Dr. Ido Ramati

Head, Digital screens: Communications, culture and cinema MA program

I joined the Department of Communication and Journalism and the Program in Cultural Studies in 2020, after returning from a post-doctoral stay at the The Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) of the Bauhaus-University, Weimar Germany. I completed my doctoral research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2018.

I study the relations between media technologies and culture, concentrating on the role that technical apparatuses play in shaping the conditions for a range of social phenomena in traditional media as well as contemporary digital culture. Combining cultural critique with historical and theoretical analysis, I explore how language and media influence ideological, political, economic and cultural processes such as the construction of linguistic and national identity.


Research Intersts

  • Language, technology, and society

  • Algorithmic culture and machine learning

  • Media spaces – museums, archives libraries

  • Human-machine interaction  


Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Ramati. (2014). “Between Israel and Germany: Therapeutic Return to the Place of Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinema,” New German Critique 41(3), 123: 179–197.

  • Ramati and A. Pinchevski. (2017). “Uniform Multilingualism: A Media Genealogy of Google Translate,” New Media & Society 20(7): 2550–2565.
    Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444817726951

  • Ramati. (2019). “The Orientalized Phonograph: The Mechanical Recording of Oral Jewish Tradition,” Cultural Critique 102: 61-89.

  • Ramati. (2020). “Media in the Dissemination of Land-of-Israel Songs,” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 31: Textual Transmission in Contemporary Jewish Cultures (theme issue), 137-151.

  • Ramati. (2021). Aleph-bet, dits-and-dahs, zeros and ones: representing Hebrew in character code. Internet Histories, 1-18.
  • Ramati. (2021). Thumbs up and down: The cultural technique of thumb-typing. Convergence, 13548565211047165.

Book Chapters

  • Ramati. (2015). “Walk on Water: Returning to Germany as Cultural Healing,” in: Cinematic Home-comings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema, ed. Rebecca Prime. London: Continuum. pp. 209–226.

Other Publications

  • Ramati. (2008). “Eretz Moledet: An Analysis of the Second Aliyah Myth in the TV Series,” Slil: An Online Journal for History, Cinema and Television 1: 10-25 (in Hebrew). Available at: http://www.hum.huji.ac.il/units.php?cat=2927

  • Ramati. (2011). “Images in Transformation: Representations of Germany and Germans in Contemporary Israeli Fiction Cinema,” Working Papers Series, European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010-11), 40 pp.
    Available at: http://www.ef.huji.ac.il/publications/working.shtml


Awards and Prizes

  • 2021 Golda Meir Fellowship Award

  • The Smart Institute research grant.‎

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Minerva Stiftung.‎

  • The Hebrew University President’s Scholarship for Outstanding PhD Students.‎

  • The Smart Family Institute of Communications Research Grant.‎