Julia Sonnevend is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She was a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smart Family Institute of Communications at the Hebrew University and an Associate Postdoctoral Fellow at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace in 2014. She was named a Leibniz Summer Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam (Germany) in 2015.
Sonnevend’s interdisciplinary research examines the cultural aspects of international media, with a special focus on media events, rituals, performances, symbols and icons. Her current book project explores practices of transnational storytelling and the making of global iconic events. Focusing on journalists covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and on subsequent retellings of the event (from Legoland reenactments to slabs of the Berlin Wall installed in global cities), her book discusses how storytellers build up events so that people in many parts of the world remember them for long periods of time. Her research interests also include social theory, media aesthetics and representations of political, social and cultural trauma.
Sonnevend is author and co-author of articles published in journals including Journalism Studies, Columbia Journalism Review and The New Everyday. Her work also appears in edited collections including Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life (Eds. Jeffrey C. Alexander et al, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing Through the Discipline (Eds. James Elkins et al, Routledge, 2012).
Sonnevend received her PhD in Communications from Columbia University, her Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School, and her Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts degrees in German Studies and Aesthetics from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.
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