Sunday, October 3, 2021

Organizing Israel's conference for Doctoral Students focused on the Sociology and Anthropology of Education

 Dear Blog Readers,

For a while I have been engaged in organizing the Annual conference for Doctoral Students focusing on the Sociology and Anthropology of Education to take place on October 6, 2021. The conference is led by four primary universities in Israel: University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. It brings forth cutting edge studies of the young cadre of scholars in the field. This year the event is hosted by the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa and the program for Education, Society and Culture which I chair. 

The conference offers the following panels:

  • Education under the COVID Crisis
  • Alternative Education and knowledge
  • Religion and Identity
  • Identity, Class and Political Socialization
  • Educational Spaces: Beyond Classroom Walls
  • Ethnicity, Periphery and Gender

For more information on the program, presenter names/abstracts, enrollment and more, please visit the Conference Website

Monday, May 17, 2021

CFP: Digital Youth and Religion

 Dear Readers,

I want to share with you a call for papers on a special edition that I am guest editing for Religions. Please feel free to share this with others that may be of interest

Monday, April 19, 2021

Religion and Inclusive Science Communication - Online Round Tables


Dear Readers,

I wanted to share with you an upcoming event I am organizing and co-hosting with colleagues of the University of Haifa and the Technion. The project initiators are: Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and Professor Yariv Tsfati, of the Department of Communications and Journalism at the University of Haifa. In addition, leading participants and organizers include Dr. Lea Taragin-Zeller (Technion), Nakhi Mishol Shauli (University of Haifa) and Yael Rosenblum.

The event is based on our project on the ultra Orthodox Jewry and their modes of communicating science. We have invited international and local speakers, scholars and practitioners invested in mediating scientific concepts in everyday life. I am posting the flyer that we are distributing here and invite all interested parties to join in on the event. 

To register, please click here

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

 Dear Readers,

In a few weeks, I will be in conversation with Professor Ayala Fader of Fordham University on her new book "Hidden Heretics". Please browse through the enclosed invitation. If you are interested in attending, you are most welcome to join on January 13, 2021 at 4pm (Israel Time) and 9am EST at the following link:


Monday, June 8, 2020

New Publication on Jewish ultra-orthodox students in Israeli higher education

Dear Readers,

Just published a new manuscript with my Phd student, Eldar Fehl, titled: "Legitimizing academic knowledge in religious bounded T communities: Jewish ultra-orthodox students in Israeli higher education". This is a rare occasion for me to write about non-media issues, however, for those interested in bounded communities, they may find this appealing. The larger study does have connections to the legitimation of new media among Jewish ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) students, something to (hopefully) be published in the future.

To view the full paper online see:

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Ethnography of Sacred Communities: Shifting Horizons of Online Religiosity (Upcoming Event)

Dear Readers,

Below you can read about an event I am developing with colleagues for the upcoming Anthropological conference in Portugal, July 2020. A Session that will be held online, given the COVID-19 crisis

European Association of Social Anthropologists
Association Européenne des Anthropologues Sociaux

0640 paper proposals 
Ethnography of Sacred Communities: Shifting Horizons of Online Religiosity

Oren Golan (University of Haifa)
Elisa Farinacci (University of Bologna)
Nurit Stadler (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Michele Martini (University of Cambridge)
 Please Send message to convenors via the easa website

Short abstract:
This panel focuses on the ways communal boundaries (internal and external), religious taboos, rituals and material culture are shaped, reproduced and changed via media platforms. Thus, illuminating contemporary religious authority, the anthropology of mediatisation and communal representation.

Long abstract:
For the past two decades, religious communities have been increasingly embracing online means to represent themselves, augment visibility, proselyte creed, and fortify their boundaries. In this panel, we focus on agents, institutional agencies and devotees that are pivotal in this endeavor. Ergo, we inquire about the ways in which communal boundaries (internal and external), religious taboos, rituals and material culture are shaped, reproduced and changed via a variety of digital media platforms including official websites, blogs, social media, films, television series, and web series. We invite scholars who employ ethnographic and netnographic accounts, and network analysis to shed light on these communities and their representations. This panel aims at fostering our understanding of key categories that are at the heart of current debates in anthropology and media studies, such as: * Emergent roles of online authority. * Negotiation of online/offline religious communities. * Anthropology of mediatisation. * Representations of religious communities in the media. * The ways the religious third space is constructed and mediated.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

New Paper on ultra-Orthodox Jews' use of WhatsApp

Dear Readers,

I was recently notified that a paper that I co-authored with my doctoral student, Nakhi Mishol-Shauli, has been published on Religions. The paper follows public groups that are continuously growing among the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi). This project was funded by the Ministry of Science in Israel (Grant Nr: 3-15724) and the President of the State of Israel’s Scholarship for Research Excellence and Innovation, allocated by Israel’s Estates Committee. You can read the full paper here and read the abstract below.

Mediatizing the Holy Community—
Ultra-Orthodoxy Negotiation and Presentation on Public Social-Media

Abstract: In recent years, media theorists stress macroscopic relations between digital communications and religion, through the framing of mediatization theory. In these discussions, media is conceptualized as a social institution, which influences religious establishments and discourse. Mediatization scholars have emphasized the transmission of meanings and outreach to individuals, and the religious-social shaping of technology. Less attention has been devoted to the mediatization of the religious community and identity. Accordingly, we asked how members of bounded religious communities negotiate and perform their identity via public social media. This study focuses on public performances of the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel, rhetorically and symbolically expressed in groups operating over WhatsApp, a mobile instant messaging and social media platform. While a systematic study of instant messaging has yet to be conducted on insular-religious communities, this study draws upon an extensive exploration of over 2000 posts and 20 interviews conducted between 2016–2019. The findings uncover how, through mediatization, members work towards reconstructing the holy community online, yet renegotiate enclave boundaries. The findings illuminate a democratizing impact of mediatization as growing masses of ultra-Orthodox participants are given a voice, restructure power relations and modify fundamentalist proclivities towards this-worldly activity, to influence society beyond the enclave’s online and o ine boundaries.

Haredi WhatsApp Groups’ Icons.