Julia Sonnevend

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Julia Sonnevend

Assistant Professor

5429 North Quad
105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

Office Location(s): 5429 North Quad
Phone: 734.936.2535
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  • Fields of Study
    • Culture and Communication
    • Global and Comparative Media
    • Social Theory
  • About

    Julia Sonnevend is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She was a Lady Davis Fellow at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace in Israel in 2014 and a Leibniz Fellow at the Center for Contemporary History in Germany in 2015.

    Sonnevend's interdisciplinary research examines the cultural aspects of international media, with a special focus on media events, rituals, performances, and icons. She is interested in the “re-enchantment” of society, in the magical moments, qualities, technologies and artifacts of contemporary social life worldwide. Her current book project, Stories Without Borders: The Making of a Global Iconic Event (forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2016), 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 shopping malls), 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 book also considers how the mythological story of the fall of the Berlin Wall shapes our debates about separation fences and walls worldwide today, from the United States to Israel to Hungary.

    Sonnevend is co-editor of Education and Social Media: Toward a Digital Future (forthcoming with MIT Press in 2016). She 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 Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture (Ed. Benjamin Peters, Princeton University Press, forthcoming in 2016), 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).

    Julia Sonnevend received her Ph.D. 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 in Budapest.

    Her website is http://julia-sonnevend.com/, and she tweets from: @juliasonnevend

    More extensive profile: https://www.comm.lsa.umich.edu/blog/?p=5991