Prof. Amit Pinchevski

Prof. Amit
Head, The Smart Family Communications Institute

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where I’ve been teaching since 2004, after completing his doctoral research at McGill University, Canada. My research interests are in theory and philosophy of communication and media, focusing specifically on the limits of communication, media witnessing, memory and trauma, and media and disability.

I am the author of three book: By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication (Duquesne UP, 2005), Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma (Oxford UP, 2019), and Echo, forthcoming in 2022 from The MIT Press. I also coedited Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication (with P. Frosh; Palgrave, 2009) and Ethics of Media (with N. Couldry and M. Madianou; Palgrave, 2013). My work has appeared in academic journals such as Critical InquiryPhilosophy and RhetoricCultural CritiqueCultural StudiesPublic CultureNew Media & Society, and Theory, Culture & Society.


Research Interests

  • Theory and philosophy of communication and media

  • Media witnessing

  • Media, memory and trauma

  • The limits of communication

  • Media and disability


Selected Publications


  • Pinchevski Amit, Echo: Across Nature and Culture. The MIT Press, 2022.

  • Pinchevski Amit, Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

  • Pinchevski Amit, By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2005.

  • Couldry, Nick, Mirca Madianou and Amit Pinchevski (eds.) Ethics of Media. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

  • Frosh, Paul and Amit Pinchevski (eds.) Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication. Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan, 2009.


  • Ramati, Ido and Pinchevski, Amit (2018) “Uniform Multilingualism: A Media Genealogy of Google Translate,” New Media & Society 20 (7): 2550- 2565.

  • Levy, Hadar and Pinchevski, Amit (2017) “Resounding News: The Sound Conventions in Israeli Television Newscasts,” International Journal of Communication 11: 3355-3373.

  • Pinchevski A. (2017) “Counter-Testimony, Counter-Archive,” in D. Laub and A. Hamburger (eds.) Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimony: Unwanted Memories of Social Trauma. New York: Routledge.

  • Pinchevski, Amit (2016) “Screen Trauma: Visual Media and of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Theory, Culture and Society 33(4): 51-75.

  • Pinchevski, Amit and Peters, John Durham (2016) “Autism and New Media: Disability between Technology and Society.” New Media and Society 18(2): 2507-2523.

  • Pinchevski, Amit (2016) “Alterity,” in International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

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

  • Pinchevski, Amit (2014) “Levinas as a Media Theorist: Towards an Ethics of Mediation.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 47(1): 48-72.

  • Pinchevski, Amit (2012) “The Audiovisual Unconscious: Media and Trauma in the Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.” Critical Inquiry 39(1): 142-166.


Awards and Prizes

  • James A. Jaksa Scholar-In-Residence Award, National Communication Ethics Conference, 2012.

  • Senior Fellow, The Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015-2017.

  • Outstanding Book Award for Transmitted Wounds, the Israel Communication Association, 2020.