Sanaa Alimia holds a PhD, without corrections, from the Politics and International Studies Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2013). She holds a BA (Hons) and MSc (First Class) from the London School of Economics (2007). During 2011-2014 she held the position of Senior Teaching Fellow and Teaching Fellow at SOAS where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in ‘Comparative and International Politics’, ‘Government and Politics of South Asia’, and ‘Government Politics of Modern South Asia’. She was also a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Peshawar (2013/14) where she taught masters and research students ‘Global Racialised Migration Systems in the 20th/21st Century’. Sanaa’s research interests involve oral histories of Afghan refugees and urban poor residents in Pakistan. Her work pays attention to Pakistan, Afghanistan, urban politics, refugees, biopolitics, necropolitics, and enumeration mechanisms.
Postdoctoral Research Project
Title: Street Politics, Moral Lives and Transnationalism: Afghan Refugees and Pakistani Citizens in Karachi and Peshawar
Sanaa's work explores how urban cities in Pakistan are composed of different local, national, transnational, and multinational actors and spaces. She does so by exploring how Afghan refugees, undocumented migrants, as well as 'devalued' Pakistani citizens sustain cities such as Karachi and Peshawar. Using oral interviews, ethnographic research, and discourse analysis her project explores how these actors are placed in spatial and epistemological 'margins' and, then, how they challenge and navigate out of these margins.
(outline by Dr. Sana Alimia)
Alimia, Sanaa. (Forthcoming.) ‘Pushing Beyond Theories of Everyday Urban Resistance: Self-Humanisation in Urban Pakistan - Afghan Refugees and Pakistani Citizens.’ Journal of Contemporary Asia - Special Edition: Rethinking Resistance.
Alimia, Sanaa. (Forthcoming.) ‘Pakistani Pashtun Bodies as ‘Ghettoes’ and Afghan Bodies as ‘Frontiers’ – Understanding Differences in State Violence in Karachi.’ In Policies, Practices and Perceptions of Intervention in South Asia – the Cases of Afghanistan and Pakistan, edited by Andrea Fleschenberg and Raquel Freire.
Alimia, Sanaa. 2014. ‘How Identity Cards are Changing Cross-Border Identities: The Case of Pashtuns in Afghanistan and Pakistan,’ in Dynamics of Change in Conflict Societies: Pakhtun Region in Perspective Conference Proceedings, University of Peshawar and Hanns Seidel Foundation, Peshawar.
Alimia, Sanaa. 2014. ‘Violence and Vulnerabilities: Afghans in Pakistan.’ Forced Migration Review, 46 – ‘Afghanistan’s Displaced People: 2014 and Beyond.’
Alimia, Sanaa. 2014. ‘Who Counts as a Refugee?’ Himal South Asia Online.
Alimia, Sanaa. 2013. ‘The Black Clouds over Peshawar and the Inescapable Vulnerability of Life’. Media Diversified.
Alimia, Sanaa, 2012. ‘Afghans in Pakistan Face a Perilous Future.’ Al Jazeera.
Alimia, Sanaa. 2011. ‘A Sense of Nervous Anticipation Looms in Pakistan.’ Jadaliyya Online.