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Dr. Omar Kasmani

Dr. Omar Kasmani

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



Omar Kasmani is a post-doctoral Research Associate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Affective Societies, at Freie Universität, Berlin. His work pursues ideas of post-migrant be/longing, queer futurities and public intimacy – a research practice that is best read across the study of religion, queer worldings and affect theory. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Omar has been living in Berlin since 2010. He has co-edited the volume Muslim Matter (2016), curated the project framing muslims, and has collaborated with cultural collectives like the Vierte Welt, Schwules Museum (SMU) and the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) in Berlin. He is currently working on his first monograph on saintly intimacy and unstraight futures in Pakistan.

Current FUBiS courses:

  • Urban Imaginaries: Between Place and Space in Berlin (FUBiS Term III 2021)
  • 2010 – 2016

D. Phil. Social & Cultural Anthropology
Freie Universität – Berlin, Institute for Social and Cultural
Anthropology / Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures & Societies

  • 2006 – 2009

MA Muslim Cultures
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Aga Khan University (International), London

  • 1997 – 2001

Bachelor of Architecture
Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture
Karachi, Pakistan

  • 2006 – 2008


Department of Architecture and Interior Design

Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi

  • 2015 – to date

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

SFB 1171: Affective Societies / Institute of Social and Cultural

Anthropology, Freie Universität – Berlin

  • 2009 – 2013

Research Member

Mission Interdisciplinaire Française du Sindh (MIFS)

Kasmani, Omar. 2019. Thin Attachments: Writing Berlin in Scenes of Daily Loves. Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, 1(3) 1-36.

Kasmani, Omar. 2019. “Pilgrimages of the Dream: On Wings of State in Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan.” In Babak Rahimi and Peyman Eshagi (eds.) Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World, pp. 134-148. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Kasmani, Omar. 2019. “No Laughing Matter: Bani Abidi at Berlin’s Gropius Bau” Anthropology Now, 11:1, 1-9.

Kasmani, Omar. 2019. "From your internal to my external." In Mary A. Hushlak and Monica B. Pearl (eds.) The Last Known Pose: Essays and Reflections on the Work of Qasim Riza Shaheen. Manchester: Cornerhouse Publications.

Kasmani, Omar. 2017. Grounds of Becoming: Living among the Dead in Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan. Culture and Religion, 18:2, 72-89.

Kasmani, Omar. 2017. Audible Spectres: The Sticky Shia Sonics of Sehwan. [Blog] History of Emotions - Insights into Research, October 2017, DOI: 10.14280/08241.54

Kasmani, Omar. 2016. Fakir Her-stories: Women’s Spiritual Careers and the Limit of the Masculine in Pakistan. [Blog] TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research, 26.05.2016 https://trafo.hypotheses.org

Kasmani, Omar and Maneval, Stefan (eds.) 2016. Muslim Matter. Revolver Publishing: Berlin.

Kasmani, Omar. 2015. “Women [un-] like Women: The Question of Spiritual Authority among Female Fakirs of Sehwan Sharif.” In Michel Boivin and Remy Delage (eds.) Shrines, Pilgrimages and Wanderers in Muslim South Asia, pp.47-62. Oxon: Routledge.

Kasmani, Omar. 2012. Of Discontinuity and Difference: Gender and Embodiment among Fakirs of Sehwan Sarif. Oriente Moderno, XCII, 2.