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Julia Sonnevend is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She has been named 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 (she will be in Jerusalem from December 2013 until September 2014).

Sonnevend’s interdisciplinary research examines the cultural aspects of global media, with a special focus on media events, rituals, performances, symbols and icons. Inspired by Daniel Dayan’s and Elihu Katz’s Media Events, her current book project explores how a complex local news event may become a universalized global social myth. Her research interests also include social theory, visual culture, narratives of political, social and cultural trauma, and the intellectual history of communication research.

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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