Daniyal Ahmed, M.A.

Lecturer, Comparative Liberal Studies
School Of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


  • M.A in South Asian Studies, Universität Heidelberg, Germany.
  • B.A. in Humanities, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.

Notable Performances

  • Momentum Tech Conference, Karachi (2019)
  • Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik, Freiburg (2018)
  • Karlstorbahnof, Heidelberg (2018)
  • Oberhof Festival, Oberhof (2016)
  • “Die Grünen Schuhe”, Hebel Halle, Heidelberg (2015)


  • “Rocking Islam– Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities” – Centre for Popular Culture and Music, Freiburg, 2018.
  • “Oral History in South Asia: Practices, Uses, Possibilities” – Royal Holloway College, University of London, 2013.


Daniyal Ahmed is an anthropologist and musician, researching and practicing at the intersection of sound and culture. He completed his M.A from the South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he studied Anthropology and History. His dissertation studied aspects of the ‘Refugee Crisis’ and of migrant life in Germany through the lens of sound and music; building on extended ethnographic field work and musical activities with various migrant communities in Germany. He is interested in sound, both musical and non-musical, listening cultures, sonic practices, histories of music and sound reproduction, oral histories, and musical exchange and development through migration. He also employs sound ethnography and musical practice as research methods.

Having failed to master any one instrument, Ahmed has succumbed to playing a number of string instruments and flutes. He has performed in various formations in both Pakistan and Germany. His music project, ‘Taranum’, is an exploration of affinities between Pakistani and Moroccan music, and their contemporary in-betweens. He is also co-founder of Karachi Community Radio (KCR), “an audio-visual intervention in the city’s musical culture”. Through KCR, he produces collaborative and experimental musical performances and discussions which are live-streamed online and are publicly accessible.

Ahmed has been involved with Habib University since 2014, when he joined as its first writing tutor, before returning as a Lecturer in Comparative Liberal Studies in 2019. He has also taught and developed an experimental, humanities course, for secondary school students at the British Overseas School in Karachi.

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