Beyond Sides – Towards Reconciliation: Israeli and Palestinian Women in the West Bank

A presentation by photojournalist Saskia Keeley.



Hillman Hall’s Clark-Fox Forum Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130


  • Beyond Sides – Towards Reconciliation: Israeli and Palestinian Women in the West Bank

    Marie Griffith, Saskia Keeley, Atia Thurman (September 9, 2019)

Join us for a special presentation from international photojournalist Saskia Keeley, who will share her experiences leading photography workshops that work to unite divided communities. This work helps to unpack decades of fear and disconnection between Israeli and Palestinian women living in the West Bank by creating the opportunity for them to discover interconnectivity, respect, and empathy through the use of cameras and storytelling.

Saskia Bory Keeley is a Swiss photographer, educated at Geneva University, Sotheby’s, and the New Academy for Art Studies in London. She trained at the International Center for Photography in New York City, and is enrolled in the Interspiritual Counseling Program (ISC), a 3-year training at the leading edge of the newly emergent field of Interspiritual Counseling (One Spirit Learning Alliance—NYC).

Saskia runs the Accompagnateur Workshops, photography workshops in which participants unpack decades of fear and bias through the simple yet profound acts of looking and listening. She is exploring where these workshops can be helpful in global conversations toward peace and coexistence (working with NGOs like Roots and Taghyeer in the West Bank) and within divided communities (collaborating with NGOs like Pico Union Project in Los Angeles and the Women’s Prison Association in New York City). The Accompagnateur Workshops guide and teach participants to see members of different cultures and communities with clarity and compassion. Assigning each to photograph the other breaks barriers and provides the chance to literally see one another from a new perspective.

She is a Master Facilitator with Leaders’ Quest’s team, facilitating photo workshops to deepen relationships and broaden perspectives with business companies and their leadership teams.

Saskia has presented her work at universities including Yale, Duke, Tufts, UCLA, Washington University, and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. She has been published in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, PBS Newshour, UCLA’s Daily Bruin, Women Across Frontiers. “Beyond Sides – Toward Resolution” is a chapter she wrote for the academic publication “Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogues for Global Peacebullding and Stability” IGI Global Press, 2019.

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This event is free and open to all. There will be a light reception for all attendees beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Detailed directions and parking instructions will be sent to guests who register via Eventbrite.


  • Saskia Keeley