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Departmental Seminars 2013-2014


Lecture Title: "Between Spring and Winter: Intermediate Evaluation about the Revolutions in the Arab World" 
Lecturer: Prof. Elie Podeh
The Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Opening Comments: Dr. Zohar Kampf – Director of the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution.
Date: Monday, November 4 2013, 12:30-14:00.
This lecture was held jointly with the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. 


Lecture Title: "Everybody's Children? The Role of the Media in Covering Kidnapping and Captivity Stories around the Globe"
Lecturer: Dr. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt
The Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 
Date: Monday, December 9 2013, 12:30-14:00.
This lecture was held jointly with the Department of Communication and Journalism


This department seminar will be held as a part of the first panel of a conference presenting Dr. Zohar Kampf's and Prof. Tamar Liebes's book: "Transforming Media Coverage of Violent Conflicts: The New Face of War".


Transforming Media Coverage of Violent Conflicts offers a fresh view of contemporary violent conflicts, suggesting an explanation to the dramatic changes in the ways in which war and terror are covered by Western media. It argues that viewers around the globe follow violent events, literally and metaphorically, on "wide" and "flat" screens, in "high-definition". The "wide-screen" means that at present the screen is wide enough to include new actors - terrorists, 'enemy' leaders, ordinary people in a range of roles, and journalists in the field - who have gained status of the kind that in the past was exclusive to editors, army generals and governmental actors. The "high-definition" metaphor means that the eye of the camera closes in on both traditional and new actors, probing their emotions, experiences and beliefs in ways that were irrelevant in past conflicts. The "flat-screen" metaphor stands for the consequences of the two former phenomena, leading to a loss of the hierarchy of the meanings of war. Paradoxically, the better the quality of viewing, the less the understanding of what we see. Through these metaphors, Kampf and Liebes systematically analyse changes in the practices, technologies, infrastructures and external institutional relationships of journalism.

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Lecture Title: Sulha - Muslim Dispute Resolution through Honor Restoration

Lecturer: Doron Pely

Abstract: Is there a difference between Eastern and Western alternative dispute resolution practices? An exploration of inter-clan dispute resolution mechanisms within Northern Israel's Arab community provides some answers.

Date: Monday, March 3 2014, 12:30-14:00.


Lecture Title: Talking Peace and Prophetic Peace

Lecturer: Dr. Alick Isaacs

Co-Director of Siach Shalom (Talking Peace) and Lecturer at the Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Abstract: The Lecture dealt with the differences and possible tensions between the dominant Western political philosophy of peace and the meaning of peace in Jewish thought. The work of Siach Shalom was also presented. Siach Shalom, which D. Isaacs co-directs along with D. Avinoam Rosenak and Sharon Leshem-Zinger establishes processes of dynamic group dialogue about peace which bring together rabbinic leaders from the Religious National Zionist (settler) camp and leaders from the center and left (including leading intellectuals, politicians, foreign service diplomats and peace activists).

Date: Monday, May 12 2014, 12:30-14:00. 


Lecture Title: The Impact of International Criminal Tribunals on National Reconciliation: The Case of Rwanda

Lecturer: Dr. Sigall Horovitz 

Rabin Scholar, Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace

Date: Monday, June 2 2014, 12:30-14:00.