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  1. 21 Feb 2024 Journal Article Public Understanding of Science

    The four “R” s: Strategies for tailoring science for religious publics and their prices

    Lea Taragin-Zeller, Oren Golan, Yariv Tsfati, Nakhi Mishol-Shauli, Yael Rozenblum, Ayelet Baram-Tsabari
    Abstract

    A recent wave of studies has diversified science communication by emphasizing gender, race, and disability. In this article, we focus on the understudied lens of religion. Based on an analysis of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) science journalism and its readership, we identify four main strategies for tailoring science, which we call the four “R”s—removing, reclaiming, remodeling

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  2. 10 Jan 2024 Journal Article Social Media+ Society

    Algorithmic Ventriloquism: The Contested State of Voice in AI Speech Generators

    Abstract

    This article explores the vocal human–machine relations embedded in text-to-speech (TTS) generators. Retracing the human sources behind the synthetic speech and tracking the remediation of the voice by the machine-learning algorithm, it argues that artificial intelligence (AI) speaking agents such as Siri and Alexa, as well as other TTS acts such as TikTok’s, are

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  3. 1 Nov 2023 Journal Article Fabula

    Poetic Emancipation: Wissenschaft des Judentums and the Study of Folk-Narratives

    Abstract

    The present article aims at explaining the unique role the study of folk-narrative played in the Wissenschaft des Judentums (the scholarly study of Judaism) as it emerged in the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century and as it was negotiated later. This article engages how the language of Wissenschaft constructed Jewish texts in the language of

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  4. 24 Aug 2023 Journal Article Plos One

    Religious diversity and public health: Lessons from COVID-19

    Lea Taragin-Zeller, Tamar Berenblum, Estefania Brasil, Yael Rozenblum, Ayelet Baram-Tsabari
    Abstract

    Scholars have identified a range of variables that predict public health compliance during COVID-19, including: psychological, institutional and situational variables as well as demographic characteristics, such as gender, location and age. In this paper, we argue that religious affiliation is also a clear predictor for compliance with public health guidelines. Based

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  5. Jun 2023 Book

    The State of Desire: Religion and Reproductive Politics in the Promised Land

    Abstract

    An intimate account of Orthodox family planning amid shifting state policies in IsraelIn recent years, Israeli state policies have attempted to dissuade Orthodox Jews from creating large families, an objective that flies in the face of traditional practices in their community. As state desires to cultivate a high-income, tech-centered nation come into greater conflict

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  6. 27 May 2023 Journal Article Ethnologia Europaea

    Negotiating Tradition Archives in a Community Setting: Sounds of Silence and the Question of Credibility

    Abstract

    Following the digitization of archival records of ethnographic work conducted among Yemeni Jews in the early 1970s, we presented these findings to the same community at the same location, fifty years later. In this renegotiation, our interlocutors radically undermined the credibility of our archival material. We analyze the audience’s reactions and the way they reflect

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  7. 23 May 2023 Journal Article History of European Ideas

    Claude Lefort: the myth of the One

    Abstract

    A growing interest in Claude Lefort is bringing to light his radical insights on modern democracy, totalitarianism, and human rights. While the notion perhaps most closely associated with Lefort is that of ‘the empty place of power,’ this article offers a reading of Lefort from a unique angle: his concept of the myth of the One. I demonstrate that to Lefort, the

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  8. 6 Apr 2023 Journal Article International Journal of Heritage Studies

    Postcards of the Holy Land: kaleidoscopic heritage offered by a modern global object

    Abstract

    This article examines the heritage potential of postcards following the donation of the David Pearlman Holy Land Postcard Collection to the Folklore Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The heritagisation of postcards is attributed to the transformation in the meaning of postcards from a souvenir or a communication device to a collectable through

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  9. Feb 2023 Journal Article Convergence

    Thumbs up and down: The cultural technique of thumb-typing

    Abstract

    This paper explores thumb-typing as a cultural technique stemming from the mutual development of typing interfaces and practices. Focusing on the work of the typing fingers, it examines how the assignment of thumbs to be the primary writing digits is an innovation that correlates—and in some respects causes—textual and social changes that are central to digital culture

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  10. 2023 Book Chapter Reading matters - An Unfestschrift for Regina Bendix

    Roberto Bolaño, 2666

    Abstract

    2666 was almost complete when Roberto Bolaño passed away. Published posthumously in 2004 (English translation 2008) it is the second “great novel” of the Chilean-Mexican-Spanish writer, after The Savage Detectives (2007 [1998]). 2666 offers one of the most horrifying accounts of the times, which we often call “the contemporary,” but Bolaño does something more radical

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