Publications

Forthcoming

Anxious Citizens of the Attention Economy: In Conversation with Mohsin Hamid — Wasafiri, March 2021

Book chapter in Mothers, Mothering and Covid-19: Dispatches from a PandemicPink Tax, Demeter Press, Canada, March 2021

“Churails is a show about rage, which is both positive and negative – it’s an emotion – we need to normalize rage”: Saba Karim in Conversation with Asim Abbasi — Wasafiri, 2021


Recent

2020

Celebrating Chaos: The Power of Untidy Realities in Ethnographic Research — Excursions Journal, Sussex

Soccer, Streets and Stardom: the sports movement that has taken Karachi by storm — in SportsIllustrated| En Fuego

The Social Experiment on photographing migrant workers in the Gulf during Covid-19 from: The Pandemic Lens

In Pakistan, sex workers face a cruel dilemma – feed their children or risk infection with coronavirus from: The Independent

The time to “sober up” has arrived: Could COVID-19 provide the global wake-up call the world needs? from: Verso

Am I Next? on how Floyd’s plea became a metaphor for the choking condition of minorities on the lowest rungs from: DAWN

Pink Tax on early warnings suggesting that women are rapidly becoming tongue-tied victims of the pandemic from: DAWN

Navigating Ethics in the Digital Age: An Interdisciplinary Approach from: Sentio, an interdisciplinary social science journal

Eulogy versus resume on the stark though mostly overlooked realisation that, when people die, their eulogies celebrate life very differently from the way we define success in daily terms from: DAWN

Limitations of human control: How Covid-19 has paralysed life in Dubai on the sound of silence during the pandemic in the Gulf from: DAWN

The brand that is Pakistani men on how, unearthing the topsoil and repurposing Pakistani men, their life and ambitions, towards discovering curiosity, companionship and consistency, sparking the realization that time doesn’t always have to mean money, must remain a dream deferred from: The Friday Times

Taj Mahal is a classic example of how, in a TV series, less can often be more from: DAWN


2019

Women are suffering silently in Pakistan – is #MeToo the answer? From: The Guardian

‘It has altered me forever’: trauma of child domestic workers in Pakistan from The Guardian

After a year of Imran Khan, Pakistan is finally stepping into its role as a world player from: The Independent

FICTION: Chronicles of a genius foretold from: DAWN

Ticking time bomb on what is triggering the decline in mental well-being from: DAWN

For a brief period before the Kashmir crisis, humanity in the subcontinent trumped propaganda – not anymore from: The Independent

A view from the bridge: Saba Karim on the form of happiness that Sydney has to offer from: The Friday Times

Pakistan has a domestic abuse problem – but there’s a way to turn the outrage into action from: The Independent

It’s time to talk about women being shamed for making the first move from: DAWN

Coming last on rediscovering maternal love from: The Friday Times

Academic Arms Race on how, “OPTING out” of the success treadmill appears impossible, particularly in the age of social media, where striving for meaningless perfection is the hallmark of a happy life from: DAWN

The Second Shift on women today who are desperate to keep the feminist flag high, but glib reassurances of ‘having it all’, gloss over realistic possibilities from: DAWN

Leading the Entertainment Revolution in Karachi from: The Friday Times


2018:

The brilliance that is Amir Khan from: Gulf News


2016:

There Are No Free Passes In The Pakistani Parents’ Club from: Huffington Post


2015

A Perversely Compelling Love Affair from: Huffington Post

The Road Not Taken: Notes From My Father’s Unfinished Book from: Huffington Post

The Middle East’s Secret Religion from: Huffington Post

A Blood-Soaked Love Letter To Pakistan from: Huffington Post

Unequal responses from: DAWN. April 16, 2015.

Childhood Lost: Pakistan’s underage workforce from: The Express Tribune

Rock Bands, Facebook, And The Crackdown On Digital Free Speech In Pakistan from: ThinkProgress

New dawn for young militants from: The Express Tribune


2014

Human trafficking in Pakistan: Not for sale from: The Express Tribune

Tackling the menace of Boko Haram from: The Express Tribune

Pariahs on the streets from: DAWN


2013

No fear of accountability from: DAWN


2012

The wages of pride from: DAWN

Between law and practice from: DAWN