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Nobil Ahmad Ali

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Ali Nobil Ahmad is a researcher, occasional curator, and journalist with interests in media, migration, and environmental politics. Based in Berlin since 2014, he is currently a Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient. He has previously been Visiting Professor of South Asian Studies at Brandeis University, Assistant Professor of History and the Lahore University of Management Sciences, and a recipient of the Guardian’s Scott Trust bursary for journalists. His monograph, Masculinity, Sexuality and Illegal Migration, published by Routledge and Oxford University Press, was based on his PhD, a study in human smuggling from Pakistan to Europe, received from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. 

Ahmad’s curatorial credits include anthropoSCENE: film and climate justice in Asia and Africa (Kino Moviemento Berlin, 2017); Jamil Dehlavi: Between the Sacred and the Profane (BFI, London, 2018), and Cinema in Muslim Societies ICA, London, 2011). He has extensive experience as a print journalist, and writes regularly for international media outlets such as the Guardian and the National (UAE). He has made two short, experimental documentaries about the 2010 floods in Pakistan and their aftermath: Waseb [Nation] (2015), and Lok Sath [People’s Tribunal] (2018). His most recent film about cricket in Lahore, Single Wicket, is currently in production. 

In 2019 Ali participated in ‘Research Network: Film and Political Ecology in the South’, presenting research into historic and contemporary filmmaking practices and ecological struggles in the global South, with curator/researcher and lecturer Dr. Nicole Wolf as respondent. The discussion centred around questions of human and non-human agency, kinship, and care across species within Ali’s work. 

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