Laila Shereen Sakr is a digital media artist and theorist known for creating the cyborg consciousness, VJ Um Amel, and the R-Shief media system. She is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
We are media makers, researchers, and software developers who create open tools and visualizations, generate and host open data, and support open learning scholarship related to social media, global media activism, with a focus on Middle Eastern languages.
Leading an innovative form of humanities-based inquiry that explores digital media through critically and theoretically informed collaborative design practices, UCSB Film and Media Studies Professors Laila Shereen Sakr and Alenda Chang established Wireframe Studio in 2017.
Along with Prof. Paul Amar and Prof. Sherene Seikaly, Prof. Laila Sakr co-organized a gathering of human rights defenders and scholar/activists at UC Santa Barbara and launched an intensive process of learning, evaluation, and reimagining that has led to new possibilities: “The ‘Arab Spring’ meets ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Brazil: Crises of Civic Securitization and Futures of Global Advocacy" in Rio de Janeiro and the Arab Studies Institute's Egypt Project.
Together we can make a difference. VJ Um Amel has created a limited edition series of art prints available exclusively on this website. 50% of all sales will benefit the ACLU. 50% will support VJ Um Amel's production costs of her future art projects.
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“Security or Uncertainty: Stabilizing R-Shief Twitter Analysis during the Jasmine & Egyptian Revolutions.” ThoughtMesh: Critical Code Journal, February 5, 2011.
“The R-Shief Initiative: Proof of Concept” in Parson’s Journal for Information Mapping (Vol. 2) (2009).
“A Digital Humanities Approach: Text, the Internet, and the Egyptian Uprising” in Middle East Critique. Taylor and Francis. Vol. 22, Iss. 3, 2013.
“Collateral Damage: #Oslo Attacks and Proliferating Islamophobia,” Jadaliyya, 08/09/2011.