Muhammad Kavesh
20172021

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Muhammad Kavesh has recently completed his Australian Anthropological Society's 2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship with the 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 currently in Toronto, working on his next fellowship in the Anthropology Department at the University of Toronto. This project examines the ethics of air surveillance through "spy pigeons" on the Indian-Pakistani border, and its ethical, moral, religious, and political significance in contemporary South Asia.

Kavesh's writings have appeared in South AsiaSociety & AnimalThe 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).

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, The Australian National University

Award Date: 14 Aug 2018

Anthropology, Master, Quaid-I-Azam University

Award Date: 21 Jan 2012

External positions

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

1 May 2021 → …

Expertise Areas

  • Ethics of Care and Violence
  • Multispecies Ethnography
  • Religion and Society
  • Gender and Masculinities
  • Pakistan
  • Popular Culture
  • Modern Islam
  • Identity Politics
  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • Geo-politics in modern South Asia

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