Publications

Amit Pinchevski, Hebrew University, Israel
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    Books
  1. Mar 2022 Book The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series

    Echo: An exploration of echo not as simple repetition but as an agent of creative possibilities.

    Abstract

    In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Amit Pinchevski proposes that echo is not simple repetition and the reproduction of sameness but an agent of change and a source of creation and creativity. Pinchevski views echo as a medium, connecting and mediating across and between disparate domains. He reminds us that the mythological Echo, sentenced by

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  2. 15 Jan 2019 Book

    Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma

    Abstract

    In Transmitted Wounds, Amit Pinchevski explores the ways media technology and logic shape the social life of trauma both clinically and culturally. Bringing media theory to bear on trauma theory, Pinchevski reveals the technical operations that inform the conception and experience of traumatic impact and memory. He offers a bold thesis about the deep association of

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  3. 1 Jun 2013 Edited Volume

    Ethics of Media

    Abstract

    Ethics of Media reopens the question of media ethics. Taking an exploratory rather than prescriptive approach, an esteemed collection of contributors tackle the diverse areas of moral questioning at work within various broadcasting practices, accommodating the plurality and complexity of present-day ethical challenges posed by the world of media.

  4. 2009 Edited Volume

    Media witnessing : testimony in the age of mass communication

    Abstract

    From the Holocaust to 9/11, modern communications systems have incessantly exposed us to reports of distant and horrifying events, experienced by strangers, and brought to us through media technologies. In this book leading scholars explore key questions concerning the truth status and broader implications of 'media witnessing'.

  5. 2005 Book Duquesne University Press

    By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication

    Abstract

    By Way of Interruption presents a radically different way of thinking about communication ethics. While modern communication thought has traditionally viewed successful communication as ethically favorable, Pinchevski proposes the contrary: that ethical communication does not ultimately lie in the successful completion of communication but rather in its interruption;

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  6. Book Chapters
  7. 3 Sep 2021 Book Chapter Handbook of Global Media Ethics

    Levinas and Media Ethics: Between the Particular and the Universal

    Abstract

    This chapter seeks inspiration for media ethics in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas’s ethical message concerns the import of the relation with the Other, a relation that interrupts any attempt at its thematization, including Levinas’s own philosophy. Levinas’s writing serves as an exemplary medium for this ethical message in conveying the teaching of ethics

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  8. 2020 Book Chapter Gottes Gegenwarten – God’s Presences

    Archiving the Name of God

    Abstract

    Genizah is the Jewish practice of preserving discarded holy texts and artifacts. This is following the biblical decree prohibiting the erasure or the blotting out of the name of God, which is believed to contain divine presence within matter. The verb ganzakh derives from ancient Farsi, where it denotes to hide, secrete and preserve. Later, genizah started to function

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  9. 31 May 2018 Book Chapter An Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics: Goods in Contention

    Emmanuel Levinas: The Other

    Abstract

    Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1995) was one of the most prominent ethicists of the twentieth century. Born in Lithuania to a Jewish orthodox family, Levinas took an interest in the Hebrew Bible from early age, but also grew up reading the works of Pushkin, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. He witnessed the rise of the Russian Revolution after his family fled to the Ukraine during the

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  10. 31 Mar 2017 Book Chapter Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimony

    Counter-testimony, counter-archive

    Abstract

    The testimonies of hospitalized survivors may well be described as the counter model of the publically accepted and documented testimonial genre. They are the counter-testimony of the popular Holocaust testimony. As such, they are bound to be rejected, as they unsettle the prevailing sense of what Holocaust testimony should look like. Questions about believability as

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  11. 23 Oct 2016 Book Chapter The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy

    Alterity

    Abstract

    Although entering only recently into communication scholarship, the problem of alterity is intrinsic to communication theory and philosophy. Alterity presents the challenge of resistance to communication and of the limit of communication. As such, it invites rethinking communication not simply as a question of knowledge and understanding but as a question of ethics and

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  12. 5 Oct 2015 Book Chapter Images, Ethics, Technology

    The face as a medium

    Abstract

    If there is one thing that brings together the three themes of this collection – ethics, image, and technology – it is the face. As all the contributions to this volume masterfully demonstrate, the ultimate benefit in thinking across disciplines and paradigms is the opportunity to rethink concepts, especially those that appear to be self-evident or are taken for granted

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  13. 19 Feb 2014 Book Chapter Philosophy and Rhetoric

    Levinas as a Media Theorist: Toward an Ethics of Mediation

    Abstract

    This article explores the way Levinas communicates his ethical message through the media at work in his work: speech, writing, and rare references to modern media. Levinas's ethical message concerns the import of the relation with the other, a relation that interrupts any attempt at its thematization, including Levinas's own philosophy. Levinas's text serves as an

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  14. 16 Apr 2013 Book Chapter

    Facing the Image: Towards an Ethics of Seeing

    Abstract

    In a dialogue that concerns moderation and self-knowledge, Plato sug-gests that there could be a way of seeing that does not observe the objectbut focuses on our ways of seeing it. More accurately, Plato seems to sug-gest‘avisionofvisionitself’,awayoffacingthatmakeswhatisseenintoa mirror that returns the vision to itself. At the centre of the followingdiscussion is the

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  15. Mar 2012 Book Chapter Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication

    Emmanuel Levinas: Contact and Interruption

    Abstract

    Emmanuel Levinas was one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century, yet has only been recently acknowledged as such. He proposed a radically different way to approach ethical questions—in fact, to approach the question of ethics itself. An heir to the phenomenological tradition of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, his thought came to problematize the

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  16. 2011 Book Chapter שישה מיליון קטגורים: מדינת ישראל נגד אדולף אייכמן

    Eichmann on the Air: Radio and the Making of an Historic Trial

    אייכמן על גלי האתר: תפקיד הרדיו בהתהוותו של משפט היסטורי
    תקציר

    בספרו משפט ירושלים, מתאר גדעון האוזנר את פרשת העמדתו לדין והרשעתו של קצין האס אס הבכיר אדולף אייכמן בבית-דין ישראלי בשנת 1961 .האוזנר, ששימש כתובע הראשי במשפט זה, מתמקד בעיקר בהיבטיו המשפטיים של האירוע ומזכיר רק באופן אקראי את ההשפעות שנודעו לו מחוץ לכתלי בית המשפט. מבין איזכורים אלה, אחד הבולטים מתייחס להאזנה לשידורי הרדיו הישירים

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  17. 2011 Book Chapter On Media Memory

    Archive, Media, Trauma: Collective Memory in a New Media Age

    Abstract

    Discussions on memory nowadays seem to proceed in two general directions. On the one hand, there is a growing interest in mediated memory: the various forms by which memory is formed and shared by means of media technologies, especially new media and multimedia. On the other hand, there is a consistent preoccupation with traumatic memory, that is, with the ways past

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  18. 22 Jun 2010 Book Chapter רשת משפטית: משפט וטכנולוגית מידע

    Body of Evidence: CSI , the Detective Genre, and the Posthuman Condition

    "גוף הראיות": "זירת הפשע", סוגת הבילוש והמצב הפוסט־אנושי
    תקציר

    שידורי דרמת הבילוש הטלוויזיונית "זירת הפשע" (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) החלו בשנת 2000 ברשת CBS .הסדרה זכתה לפופולריות רבה בזמן קצר. בתום עונתה השמינית נחשבת סדרת המקור, "זירת הפשע: לאס וגאס", להצלחה מסחרית בין־לאומית. במהלך השנים הצטרפו לסדרה זו שתי סדרות בת מצליחות לא פחות: "זירת הפשע: מיאמי" (CSI: Miami) ו"זירת הפשע: ניו

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  19. 2009 Book Chapter Media Witnessing

    Witnessing as a Field

    Abstract

    Witnessing has recently become a contested issue in media scholarship, constituting a complex practice midway between experience and agency. Occupying a distinctive place in contemporary media studies, witnessing combines the evolution of media technologies — production, transmission, and representation — with weighty questions of morality and audience responsibility

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  20. 2009 Book Chapter Media Witnessing

    Introduction: Why Media Witnessing? Why Now?

    Abstract

    ‘Media witnessing’ teeters on the brink of tautology. On the one hand, every act of witnessing implies some kind of mediation: most fundamentally, putting an experience into language for the benefit of those who were not there. On the other hand, every act of mediation entails a kind of witnessing, particularly the use of technology as a surrogate for an absent audience

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  21. Journal Articles
  22. 10 Mar 2022 Journal Article Media Theory

    Mutually Assured Heteronomy: On the Ethics and Politics of Dialogue and Dissemination

    Abstract

    Setting dialogue in opposition to dissemination is one of the main themes of Speaking into the Air. This however does not entail regarding them as dichotomous or mutually exclusive. This article proposes that dialogue and dissemination are in fact interconnected, forming what I call “mutually assured heteronomy”: each finds its justification and limitation in the other

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  23. 29 Oct 2021 Journal Article Language and Dialogue

    Communicating communication: The recursive expertise of communication experts

    Abstract

    Recent years saw the rise of communication experts, operating in various contexts and enjoying high levels of popularity. The paper examines this expertise asking: What kind of expertise do communication experts hold? What is the communication they are expert in? And what can scholars of communication learn from experts who practice it professionally? Based on in-depth

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  24. Jul 2018 Journal Article New Media & Society

    Uniform multilingualism: A media genealogy of Google Translate

    Abstract

    This article applies a media geneaology perspective to examine the operative logic of Google Translate. Tracing machine translation from post–World War II (WWII) rule-based methods to contemporary algorithmic statistical methods, we analyze the underlying power structure of algorithmic and human collaboration that Translate encompasses. Focusing on the relationship

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  25. Jan 2018 Journal Article Media, Culture & Society

    Media and events after Media Events

    Abstract

    Media Events is a key text in explicating the relation between media and event insofar as it provides an account of time experienced through the structures and practices of broadcasting. We suggest that Dayan and Katz’s book investigates the heyday of a particular version of historicity, which is now giving way to a networked configuration of media events. Media witnessing

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  26. 22 Aug 2017 Journal Article International Journal of Communication

    Resounding News: The Acoustic Conventions of Israeli Newscasts

    Abstract

    This article takes sound as its analytical point of departure in asking the following question: What does sound do in television news? Exploring the conventions of sound used by producers of Israeli television news, from the signature tune to the various news items, this study reveals the role of sound as part of journalistic framing practices but also as an insidious

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  27. Dec 2016 Journal Article New Media & Society

    Autism and new media: Disability between technology and society

    Abstract

    This article explores the elective affinities between autism and new media. Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) provides a uniquely apt case for considering the conceptual link between mental disability and media technology. Tracing the history of the disorder through its various media connections and connotations, we propose a narrative of the transition from impaired

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  28. Jul 2016 Journal Article Theory, Culture & Society

    Screen Trauma: Visual Media and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    Abstract

    Recent studies in psychiatry reveal an acceptance of trauma through the media. Traditionally restricted to immediate experience, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is now expanding to include mediated experience. How did this development come about? How does mediated trauma manifest itself? What are its consequences? This essay addresses these questions through three

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  29. Apr 2014 Journal Article Cultural Studies

    Media witnessing and the ripeness of time

    Abstract

    ‘Media witnessing’ designates a new configuration of mediation, representation and experience that is involved in the transformation of our sense of historical significance. It refers to the witnessing performed in, by and through the media: the appearance of witnesses in media reports, the possibility of media themselves bearing witness and the positioning of media

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  30. 2013 Journal Article Ethics of Media

    Ethics of Media: An Introduction

    Abstract

    In September 2012 a series of violent protests erupted in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia in response to a YouTube film that caricatured Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The protests, which were directed primarily towards the US where the short film was made, echoed the similar violent reactions to the publications of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons in the Danish daily

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  31. 19 Oct 2012 Journal Article Critical Inquiry

    The Audiovisual Unconscious: Media and Trauma in the Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

    Abstract

    Modern technological media and psychoanalysis are historically coextensive, so argues Friedrich Kittler. During the last decades of the nineteenth century, a profound transformation had taken place in the material conditions of communication—what Kittler terms Aufschreibesystem (literally “writing-down system,” translated as “discourse network”). 1 Prior to that

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  32. May 2011 Journal Article Cultural Critique

    Bartleby’s Autism: Wandering along Incommunicability

    Abstract

    Browsing through Web sites dedicated to information about autism, one might come across a list, which is featured on a number of sites, of famous people with autistic traits. Alongside historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Glen Gould, there are also names of fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Spock, Mr. Bean, and Herman Melville’s

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  33. Nov 2010 Journal Article Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict

    Media witnessing in asymmetric conflict

    Abstract

    This paper aims to demonstrate the relevance of media witnessing – the witnessing performed in, by, and through the media – in situations of asymmetric conflict. The expansion of media technologies has brought new opportunities for both individuals and organizations to bear witness to events and broadcast their reports to increasingly wider audiences. Practices of media

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  34. 1 May 2010 Journal Article Public Culture

    Severed Voices: Radio and the Mediation of Trauma in the Eichmann Trial

    Abstract

    This essay considers the role of the radio in the mediation of trauma during the 1961 Eichmann trial. It is argued that radio broadcasts from the courtroom occasioned a transformation in the status of Holocaust survivors in Israel, who had been previously seen as deeply traumatized, unable or unwilling to speak about their experiences. Taking to the airwaves facilitated

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  35. 2010 Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly

    Holocaust Perversions: The Stalags Pulp Fiction and the Eichmann Trial

    סטיות שואה: ספרות הסטאלגים ומשפט אייכמן
    תקציר

    הסטאלגים, סדרה של ספרונים שהופיעו בישראל במקביל למשפטו של אדולף אייכמן בירושלים בשנת 1961, תיארו יחסים סדיסטיים-מזוכיסטיים בין סוהרות במדי ס"ס לבין שבויים מצבאות הברית במחנות נאציים. ספרונים אלה, שנכתבו בעברית בידי מחברים בני הארץ, היו פופולריים בעיקר בקרב בני-נוער בגיל ההתבגרות, רבים מהם דור שני לניצולי שואה. עמית פינצ'בסקי ורועי

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  36. Sep 2009 Journal Article The Communication Review

    Crisis-Readiness and Media Witnessing

    Abstract

    Contemporary media saturation requires us to rethink the notion of crisis. This paper characterizes crisis not in terms of isolable moments and significant events, but as a generalized and routine background condition—a persistent crisis-readiness. It is sustained and performed by a new media configuration: an assemblage of mediation, representation and experience that

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  37. Nov 2007 Journal Article Critical Studies in Media Communication

    Holocaust Perversions: The Stalags Pulp Fiction and the Eichmann Trial

    Abstract

    The Stalags, an Israeli pulp fiction series whose advent coincided with the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, portrayed sadomasochistic scenarios between SS female guards and Allied soldiers in POW camps. Written in Hebrew by native Israelis, these cheap pocketbooks were enormously popular with Israeli teenagers, many of whom were children of Holocaust survivors

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  38. Mar 2007 Journal Article Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

    Eichmann on the Air: Radio and the Making of an Historic Trial

    Abstract

    In his book Justice in Jerusalem, Gideon Hausner provides a detailed account on the prosecution and sentencing of SS Obersturmbannfu¨hrer Adolf Eichmann by an Israeli court tribunal in 1961. As chief prosecutor, Hausner focuses mainly on the legal aspects of the trial with only occasional references to its impact outside the courtroom. Among such references, his depiction

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  39. Aug 2005 Journal Article Social Semiotics

    The Ethics of Interruption: Toward a Levinasian Philosophy of Communication

    Abstract

    This essay attempts to mobilize some key concepts developed in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas into communication thought framework. The main argument is that Levinas's speculation on ethics as first philosophy provides an alternative perspective from which to view the relation between communication and ethics. At its core is the concept of interruption. It is

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  40. Jun 2005 Journal Article Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies

    Displacing Incommunicability: Autism as an Epistemological Boundary

    Abstract

    This paper examines perhaps the ultimate manifestation of a communicational boundary: autism. It explores how autism has become an object of knowledge in disciplines concerned with mental and social life and identifies modes of communicability and incommunicability that have been deployed in clinical, scientific and social research. Such polarized demarcation works to

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  41. 2003 Journal Article Southern Communication Journal

    Ethics on the line

    Abstract

    This article explores the ethical dimensions of computer‐mediated communication held in chatrooms. The philosophical underpinnings refer to the work of Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas, specifically to concepts relating to the ethics of Other‐oriented communication. The main argument is that this medium presents serious difficulty for Other‐oriented communication due

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  42. May 2002 Journal Article Media, Culture & Society

    Signifying passages: the signs of change in Israeli street names

    Abstract

    Street names are mundane media through which the past is commemorated and introduced into the public sphere. Viewed from a semiotic perspective, street names constitute a spatial-text produced over time, capturing the political, social and cultural climates in which it is formed. In this article we propose an analysis of street names in four Israeli towns of different

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  43. Aug 2001 Journal Article Diacritics

    Freedom from Speech (or the Silent Demand)

    Abstract

    Whereas ethical questions have challenged concepts of self, identity, and society, the concept of freedom of speech--and its place in recent discussions on pluralism and multiculturalism--has remained largely unproblematized. The challenge I wish to propose here does not touch directly on the positive right to speak, nor on the limitations impeding free speech, but

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  44. Nov 1999 Journal Article Journal of Intercultural Communication

    The medium is the barrier

    Abstract

    In this paper, we present a critical viewpoint of human dialogue in the modern age. In our view, the Internet, as the paramount cultural guidepost at the end of the millennium, is a stark reflection of the barrier in human communication in our time. By means of an analysis of conversation transcripts at virtual conversation sites, we shall endeavor to show that virtual

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  46. Mar 2003 Dissertation

    Interruption and alterity: Dislocating communication

    Abstract

    This project attempts to question the way the relation between communication and ethics has traditionally been conceptualized, and to offer an alternative perspective on that relation. An implicit premise in many communication theories is that successful communication is ethically favorable, particularly in facilitating ideals such as greater understanding, participation

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