Curriculum Vitae

 Wayne H. Osborn, Jr. (J.R. Osborn)
Georgetown University
Communication, Culture & Technology
Washington, DC 20057

Education

2008 – Ph.D. in Communication, University of California-San Diego (UCSD)

  • Dissertation Title: “The Type of Calligraphy: Writing, Print, and Technologies of the Arabic Alphabet”
  • Awarded the 2008 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in African and Middle Eastern Studies from the African and African-American Studies Research Project, UCSD
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Communication, Chair), Bennetta Jules-Rosette, (Sociology, Co-Chair), Irene Bierman-McKinney (Art History, UCLA), Chandra Mukerji (Communication), Brian Goldfarb (Communication), Gary Fields (Communication)

2004 – Sana’a Institute of Arabic Language, Sana’a, Yemen

2003 – M.A. in Communication, University of California-San Diego (UCSD)

  • Fields: History of Communication, Communication as a Social Force, Communication and Culture, Communication and Information Processing
  • Papers: “Questing After the Book: Islamic Calligraphy and Print” and “Seeing The Method: The Use of Diagrams for the Visualization of Theoretical Narratives”

2003 – Certificate in Ethnographic Film, University of California-San Diego

  • Advisor: Bennetta Jules Rosette (Sociology), UCSD Ethnographic Film Lab

2003 – School of Arabic Studies, Middlebury College

1997 – B.A. in Religious Studies, Grinnell College

  • Thesis: “Denying the Body, Accepting the Self: The Absence of Meaning in Christian and Buddhist Suicide”
  • Departmental Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

1996 – Pitzer College of External Studies, Zimbabwe

Seminars and Workshops

2009 – Arabic Calligraphy Workshop, Tashkeel, Dubai, UAE w/ Wissam Shawkat

2009 – Modern Japanese Calligraphy, Dubai, UAE w/ Tankei Maruyama

2006 –  Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (SECT): TechnoSphereS - FutureS of Thinking, led by Anne Balsamo, University of California, Humanities Research Institute, Irvine, CA

Research Projects and Fieldwork

Interests: Media Aesthetics, Semiotics, Graphic Design, History of the Book, New Media, History of Technology, Audio/Video/Interactive Practice, Written Communication, Diagrams, Typography, Unicode, Islamic and African art

Digital Unmixing – Design and programming of animated digital interfaces that support interactive analysis of artworks by museum and gallery visitors. Current projects include the unmixing of contemporary African painting and the unmixing of stamp elements for the National Postal Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

Diagrammatica – Curatorial project exploring the design and aesthetics of conceptual diagrams.  Semiotic classification and analysis of diagrams as spatial schemas for the construction of narrative arguments.

From Calligraphy to Digital Type: Arabic Script in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Design – archival, semiotic, and ethnographic study of Arabic script analyzing written language, visual representation, and technologies of inscription.  Book-length manuscript (in preparation) accompanied by an annotated visual history of Arabic script.

2009-11 Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai – Produced, shot, and edited a feature-length documentary blending high-definition footage with playful animation to explore themes of visual culture, urban space, and globalization.  Collected over 40 hours of video interviews with practicing artists, curators, and art educators in Dubai, UAE.

  • Official Gulf Feature Selection, 5th Gulf Film Festival, Dubai UAE, 2012

2008 The Type of Calligraphy: Writing, Print, and Technologies of the Arabic Alphabet – Ph.D. dissertation analyzing the history of the Arabic alphabet as it moves across manuscript, typographic, and artistic registers. Special emphasis is placed upon the semiotics of Arabic script and the history of Ottoman printing.

2007 Research Fellow, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL – Archival research addressing the history of Arabic-script printing in Europe. Compiled a 68-page finding guide entitled Newberry Library Holdings related to Arabic Script, the Printing of Arabic Characters, and Middle Eastern Print.

2005 Research Fellow, Süleymaniye Yazma Eser Kütüphanesi (Süleymaniye Manuscript Library), Istanbul, Turkey – Archival research with Ottoman printed works and manuscripts addressing the Ottoman calligraphic tradition, the Müteferrika Press, and Ottoman printing.

2005 Independent Field Work – Field interviews with calligraphers, graphic designers, and contemporary artists in Amman, Jordan.

2005 Gesture and Sign Languages in the Middle East (Dr. Carol Padden, advisor) – Videographer and multimedia specialist for interviews with deaf Jordanians exploring regional variation of Arabic sign language and gesture.

2003 Searching for the Qur’an (Dr. Bennetta Jules-Rosette, advisor) – video ethnography of the UCSD Muslim student association during Ramadan.

1996 Questions of Health and Medical Practice (Dr. Z.J. Duri, advisor) – Interviews with practitioners of Zimbabwean traditional medicine.

Academic Appointments

2010- Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Adjunct Professor, Communication, Culture & Technology

2009-10 The American University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Communication

2008 The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Adjunct Professor, Department of Media Studies

2006-07 University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Lecturer, Department of Communication

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

2011 Outstanding Program Service and Dedication
Awarded by the Association for Africanist Anthropology

2009 President’s Award for Outstanding Service. American University in Dubai.

2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Essay in African Studies and Anthropology
Awarded by the Association for Africanist Anthropology

Essay Title: “Writing Culture with Arabic Letters: The School of Khartoum And Contemporary Calligraphic Art”

2008 Outstanding 2008 UCSD Graduate Student (Nominee).

2008 Outstanding Dissertation in African and Middle Eastern Studies, 2008.
Awarded by UCSD African and African-American Studies Research Project

Dissertation Title:  “The Type of Calligraphy: Writing, Print, and Technologies of the Arabic Alphabet”

2007 Newberry Library Research Fellowship, Chicago, IL

2005 Flame Award for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship and Community Dedication, Awarded by National University

2005 Research Travel Grant, Awarded by the Institute for International and Comparative Area Studies, UCSD

2005 University of California Friends of the International Center Fellowship

2004 American Institute of Yemeni Studies Arabic Language Study Grant

2004 Outstanding Video in African and Diaspora Studies
Awarded by UCSD African and African-American Studies Research Project

Video Title: “Searching for the Qur’an”

2002 Outstanding Graduate Research Award
Awarded by UCSD African and African-American Studies Research Project

Essay Title: “The Shape of Recitation: Qur’anic Calligraphy as Extension of the Letter”

2001-05 San Diego Fellowship for Graduate Diversity

Publications

2012            “Marcelo Lima: Postcards from the Aesthetic Diaspora.” Foreword to Marcelo Guimarães Lima, Heterochronia & Vanishing Viewpoints: Art Chronicles and Essays. Kensington VIC, Australia: Metasenta Publications.

2012            “New Jack African Cinema: Hollywood in Action” (with Bennetta Jules-Rosette). In Maryellen Higgins, ed. Hollywood’s Africa After 1993. Columbus, OH: Ohio University Press.

2010            “Tankei Murayama on Modern Japanese Calligraphy” (with Marcelo Guimarães Lima, Tankei Murayama, and T. Kato). Panoptikon Papers: On Contemporary Visual Culture. Dubai, UAE. ISSN 1996-0344.

2009            “Narratives of Arabic Script: Calligraphic Design and Modern Spaces.” Design and Culture 1,3: 289-306.

2009            “Building Cultural Capital: Contemporary Art in Dubai and the African Art Circuit” (with Katy Chang). Panoptikon Papers: On Contemporary Visual Culture. Dubai, UAE. ISSN 1996-0344.

2009            Basically Human: Conditional Identities | Conditional Spaces (artist entries for exhibition catalog). New York, NY: School of Visual Arts/ American University in Dubai.

2009            “Unmixing the Chaos: African and Diasporic Art on Display in Global Context” (with Bennetta Jules-Rosette). Critical Interventions: A Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture 1,3: Interrogating African Modernity.

2007            Newberry Library Holdings related to Arabic Script, the Printing of Arabic Characters, and Middle Eastern Print. Chicago, IL: Newberry Library.

2006            “Islamic Traditions of the Book: Calligraphy, Performance, and Print.” International Journal of the Book. 3,3:33-38.

2005            “Theory-Pictures as Trails: Diagrams and the Visualization of Theoretical Narratives.” Cognitive Science Online, 3,2:15-44.

2005            “Spectacular Colleges and Spectacular Rankings: The U.S. News Rankings of American “Best” Colleges.” (with Gordon Chang). Journal of Consumer Culture, 5:3.

2005            “Islamic Calligraphy as Recitation: The Visual Expansion of Divine Words.” Humanities and Technology Review 24.

 

Media Productions

2012            Cinématon: Behind the Scenes (5-minute short film).

2011             Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai (63-minute documentary directed by Katy Chang). Producer and Editor. www.glitterdustfilm.com

- Official Gulf Feature Selection, 5th Gulf Film Festival, Dubai UAE, 2012

2011            Cheik Ledy’s Non Comprendre! Unmixed (interactive digital interface for an African painting). Programmer and Designer.

2010            Osman Waqialla’s Ya-Sin Unmixed (interactive digital interface for an African painting). Programmer and Designer.

2011            “Nanjing Road” (11-minute narrative film directed by Katy Chang). Producer and Editor, 2008. Distributed by CreateSpace.

2007            Chéri Samba’s Autoportrait Unmixed (interactive digital interface for an African painting). Programmer and Designer (with Bennetta Jules-Rosette).

2003            “Searching for the Qur’an” (20-minute documentary video).  Producer (with Devon Smith), Director, and Editor.

- Awarded the 2004 Outstanding Video in African and Diaspora Studies, by the African and African-American Studies Research Project, UCSD.

2003            “Shanghai Gardens” (interactive digital interface for photography series of Shanghai neon).  Programmer and Designer (with Ge Jin).

- Accepted for Memefest, 2003.

 

Performances, Screenings, and Exhibits

2012            Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai, 5th Gulf Film Festival, Dubai, UAE, April 10-17 (Nominated for the Official Gulf Feature competition).

2011            Unmixing African Art (installation of the interactive unmixing interfaces). Exhibit Organizer, Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego.

2010            “GesturoDubai” (gestural lexicon and DVD souvenir), with Katy Chang, performed at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE, March 14, 2010.

2006            “The Nature of the Book” (performative reflection on the history of the book), with Bill Marsh, performed at &Now 2006, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL April 7, 2006.

2006            “We are Hip-Cap” (PowerPoint performance piece), performed at Communication in the Wild, University of California-San Diego, CA, May 19, 2006.

2004            “Translation Station: Jan Patocka” (Gestural Dance Translation Experiment), performed at San Diego Poetry Guild Showcase San Diego, CA, October 27, 2004.

2004            “What We Do” (Gestural Dance Tutorial Performance), performed at Communication in the Wild, University of California-San Diego, CA, April 16, 2004.

2004            Invited Performance Desperanto and the Use of Kinesthetic Translation in Scholarly Performance” (with Bill Marsh), performed at Plasmatica 040404: Unfolding of New Structures in Old Spaces, University of California, Berkeley, CA April 4, 2004.

2004            “A [Tentative] Outline for Symbol Formation” (Performative Lecture), performed at San Diego Poetry Guild Showcase, San Diego, CA, January 16, 2004.

2003            “Small Books, Deep Memories: Books Fit for a Travel Pouch.” Curator

Awarded 2nd Place, Friends of the Library Book Competition, University of California-San Diego.

2003            “Shanghai Gardens” (interactive digital interface for photography series of Shanghai neon), included in Memefest, 2003.

2003            “Desperanto” (Poetry-Dance Performance), with Bill Marsh, performed at AV Text Fest #6, Mexicali, MX, April 11, 2003 and Hotels/Motels Exhibition, San Diego, CA, December, December 20, 2003.

 

Book Reviews

2011            “Review: Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story.” Design and Culture 3,4: 603-605.

2011            “Review: Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art.”
Design and Culture 3,3: 409-411.

2009            “Review: Arabesque: Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia.”
Design and Culture 1,1: 147-148.

 

Scholarly Presentations and Symposia

2011            “Unmixing the Trace: A Digital Interaction with African Art” presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Quebec, November 17, 2011.

2011            “Unmixing African Art: A Digital and Performative Interaction,” presented at Circuits and Connections: A Symposium on Africa and the African Diaspora, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA, May 27, 2011.

2011            “Calligraphic Typefaces: The New Media of Arabic Typography” presented at Discourse 2.0: Language and New Media, the 2011 Georgetown University Roundtable on Language and Linguistics, Washington, DC, March 12, 2011.

2010            “Unmixing Khartoum: Artistic and Global Permutations of Sudanese Calligraphic Art” presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA, November 19, 2010.

2010            Invited Presentation “Video Before/After Video” (with Marcelo Guimarães Lima) presented at Video’Appart Paris-Dubai Biennial, Dubai, UAE, March 24, 2010.

2009            “Building Cultural Capital: Contemporary Art in Dubai and the Global Art Circuit” (with Katy Chang), presented at Revisiting Modernization, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, July 29, 2009.

2008            “Triangulating Arabic Script: The Shape of the Letter Across Three Communities” presented at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA, November 22, 2008.

2008            “Playing with Signs: The Strategy of Digital Unmixing and the Anthropology of Art” presented at the 24th Annual Visual Research Conference of Society for Visual Anthropology, San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2008.

2007            Co-organizer Invited Session “Writing From The Margins: Technological Narratives of Arabic Typography” presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 1, 2007.

2007            “Calligraphic Art as Anthropological Text: Rewriting The Encounter of Islamic Tradition and Contemporary Aesthetics” presented at the 2007 National Communication Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, October 2007.

2007            “Unmixing the Chaos: African and Diasporic Art on Display in Global Context” (with Bennetta Jules-Rosette) presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, New York, NY, October 19, 2007.

2007            Invited Presenter “Writing From The Margins” presented at Khatt Kufi and Kaffiya: The Khatt Foundation Symposium on Visual Arabic Culture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 2007.

2006            “A Drink at the Bar, A Dream of Afar: The Bar as Liminal Space in African and Diasporic Cinema” presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2006.

2006            Co-organizer Invited Session “Writing the Self in the Painting of Letters: The School of Khartoum And Contemporary Calligraphic Art,” presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San José, CA, November 16, 2006.
2006            “Factory School: A Modular Platform for Publishing, Data Assembly, and Performance,” presented at the University of California Digital Arts Research Network (UCDARnet) Graduate Research Info/Xchge, Los Angeles, CA, April 28, 2006.

2006            “Film as Text: Orientalism, Colonialism, and Ghostwriting,” commentary presented at the Josephine Baker Film Symposium, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, February 17, 2006.

2005            “Mirroring Africa: Jean Rouch and Collaborative Reversal in Documentary and Ethnographic Film,” presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Washington, D.C. November 17, 2005.

205            “Islamic Traditions of the Book: Calligraphy, Performance, and Print,” presented at the Third International Conference on the Book, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, September 13, 2005.

 

2005            “Poetry in Gesturo-Haptic Translation” (with Bill Marsh), presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, San Diego, CA, March 20, 2005.

2005            “Identity Construction and Diasporic Transnationalism,” commentary presented at the Dangerous Ground Film Symposium, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, February 4, 2005.

2004            “Islamic Calligraphy as Recitation: The Visual Expansion of Divine Words,” presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Humanities and Technology Association, York College, York, PA, October 15, 2004

2004            “The Fluid Meanings of Abstraction: Higher Education and the U.S. News Rankings of Colleges” (with Gordon Chang), presented at the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association: Public Sociologies, San Francisco, CA, August 17, 2004.

2002            “The Shape of Recitation: Qur’anic Calligraphy as Extension of the Letter,” presented at the Thirteenth Annual Berkeley Graduate Symposium: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Visual Representation, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, March 16, 2002.

 

Teaching Competence and Courses Taught

Fields:            Critical and Cultural Studies – History of Media Technology, Cultural Studies of Media and Communication, Visual Culture, New Media, Media Literacy, Film Studies, Communication Theory, Semiotic Analysis, Graphic Design, Middle Eastern and African Media, Art History, Religion and Media.

Applied Technology and Skills – Digital Video/Sound (Recording and Editing), Documentary Film, Web Design, Web Animation and Interactivity, Introductory Graphic Design

2011-12            Fundamentals of Technology (Masters-level core course)
Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University

2010-12            Remix Culture, Technologies, and Methods (Masters-level seminar and lab)
Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University

2011            Graphic Design Studies (Masters-level seminar)
Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University

2011            Critical Making: Audio and Video (Masters-level lab)
Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University

2009-10            History of Graphic Design (Upper-level undergraduate lecture)
Department of Visual Communication, The American University in Dubai

2009-10            History of Art 1 and 2 (Undergraduate introduction)
Department of Visual Communication, The American University in Dubai

2009-10            Islamic Art and Architecture (Upper-level undergraduate lecture)
Department of Visual Communication, The American University in Dubai

2008            Media Rhetoric and Aesthetics (Upper-level undergraduate media lab)
Department of Media Studies, The Catholic University of America.

2006-07            Comics and Sequential Art (Advanced undergraduate seminar)
Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

2006            Methods of Media Production (Introductory undergraduate lab)
Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

2006            The Psychology of Filmic Language (Teaching Assistant)
Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

2005            Ethnographic Film and Media Methods (Lab/Teaching Assistant)
Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

2004-05            Methods of Media Production, 2004-2005 (Teaching Assistant)
Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

2004            Communication and Culture (Teaching Assistant)
Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

2003-04            Introduction to Communication (Teaching Assistant)
Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

 

Consultancies and Professional Activity

2012            National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution: Unmixing the “18-cent Washington” – designed and programmed an interactive animated interface that teaches elements of stamp design and composition.  The interface is utilized for educational programs at the museum and operates as a stand-alone interactive terminal in the museum gallery.

 

 

2012            Georgetown University Media Production Bootcamp ­– developed and  implemented an intensive two-weeks hands-on introduction to audio and video production and multimedia editing.  The Bootcamp teaches graduate students and professionals the basics of multimedia digital production.

2011            Yahoo! Report on Linguistic Networked Readiness by Han-Teng Liao, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University – Invited to respond to the report, prepared comments addressing Unicode accessibility and script rendering on computer displays.

2011-12            Communication, Culture & Technology Program, Georgetown University  – Developed a core Master’s-level “Fundamentals of Technology” course to present the technical workings and structure of digital technology for student of media and culture; advised on procurement of equipment and software for the program’s media and communication lab

2006-11            Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) – website design and maintenance of online presence, 2006-2011

2009            “Forms of Meaning: Exploring the Calligraphic Qur’an,” presented at the Holy  Qur’an Exhibition, Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE, October 7, 2009 ­ curatorial talk and exhibition walk-through

2009            “Digital Unmixing and Strategies of Curatorial Display,” The National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian, Washington, DC, September 4, 2009 – invited presentation on the curatorial and technical strategy of digital unmixing

2006            “The Making of Africa Remix” by Simon Njami – presentation technician

2003            “Following a Lead (FAL): Visualizing Possible Search Strategies Among a Collection of Documents,” Executive Board of Semantic Research, Inc., San Diego, CA, October 26, 2003 – invited presentation on a visual strategy of mapping the search returns of academic journal databases.

Languages

Proficiency:            Arabic, German, Turkish

Familiarity:            French, Ottoman Turkish, Shona

 

Academic Service and Event Organization

2011            Exhibit Organizer, Unmixing African Art, Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego, May 2011

2010-11            Technology Lab Organizing Committee, Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) Program, Georgetown University

2006-11            Association for Africanist Anthropology Web Master

2005-08            Designer and Curator, Factory School

2001-08            Board Member, African and African-American Studies Research Project, University of California-San Diego

2007            Co- Organizer, Invited Session, “Signifiers of Social Inequality and Narratives of Inclusion in Comparative Perspective” for the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC

2004-06            Curator and Organizer, Communication in the Wild (quarterly series of academic media, art and performance showcases)

2006            Co-Organizer, Invited Session, “Representing the Social Self: African Art and Anthropology” panel at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San José, CA.

2006            Campus Organizer, MadCat Women's International Film Festival  (Film screening of tour festival program), May 24, 2006, University of California, San Diego.

2006            Co-Organizer, Josephine Baker Film Symposium, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, February 17, 2006.

2005            Co-Organizer, Dangerous Ground Film Symposium, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, February 4, 2005.

2004-05            Graduate Student Representative, Hiring Committee: “Critical Studies in Communication Technology” and “Digital Media Production and Theory,” Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

2003-04            Graduate Student Representative, Space and Equipment Committee, Department of Communication, University of California-San Diego

 

Students

2012            Saaret E. Yoseph, “Red, Read, Remix: A Documentary and Cultural Exploration of Metro Graffiti.” M.A. Thesis (with Distinction), Georgetown University

2012            Gloria Sauti, “Anthropology in the Digital Age: An Analysis of Social Interaction on Networking Sites.” Ph.D. Thesis, University of Witwatersrand, RSA

2011            Matthew Marco, “The Form of the Web Browser and Its Social Effects.” M.A. Thesis, Georgetown University.

2011            Jack Harrison, “Hearing the Gaze, Feeling the Sound: Directed Listening in Audio Remix Culture.” M.A. Thesis (with Distinction), Georgetown University.

2011            Stephanie Kwak, “The Life & Times Of Henry Darger: A Video Animation.” M.A. Thesis, Georgetown University

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