Dr Reham Hosny


I obtained my joint supervision Ph.D. from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) – New York and Minia University, Egypt.

My Ph.D. dissertation, Digital Media Poetics: Remapping Electronic Literature in the Arabic and Anglo-American Contexts (2018), contributed to finding a place for the Arabic electronic literature (e-lit) on the international e-lit map. My Ph.D. dissertation was mainly concerned with providing new perspectives on digital media poetics by remapping the Arabic and Anglo-American electronic literature and criticism map. Additionally, it provided an understanding of the nature of the transitions from paper-based to computer-mediated literature and poetics. I am directing arabicelit, the first initiative focusing on globalizing Arabic electronic literature in English language.

I was also the key organizer of the first international conference on Arabic electronic literature at RIT Dubai, Feb. 25-27, 2018.

I delivered the first electronic literature workshop in the Arab World in collaboration with the President of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) at RIT Dubai, and co-curated the first e-lit exhibit in the Arab World at RIT Dubai. I initiated the first autobiographical collection of Arab electronic literature authors on the ELMCIP Knowledge Base in 2015. I have some years of teaching experience of English and Arabic literature at Minia University and the University of Leeds. I spent two years as a visiting scholar at College of Liberal Arts at RIT, New York and West Virginia University.

I have participated in many international conferences and symposiums and delivered guest lectures at different places around the world such as the USA, the UAE, the KSA, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, and England. I have published widely in peer-reviewed journals such as EBR, Hyperrhiz, Digimag, and Digital Culture & Society. Besides my scientific achievements, I received the Ihsan Abdel Quddous Literary Prize for short story writing for my short story collection Amma Ba’d (and therafter) (2012). I also wrote Al-Barrah (The Announcer), the first Arabic augmented reality and hologram novel, in collaboration with Mohamed A. Nasef (2019).

At Leeds, I teach a wide range of subjects within the areas of Arabic literature/culture, Arab theatre and cinema and translation.

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of electronic literature and poetics, digital media and culture, critical theory, Translating Multimodal Literature, and digital humanities, with focus on the changes that accompanied literature and criticism in their journey from page to screen, the best practices for reading electronic literature, and how to understand literature in social media. My book, @arabicelit: Electronic Literature in the Arab World, which will come out in 2021 from Bloomsbury Publishing, reflects on Arabic electronic literature in relation to the world e-lit context.

I am currently working on a project focusing on using digital media as a tool for social and political change.

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  • PhD in Digital Literary Criticism
  • MA in Literary Criticism
  • BA in English Language and Literature
  • BA in Education and English Language

Professional memberships

  • Member of Electronic Literature Organization (ELO)
  • Member of Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH)
  • Member of the Global AI Narrative (GAIN) network in the MENA region
  • International Consultant for the Electronic Literature Organization's ELC4
  • Member of Writers Union of Egypt