Salman Hussein

is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, York University. He is broadly interested in examining social movements and struggles for human rights in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan. His ethnographic and historical research focuses on protest movements and collective struggles in the context of decolonization of human rights. Currently, he is engaged in two projects. In his first project, he examines activism against ‘disappearances’ that has emerged at the intersection of the politics of terror and the politics of dissent in Pakistan. This project draws from ethnographic research he has conducted with the families of the ‘missing persons’ and human rights activists in the country. In the second project, he examines new forms of queer activism at the intersection of liberal legality and sexual biopolitics and looks at how a new language of gender rights has emerged to contest inequality and marginalization by traditional communities of khwajasaras in South Asia. His research has appeared in POLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Postcolonial Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and Anthropologica.