Adeem Suhail is the Singh Postdoctoral Associate at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center at Yale. He is trained as a social anthropologist and his work broadly pertains to issues in the anthropology of politics and the politics of knowledge production. His research interests are situated at the intersection of the anthropology of violence, state theory, and urban anthropology. He is currently working on a manuscript, Composing Ganglands, interrogating how the periodic recruitment and subsequent dismantling of groups that wield non-state violence abets the maintenance of political order. Crucial to this project is an attention to the ways in which shifting contours of social boundaries and difference are made and unmade into categories of analytical significance. The project addresses the relationship between temporality, desire and processes of rule-making and is based on on extended field research in Atlanta, Georgia and Karachi, Pakistan. He is also working on another collaborative book project titled Exuberance and Asceticism, that interrogates the philosophical, socio-political implications of the rapid proliferation of smart urbanism and its attendant discourses across the globe. Adeem received his PhD from Emory University and has offered courses in anthropology at universities in the US and in Pakistan.
“Dispositifs of (Dis)Order: Gangs, governmentality and the policing of Lyari Town, Karachi.” Book Chapter, in Mashal Saif and Amen Jaffer (eds.), States and Subject Formation in South Asia, Oxford University Press. 2019.
“Amnesia of Genesis: Circularity and stasis in political economy perspectives on Pakistan”. Book Chapter. In Zaidi and McCartney (eds.), The New Political Economy of Pakistan Cambridge University Press. 2019.
“State Formation,” (Co-author w/ David L. Nugent) The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley Blackwell. 2019.
“Our City, Your Crisis: The Karachi Baloch and the partition of British India,” (Co-author w/ Ameem Lutfi). South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (October 2016): pp.1-17.
“The Everyday State in Lyari.” Economic and Political Weekly, 49(26-27): June 28th, 2014