Academic Background and Fields of Interests
Carolin Aronis is a Ph.D. candidate in the final stages of attaining her doctorate from the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her doctoral dissertation deals with the subject of "intimacy and media," and investigates how traditional mass media such as radio, television, and the newspaper paradoxically cultivate intimate relationships between audiences and media figures. Exploring the media’s fundamental processes of personalization, privatization, and proximation, Carolin shows how the media’s impersonal, public, and distant nature can paradoxically invite the development of intimacy and closeness between the two sides of the mass medium. In her dissertation, she specifically studied the call-in radio show program, reality TV, and the journalistic genre of letters written to the dead. Nowadays she works on articles and research related to her dissertation.
Carolin earned her master's degree from the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University, studying maternal discourse and the representation of motherhood in the media. Over the years she has also investigated the balconies of Tel Aviv as special spaces for communication and identity throughout the city’s 100-year history. Additionally, she has analyzed practices of witnessing among the children of Holocaust survivors.
Carolin’s research interests lie in the establishment of communication between distant others through mediated and/or public conditions. She is also interested in communication theories, discourse, gender, space, urban culture, witnessing, and the creation of memory.
Carolin currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and between 2011 and 2013 she visited the Communication Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She served as a lecturer and teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate communication students in Israel from 2004 to 2010, at the Hebrew University, the College of Management, and Sapir College. For three years she worked as the bachelor’s degree counselor for the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University, and from 2009 to 2010 she led a discussion and writing group for Ph.D. students called “Establishing Identity and Social Relations.” She is one of the founders and administrators of the Israeli Social Science Ph.D. Mailing List, which was founded in 2008 and includes more than 500 participants from various fields and universities. In the past, Carolin worked as a journalist and writer.
- Aronis, C. (2014). Between blame and victimization: The maternal discourse in the Remedia Scandal coverage. Megamot: Behavioral Sciences Journal, 49(3), 576-602. (In Hebrew)http://www.szold.org.il/?CategoryID=294&ArticleID=672
- Aronis, C. (2010). The Tel Aviv balcony: Space of urban politics, establishing identity and communication in the city. Social Issues in Israel, 10, 29-54. (In Hebrew)
- Aronis, C. (2009). The balconies of Tel Aviv: Cultural history and urban politics. Journal of Israel Studies, 14(3), 157-180. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/is/summary/v014/14.3.aronis.html
- Also published in: Aronis, C. (2011). The balconies of Tel Aviv: Cultural history and urban politics. In M. Azaryahu & S. I.Troen (Eds.), Tel-Aviv, the first century: Visions, designs, actualities. Indiana University Press. http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=1037_1116_3767&products_id=828088
Presentations and Conference Papers
- "The Balcony as a Border between the Private and Public.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference: Border Rhetorics, San Antonio, 2014.
- "The Communicative Dimensions of Urban Façade Balconies." Communication and the City: Voices, Spaces, Media, University of Leeds, 2013 (accepted presentation).
- "Wandering In-Between the Organizational Corridors: Spaces of Fluidity and Movement." The 30th Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Barcelona, 2012 (with Varda Wasserman and Hagit Zimroni).
- "In-Between the Organizational Corridors: A Spatial Perspective on the 'Unmanageable'." The 28th European Group for Organizational Studies Conference – Design?!. Helsinki, 2012 (with Varda Wasserman and Hagit Zimroni).
- "Rhetorical Practices for Communicating with the Unreachable: The Jewish Angle." 4th Biennial of the Rhetoric Society of America/Workshop for Jewish Rhetorical Traditions, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2011.
- "Maternal Discourse: Practices of Blame and Victimization." The International Communication Association Annual Conference, Boston, 2011.
- "'I Poisoned My Baby': Motherhood between Blame and Victimization" (accepted presentation). TheInternational Communication Association Annual Conference, Singapore, 2010.
- "The Balconies of Tel Aviv: Establishing New Spatial Mechanism of Public Life." An International Conference for Public Life in the In-Between-City, Technion, Haifa, 2010.
- "Between Blame and Victimization: The Representation of the Mother in the Remedia Scandal." Conference held by the "Family Community," The Israeli Sociology Society, The College of Management, Rishon LeZion, 2009. (In Hebrew)
- "The Tel Aviv balcony: Space of urban politics, establishing identity and communication in the city." The Israel Communication Association Annual Conference, Emek Israel College, 2009. (In Hebrew)
- "New Motherhood in Crisis." The Israeli Sociology Society Annual Conference, The College of Management, Rishon LeZion, 2009. (In Hebrew)
- "The Balconies of Tel Aviv: A Mirror to a Changing Society." The Association of Israel Studies Annual Conference, New York University, 2008.
- "Letters Not to the Editor: Parents' Letters to their Dead Children in the Press." The Israel Communication Association Annual Conference, The College of Management, Tel Aviv, 2008. (In Hebrew)
- "The Tel Aviv Balcony as an Urban Artifact." The Israeli Sociology Society Annual Conference, Tel Aviv University, 2008. (In Hebrew)
- "'I Poisoned My Baby': Reconstruction of the Israeli Mother in the 'Remedia Scandal' Coverage."Metaksherim Conference, Haifa University, 2007. (In Hebrew)
- "Media Scandal and Morality: The Case of the Remedia Affair." Ethics, Media, Culture: Rethinking Connections, a workshop held by the Department of Communication and the Cultural Studies Program of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2007.
- "Newspaper Publication of Parents' Letters to their Dead Children." The Israeli Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Achva College, 2007. (In Hebrew)
- "'I Poisoned My Baby': Reconstruction of the Israeli Mother in the 'Remedia Scandal' Coverage." The Israel Communication Association Annual Conference, The Open University, Ra'anana, 2007. (Received the Israel Communication Association Award for the best student paper). (In Hebrew)
- “Second Hand Witnessing: The Existence, Validity and Importance of the Second Generation Witnessing to the Holocaust." Metaksherim Conference, Haifa University, 2006. (In Hebrew)
Scholarships, Awards and Grants
- The Hebrew University President Scholarship, for outstanding doctoral students, 2008-2012.
- Smart Family Foundation for Communication Research Grant, supporting research expenses, 2009-2010; 2010-2012.
- The Department of Communication at the Hebrew University Scholarship, for outstanding doctoral students, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
- The "Hevruta" Project Scholarship, for the annual leading of a discussion and writing group for doctoral students, 2010.
- The Shein Scholarship for Israeli Society Research, Shein Center and Eshkol Institute at the Hebrew University, 2010.
- The Hebrew University Rector Scholarship, for outstanding doctoral students, 2009 (was postponed due to financial reasons).
- Award for Best Student Paper, the Israel Communication Association, for the article version of M.A. thesis, 2007.
- Academic Excellence Award for Best Seminar Paper, Department of Communication at the Hebrew University, for "Tel Aviv Balcony as an Urban Artifact," 2007.
- As a Lecturer: Intimacy and Media; "Ha'kol Diburim": Introduction to Discourse, Society and Culture; and Academic Reading and Writing.
- As an Assistant Lecturer: Theories of Communication; Approaches to Textual Analysis in Communication; Language and Communication; and Journalism Practices.
- As a Teaching Assistant: Communication Technologies and Society; Introduction to Philosophical Ethics; and Journalistic Ethics.