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Usman Mahar, M.A.

Usman Mahar, M.A.

Researcher, PhD Candidate


LMU Munich
Institut für Ethnologie
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Room: C U110
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9608
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9602


Work group

Research Project/Group
Return to Pakistan: The Political Economy of the Emotions of Remigration
German Research Foundation (DFG) Grant SO 435/14-1 (funding period: 2019-2022)

Fields of Interest:

  • Anthropology of migration
  • (Im)mobility, irregular migration, “voluntary” returns and deportations
  • Border regimes, citizenship and identity
  • Anthropology of emotions
  • Medical anthropology
  • Cultural psychology

Regions of interest:

Europe: Germany
South Asia: Pakistan

Academic Career:

  • 2019-Present: Research Associate, LMU Munich
  • 2018: M.A. Heidelberg University
  • 2015: B.A. (Hons) University College Utrecht

Academic Publications

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Conferences (organised); Workshops (conducted); Papers (presented)

  • July 2020: EASA2020, Portugal (virtual attendance)
    Title of conference: New Anthropological Horizons in and Beyond Europe
    Title of panel: The Affective Economy of Deportation and Return (P073)
    Convenors: Dr. Martin Sökefeld and Dr. Sabine Strasser (Discussant: Dr. Shahram Khosravi)
    Title of paper (presented): Documents, Destiny and Returning to Pakistan: Making sense of (im)mobility
  • December 2019: Centre for Peace and Security (NUST), Islamabad
    Title of conference: Forced Migration and Prospective Responses
    Title of paper (presented): The Ethics and Sustainability of “Voluntary” Returns: A critical look at AVR programs in Germany
  • October 2017: Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (Heidelberg University), Heidelberg
    Title of conference (organised): Images of Age and Ageing (in Germany and India)
  • April 2017: Der Kunst Der Welt, Cologne
    Title of conference (active participation): The Extreme Centre