Gaza: Arts of Resilience and Hope in the Midst of Despair

Translated title of the contribution: Gaza: Arts of Resilience and Hope in the Midst of Despair

Michelle Pace (Producer), Haim Yacobi (Producer), Ziad Abu Mustafa (Producer), Mariam Galal Noaman (Producer)

Research output: Non-textual formSound/Visual production (digital)Researchpeer-review


What is the role of art and artists in an extreme case of violence such as in Gaza, and what can we learn from Gazan artists about hope and resilience? These are the key questions that we explore in this video and the panel that will follow as a continuation of our research on health and violence in Gaza. The form of slow violence in Gaza operated by Israel seems to be forgotten but the people of the Gaza Strip continue to live without free access to the outside world. Years of protracted humanitarian crisis have all but exhausted the resilience of the two million Gazans. In the midst of chaos and despair there remains hope, particularly expressed in Gazan art.
Translated title of the contributionGaza: Arts of Resilience and Hope in the Midst of Despair
Original languageArabic
Publication date21 Apr 2021
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Media of outputVideo
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021
EventVIRTUAL IAS Festival: : Gaza: Arts of Resilience and Hope in the Midst of Despair - virtual, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 May 20215 May 2021


SymposiumVIRTUAL IAS Festival:
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Bibliographical note

Michelle Pace is Professor in Global Studies at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark. She is also Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House, London and Associate Member, Middle East Studies Forum, Deakin University, Australia.
Haim Yacobi (Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL) is an architect who specialises in critical urban studies. His academic work focuses on colonial geography, architecture and planning politics as well as on urban health.
Ziad Abu Mustafa is a researcher who obtained his PhD in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Birmingham.
Mariam Noaman, Master Student in Global Studies, Social Science Department, Roskilde University, Denmark. (Movie editing and production)


  • Gaza
  • art
  • resilience
  • resistance
  • hope
  • despair
  • alternative epistemologies
  • settler colonialism
  • Israel

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