Muhammad Kavesh

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest / Research Keywords: human-animal relations; masculinity studies; anthropology of ethics; philosophy and religion; Sufism; post-colonial theory; sensory ethnography; war and politics

Research Region: Pakistan; South Asia


Muhammad Kavesh is a FAS Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. His book Animal Enthusiasms: Life Beyond Cage and Leash in Rural Pakistan (Routledge 2021, part of "Multispecies Anthropology: New Ethnographies” series) examines how human-animal relationships are conceived, developed, and carried out in rural Pakistani Muslim society. He is also a co-editor of a special journal issue for The Australian Journal of Anthropology (Dec 2020) on "Sense Making in a More-than-Human World." Kavesh’s current postdoctoral project examines the ethics of governing more-than-human life in contemporary South Asia through the case of "spy” pigeons.

Kavesh's writings have appeared in South AsiaSociety & AnimalThe Senses and SocietyThe Australian Journal of Anthropology, and Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies (Indiana Uni. Press), among other outlets. He has co-convened panels on topics related to multispecies anthropology in Australian Anthropological Society’s annual conferences (2016 & 2019), and Royal Anthropological Institute Conference (2020).

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.

Prior Education

PhD (Australian National University 2018)


  • Australian Anthropological Society Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020
  • Endeavour Postgraduate Award, Australian Government 2014-18
  • South Asian Research Institute grant, 2017
  • PARSA ethnographic photography exhibition award, 2017
  • Raymond Firth Award, Anthropology, Australian National University 2016
  • VC Student Leadership grant, Australian National University 2015-16
  • Robin Wood Travel Award, Australian Anthropological Society, 2015 


  • Muhammad Kavesh, 2021, Animal Enthusiasms: Life beyond Cage and Leash in Pakistan. Routledge, London and New York.
  • Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2021 “Sensuous Entanglements: A Critique of cockfighting conceived as ‘cultural text’” Senses and Society, Vol 16, No. 2.
  • Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2021. “The Flight of the Self: Exploring More-than-human Companionship in Rural Pakistan,” The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 31, No. SI(1).
  • Natasha Fijn and Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2021. “A Sensory Approach for Multispecies Anthropology,” The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 31, No. SI(1).
  • Kirin Narayan and Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2019. “Priceless Enthusiasms: The Pursuit of Shauq in South Asia,” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies Australia, Vol 42, No. 4. pp. 711-725.
  • Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2019. “Dog fighting: Performing Masculinity in Rural South Punjab, Pakistan,” Society & Animals, Journal of Human-Animal Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 1-19
  • Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2018. “From Passion of Kings to Pastimes of Commons,” Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies, Indiana University Press, Vol 3, No. 1, pp. 61-83
  • Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2018. “From Colony to Post-Colony: Animal Baiting and Religious Festivals in South Punjab, Pakistan” in David W. Kim’s ed. “Colonial transformation and Asian Religions in Modern History”, CSP, Newcastle pp. 10-29
  • Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2017. Review of “Wrestlers, Pigeon Fanciers and Kite Flyers: Traditional Sports and Pastimes in Lahore” by Frembgen, Jürgen Wasim and Paul Rollier (2014) in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol 40, issue 1, pp. 202-203
  • Muhammad A. Kavesh, 2017. Review of “Under the Palace Wall.” A film by David MacDougall in The Asia and Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Vol 18, issue 3, pp. 277-279