Dr. Michal Hamo

Michal  Hamo

Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Dr. Michal Hamo is senior lecturer at the School of Communication, Netanya Academic College, Israel. She is a discourse analyst specializing in the study of media discourse, and a regular member of the Ross Priory group for broadcast talk analysis.
Her research is based on rigorous fine-grained examination of linguistic, discursive and interactional phenomena in media texts, as a way of exploring their inner logic, functions and meanings.
Thus, it aims at integrating micro-level analysis with a more macro-level consideration of texts in their socio-cultural, institutional and politicalcontexts. She has examined various popular television genres, including talk shows and reality TV; Her current research explores tensions between traditional and emerging models of television news, as they are played out in the on-air discursive positioning of journalists.

Dr. Hamo received her PhD in 2005 from the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University, under the supervision of the late Prof. Shoshana Blum-Kulka. In parallel to her work on media discourse, she has been collaborating with Prof. Blum-Kulka, Dr. Zohar Kampf and others in a large-scale research project dedicated to the linguistic ethnography of child peer talk.

As a visiting scholar at the Smart institute in the academic year 2015-6, Dr. Hamo will develop a new research project exploring the meanings and uses of authenticity as a cultural ideal and keyword, as it occurs in media texts. In addition, she will collaborate with Dr. Zohar Kampf in leading a research space dedicated to advances in discourse analysis and its application to media studies.


Selected publications:

  • Hamo, M. (2015). "I have nothing to do but agree": Affiliative meta-discursive follow-ups as a resource for the reciprocal positioning of journalists, experts and politicians-as-experts in television news. In: E. Weizman & A. Fetzer (Eds.), Follow-ups in political discourse: Explorations across contexts and discourse domains (pp. 57-80). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  • Kampf, Z., & Hamo, M. (2015). Children talking Television: The salience and functions of media content in child peer interactions. Discourse & Communication,9, 465-485.

  • Hamo, M. (2015). Broadcast talk and interaction analysis. In: S. Blum-Kulka, O. Livio & O. Soffer (Eds.), Media discourse (pp. 191-218). Ra'anana: The Open University. [In Hebrew]

  • Hamo, M. (2013). The (inter)play of nationality, religiosity and gender: Textual mechanisms for the rich representation of Israeli identity on a reality race gamedoc. In: N. Lorenzo-Dus & P. Garcés-Conejos Blitvich (Eds.), Real talk: Reality television and discourse analysis in action (pp. 66-87). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [An earlier Hebrew version appeared as: Hamo, M. (2009). Textual mechanisms for the rich representation of Israeli identity on the reality show "Sof Ha-Derch 2". Media Frames: Israeli Journal of Communication, 3, 27-53.]

  • Hamo, M., Liebes, T., & Blondheim, M. (Eds.) (2012). Communication as Discourse: Studies in language and media. Jerusalem: Magnes and Smart istitute for communication. [In Hebrew]

  • Blum-Kulka, S., & Hamo, M. (2011). Discourse pragmatics. In: T. van-Dijk (Ed.), Discourse studies: A multidisciplinary introduction (2nd edition) (pp. 143-164). London: Sage.

  • Hamo, M. (2010). "The Nation's Living Room": Negotiating solidarity on an Israeli talk show in the 1990s. Journal of Israeli History, 29(2), 175-190.

  • Hamo, M., Kampf, Z., & Shifman, L. (2010). Surviving the “mock interview” Challenges to political communicative competence in contemporary televised discourse. Media, Culture & Society, 32(2), 247-266. [An earlier Hebrew version appeared as: Hamo, M., Kampf, Z., & Shifman, L. (2012). Making it through "Pini the great": Challenges to the communicative competence of politicians in the 'media-fictive' interview era. In M. Hamo, T. Liebes, & M. Blondheim (Eds.), Communication as Discourse: Studies in language and media (pp. 351-383). Jerusalem: Magnes and Smart istitute for communication.] 

  • Blum-Kulka, S., & Hamo, M. (Eds.) (2010). Children talk: Communicative patterns in peer talk. Tel-Aviv: Matah, the Center for Educational Technology. [In Hebrew]

  • Hamo, M. (2009). Style, form and function in conversational formats on television news: The case of "Ulpan Shishi". Hebrew Linguistics, 62-63, 323-346. [In Hebrew]

  • Hamo, M. (2006). Caught between freedom and control: "Ordinary" people's discursive positioning on an Israeli prime-time talk show. Discourse & Society, 17(4), 427-446.