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Shahd Abusalama, PhD

scholar activist & artist
Dr. Shahd Abusalama is a Palestinian scholar activist and artist, born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp, northern Gaza. Due to the displacement facing her family in Gaza, she will be based between London, Barcelona and Beirut in 2024. She recently started a visiting scholarship at the Lebanese American University, exploring the gendered representation of Beirut protests during the 17 October Revolution. Her Ph.D. from Sheffield Hallam University which explored the historical representations of Gaza and its refugees in documentary films, will be published by Bloomsbury this year, under the title, “Between Reality and Documentary”. She is the author of Palestine from My Eyes blog which was published as a book in ltaly in 2013. She also co-founded Hawiyya Dance Company in 2017 which showcases Palestine‚Äôs folkloric Dabke and music to UK audiences and beyond to amplify antiracist causes.