IQAS welcomes three new editors


IQAS warmly welcomes Fatima C. Alvarez Castillo, Ahsan Kamal and Victoria Kumala Sakti as new members of the Editorial Team!

Fatima C. Alvarez Castillo
is a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines Manila campus. Apart from teaching at the university, she provides mentorship to groups and organisations working for the rights of the marginalised. She tries to ground her scholarship in the actual struggle of the oppressed, especially indigenous peoples and women living in poverty. The belief that the world will eventually be a fairer and kinder place sustains her work. She has published on questions of justice in various fields including health care, research ethics, women, indigenous peoples and pedagogy.

Ahsan Kamal is an assistant professor in Pakistan Studies at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad and has been a lecturer in Pakistan Studies since 2010. In his research he focuses on the sociology of water, decolonizing theory, research methods, political ecology and social movements. He is furthermore specialized in designing and conducting large scale surveys and qualitative studies, researching in post-disaster and conflict areas and conducting workshops and training for activists, community organizers and journalist. He acquired his PhD in Sociology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, NC and won the 2020 Pirzada Dissertation Award by University of California, Berkeley. He studied Sociology, International Affairs & South Asian Studies and Computer Sciences at the UNC, the Columbia University in New York and the National University of Science and Technology in Pakistan.

Victoria Kumala Sakti is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Her research focuses on ageing and displacement, and their intersections with issues of care, memory, and post-conflict recovery. Victoria has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and their borderlands. Her work also examines the impacts of borders, (im)mobility, political identity, translocal practices, and belonging. She obtained her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin in Social and Cultural Anthropology and studied Theory and Practice of Human Rights at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, along with Psychology at the Atma Jaya Catholic University in Indonesia.