UCL Grand Challenges


Water Marks: Exploring Imagination, Storytelling Practices Amongst Women in East Jerusalem

Street in East Jerusalem

1 September 2021


Grant: Grand Challenges Doctoral Students' Small Grants
Year awarded: 2021-22
Amount awarded: £2,000

Project Team

  • Emilie Glazer, Anthropology
  • Jumana Emil Abboud, Slade School of Fine Art

The objectives of Water Marks: Exploring imagination, storytelling practices and orientations towards the future amongst women in East Jerusalem are to:

  1. Understand and document women’s relationship to the springs and its stories, as part of the neighbourhood’s cultural heritage
  2. Use participatory research and art-based methods to overcome possible barriers to imagination and storytelling to safeguard women's heritage
  3. Support women’s creative skills through a collaborative research project
  4. Establish a rewarding space of shared values towards questions of justice and equality.
  5. Create a space in which the women’s stories and the story of water - past, present and future are given visibility on a local, regional, and international level
  6. Open the possibilities for ongoing collaborations to solve challenges of justice in Jerusalem from the ground-up

Outputs and Impact

  • Awaiting outputs and impacts