Dr. Irit Kornblit

KWI International Fellow

Academic Career

Higher Education

  • 2011 – 2018    Bar Ilan University, Department of French Culture, PhD. Dissertation: “A Discursive and Rhetorical Analysis of the Keyword Cultural Diversity in Institutional Discourses” (French).
  • 2007 – 2010    Universidad de Buenos Aires, Courses in Cultural Studies and Semiotics.
  • 2003 – 2006    Bar Ilan University, Department of French Culture, MA (Cum Laude). Thesis: “The Semiotics of Up and Down in Albert Camus’ La Chute” (94).

Research Grants

  • 2022                Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, International Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2020                Paul Desmarais Centre for the Study of French Culture, European Forum at the Hebrew University, Individual Research Grant
  • 2011 – 2014    Bar-Ilan University’s Presidential Grant for Outstanding PhD Candidates

Research Interests

  • Rhetorical Argumentation and Qualitative Discourse Analysis
  • Institutional Discourse
  • Expert discourse, science communication
  • Conceptual history and global intellectual history
  • Transfer, mediation and translation of concepts, intercultural communication

Selection of five publications

  • “Rhetorical Strategies of Legitimacy and Authority in Times of Covid-19: The Case of Belgian PM Wilmès”, Argumentation et Analyse du Discours 28. (French) [going online April 15]
  • “Metaphors of Cultural Diversity at UNESCO: Legitimation Strategies of a New Keyword in Institutional Discourse”, Metaphor and the Social World 12(2). DOI: 10.1075/msw.20018.kor
  • “The Cultural Factor in Discourse Analysis: The Polemic between France and the US Regarding the Meaning of Cultural Diversity”, Le Discours et la Langue 12.1 (French).
  • “Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity: Trajectory of an Analogy (2001-2010)”,Argumentation et Analyse du Discours 21 (French). DOI: 10.4000/aad.2711
  • “Towards a Rhetorical and Argumentative Analysis of the ‘Petite Phrase’ ‘Culture Isn’t a Commodity Like Any Other’ (1993-1999)”. Mots. Les Langages du Politique 117:19-33 (French). DOI : 10.4000/mots.23215