VJ Um Amel

Arabic for Video Jockey (VJ) "Mother of Hope"

Known for creating R-Shief software and performing as VJ Um Amel, Laila Shereen Sakr is Assistant Professor of Media Theory & Practice at University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, she co-founded Wireframe, a new digital media studio that supports critical game design and digital arts practice. In 2021, she launched VJ.Live, a platform for live broadcasting and interactive experiences.


  • Digital Arts
  • Media Theory + Practice
  • Feminist Technology
  • Middle East Studies
  • Interaction Design
  • Worldbuilding

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  • Reframing the ‘Arab Spring’

    Reframing the ‘Arab Spring.’ In Angela Krewan and Alena Strohmaier, editors, Media and Spatial Knowledge in/of the MENA-region. Amsterdam University Press, 2021.

  • Techies on the Ground: Revisiting Egypt 2011

    "Techies on the Ground: Revisiting Egypt 2011," Cyber Orient Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East and Islamic World Vol. 13, Iss.1, 2019, pp. 43-61.

  • Ev-Ent-Anglement: Reflexively Extending Engagement By Way of Technology

    “Ev-Ent-Anglement: Reflexively Extending Engagement By Way of Technology” (co-authored with Alex Juhasz and Brian Getnick) in Bodies of Information: Feminist Debates in Digital Humanities, Eds. Liz Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont, (in press, 2017).

  • On Developing a Teaching Module on Arab Social Media

    “On Developing a Teaching Module on Arab Social Media,” (co-authored with Kimberly Katz) in Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier: The Integration of Production and Theory/History in Cinema and Media Studies Courses, (2016).