שני קוטלר

שני קוטלר

Shany Kotler

  shany.kotler@mail.huji.ac.il

 

A bit about me:

I was born in Jerusalem in 1984 and raised in Qiryat-Arba. During my high-school years I've majored in arts and science, and ever since I'm keeping the healthy tension between the artist and the scientist within me.

I've studied Initiative production at "Sam Spiegel School of film and television", and worked as a story editor in various production companies, as well as a film teacher and the head of the film department in my old high school in Jerusalem.

While I was at my last year of film studies i realized that my true passion was education, so I decided to shift my carrier path and to become a full time teacher. I got excepted to "Revivim" excellence program – a Hebrew university program which was designed in order to produce teachers that are both scholars and role models; I did my B.A and Education certificate in Jewish studies, literature and bible, And continued my M.A studies at the program for Folklore and Folk culture studies.

 

Volunteer and Educational work:

Nowadays i work as a literature and Hebrew-language teacher at a high school located in Jaffa, which integrates Jewish and Arabic (Muslim and Christian) students together. Since 2014 I live in Lod, as part of a community of students living at the same neighborhood and filling an active role in the daily life of the citizens around us.

I'm volunteering at the "Migdalor" (Lighthouse) - a youth evening center located in my neighborhood and operated by "Elem", an association which takes care of youth in distress. One of the biggest roles of our center is to keep the teenagers away from the streets and to give them better alternatives and positive examples.

During my free hours in between I dance lyrical and contemporary dance, which allows me, along with the literature I meet every day in school, to give the expressive parts of me to shine.

 

My research:

I am a PhD candidate at the Folklore and Folk studies department. My research, which is a continuation of my MA thesis, focuses on the relations between internet, culture and its humor. My main question deals with the folklore created on the internet via various humor phenomenons, in attempt to challenge the traditional theories and views in existing folklore research and to lead it toward the next level in post-modern Interdisciplinary research.