Tal Morse

Tal Morse

  • morset@gmail.com
  • Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem
  • Department of Photographic Communication
Participant in 2011
Work history Adjunct lecturer, The Department of Photographic Communication, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Minerva Center for the Study of End-of-Life, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Study history PhD in Media and Communications (2010-2015), The Department of Media & Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK

M.A. in Communication, (Cum Laude, Dean's list of honour) (2006-2009), Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel

B.A in Communication and Management (2002-2005), School of Media Studies, College of Management Academic Studies, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Publications Morse, T. (2014) Covering the Dead: Death Images in Israeli Newspapers – Ethics and Praxis, Journalism Studies, 15(1), pp. 98-113

Morse, T. (2013) Shooting the Dead: Presentation of Dead Bodies in Israeli Media. In: Aaron, M. (Ed). Envisaging Death: Visual Culture and Dying. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Morse, T. (2012) Dynamics of death images in Israeli press, Bulletin du Centre de recherche français à Jérusalem, (23).

Phd Projects


Post Mortem: Death-Related Media Rituals

The aim of this project is to advance an understanding of the role the media play at the occurrence of death, in the construction and reconstruction of a global, cosmopolitan community. In the global media sphere there are different voices that make different claims regarding the constitution of the global community and its solidarity. In this context, death plays an important role, demonstrating or reflecting the claim for social order and its maintenance in a global age. In these early stages of the 21st century, we often experience death through the media. The rituals that the media perform when death occurs serve as a means to include or exclude different groups and to give a voice to or silence the call for moral responsibility and caring for distant suffering. Death-related rituals, in this sense, are symbolic actions that reflect more fundamental questions, such as who qualifies as “human”. In this project, I wish to study how the rituals that the media perform at the occurrence of death facilitate social cohesion and a sense of community. The object of the study is the spectacle of death. I intend to focus on the visual aspects of death-related media rituals and on the way the management of the visibility of death delineates the boundaries of the imagined community, thus cultivating a sense of belonging. What is the nature of the imagined global community that such rituals construct? In order to answer this question, I intend to study the performance of death-related media rituals by two global news networks. In today’s global media environment we can identify two dominant voices that tell the leading narratives of the global sphere: the Western world and the Arab world. These narratives, especially in relation to death events such as wars and armed conflicts, often conflict with each other, each promoting a competing agenda. The way they portray death and thus the way they frame the events can serve as a prism to analyse the claims made regarding the global social order. The project compares and contrasts the coverage of global mass-death events, events in which relatively large number of people died and that have the potential to become an event of global significance. I shall examine two news networks that give voice to these two rival narratives – BBC World and Al-Jazeera English.


Dissertation title Post Mortem: Death Related Media Ritual
Year of defence 2015

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