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Haytham Nawar

Arabic Script Chair

Haytham Nawar.

Haytham Nawar (b. 1978) is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and scholar. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Design at the American University in Cairo and previously chaired the Department of the Arts there. Nawar is recognized for founding the Cairo International Electronic and New Media Arts Festival, Cairotronica. He holds a Ph.D. from Plymouth University, UK, specializing in integrative arts, and has degrees in Printmaking, New Media, and Spatial Design from institutions including Cairo's Faculty of Arts and Zurich University of the Arts.

 As a two-time Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Artist, Nawar's research and writing explore diverse areas such as design history, Arabic type design, and communication systems. He has a specific focus on the Arab World and Africa, delving into topics such as multiscriptual communication and pictographic systems. Notable publications include "Language of Tomorrow: Towards a Multicultural Visual Communication System in a Post-Human Era" (Intellect Books, 2020) and "A History of Arab Graphic Design" (coauthored with Bahia Shehab, AUC Press, 2020). Nawar's work showcases his commitment to interdisciplinary exploration and pushing the boundaries of art and design practices.