israel,” to be presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association, April 14th, University of Haifa, Haifa. [Hebrew]
“The visual management(s) of Jerusalem: Mobile cartographies and mobilized ideologies,” presented together with Dana Hercbergs at the Tourism Imaginaries/Imaginaires Touristiques Conference, February 18-20, Berkeley, USA.
“Working toward building in the face of destruction: People to people processes.” Session chaired at the Gaza-Sderot Conference: Moving from Crisis to Sustainability. February 14-17, Sapir College. [Hebrew]
"Familial interactions in cars: Parents-drivers and children-passengers on the 'School Run.'" Presented at the International Conference on Conversation Analysis 2010 (ICCA10), July 4-8, Mannheim, Germany.
"Qualitative and feminist research: Two reflexive case studies." Presented at the Fourth Annual Conference of The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research Methods, February 18th, Ben-Gurion University, Be’er Sheva. I organized and chaired a session titled “Performance/Knowledge in Qualitative Research,” and served as a discussant in session titled “Odysseus and Columbus: An inquiry into voyages”. (Hebrew)
"The political ends of tourism: The development of a tourist site in East Jerusalem." Pretested at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Association of Tourism Research, February 17th, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem. (Hebrew).
"The Legal System and the Media in Israel", co-organized session (with Omri Yadlin). Presented at the Sederot Conference on Social Issues, November 9th-10th, Sapir-Sederot. (Hebrew).
"Epistemologies and Their Practices: A Performance approach to Ethnography in Tourism", and "Performance and Discourse in Tourism: The Narratives Visitor Books Tell". Both presentations are part of a keynote workshop presented at the Third Critical Tourism Studies (CTS) Conference, 21-24 June, Zadar, Croatia.
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Tracing Ethnography: A Performance approach to the Ethnographer’s Dis/Appearance. Presented at the "E•X•P•E•R•T•I•S•E: Media Specificity and Interdisciplinarity" conference, Tel-Aviv University, May 31st-June 4th. (Hebrew).
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Performing Participation/Performing Protest: The Semiotics of National Identity and Commemorative Rituals in a Heritage Site in Jerusalem. Presented at the 25th Annual Association for Israel Studies (AIS) Conference, June 1st-3rd, Sapir College, Sha’ar Ha-Negev, Israel. (Hebrew).
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Transportation in Israel: Current Sociological Perspectives. Presented at the Annual Meeting of The Israel Association for Transportation Research, February 25th, Tel-Aviv. (Hebrew)
Conference Proprogram Abstract Presentation
The Construction of Other's Spaces: Multimodal Analysis of 'Terror Forecasts' in Israeli Media. Co-presented with Ayelet Kohn at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Association of Tourism Research, February 17th, University of Haifa. (Hebrew).
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Bin Laden on the Sinai Beach: Tourism, Media and the Anxiety of the Other. Co-presented with Ayelet Kohn as part of a session I chaired at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Sociological Society, February 18th, Rishon Lezion, titled “Tourism Sociology: Local Intersections.” (Hebrew)
(Un)Mediated Interactions: Embodied Movements and Meanings In and Around a Visitor Book, and “Performing the 'Father-Driver': Embodied Interactions and Roles In and Through the Family-Car.” Presented at the “Space = Interaction = Discourse” Conference, November 12th-14th, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Space = Interaction = Discourse
’Israeli Soldiers - I Worship You!’: Gender Performances at an Israeli Commemoration Site. Presented at the “Gender and Nationality: Intersections of Confrontations” conference, Tel-Aviv University, November, 26th (Hebrew).
Discursive Proximities: Distances and Mobilities in an Israeli Commemorative Visitor Book. Presented at the 38th International Institute of Sociology (IIS) World Congress, June 29th, Budapest.
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The Ritual of the Text: Some Reflections on a Commemorative Visitor Book. Presented as part of a session I chaired at the 36th Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association, May 22nd, Beit Berl College, titled “The Languages of the Field: Discourse as an Ethnographic Field of Study.” (Hebrew)
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The Emergence of the (Academic) Text: Performing the Backstages of Academic Writing. A Performative/Display Piece presented as part of a session I chaired at the Third Annual Conference of The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research Methods, February 20th, Ben-Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, titled “Autoethnographies, Dialogues, and Poetics in Qualitative Research in Israel.” (Hebrew)
Knowledge in Motion: A Critical Hermeneutics of Sampling and Interviewing in Qualitative Research. (See above)
"The Power is God’s Power": A Commemorative Visitor Book as a Site of Contestation. Presented as part of a session I chaired at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Sociological Society, February 13th, Tel-Aviv, titled “Sites of Contestation [Atarei Hatrasa].” (Hebrew)
Situating Nationalist Discourse: Indexical Aspects of Zionist Colonial Arguments. Presented at The Dialogue Under Occupation Conference (Duo II), November 14th-16th, East Jerusalem.
DUOII Conference website
Zionist and Eschatological Linguistic Ideologies: Ethnography of a Visitor Book in an Israeli War Commemoration Site. Presented at The 10th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA), July 10th, Goteborg, Sweden. The lecture was part of a session I chaired, titled “An Ethnographic Approach to Writing Practices.
Semiotic Perspectives on Israeli Driving. Presented at the 47th Conference of the Israel Geographical society, December 24th, Tel-Aviv, as part of a session I organized, titled "On Cars and Persons: Socio-Cultural Aspects of Traffic and Transportation in Israeli Society.
Ethnography of ‘motion-in-stillness’: Sociolinguistic findings from Visitors’/Guests’ Books in Israel. Presented at the “Third Millennium Tourism” Workshop, Department of Anthropology and the School of Hotel Management and Tourism, Beer Shiva, Ben-Gurion University. November, 7th.
"A paradise 90 minutes from Tel-Aviv": Vacationscapes as Modern Paradises. Presented at the “Paradise Traditions” Conference of the Mendel Institute for Jewish Studies, Van-Leer Institute, Jerusalem, November 5th. [Hebrew]
Everyday Conversational Etiquette: Contemporary Perceptions of Tact and Politeness in Israel. Presented in a panel I headed, titled “Sociolinguistics and Ethics in Everyday,” at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Sociological Association. Ramat-Gan, Bar-Ilan University, February 23rd. (Hebrew)
The Pragmatics of Ideology: Pleasure Rituals and the Performance of Authenticity in Israeli Backpackers’ Travel Stories. (Ibid.)
Jules Verne’s Travel Narratives in Light of Modern Journeys and Tourism. Presented at the “Representation of Science Conference: A Scientific-Literary Travel with Jules Verne”. Haifa, University of Haifa, May 16th. (Hebrew)
Tourism Institutionalization: A Contribution to Systemic-Historic Sociology. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Tourism Researchers. Rehovot, The Hebrew University, February 16th. (Hebrew)
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My mother, Tamar Yizraeli-Noy (1926-1997), was an archeologist and prehistorian. She was the curator of the huge Prehistory Hall and of many temporary prehistorical exhibitions in the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem, from its inauguration (1965), until she retired, thirty tears later.
I spent many hours during my childhood at the museum—my mother’s workplace—moving freely from the public exhibition halls (“upstairs”), to the offices, laboratories and guarded storage spaces (“downstairs”). These were the seventies. Later too, during the eighties, I visited my mother’s office often, reckoning how fortunate I was to have a mother working in the backscene of a large modern museum.
Only recently (September 08) it occurred to me that my mother’s work in the museum, that modern epitome of performance and exhibition, had a significant influence on my current fields of interest and on my pursuits, especially on situated performance approaches. This occurred to me as I looked back at my experience and wrote my Ammunition Hill ethnography, which I realized was conducted in a museum setting.
I would like to dedicate this space to recollecting the memories of Tamar ("Tami," by her childhood friends), in terms of both what she has accomplished, and in terms of how her way shapes/shaped my way of working and thinking about similar issues. More broadly, and also more emotionally, dealing with prehistory essentially means dealing with that which has passed. Dealing with remains. And remains, contrary to common appreciation, are very heterogeneous, complex, dynamic, and even political things.
Tamar's last publication (published posthumously) is The Humen Figure in Prehistoric Art in the Land of Israel. Jerusalem: The Israeli Museum. (1999).
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My Father, Dov Noy (1920-2013), was a prominent Jewish folklorist, who established the thriving field of Jewish Folklore in Israel. He was born in Kolomiya (then Poland, now Ukraine) in Galicia (or Galey-Zion, as it was sometimes called by the Jews), and he came to Palestine at the age of 18 for a year - to study at the Hebrew University. Besides a brother,
Meir Noy (1922–1998) and a couple of distant cousins, his family was completely destroyed in the Holocaust. He obtained his doctorate in folklore from Indiana University in 1954, with a dissertation on the motif-index of Talmudic-Midrashic tales (under the guidance of Prof. Stith Thompson). During his prolific career he wrote and edited over sixty volumes, and mentored many who later became prominent folklorists in Israel, the Unites States, and worldwide. In 1955 he also founded the The Israel Folktale Archives (IFA). aba married ima (Tamar) in 1967 (this was his second marriage. From his first marriage I have two brothers: Amos and Izhar Noy).
For more on aba see Galit Hasan-Rokem (in Fabula),
Hebrew Wikipedia, and Recalling Professor Dov Noy (by Howard Schwartz), and the American Folklore Society webpage.
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For more than twenty five years I've been practicing and teaching Aikido, which is a Japanese Self-Defense Art. I presently head the Aikido Club at the Lerner Center for Physical Education, Leisure and Health Promotion at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I hold a GoDan Degree: Fifth Degree Black Belt (Japanese and
English certificates), and my involvement is an educational and moral responsibility. My collegues - for many years - at the Mt. Scopus Dojo are Sensei Shalomi Sagiv, Sensei Yaakov Shimshi, and Sensei Oren Shamir.
A few of my Aikido publications include: DO-no-SHO (Lit. Book of the Way), or Open Dictionary (Jerusalem, 2ed. 2001).
Check out my Dojo's website: Aikido Mt. Scopus and Sensei's Doug Wedell's YouTube channel MasaKatsuAiki.
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