Of Word Limits and World Limits – in Conversation with Ahsan Kamal


  • Andrea Fleschenberg (Author)
  • Ahsan Kamal (Author)

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Ahsan Kamal is Lecturer in Pakistan Studies at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, teaching courses in research methods, social theory, social movements and water politics. They work with activists and communities on issues of land and water commons in Pakistan. Their PhD dissertation in Sociology was written on the death and defence of the Indus River in Pakistan. One of their most recent publications, co-authored with Christopher Courtheyn, is “Research as Action and Performance. Learning with Activists in Resource Conflicts”, published in 2021 in The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography. Andrea Fleschenberg talked with Ahsan Kamal on action research, research ethics, and critical decolonial approaches to research and teaching.


research ethics, decolonising methods, fieldwork, social movements, scholar activism, action research, reciprocity, positionality, interview