My academic interests are broadly-speaking in the connection between different practical ways of engaging with the world, materially, through the senses, and in relation to others, and affects, subjectivities, concepts and knowledges. Previously I explored this relation in modern western science. In the past few years, I have been exploring it in religion, specifically in Sufism and the importance of sound and listening in it. I have maintained an orientation towards decolonization throughout my academic career.
I'm currently a Ph.D. researcher at the Granada Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. I am co-supervised by anthropologist of sound Rupert Cox and ethnomusicologist Caroline Bithell. My Ph.D. is about the connection between listening practices to music and ecstatic experience in the Sufi practice of Dhamaal in Pakistan.
I previously did a 7-month ethnography at the Naqshbandi Sufi Center of Barcelona, Spain, as part of an MA in Anthropology in Ethnography co-supervised by visual and religious anthropologist Roger Canals and anthropologist of Islam Alberto Bargados (2018).
Earlier I did a Masters in Science and Technology Studies from Maastricht University in the Netherlands (2012). Earlier than that I did a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, USA (2009).
Some of my previous papers can be found on my academia page.