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Mor Geller

MA Fellow

Academic Interests: cultural history, Alltagsgeschichte, urban history; the (Cultural) Cold War; GDR and the Soviet Bloc; media, popular culture, consumerism; film history and theory; audience and reception studies; Marxism and socialism.

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Higher Education
2019–    Graduate Student, Department of History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) — MA thesis on film audience research in East Germany in the 1970s-80s (advisor: Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi)
2016–2019        BA, History and History Honors Program, HUJI

Honors, Awards, and Affiliations
2020    Research grant for MA thesis project, DAAD Center for German Studies at the European Forum at HUJI
2020    Scholarship for student exchange at the University of Chicago for the 2021 spring quarter (awarded by HUJI Faculty of Humanities, declined due to Covid-19)
2019/21    Fellow, MA Honors Program, Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, HUJI
2019         Rector’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, HUJI
2019        Dean of Humanities’ Award for Excellence in Scholarship, HUJI
2018–        Fellow, Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History, HUJI
2018, 2020    German Language intensive summer course, University of Vienna (scholarship awarded by HUJI’s Center for Austrian Studies)
2018    George L. Mosse Award for outstanding seminar paper (“Wie Wunderbar, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Communism”, about East German 1968 film Heißer Sommer)
2018–2020        Dean’s List, Faculty of Humanities, HUJI
2017–        Department of History Honors Program
2016    Excellence Admission Grant, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Academic experience
2019–    Chief editor, Hayo Haya – a Young Forum for History (HUJI peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate and graduate students in historical fields)
2019/20    Research assistant for Prof. Ulrike Pilarczyk (Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany) – Hebrew/English translation for project about Zionist youth movements in Germany and Palestine
2018–    Editing in English and Hebrew for Prof. Israel J. Yuval (HUJI)
2016–2019         Board member, Hayo Haya

Teaching at History Dept., HUJI
2019/21    Methodological Training (39100), instructor
2020/21    Introduction to 20th Century History (39215), TA
2019/21    Europe in the Early modern Era (39204), TA
2019/20    Introduction to the Middle Ages (39140), TA
2019/20    Documentary Film and Historical Reality (39236), TA
2019/20    Between Perpetrator and Victim: Israeli and Palestinian Intifada Cinema (8238), TA (Amirim Undergraduate Humanities Honors Program)

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Socialism: Education and Entertainment in the Musical Film Heißer Sommer (GDR, 1968)." Slil – Online Journal for History, Film, and Television, approx. 25 p. (forthcoming) [IN HEBREW]

Conferences and Workshops
2021    10th Biennial DEFA Summer Film Institute: Authority and Alterity in East German Movies: Political Experiments, Rebel Youth, and Civil Unrest, June 13-20, 2021, UMass Amherst
2020    The GSA 44th Annual Conference, September 30-October 4, 2020, Washington, D.C. (Zoom), "Socialist Subjectivities: Rethinking East Germany under Honecker" seminar participant. Presentation title: "Surveyed Screens: Audience research as ground for negotiation in late East Germany."
2020    The 14th Annual Workshop for Young Scholars in German History and Culture, Bar-Ilan University, February 10, 2020 (member of organizing committee and panel moderator)

Language Proficiency
Hebrew:        Native speaker
English:         Native speaker
German:         Very good
French:         Good
Russian:    Beginner


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Asaf Tal

MA Fellow
Research Interests: Visual History of WWII and the Holocaust.
Deputy Editor of Slil - Online Journal for History, Film and Television
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B.A. History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Research Languages: German & Yiddish
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