Ahmed Ansari is a doctoral candidate and lecturer in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests intersect between design studies, cultural theory, and the philosophy and history of technology in the Indian subcontinent – specifically, he is interested in South Asian cosmologies and ontologies, with a focus on Indian conceptions of creativity and (mediated) affect, looking at theories of rasa of the Dhvani School and the Ishraqi School (Illuminationism). He is also a member of the Decolonizing Design platform, and a founder of the Architecture Design Research Lab in Karachi. He teaches courses at CMU in systems thinking, design and culture, and philosophy of technology at Carnegie Mellon.

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