The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Smart Family Institute of Communication         


      The Levi Eshkol Institute For Social, Economic and Political


Department of Communication and Journalism                       Department of Political Science


Political Communication in Israel and in the International Arena

Conference in honor of Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld, upon his retirement

Conference Chairs: Prof. Tamir Sheafer, Prof. Ifat Maoz, and Dr. Eli Avraham


Wednesday, January 4th 2012, Beit Maeirsdorf, Room 405, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus Campus


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9:15-9:45- Gathering (light refreshments)

9:45-10:15- Greetings:

Prof. Avner De-Shalit, Dean, Faculty of Social Science

Prof. Mario Sznajder, Chair, Department of Political Science

Prof. Menahem Blondheim, Chair, Department of Communication and Journalism

Prof. Ifat Maoz, Director, Smart Institute and Conference Chair

Prof. Tamir Sheafer, Head, Political Communication MA program and Conference Chair

Dr. Eli Avraham, Conference Chair 


10:15-11:45- Political Communication and political and cultural processes in Israel  

Chair: Professor Mario Sznajder, Hebrew University 


Dr. Eitan Alimi, Hebrew University - Struggling to remain relevant: On the theoretical and methodological advantages of movement-based media analysis for explaining engagement in political violence.

Dr. Paul Frosh, Hebrew University - Carnage and resilience: Israeli television coverage of Palestinian suicide bombings.

Dr. Zohar Kampf & Prof Tamar Liebes, Hebrew University - Personalizing war: why new actors enter the media by the front-door?

Ms. Meital Balmas, Hebrew University- Leaders first, countries after: Political personalization in the international media arena.

Respondent: Prof. Elihu Katz, Hebrew University


11:45-12:00 Coffee break


12:00-13:30- Political Communication, conflict and peace

Chair: Dr. Esther Schely-Neuman, Hebrew University 


Prof. Yariv Tsfati & Adi Chotiner, Haifa University - Why does partisan selective exposure promote political polarization? Exploring climate of opinion perceptions as a possible mediating mechanism.

Dr. Eli Avraham, Haifa University - Battling stereotypes of terror and wars: Media strategies for image restoration of Middle Eastern countries.

Dr. Elad Segev, Tel-Aviv University & Prof. Menahem Blondheim, Hebrew University- Why the Palestinian-Israeli conflict conquers global headlines: A chapter in journalistic geosophy. 

Respondents: Prof. Joshua Meyrowitz, University of New Hampshire, Prof. Jacob Shamir, Hebrew University 


13:30-14:15 Break


14:15-16:00 -Keynote Panel I: Political Communication in Israel and in the international arena- New models and research directions

Chair: Prof. Scott Althaus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Prof. Tamir Sheafer, Hebrew University - Political communication in comparative perspective

Prof. Ifat Maoz, Hebrew University- "The face of the enemy"- Visual cues, news framing and support for peace in intractable conflict: an experimental approach.

Prof. Scott Althaus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Do we have a stake in this war? A worldwide test of Huntingtons clash of civilizations hypothesis using open-source intelligence.

Respondent: Prof. Gabriel Weimann, Haifa University



16:00-16:15 Coffee break


16:15-18:15- Keynote Panel II: Political Communication: The state of the art and new models

Chair: Prof. Tamir Sheafer, Hebrew University 


Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld, Hebrew University - The Politics-Media-Politics Principle: What works and what still needs work.

Prof. Robert Entman, George Washington University - Media, inequality and incivility in the US and Israel.

Respondent: Prof. Scott Althaus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


18:30 Evening Reception, Remarks in Honor of Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld



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