Prof. Amit Pinchevski

Amit Pinchevski

Academic Background and Fields of Interest

I joined the Hebrew University in 2004, after completing my doctoral research at McGill University. My research interests include philosophy of communication, media theory, and modern social thought. More specifically, I’m interested in the ethical aspects of the limits of communication, in media as means of witnessing and memory, and in various “pathologies” of communication and their construction. My current work is concerned with the mediation of trauma, the Eichmann trial being the principle case study.

At the Hebrew University, I teach courses on the history of communication technologies, theories of communication and media, witnessing, media and memory, and urban culture.


Selected Publications:


  • Coundry, N. Madianou, M. and Pinchevski A. (eds.) Ethics of Media (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

  • Pinchevski, A. (2005). By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication. Pittsburgh: Duquesne Univ. Press

  • Frosh, P. and Pinchevski, A. (Eds.) (2009). Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication. Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan (paperback edition, 2011)


  • Pinchevski A. (2015) “Screen Trauma: Visual Media and of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Theory, Culture and  ociety

  • Pinchevski A. and Peters J.D.  (2015) “Autism and New Media: Disability between Technology and Society.” New Media and Society

  • Pinchevski A. (2015) “The Face as a Medium: Ethics,” In S. Pearl (Ed.) Images, Ethics, Technology(pp. 193-201). New York: Routledge.

  • Frosh, P. and Pinchevski A. (2014) “Media Witnessing and the Ripeness of Time.” Cultural Studies 28(4): 594-610.

  • Pinchevski A. (2014) “Levinas as a Media Theorist: Towards an Ethics of Mediation.” Philosophy and Rhetoric47(1): 48-72.

  • Brand R. and Pinchevski A. (2013) “Facing the Image: Towards an Ethics of Seeing” In N. Couldry, M. Madianou and A. Pinchevski (Eds.) Ethics of Media. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan  

  • Pinchevski A.  “Contact and Interruption: Emmanuel Levinas on Communication” In J. Hannan and R. Rutland (Eds.) Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication.  

  • The Audiovisual Unconscious: Media and Trauma at the Yale Archive for Holocaust Testimonies” Critical Inquiry, Fall 2012.

  • Pinchevski, A. (2011) “Bartleby’s Autism: Wandering Along Incommunicability.” Cultural Critique 78: 27-59

  • Pinchevski, A. (2011) “Archive, Media, Trauma” In M. Neiger, O. Meyers and E. Zandberg (Eds.) On Media Memory: Collective Memory in a New Media Age. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Pinchevski, A. and Liebes, T. (2010). “Severed Voices: Radio and the Mediation of Trauma in the Eichmann Trial.” Public Culture 22(2): 265-291.

  • Frosh, P. and Pinchevski, A. (2009) “Crisis-Readiness and Media Witnessing.” The Communication Review 12(3): 295-304.

  • Ashuri, T. and Pinchevski, A. (2009). “Witnessing as a Field.”  In P. Frosh and A. Pinchevski (Eds.)Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication (pp. 133-157). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Frosh, P. and Pinchevski, A. (2009). “Why Media Witnessing? Why Now?” In Frosh P. and Pinchevski, A. (Eds.) Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication (pp. 1-19). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Pinchevski, A. Liebes, T. and Herman, O. (2007). “Eichmann on the Air: Radio and the Making of an Historic Trial.” Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television 27(1): 1-26.Pinchevski, A. and Brand, R. (2007). “Holocaust Perversions: The Stalags Pulp Fiction and the Eichmann Trial.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 24(5): 387-407.

  • Pinchevski, A. (2005). “Displacing Incommunicability: Autism as an Epistemological Boundary.”Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 2(2): 163-184.

  • Pinchevski, A. (2005). “The Ethics of Interruption: Toward a Levinasian Philosophy of Communication.”Social Semiotics 15(2): 211-234.


Recent Activities And Awards:

  • Elected as Senior Fellow, The Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem  

  • Keynote lecture: The Third Witness: Testimony and Trauma from a Media Perspective,” Trauma, Memory, Media: An International Conference and Workshop, Center for the Study of Modern Jewish Thought in Modern Culture, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2015

  • Book Series Editor (with Ramsey Eric Ramsey) Philosophy/Communication for Duquense University Press

  • Dr. Amit Pinchevski gave a keynote lecture at the Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture held by the Lisbon Consortium, June 24-29 2013. Keynote title: “Archiving Trauma: Holocaust Testimony and Audiovisual Media”

  • Dr. Amit Pinchevski won seed money from the Hebrew University—Humboldt-Universitat Cooperation Program for 2013-15. Cooperation will take place in Berlin and Jerusalem on the topic: “Archiving Presence: From Analog to Digital.”

  • Keynote lecture and James A. Jaska Scholar-In-Residence at the 12th National Communication Ethics Conference, Duquesne University, June 2012.

  • Plenary lecture at the conference, Achievements and Challenges: 1982-2012 Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University, October 2012.

  • Visiting Scholar, Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

  • Elected Chair, Philosophy, Theory and Critique DIvision, International Communication Association

  • Invited lecture, Sodertorn University, Stockholm, January 2011: “Media Witnessing and the Perpetual Ripeness of Time” (with Paul Frosh)