Muhammad Kavesh is an Australian Anthropological Society's 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, affiliated with School of Culture, History, and Language, 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, 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.
Kavesh's volunteering works include serving on ANU Student Leadership Team (2016-2017), postgraduate coordinator for South Asian Research Institute (2017), co-ordinator for Anthropgrad.anu.edu.au (2016-2018), and convenor for the anthropology thesis writing group (2015-2017).
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. SI1.
Fijn, N. & Kavesh, M. A. (2021). “Sense-Making in More-than-human World,” The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 31, No. SI1.
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).