Book launch for Animal enthusiasms: life beyond cage and leash in rural Pakistan

Event details


Date & time

Friday 09 April 2021


Coombs Building 9


Dr Muhammad Kavesh


CHL Communicate

Animal Enthusiasms explores how human– animal relationships are conceived, developed, and carried out in rural Pakistani Muslim society through an examination of practices such as pigeon flying, cockfighting, and dogfighting.

Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork carried out between 2008 and 2018 in rural South Punjab, the book examines the crucial cultural concept of shauq (enthusiasm) and provides critical insight into the changing ways of life in contemporary Pakistan. It tracks the relationships between men mediated by non- human animals and discusses how such relationships in rural areas are coded in complex ways. The chapters draw on debates around transformations of animal activities over time, the changing forms of human– animal intimacy and their impact on familial relationships, and rural Punjabi values attached to the performance of masculine honour.

The book will be of interest to scholars of anthropology, multi- species ethnography, gender and masculinity studies, and South Asian studies. Refer to event flyer here.

About the author

Muhammad A. Kavesh is affiliated with the School of Culture, History, and Language at the Australian National University in Canberra, where he received his PhD. He is a recipient of the Australian Anthropological Society’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2020). Read more

Event details

Participants are able to attend the book launch either in person or via Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 862 6434 8238

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