Dr. Omar Kasmani
Collaborative Research Centre 1171 Affective Societies - Dynamics of social coexistence in mobile worlds
Research Associate (Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dilger)
Research Project C03 "Governing Religious Diversity in Berlin: The Affective Dynamics of In- and Exclusion in Urban Space"
Room JK 30/203
Dr. Kasmani, as a contract teacher, teaches a BA course in summer 2018:
Omar Kasmani is a post-doctoral research associate at CRC 1171 Affective Societies at Freie Universität, Berlin. His work pursues ideas of intimacy, post-migrant be/longing and queer temporalities – a research practice that is best situated across the study of religion, queer and affect theory. His current project explores the public interface of migrant religion in Berlin through critical notions of porosity and opacity and pursues an intimate scenography of be/longing in the city. Based on his earlier research, his first monograph Queer Companions is forthcoming with Duke University Press (early 2022). Theorizing saintly affects and public formations of intimacy in contemporary Pakistan, the book explores the felt and enfleshed ways in which coming close to deceased Islamic saints bears public and world-making ramifications. Also, with the same publisher, he is currently developing an edited volume entitled, Pak*stan Desires: Queer Futures Elsewhere. Omar has co-edited the book Muslim Matter (Revolver Publishing, 2016) and teaches on urban geographies, religion and queer theory with expertise in migration, Sufi life-worlds and contemporary South Asia. His published work can be accessed via his profile on Academia.