Jana Boulus joined ICSR as the Spring 2015 Atkin Fellow
A Palestinian citizen of Israel (Arab of ’48), Jana was born and raised in East Jerusalem. She obtained her BA from Haifa University with a double degree in English Literature and General Fine Arts. She continued her studies at the University of Edinburgh, where she attained an MSc in English Literature and Modernity with a dissertation focused on feminism and Arab women writers.
Jana has worked in the Video Department of B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, researched and consulted for the Israel/Palestine Office of Human Rights Watch, and worked as a counsellor at Seeds of Peace. Her latest engagement was with Adalah (The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel), as a Resource Development and International Advocacy Coordinator.
Jana has a passion for photography (www.janaboulus.com) and is the youngest artist to win the prestigious SIP scholarship, awarded annually to only three art students in the country. She has taken part in international and local exhibitions, including Haifa Museum’s “New Ideals” exhibition featuring woman artists from the region. Her photography reflects the various political, cultural, and gender based conflicts which have shaped her life and reveals her intimate and undeniable identification with Palestinian culture and identity. Jana dedicates her professional and artistic life to the Palestinian women within Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
As a Palestinian artist Jana has first-hand experience of the art that is being produced by other female Palestinian artists. In her Atkin Fellowship research paper she chose to acknowledge the artistic ways some of these women are resisting the Israeli occupation and using it to push through the boundaries of a Palestinian patriarchal society. To read Jana’s paper please click here.