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 studio promoting collaborative theoretical and creative media practice with investments in global social and environmental justice. In 2021, she launched VJ.Live, a platform for live broadcasting and interactive experiences.
Laila Shereen Sakr's new book, Arabic Glitch: Technoculture, Data Bodies, and Archives, will be out July 2023 from Stanford University Press.
In an interview, Elisabeth Frausto covers "Capital Glitch: Arab Cyborg Turns to D.C." in the local San Diego newspaper, La Jolla Light (November 2, 2021).
Gaafer, Rania “Glitch: Art & Technology: Processing Media Matter,” Necsus (Autumn 2020, #Method), November 30, 2020. Review in an international, double blind peer-reviewed journal of media studies published by Amsterdam University Press. Image left: VJ Um Amel “Birds 8.8” 2017 (image courtesy of the artist).
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Arabic Glitch: Technoculture, Data Bodies, and Archives. Stanford University Press, 2023.
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," 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” (co-authored with Alex Juhasz and Brian Getnick) in Bodies of Information: Feminist Debates in Digital Humanities, Eds. Liz Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont, 2017.