Prof. Nitzan Ben-Shaul

The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television
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Prof. Nitzan Ben-Shaul
Phone: 03-6406846
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Curriculum Vitae (Abidged)

Nitzan Ben Shaul (PhD), Professor of Film and Television

Born 31.1.1957



Tel-Aviv University: Film and Television, BFA (1984); General History, BA (1984)

New York University: Cinema Studies, MA (1986); Cinema Studies, PhD (1993)

Title of Doctorial dissertation: Expressions of the `Siege Syndrome' in Israeli Films, supervised by Professors Annette Michelson and William G. Simon 



Tel Aviv University: Film & TV: Instructor (1990 – 95); Instructor Dr (1995-97); Guest Lecturer (1997-99); Lecturer (1999-2001); Senior Lecturer (2001-07); Tenured (2004); Associate Professor (2007-2012); Full Professor (2012 -)



Cognitive study of film; cinematic narratives; digital media and cinema; Israeli cinema; TV news/ (some related seminars: Suspense Structures in Movies., Complex Narration in Contemporary cinema; Audiovisual Interactive narration; Siege Mentality in israeli Films;   



Tel Aviv University:

Film & TV Dept.: Acting Head of Dept. (2001-2002); MFA Program Head (2000-2001); Teaching Committee Head (2003); Student Advisor (1996-2000); Established a "media lab" at the Department (2001); Initiation and Supervision of cluster of courses on cognitive film studies (2012 -), Initiator and Head of the Digital Media course of study towards BA/MFA degrees (2016 -); Steve Tisch School of Film and Television: Member of Post -Doc Tel Aviv University Commitee (2019-) 

Faculty of Arts: Faculty Teaching Committee Member (2000-2001); Assistant Dean for Student Services (2004-2006); Doctoral Research Committee (2008-2012); Scholarship Committee (2008- 2013); Chair of Ad Hoc Committee for Senior Lecturer with Tenure Proceedings (2009); Chair of Ad Hoc Committee for Lecturer Proceedings (2009); Chair of Ad Hoc Committee for Senior Lecturer with Tenure Proceedings (2012-13); Chair of Ad Hoc Committee for Full Professor Proceedings (2018-19); Member of Ad Hoc Commitee for Full Professor Procedeedings (2018-19); Institute for Internet Studies: Academic Committee Member (2004 -); Head of Doctoral Research Committee (2014 -)

New York University: Cinema Studies Dept. (Sabbatical 2003)   

University of California at Berkeley: Cinema Studies Dept. (Sabbatical 2010) 

Venice International University: Globalization Program, (Sabbatical 2012) 

Israel National Council for Higher Education (MALAG): Chair: Committee for B.Ed. in film – Vizo College, Haifa (2009-2013); Chair: Committee for MA/MFA in film – Sapir College, Shderot (2010-2012); Chair: Committee for B.Ed./F.A.Film Program – Beit Berl College (2012)


Faculty of Film Studies Colloquium, Yale University, US: "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Film (2001)

Kosmorama seminar on "Cinema in the Middle East" held by the Danish Center for Culture and Development, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: "Siege Mentality in Israeli Films" (2006)

Second Locarno Film Festival Academy, Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland: "Introducing the next phase of storytelling in the interactive multimedia world" (2011)

International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2011), Valencia, Spain: Optional Thinking Development through Branching Narrative Interactive Movie Workshops (BNIMW) Among Youth in Situations of Risk and Distress" (2011)

Mostra Internacional de Filmes Interativos, Brasilia, Brazil: "A New Interactive Film Model" (2011)

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture: "Interactive Cinema" (2012)

Filmatic Festival, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). US "Turbulence" (2014)

Keele, U.K., department of Film Studies " Figurations of Siege mentality in Israeli Films", February 2018

UNSAM University, Buenos Aires, Argentina,Campus Miguelete, February 2018




Ben Shaul, N., Gertz, N., Zanger, A., Ne’eman, J. (eds.), Special Issue, Israeli Cinema, Shofar, Vol. 24, No. 1, fall 2005

Ben Shaul, N., Dossier Editor: Morphing Realities: The Current Inscription of the Real in Film and Television, Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, 49-1, Spring 2008

Ben Shaul, N., Member of the editorial board of Jewish Film & New Media: An International Journal, (2012 -)



6th-11th Tel Aviv Bi-annual International Conference on Cinema Studies, steering and program Committee (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)

4th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2011), Madrid, Spain, International scientific advisory board (2011)

"How Movies Move Us" International Conference, Tel Aviv University, Israel, steering and program committee (2012)

Films in Venice and Filming Venice Summer School, Venice International University (VIU), Scientific Coordinator and Faculty 

International Conference "Adventures in Cinema Studies in Memory of Professor  Annette Michelson" (Emerita) , Tel Aviv University, Steve Tisch School of Film and Television ( forthcoming may 2019)  


REVIEWER AS ACADEMIC REFEREE (selective): International Communication Association; Israel Communication Association; National Identities Journal; Shofar Journal; Minerva Foundation, Vienna Science and Technology Fund; Rodopi publishers, Israel Studies Review Journal, Berghahn Publishers; Reviewer of Proceedings file for Associate Professor with Tenure,  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC); Reviewer of Proceedings file for Associate Professor, Sapir College; Reviewer of Proceedings file for Senior Lecturer, Open University; Reviewer of Proceedings file for Lecturer, Open University; Reviewer of Proceedings file for Lecturer, Kibbutzim College; Reviewer of B.F.A Program in Screen Arts - Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (2013); Reviewer of over 10 PhD theses (TAU Humanities Faculty: Culture School; TAU Faculty of Arts: Film & TV Dept. and the Interdisciplinary Program)



Association of Jewish Studies (AJS), USA (1990 – 1992); World Union of Jewish Studies, Israel (1993/1997); International Association for Semiotic Studies (1994); Association of Israeli Studies (AIS), Israel/USA (1996 – 1998); Society for Cinema Studies (SCS), USA (2000 – 2002); International Communication Association (ICA), USA (1999 – 2001); International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) (2000/2004); Film and History League, USA (2006 – 2008); International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAA), USA (2006 – 2008); Popular Culture Association (PCA), USA (2007 – 2008); International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), USA (2007 – 2008); Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI), USA (2007 -); International Society for Education through Art (InSea) (2010 - 12)



PhD: Gabi Aharoni Yunes (with Prof. Raanan Rein), Tel Aviv University (PhD Granted 2012 ); Orit Fussfeld Cohen, Tel Aviv University (PhD Granted 2013); Michal Pick-Hamou, Tel Aviv University (PhD Granted 2014); Anat Biger, Tel Aviv University (PhD Granted 2016); Irit Numa, Tel Aviv University (PhD granted 2016); Liora Shechtman (with Prof. Dan Orian), Tel Aviv University (2010 -); Ronen Gil, Tel Aviv University (2015 -), Mira Atzil, Tel Aviv University (2016-), Yam Kuman, Tel Aviv University (2016 -), Dor Yaccobi, Tel Aviv University (2017), Yair Dash Tel Aviv University (2018), Stanislav Grunstein Tel Aviv University (2018).

MA: 11 Candidates, 5 completed   

Post-Doc: Omri Ruah-Midbar, Tel Aviv University (2007)



InSplit Systems Ltd., Founder (established in 2008). The company dealt with technological solutions for interactive videos that enable personal or crowd participation in movies, TV shows and web videos in real-time. Technology and site name assigned to IMOVI Ltd. in 2012

Inventions, Inc. Exhibition at Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum, selected for exhibition as one of Israel's 45 top inventions for the model and technology of the interactive movie Turbulence. (December 2011)

Press coverage indicating leadership in industrial innovation (selective):



Fifth Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, US, paper presentation (1994); Society for Cinema Studies (SCS) conferences: Dallas, Texas, US (1996), Chicago, IL, US (2000), Denver, Colorado, US (2002) paper presentations; Association for Israeli Studies (AIS) Conference, Boston, US, paper presentation (1996); 22nd and 23rd Annual Conference on Film and Literature, Tallahassee, Florida, US, paper presentation (1997, 1998); 49th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, US, paper presentation (1999); DAC (Digital Arts and Culture Conference), Melbourne, Australia, paper presentation (2003); 9th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), Navarra University, Pamplona, Spain, paper presentation (2004); The 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th. 10th, 11th Tel Aviv International Conference on Cinema Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel, co-organizer and paper presentations (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016); Digital Media and Art Association (iDMAa) conference, National University, San Diego, California, US, paper presentation (2006); Film and History League conferences: Dallas, Texas, US, (2006), San Francisco, US (2008), Seattle, US (2016) panel chair and paper presentations; Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, paper presentation (2007); InSea Conference, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, paper presentation (2010); Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) conferences: University of Wisconsin, Madison, US (2008), University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2009), University of Virginia Tech, Roanoke, Virginia, US (2010), ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary (2011), Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany (2013) , paper presentation. University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus, Mumbai, India, paper presentation (2017), O.P. Jindal Global University, New Delhi, India (2017). 




NDS and Netvision Institute for Internet Studies: "Internet Video Services Impact on Video Consumers". Principal Investigator, granted 20,000 USD (2008)

TAU Fund for Applied Research: "Model and Platform for Authoring Hyper-Narrative Interactive Movies (HNIM)". Principal Investigator, granted 60,000 USD (2008)

Berkeley Video and Film Festival, "Grand Festival Experimental Award" for the interactive movie Turbulence (September, 2010)



Awards and Prizes



1. Ben-Shaul, N. Mythical Expressions of Siege in Israeli Films, Lewiston, NY. Edwin Mellen Press, 1997

2. Ben-Shaul, N. Introduction to Film Theories, Dyonon, Tel Aviv University, 2000

3. Ben-Shaul, N. A Violent World: TV News Images of Middle Eastern Terror and War, Lanham, Madison, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006

4. Ben-Shaul, N. Film: The Key Concepts, Oxford, Berg Publishers, 2007

5. Ben-Shaul, N. Hyper-Narrative Interactive Cinema: Problems and Solutions, Amsterdam & New York, Rodopi, 2008

6. Ben-Shaul, N. Cinema of Choice: Optional Thinking and Narrative Movies, London & New York, Berghahn Publishers, 2012 (Published in Paperback, 2015), Translation into Hebrew rights purchased by Am Oved Publishers, 2018.



Ben-Shaul, N. (Principal Investigator, Principal Scriptwriter, Co-Producer and Director): Turbulence: First Hyper-narrative Interactive Movie, TAU Fund for Applied Research, 2009, (83 minutes total)



Ben-Shaul, N. "Different yet Even: The Effacement of Power in Post-Structuralism - The Case of Seinfeld", Third Text 51, 2000, (pp. 75-85)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Three Film Versions: Three Periods in the Representation of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict", Zmanim No. 75, 2001 (pp. 68-75) (Hebrew)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Outline of a Cognitive-Developmental Approach for Comprehending the Art of Cinema", The International Journal of Education & the Arts (IJEA), Volume 2, Number 6, 2001

Ben-Shaul, N. "Film Genres as Syndromes - The Genre of Siege", Assaph Kolnoa, D, No. 2, 2001 (pp. 97-120)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Racial Disharmony and Imagined Socialist Harmony in Tent City: Representation of Inter-ethnic Tensions in 1950s Israel", Motar, No. 10, 2002 (pp. 51-56) (Hebrew)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Book Review of Abstracting Reality: Art Communication, and Cognition in the Digital Age, by Mark J. P. Wolf", Film Quarterly, Vol. 55, # 4, 2002 (pp. 49-51)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Split Attention Problems in New Media", Filmartforum (FAF), Vol. 17, 2003

Ben-Shaul, N. "Can Narrative Films go Interactive?" New Cinemas Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2004 (pp. 149-162)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Syndromic Analysis of Films as Historical Documents", in History and Memory – A Dangerous Relationship?, Zalman Shazar History Center Publications, 2004 (pp. 55-72) (Hebrew)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Fellow Traveler: The Cinematic-Political Consciousness of Judd Ne’eman", Shofar, Volume 24, Number 1, fall 2005 (pp. 94-107)

Ben-Shaul, N. "TV News: Visual Ideological Frames and the Coverage of Terror Events", Third Text, 73, Volume 19, Issue 2, March 2005 (pp. 145-155)

Ben-Shaul, N. "The Euphoric Decade: Vulgar Poetics and Dishonesty in Post-1967 Israeli Films", Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Volume 4, Number 2, July 2005 (pp. 233-243)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Interethnic tensions in a nation under siege", Kosmorama #237, 2006 (pp. 39-53) (Danish)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Israeli Persecution Films", in Traditions in World Cinema, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2006, New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, 2006 (pp. 160-176)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Split Narrative Films and the Problem of Attention Engagement", Journal of the International Digital Media and Art Association (iDMAa), Vol. 4: number 2: Fall 2007 (pp. 13-21)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Kippur", in North African and Middle Eastern Cinema, London: Wallflower Press (24 Frame Series), 2007 (pp. 213-223)

Ben-Shaul, N. Dossier Editor and Writing of Introduction: Morphing Realities: The Current Inscription of the Real in Film and Television, Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, 49-1, 2008

Ben-Shaul, N. "Ideological Implications of Baudrillard’s Notion of Simulacra, Cinemascope: Independent Film Journal, Year IV, Issue 10, January-June 2008 (pp. 1-6)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Israeli Films on War", Il cinema israeliano contemporaneo Nuovocinema/Pesaro, 2009, N. 67 (pp. 147-167)

Ben-Shaul, N. "Disjointed Narratives in Contemporary Israeli Films", in Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion, Austin, University of Texas Press, 2011 (pp. 113-120)

Ben Shaul, N., and Segelman, A., "Television under Siege", Jewish Quarterly: Contemporary Writing, Politics and Culture, No. 222, 2012, (pp. 44-48)

Ben Shaul, N. and Pick Hamou, M. "A Certain Tendency in Israeli Cinema", in Cinema: Made in the Middle East, Netherlands, LM Publishers (Forthcoming 2017)

Benshaul,N. " Imagination vs. Orientation: Identifying the Role of Imagination and Orientation in Mixed Documentary and Live Action Cinematic and Virtual displays" (submitted to Israel Science Foundation ISF, 2019) 


Ben-Shaul, N. (PI) et al "Internet Video Services Impact on Video Consumers", ISS, The Institute for Internet Studies, TAU, 2009, (153 pages),

Ben-Shaul, N. (Principal Inventor) et al. “System for Generating an interactive or Non-interactive Branching Movie Segment by Segment and Methods Useful in Conjunction Therewith”, Patent Application number: 12/936,824; Publication number: US 2011/0126106 A1; Publication Date: May 26, 2011; Filing date: Apr 7, 2009 (88 pp)

Ben-Shaul, N. (Principal Inventor) et al. "An Improved System for Generation of an Interactive or Non-Interactive Branching Movie Segment by Segment and Methods Useful in Conjunction Therewith" Provisional Patent Application No. 61/481,376, filed on May 2nd, 2011.


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