University of South Florida, Tampa
Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Noy, C. (2015). 'Thank You for Dying for Our Country': Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem.
Department of Communication
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CIS1040
Tampa, Fl. 33620-7800
I earned my B.A. in Biblical Studies and Psychology at the Bar-Ilan University, Israel (1996), and studied for a Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Prof. Amia Lieblich and Prof. Yoram Bilu. (2002) I studied Clinical Psychology and did my training in psychodynamic child psychotherapy in Jerusalem. I then spent a year (2001-2002) as a Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellow at Swarthmore College, with Prof. Ken Gergen, and at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), with Prof. Dan Ben-Amos. I completed two additional postdoctoral fellowships in Israel (2002-2004) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University (Ginsburg Postdoctoral Fellowship), and at the Department of Communication at the University of Haifa (Faculty of Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship).
In 2008 I was hired as faculty at Sapir college, and in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer at the same college. In 2012 I was granted tenure at the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Florida.
Awards, Scholarships and Honors
Web Based Articles
Recent and Forthcoming Conferences and Presentations
Works In Progress: ze Blog
2011–2012 – The Ruth Meltzer Distinguished Fellowship and the Nancy S. and Laurence E. Glick Teaching Fellowship, The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
2010 - Prix Jean Widmer. Fribourg University, Fribourg, Switzerland.
2007-2010/2010-2013 - Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Management and Law, University of Surrey, England.
2007-2008 - Research Group Fellowship: Neuroscience and Society in Israel and Elsewhere, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel.
2004-2005 - The Research Authority Post-Doctorate Fellowship. Faculty of Social Sciences. Department of Communication. Haifa University.
2002-2003 - Ginsberg Post-Doctorate Fellowship. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2002-2003 - Mandel Post-Doctorate Scholarship. The Scholion Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Jewish Studies. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2001-2002 - Rothschild (Yad Hanadiv) Post-Doctorate Fellowship.
2001 - Profile Student. “Hebrew University’s President Report: 2001.”
2000-2001 - Ford Foundation (“Israel Foundation Trustees”) Writing Scholarship.
1998-2000 - Ford Foundation (“Israel Foundation Trustees”) Research Scholarship.
1997-2000 - Department of Psychology Excellence Scholarship.
1998-1999 - The Shaine Center for Research in Social Sciences Scholarship (The Faculty of Social Sciences).
1998 - Lafer Center for Women’s Studies Grant (The Faculty of Social Sciences).
1998 - The Levi Eshkol Institute for Economic, Social and Political Research Grant (The Faculty of Social Sciences).
1998 - The Martin and Vivian Levine Center for the Normal and Psychopathological Development of the Child and Adolescent Grant (Department of Psychology).
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Narrative Community: Voices of Israeli Backpackers. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. 2007.
Reviews of A Narrative Community:
Noy, Chaim & Erik Cohen. (Eds.), Israeli Backpackers: From Tourism to a Rite of Passage. N.Y.: State University of New York Press. 2005
Reviewes of Israeli Backpackers:
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Staging Portraits: Tourism’s Panoptic Photo-industry. Annals of Tourism Research, 47: 48-62.
An aikidoka's contribution to the teaching of qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Research.
Hercbergs, Dana, and Noy, Chaim. Beholding the Holy City: Changes in the Iconic Representation of Jerusalem in the 21th Century. Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, 6 . [On-line journal]
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Cohen-Hattab, Kobi, and Noy, Chaim. Of Place and Text: Beadle Freimann’s Role in the Transformation of Rachel’s Tomb. Cathedra, 148: 109-142. (Hebrew)
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Inhabiting the Family-Car: Children-Passengers and Parents-Drivers on the School Run. Semiotica, 191: 309-333. (Special Issue titled Interaction in Cars, edited by Pentti Haddington, Maurice Nevile and Tiina Keisanen).
Your hands. Extended: Performing Embodied Knowledge in Eastern Martial Arts. M/C Journal, 15(4). (Special Issue titled Embody edited by Danielle Brady and Neil Ferguson). [On-line Journal]
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The Aesthetics of Qualitative (Re)search: Performing Ethnography at a Heritage Museum. Qualitative Inquiry, 17(10): 917-929.
Peregrinations: Etude (intergenerationnelle) d’un rite de passage culturel israelien [Israeli backpacking: An (inter-)generational perspective on a cultural rue-de-passage], Cahiers du Judaisme, 33: 104-117. (French)
Articulating Spaces: Inscribing Spaces and (Im)mobilities in an Israeli Commemorative Visitor Book. Social Semiotics, 21(2): 155-173. (Special Issue co-edited by Paul McIlvenny and Chaim Noy, titled “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Spaces of Multimodal Discourse.")
*The Introduction to the Special Issue: “Multimodal discourse in mediated spaces”, by Paul McIlvenny and Chaim Noy (Social Semiotics, 21(2): 147-154).
Brin, Eldad and Noy, Chaim. The Said and the Unsaid: Performative Guiding In a Jerusalem Neighborhood. Tourist Studies, 10(1):19-33.
Sanctities, Blasphemies and the (Jewish) Nation: Commemorative Inscriptions at a National Memorial Site in Israel. Postscripts 4.2:199–218.
Noy, Chaim and Kohn, Ayelet. Mediating Touristic Dangerscapes: The Semiotics of State Travel Warnings Issued to Israeli Tourists. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 8(3): 206-222.
Noy, Chaim and Kohn, Ayelet. 'Avoid Traveling to Sinai': Analysis of Journey Warnings in Israeli Media. Horizons in Geography, 75: 5-25. (Hebrew).
'I WAS HERE!': Addressivity Structures and Inscribing Practices as Indexical Resources. Discourse Studies, 11(4): 421-440.
The Politics of Authenticity in a National Heritage Site in Israel. Qualitative Sociology Review, 5(1): 112-129.
Mediation Materialized: The Semiotics of a Visitor Book at an Israel Commemoration Site. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(2): 175-195.
Pages as Stages: A Performance Approach to Visitor Books. Annals of Tourism Research, 35(2): 509-528.
Writing Ideology: Hybrid Symbols in a Commemorative Visitor Book in Israel. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 18(1): 62-81.
Resisting Hegemony: Gender and Embodiment in the Narratives of Female Israeli Tourists. Tourism Review International, 12(2): 93-114. Special Issue: Female Travelers II.
Sampling Knowledge: The Hermeneutics of Snowball Sampling in Qualitative Research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 11(4): 327-344.
The Poetics of Tourist Experience: An Autoethnography of a Family Trip to Eilat.” Tourism and Cultural Change, 5(3), 141-157.
Israeli Backpacking since the 1960s: A Historic-Cultural View of Institutionalization and Experience in Tourism. (Theme Issue:) Tourism Recreation Research, 31(3), 39-54.
Performing Identity: Touristic Narratives of Self-change. Text and Performance Quarterly, 24(2): 115-138.
From Persuasion to Self-Transformation: Dialogical Genres of Narration in a Tourist Speech Community. Texas Linguistic Forum, 48: 149-165. [On-line Journal].
'This Trip Really Changed Me': Backpackers’ Narratives of Self-Change. Annals of Tourism Research, 31(1): 78-102.
Narratives of Hegemonic Masculinity: Presentations of Body and Space in Israeli Backpackers’ Narratives. Israeli Sociology, 5(1): 75-120. Special Issue on Masculinity. (Hebrew)
The Write of Passage: Reflections on Writing a Dissertation in Narrative/Qualitative Methodology.Forum of Qualitative Social Research, 4(2). [On-line Journal]
(The article has been in translated into Germen and Spanish.)
An expanded version appeared as a book chapter in Wolff-Michael Roth (ed.), Auto/Biography and Auto/Ethnography: Praxis of Research Method. Rotterdam: Sense Publications (2005). Pp. 359-378.
‘You MUST go Trek There’: The Persuasive Genre of Narration Among Israeli Backpackers. Narrative Inquiry, 12(2): 261-290.
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Schiff, Brian, Chaim Noy, and Bertram cohler. Collected Stories in the Life Narratives of Holocaust Survivors. Narrative Inquiry, 11(1):159-194.
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Peace activism in tourism: Two cases studies (and a few reflections) in Jerusalem. In Blanchard, Lynda-ann and Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, (eds.), Peace Through Tourism: Promoting Human Security through International Citizenship. New York: Routledge. Pp. 204-216.
Narratives and Counter-Narratives: Contesting a Tourist Site in Jerusalem. In Jacqueline Tivers and Tijana Rakic (eds.), Narratives of Travel and Tourism. Aldershot, VT: Ashgate. Pp. 135-150.
The Political Ends of Tourism: Voices and Narratives of Silwan/the City of David in East Jerusalem. In Irena Ateljevic, Nigel Morgan, and Annette Pritchard (eds.), The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies: Creating an Academy of Hope. 2nd Ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publications. Pp. 27-41.
'A tourism paradise 90 minutes from Tel-Aviv': A critical view of contemporary vacationscapes, in Rachel Elior (Editor), A Garden Eastward in Eden: Traditions of Paradise - Changing Jewish Perspectives and Comparative Dimensions of Culture. Jerusalem: Magnes (Hebrew University) Press. Pp. 395-409. (Hebrew)
Commodified Imagined Spaces: A few Critical Remarks on Tourism’s (in)visibilities. In Arnon Soffer, Jacob, O. Maoz, and Ronit Cohen-Seffer (eds.), Cultural Landscape Patterns (honoring Yoram Bar-Gal). Haifa University Press, Haifa. Pp. 221-232. (Hebrew).
The Semiotics of (Im)mobilities: Two Discursive Case Studies of the System of Automobility. In Giuseppina Pellegrino (ed.), The Politics of Proximity: Mobility and Immobility in Practice. UK: Ashgate. Pp. 61-81.
On Driving a Car and Being a Family: A Reflexive Ethnography. In Phillip Vannini (ed.), Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life: Ethnographic Approaches . N.Y.: Peter Lang Publishing. Pp. 101-113.
Embodying Ideologies in Tourism: A Commemorative Visitor Book in Israel as a Site of Authenticity. In Vannini, P., and P. Williams (eds.), Authenticity in Culture, Self, and Society. London: Ashgate. Pp. 219-240.
Israeliness Outside-In: Backpacking and Contemporaries Identities in Israel. In Gisela Dachs (ed.), Judischer Almanach. Frankfurt am Main: Leo Baeck Instituts. Pp. 145-150. (Germen)
Traveling (for) Masculinity: Bodies/Spaces in Israeli Backpackers’ Narratives. In Annette Pritchard, Irena Ateljevic, and Nigel Morgan (eds.), Tourism & Gender: Embodiment, Sensuality and Experience. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. Pp. 47-72.
The Language(s) of the Tourist Experience: An Autoethnography of the Poetic Tourist. In Irena Ateljevic, Nigel Morgan, and Annette Pritchard (eds.), The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies: Innovative Research Methodologies. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publications. Pp. 349-370.
Israeli Backpackers: Narrative, Interpersonal Communication, and Social Construction. In Israeli Backpackers and Their Society: A View from Afar. Pp. 111-158.
Noy, Chaim and Erik Cohen. Introduction: Backpacking as a Rite of Passage in Israel. In Israeli Backpackers and Their Society: A View from Afar. Pp. 1-44.
Cohen, Erik and Chaim Noy. Conclusion: A View from Afar. In Israeli Backpackers and Their Society: A View from Afar. Pp. 251-262.
Schiff, Brian, and Chaim Noy. Making it Personal: The Social Character of Life Stories. In Anna De Fina, Deborah Schiffrin & Michael Bamberg (eds.), Discursive Construction of Identities . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 114-143.
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The Materiality of Visitor Books: Observations from an Israeli Military Commemoration Site. In materialworld.
Some of my teaching includes:
Language, Culture, Society: Introduction to Discourse
Israeli Society: A Sociological Introduction
Politics of Identity in Israeli Society
Speaking Masculinity: Narratives of Masculinity in Conversation and Discourse in Israeli Culture.
Tourism Sociology: Critical Investigations.
Qualitative Research Methods: From Themes to Performance.
The Art of Academic Writing.
“The Effects of Tourism: How Contemporary Visual Media Transforms Tourists into Publics.” Chosen to be presented as part of the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group Session titled, “Structuring and Shaping the Anthropology of Tourism,” at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), December 3rd-7th, Washington DC.
“’Jews are Awesome’: Mediated publics, performance, and written interactions in two heritage museums,” and “’Look at me! Look at me!’: Screens, Selves and Mediatized Publics,” both to be presented in the National Communication Association (NCA) 100th Annual Convention, November 20-23, 2014, Chicago (Divisions of Language and Social Interaction, and Visual Communication, respectively).
Hercbergs, D., and Noy, C. “The Davidization of Jerusalem: Visualizing political shifts in the Holy City,” presented as part of a panel titled Branding (in) Jerusalem: Strategies of Local and Trans/National Place-Making, in the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS), June 23rd-25th, 2014, Ben-Gurion University, Sede-Boqer, Israel.
“Addressivities, identities, and written interactions in heritage museums,” presented in the International Communication Association’s (ICA) 64th Annual Conference. May 22nd-26th, Seattle.
Language and Social Interaction Unit Abstracts
I went on Seattle's Space Needle
and saw Seattle   and also a few mediating devices at work.   Finally, right outside the motel:Fuck Monsanto. Go Seattle!
“The Neoliberal Looking Glass of Tourism,” presented in the Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 21st-24th, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
“Audiences’ utterances: How addressivity structures shape museum performance,” invited talk presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), as part of a session titled “Mediating Private and (Counter)Public Discourse: Genre, Addressivity, and the Semiotics of (not) Belonging,” November 20th-24th, Chicago.
“’axi, ma- ze nishma kemo shem Aravi ma’ [bro, what- it sound like an Arabic name, what]: The Hebrew discourse marker ma in spoken and written interactions,” presented at the International Communication Association’s (ICA) 63rd Annual Conference. June 17th-21st, London. I also chaired the session titled, “Technologically-mediated Interactions: Problems and Promises for Civic Engagement and Interpersonal Interactions” (Both in the Language and Social Interaction Unit).
“The Jerusalem-Tampa Line: Snippets, Anecdotes, and the Performance of a Family Travel-Narrative”, presented at the Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 15-18, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I also Chaired the experts’ panel titled, “New Directions in Narrative Inquiry”.
Conference Program   Room key at the Conference hotel
“Spaces Remembered/Places Performed: Reworking the Past in (and of) Ein-Karem”, presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS), June 25th-27th, University of Haifa, Haifa. (Hebrew).
“Media and Communication in Museums – a comparative perspective”, reply delivered in the “Media and Communication in Museums”, session co-organized and co-chaired with Jackie Feldman, presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association, April 4th, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv. (Hebrew)
“Bio-graphy and Mini-graphy: The Materialization of Civic Religions in the Israeli Context”, presented at Conference in Honor of Yoram Bilu, April 2nd, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem. (Hebrew)
“Performative Discourse Analysis”, presented at the Discourse–Conversation–Communication Conference, March 21st-23rd, Loughborough University, UK.
Conference Abstracts Conference Program
“’What, already over?’ [ma, kvar nig’mar?]: The discourse marker ‘what’ [ma] is spoken Hebrew and in new media”, presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Linguistic Forum, February 21st, The David Yellin Teachers’ College, Jerusalem (Hebrew).
“Performance and Critical Approaches in Israel”, session organized and chaired by me at the Annual Conference of The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research Methods, February 2nd, Ben-Gurion University, Be’er Sheva. (Hebrew)
“Home Performed,” session organized, chaired and discussed by me at the 39th Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association, May 30th, Haifa University, Haifa. Also: “personal reflections on anthropology and activism in East Jerusalem,” presented as part of a session titled “Engaged Anthropology and Social Responsibility: The case of Lifta.” (Hebrew)
“Elites’ commemoration performances: Discourse analysis of a VIP visitor book in Israel,” to be presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association, April 14th, University of Haifa, Haifa. (Hebrew)
“The visual management(s) of Jerusalem: Mobile cartographies and mobilized ideologies,” presented together with Dana Hercbergs at the Tourism Imaginaries/Imaginaires Touristiques Conference, February 18-20, Berkeley, USA.
“Working toward building in the face of destruction: People to people processes.” Session chaired at the Gaza-Sderot Conference: Moving from Crisis to Sustainability. February 14-17, Sapir College. (Hebrew)
"Familial interactions in cars: Parents-drivers and children-passengers on the 'School Run.'" Presented at the International Conference on Conversation Analysis 2010 (ICCA10), July 4-8, Mannheim, Germany.
"Qualitative and feminist research: Two reflexive case studies." Presented at the Fourth Annual Conference of The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research Methods, February 18th, Ben-Gurion University, Be’er Sheva. I organized and chaired a session titled “Performance/Knowledge in Qualitative Research,” and served as a discussant in session titled “Odysseus and Columbus: An inquiry into voyages”. (Hebrew)
"The political ends of tourism: The development of a tourist site in East Jerusalem." Pretested at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Association of Tourism Research, February 17th, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem. (Hebrew).
"The Legal System and the Media in Israel", co-organized session (with Omri Yadlin). Presented at the Sederot Conference on Social Issues, November 9th-10th, Sapir-Sederot. (Hebrew).
"Epistemologies and Their Practices: A Performance approach to Ethnography in Tourism", and "Performance and Discourse in Tourism: The Narratives Visitor Books Tell". Both presentations are part of a keynote workshop presented at the Third Critical Tourism Studies (CTS) Conference, 21-24 June, Zadar, Croatia.
Abstract-a   Abstract-b   Conference Proceedings   Conference Abstracts & Program   Presentation
Tracing Ethnography: A Performance approach to the Ethnographer’s Dis/Appearance. Presented at the "E•X•P•E•R•T•I•S•E: Media Specificity and Interdisciplinarity" conference, Tel-Aviv University, May 31st-June 4th. (Hebrew).
Abstract Conference plan Conference abstracts book Presentation
Performing Participation/Performing Protest: The Semiotics of National Identity and Commemorative Rituals in a Heritage Site in Jerusalem. Presented at the 25th Annual Association for Israel Studies (AIS) Conference, June 1st-3rd, Sapir College, Sha’ar Ha-Negev, Israel. (Hebrew).
Conference program Abstract Presentation
Transportation in Israel: Current Sociological Perspectives. Presented at the Annual Meeting of The Israel Association for Transportation Research, February 25th, Tel-Aviv. (Hebrew)
Conference Proprogram Abstract Presentation
The Construction of Other's Spaces: Multimodal Analysis of 'Terror Forecasts' in Israeli Media. Co-presented with Ayelet Kohn at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Association of Tourism Research, February 17th, University of Haifa. (Hebrew).
Program & abstract
Bin Laden on the Sinai Beach: Tourism, Media and the Anxiety of the Other. Co-presented with Ayelet Kohn as part of a session I chaired at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Sociological Society, February 18th, Rishon Lezion, titled “Tourism Sociology: Local Intersections.” (Hebrew)
(Un)Mediated Interactions: Embodied Movements and Meanings In and Around a Visitor Book, and “Performing the 'Father-Driver': Embodied Interactions and Roles In and Through the Family-Car.” Presented at the “Space = Interaction = Discourse” Conference, November 12th-14th, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Space = Interaction = Discourse
’Israeli Soldiers - I Worship You!’: Gender Performances at an Israeli Commemoration Site. Presented at the “Gender and Nationality: Intersections of Confrontations” conference, Tel-Aviv University, November, 26th (Hebrew).
Discursive Proximities: Distances and Mobilities in an Israeli Commemorative Visitor Book. Presented at the 38th International Institute of Sociology (IIS) World Congress, June 29th, Budapest.
38 IIS Conference
The Ritual of the Text: Some Reflections on a Commemorative Visitor Book. Presented as part of a session I chaired at the 36th Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association, May 22nd, Beit Berl College, titled “The Languages of the Field: Discourse as an Ethnographic Field of Study.” (Hebrew)
Conference Website Abstract
The Emergence of the (Academic) Text: Performing the Backstages of Academic Writing. A Performative/Display Piece presented as part of a session I chaired at the Third Annual Conference of The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research Methods, February 20th, Ben-Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, titled “Autoethnographies, Dialogues, and Poetics in Qualitative Research in Israel.” (Hebrew)
Knowledge in Motion: A Critical Hermeneutics of Sampling and Interviewing in Qualitative Research. (See above)
"The Power is God’s Power": A Commemorative Visitor Book as a Site of Contestation. Presented as part of a session I chaired at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Sociological Society, February 13th, Tel-Aviv, titled “Sites of Contestation [Atarei Hatrasa].” (Hebrew)
Situating Nationalist Discourse: Indexical Aspects of Zionist Colonial Arguments. Presented at The Dialogue Under Occupation Conference (Duo II), November 14th-16th, East Jerusalem.
DUOII Conference website
Zionist and Eschatological Linguistic Ideologies: Ethnography of a Visitor Book in an Israeli War Commemoration Site. Presented at The 10th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA), July 10th, Goteborg, Sweden. The lecture was part of a session I chaired, titled “An Ethnographic Approach to Writing Practices.
Semiotic Perspectives on Israeli Driving. Presented at the 47th Conference of the Israel Geographical society, December 24th, Tel-Aviv, as part of a session I organized, titled "On Cars and Persons: Socio-Cultural Aspects of Traffic and Transportation in Israeli Society.
Ethnography of ‘motion-in-stillness’: Sociolinguistic findings from Visitors’/Guests’ Books in Israel. Presented at the “Third Millennium Tourism” Workshop, Department of Anthropology and the School of Hotel Management and Tourism, Beer Shiva, Ben-Gurion University. November, 7th.
"A paradise 90 minutes from Tel-Aviv": Vacationscapes as Modern Paradises. Presented at the “Paradise Traditions” Conference of the Mendel Institute for Jewish Studies, Van-Leer Institute, Jerusalem, November 5th. [Hebrew]
Everyday Conversational Etiquette: Contemporary Perceptions of Tact and Politeness in Israel. Presented in a panel I headed, titled “Sociolinguistics and Ethics in Everyday,” at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Sociological Association. Ramat-Gan, Bar-Ilan University, February 23rd. (Hebrew)
The Pragmatics of Ideology: Pleasure Rituals and the Performance of Authenticity in Israeli Backpackers’ Travel Stories. (Ibid.)
Jules Verne’s Travel Narratives in Light of Modern Journeys and Tourism. Presented at the “Representation of Science Conference: A Scientific-Literary Travel with Jules Verne”. Haifa, University of Haifa, May 16th. (Hebrew)
Tourism Institutionalization: A Contribution to Systemic-Historic Sociology. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Tourism Researchers. Rehovot, The Hebrew University, February 16th. (Hebrew)
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My mother, Tamar Yizraeli-Noy (1926-1997), was an archeologist and prehistorian. She was the curator of the huge Prehistory Hall and of many temporary prehistorical exhibitions in the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem, from its inauguration (1965), until she retired, thirty tears later.
I spent many hours during my childhood at the museum—my mother’s workplace—moving freely from the public exhibition halls (“upstairs”), to the offices, laboratories and guarded storage spaces (“downstairs”). These were the seventies. Later too, during the eighties, I visited my mother’s office often, reckoning how fortunate I was to have a mother working in the backscene of a large modern museum.
Only recently (September 08) it occurred to me that my mother’s work in the museum, that modern epitome of performance and exhibition, had a significant influence on my current fields of interest and on my pursuits, especially on situated performance approaches. This occurred to me as I looked back at my experience and wrote my Ammunition Hill ethnography, which I realized was conducted in a museum setting.
I would like to dedicate this space to recollecting the memories of Tamar ("Tami," by her childhood friends), in terms of both what she has accomplished, and in terms of how her way shapes/shaped my way of working and thinking about similar issues. More broadly, and also more emotionally, dealing with prehistory essentially means dealing with that which has passed. Dealing with remains. And remains, contrary to common appreciation, are very heterogeneous, complex, dynamic, and even political things.
Tamar's last publication (published posthumously) is The Humen Figure in Prehistoric Art in the Land of Israel. Jerusalem: The Israeli Museum. (1999).
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My Father, Dov Noy (1920-2013), was a prominent Jewish folklorist, who established the thriving field of Jewish Folklore in Israel. He was born in Kolomiya (then Poland, now Ukraine) in Galicia (or Galey-Zion, as it was sometimes called by the Jews), and he came to Palestine at the age of 18 for a year - to study at the Hebrew University. Besides a brother,
Meir Noy (1922–1998) and a couple of distant cousins, his family was completely destroyed in the Holocaust. He obtained his doctorate in folklore from Indiana University in 1954, with a dissertation on the motif-index of Talmudic-Midrashic tales (under the guidance of Prof. Stith Thompson). During his prolific career he wrote and edited over sixty volumes, and mentored many who later became prominent folklorists in Israel, the Unites States, and worldwide. In 1955 he also founded the The Israel Folktale Archives (IFA). aba married ima (Tamar) in 1967 (this was his second marriage. From his first marriage I have two brothers: Amos and Izhar Noy).
For more on aba see Hebrew Wikipedia and Recalling Professor Dov Noy (by Howard Schwartz) and the American Folklore Society webpage.
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For more than twenty five years I've been practicing and teaching Aikido, which is a Japanese Self-Defense Art. I presently head the Aikido Club at the Lerner Center for Physical Education, Leisure and Health Promotion at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I hold a GoDan Degree: Fifth Degree Black Belt (English and
English certificates), and my involvement is an educational and moral responsibility. My collegues - for many years - at the Mt. Scopus Dojo are Sensei Shalomi Sagiv, Sensei Yaakov Shimshi, and Sensei Oren Shamir.
A few of my Aikido publications include: DO-no-SHO (Lit. Book of the Way), or Open Dictionary (Jerusalem, 2ed. 2001).
Check out my Dojo's website: Aikido Mt. Scopus and Sensei's Doug Wedell's YouTube channel MasaKatsuAiki.
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Wholehearted thanks to Oren Shamir for his generous assistance in helping me imagine and construct this webpage. See Oren's Homepage
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