Rustam Khan

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Rustam Khan

Rustam supports the PKG Center social innovation initiatives as a graduate community fellow. As a graduate student at the History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society program (HASTS), his research interests lie at the intersection of science and technology, the environment and the world economy, particularly in places of the former Soviet Union and the Global South at large. Rustam aims at tracing unheard voices that are absorbed in whirlwinds of societal change. For example, the after-life in ruined mining communities or public health disasters resulting from chemical production in Central Asia or China today. One question that drives this research asks who ultimately bears the brunt of social and ecological dislocation for the sake of “modernization” and “development,” which is more than often invisible to contemporaries. Besides this, he also explores the relevance of digital humanities to engage with broader audiences. Before coming to MIT, Rustam has pursued research at the University of Hong Kong on urbanization in Northeast Asia and Russia, studied in Shanghai and Taiwan, and interned at UN’s ESCAP in Kazakhstan. Wherever and whenever possible, Rustam tries to engage with local community building, for example with Root Division through dancing and music arts in Belgium, or as Tutor at Shun Hing College in Hong Kong.