research + publications

Book Chapters (Upcoming)

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini. 2017. “A Question of Relevance: Teaching with Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film in a Saudi University.” In Educating Through Popular Culture: “You’re Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics”, Studies in the Integration of Popular Culture in Teaching and Learning, edited by Edward Janak and Ludovic Sourdot. Maryland, USA: Lexington Books. < Book chapter on Google BooksAbstract>.

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini. 2017. “The Protagonist Does Not Die Anymore: The Influence of the Death Narrative on Popular Saudi Culture.” In Death Representations in Literature, edited by Adriana Teodorescu. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. <Abstract> (**Also presented at the “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Death Representations in Literature” seminar at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Mar 17-20, 2016. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.)

Conference Presentations

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini. 2016. “Abstraction in artistic expressions of contemporary Saudi popular culture”. <Abstract>. Presented at AMCA’s fourth annual conference, Abstraction Unframed, hosted in partnership with the Barjeel Art Foundation and NYUAD. May 22-25, 2016.  (originally titled in conference program: Understanding abstraction in artistic expressions in contemporary media of the Arabian Gulf)

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini. 2015. “The Camera as a Public Place and the Portrayal of the Mundane in Saudi Women’s Videos”. Presented at “Media and History revisited” 26th Conference of the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST 2015).  Jun 18-20, 2015. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


Al-Saati, Maha Zeini. 2013. “The Architectural Image: Space, Movement and Myth”. PhD Thesis, The School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada. <abstract– low res (72 dpi) thesis– high res (300 dpi) thesis>

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini, David Botta, and Robert Woodbury. 2012. “Depictions of Architectural Spaces in Film.” The International Journal of the Image 2012. v.3, Issue. 3, pp. 107-118. <paper – abstract>.

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini, David Botta, and Robert Woodbury. 2012. “Architects on Architectural Film and Animation.” In Proceedings of CAADRIA2012: the 17th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia 25-28 April 2012, Chennai, India. pp. 637–646. <papercumincad>.

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini, David Botta, Robert Woodbury, Halil Erhan, and Magy Seif El-Nasr. 2012. “Moving in Filmic Spaces: Relating Camera Movements to Spatial Archetypes in Architectural Animations.” In Proceedings of CAADRIA2012: the 17th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, 25-28 April 2012, Chennai, India. pp. 629–636. <papercumincad> .

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini. 2011.“Assessment of Open Building Application to Saudi Duplex Houses in Saudi Arabia.”In Proceedings of ICBEDC2011: Re-Humanizing the Built Environment Proceedings. 5th  International Conference & Workshop On Built Environment In Developing Countries, Penang, Malaysia.

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini, David Botta, and Robert Woodbury. 2011. “The Emergence of Architectural Animation: What Architectural Animation Brought to the Fore and Pushed to the Background.” In Proceedings of INTERCAD 2011: The International Conference on Architecture and Design, Vienna, Austria. and (The International Scientific Journal Architecture and Engineering) pp. 50–56.  <paper> .

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini, Jim Bizzocchi, and David Botta. 2011. “The Cursor as an Artistic Expression in Jeddah.” In Entertainment Computing – ICEC 2011. 10th International Conference on Entertainment Computing, Vancouver, Canada. pp. 444-447. <abstract> .

El-Nasr, Magy Seif, Maha Al-Saati, Simon Niedenthal, and David Milam. 2008. “Assassin’s Creed: A Multi-Cultural Read.” Loading… v.2. Issue.3. <paper> .

Al-Saati, Maha Zeini. 2006. “Open Duplex House: An Application of the Open Building System to the Duplex Houses in Saudi Arabia”. Unpublished Master of Architecture Thesis, Department of Architecture at King Faisal University. Dammam, Saudi Arabia. <pdf>