A City in Daily Loves:

I'm featured in Omar Kasmani's Video Essay for the FU-BEST&FUBiS Lecture Series, Freie Universität Berlin.

This video-essay approaches ideas of postmigrant feeling and be/longing in Berlin. Fragments of texts and conversations – unfinished, intimate and ongoing at best – lead us to a felt geography that accrues by way of migrant rhythms, refrains and relations. A City in Daily Loves is an intimate scenography of Berlin, one that is neither fixed nor entirely external to the self. Here, Berlin is a material yet porous ground of affect, a city located along the interface of inward and external modes, felt only subjectively and piecemeal.

Featuring: Bani Abidi, Iskander Abdalla and Sylvia Schedelbauer
Duration: 45 minutes

A cultural anthropologist and Berliner-by-love, Omar Kasmani is a post-doctoral research associate at the Collaborative Research Center, Affective Societies at Freie Universität, Berlin. His work pursues critical notions of intimacy, religious affect and postmigrant be/longing – a research practice that is best situated across the study of Islamic life-worlds and queer and affect theory.

This video essay is part of the joint FU-BEST and FUBiS digital lecture series “What’s next?” Voices From Dynamic Berlin. Learn more about Freie Universität Berlin’s international programs FU-BEST (European Studies) and FUBiS (International Summer and Winter University), see the full lecture series schedule.