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Muhammad Kavesh

Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Toronto

My book, Animal Enthusiasms: Life Beyond Cage and Leash in Rural Pakistan (2021) explores cultural meanings associated with pigeon flying, cockfighting and dogfighting in Pakistan and discusses human-animal relationships, masculinities, anthropology of ethics, sensory analysis, and visual anthropology.

Biography

Muhammad Kavesh has just completed an Australian Anthropological Society's 2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Australian National University. His book Animal Enthusiasms: Life Beyond Cage and Leash in Rural Pakistan (Routledge 2021, part of Rebecca Cassidy and Garry Marvin series "Multispecies Anthropology: New Ethnographies) is based on two-year ethnographic fieldwork (conducted between 2008-2018). The book examines how human-animal relationships are conceived, developed, and carried out in rural Pakistani Muslim society. Kavesh is starting his next postdoctoral fellowship in the Anthropology Department at the University of Toronto in early-2021 with Prof. Naisargi Dave. This project will examine the ethics of air-surveillance through "spy pigeons" on Indian-Pakistani border, and its ethical, moral, religious, and political significance in contemporary South Asia.

Kavesh's writings have appeared in South Asia, Society & Animal, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, The Senses and Society, and Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies, among other outlets. His co-edited special issue for The Australian Journal of Anthropology (Dec 2020) on "Sense Making in a More-than-Human World" explores rising multi-species anthropology debates in Australasia.

Kavesh has three-year teaching experience at the Australian National University where he convened courses such as "The Making of South Asia (2018)", "Culture and Modernity in Asia (2019)", and "Anthropology and Technology in India (2020)". He also carries professional work experience of working with multiple humanitarian organization in Islamabad (Pakistan) on the UN, European Union, and DFID projects.

Other than presenting his research in a dozen conferences and workshops, Kavesh has co-organized panels in Australian Anthropological Society's annual conferences (2016, 2019). His volunteering works include serving on ANU Student Leadership Team (2016-2017), postgraduate coordinator for South Asian Research Institute (2017), and convenor for the anthropology thesis writing group (2015-2017).

Recent Publications:

Kavesh, M. A. (2021) “Animal Enthusiasms: Life Beyond Cage and Leash in Rural Pakistan,” Routledge: London and New York.

Kavesh, M. A. (2021) “Sensuous Entanglements: A Critique of cockfighting conceived as ‘cultural text’” Senses and Society, Vol 16, No. 2.

Kavesh, M. A. (2021) “The Flight of the Soul: Understanding the Self in Rural Pakistan,” The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 31, No. SI(1).

Fijn, N. & Kavesh, M. A. (2021). “Sense-Making in More-than-human World,” The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 31, No. SI(1).

Narayan, K. & Kavesh, M. A. (2019) “Priceless Pursuits: Following Enthusiasm in North India and Pakistan,” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (Vol 42, No. 4, pp. 711-725)

Kavesh, M. A. (2019) “Dog fighting: Performing Masculinity in Rural South Punjab, Pakistan,” Society and Animal, Journal of Human-Animal Studies, (Vol 27, No. 2, pp. 1-19)

Kavesh, M. A. (2018) "From Passion of Kings to Pastimes of the People: Pigeon Flying, Cockfighting, and Dogfighting in South Asia,” Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies, Indiana University Press, USA (Vol 3, No. 1, pp. 61-83).

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    anthropology, human-animal studies, South Asia, Islam, gender and masculinities studies

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Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Animal Enthusiasms - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

The Australian Journal of Anthropology

The flight of the self: Exploring more‐than‐human companionship in rural Pakistan


Published: Feb 11, 2021 by The Australian Journal of Anthropology
Authors: Muhammad A. Kavesh
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci

This paper argues that companionship with pigeons allows people to generate a meaningful relationship with their animals, explore their inner emotions and achieve a deeper understanding of the self.

The Australian Journal of Anthropology

A sensory approach for multispecies anthropology


Published: Jan 01, 2021 by The Australian Journal of Anthropology
Authors: Natasha Fijn & Muhammad A. Kavesh
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci

The paper examine the entangled lives of species, selves and other beings through a multisensory perspective.