Reham Hosny

Associate Fellow


Dr Reham Hosny is an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. She currently serves as an AI advisor at the consultative network of the United Nations Secretary-General’s AI Advisory Body.

She researches the role of artificial intelligence and digitality in understanding and conceptualising the cultural forms and power dynamics in the Global South, censorship and socio-politics of creative writing, data colonialism and representation of the Arab world, the dynamics of digital post/colonial feminism and the question of human and women’s rights in the Middle East. Reham’s work has received funding from various sources, including the British Academy.

Her current interdisciplinary project aims to produce both academic outputs and tools for underrepresented and vulnerable writers and artists working in and against authoritarian regimes. Dr Hosny’s research background lies at the intersection of the fields of Digital Humanities, Cultural Studies, Media Studies and Critical Theory.

Her work has been published or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Big Data and Society and Digital Culture & Society, and her forthcoming book @ArabicELit: Electronic Literature in the Arab World (2024, Bloomsbury) highlights new aesthetics and perspectives of the emergent field of electronic literature. She is an invited speaker at several international conferences and symposiums, and a member of various international research networks such as the Intersections, Feminism, Technology & Digital Humanities network (IFTe) funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council, and the Global AI Narrative (GAIN) network in the MENA region.

She is an award-winning digital creative writer and her co-authored novel, Al-Barrah [The Announcer] (2019, 2021), the first Arabic artificial intelligence novel, won the 2022 Robert Coover Award’s Honorable Mention. Dr Hosny is the first Arab and African to be elected as a director at the international Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) and to be a convener of the ELO awards (2023).

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Reham Hosny