Animals in Print

This page is a modest attempt to create a database of articles, essays and books written by academics on animals in South Asia. It is not arranged in any particular order other than being guided by Anu and Susan’s research interests! To add to this list, please add your suggestions using the google form here 


Ahuja, Neel. “Postcolonial critique in a multispecies world.” pmla 124.2 (2009): 556-563.

Aiyadurai, Ambika. Tigers are our brothers: anthropology of wildlife conservation in Northeast India. Oxford University Press, 2021.

Aiyadurai, Ambika, Navinder J. Singh, and E. J. Milner-Gulland. “Wildlife hunting by indigenous tribes: a case study from Arunachal Pradesh, north-east India.” Oryx 44.4 (2010): 564-572.

Asif, Manan Ahmed, and Anand Vivek Taneja. “Introduction: Animals, Ethics, and Enchantment in South Asia and the Middle East.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 35.2 (2015): 200-203.

Bandyopadhyay, Sumahan. “Living like Chameleons.” Asian ethnology 78.2 (2019): 447-474.

Banerji, Debashish, and Makarand R. Paranjape, eds. Critical posthumanism and planetary futures. Springer, 2016.

Barua, Maan. “Lively commodities and encounter value.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 34.4 (2016): 725-744.

Barua, Maan. “Volatile ecologies: towards a material politics of human—animal relations.” Environment and Planning A 46.6 (2014): 1462-1478.

Barua, Maan. “Bio-geo-graphy: Landscape, dwelling, and the political ecology of human-elephant relations.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32.5 (2014): 915-934.

Barua, Maan, and Anindya Sinha. “Animating the urban: An ethological and geographical conversation.” Social & Cultural Geography 20.8 (2019): 1160-1180.

Barua, Maan. “Circulating elephants: Unpacking the geographies of a cosmopolitan animal.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 39.4 (2014): 559-573.

Burgat, Florence. “Non-violence towards animals in the thinking of Gandhi: The problem of animal husbandry.” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 17.3 (2004): 223-248.

Chakravarty, Prasanta. The Creature: In Power and Pain. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.

Das, Veena. “Being together with animals: Death, violence and noncruelty in Hindu imagination.” Living Beings. Routledge, 2020. 17-31.

Dave, Naisargi N. “Witness: Humans, animals, and the politics of becoming.” Cultural Anthropology 29.3 (2014): 433-456.

Dave, Naisargi N. “Something, everything, nothing; or, cows, dogs, and maggots.” Social Text 35.1 (2017): 37-57.

Deckha, Maneesha. “Toward a postcolonial, posthumanist feminist theory: Centralizing race and culture in feminist work on nonhuman animals.” Hypatia 27.3 (2012): 527-545.

Deckha, Maneesha. “Vulnerability, equality, and animals.” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 27.1 (2015): 47-70.

Gandhi, Leela. Affective communities. Duke University Press, 2006.

Gillespie, Kathryn, and Yamini Narayanan. “Animal nationalisms: multispecies cultural politics, race, and the (un) making of the settler nation-state.” Journal of Intercultural Studies 41.1 (2020): 1-7.

Jadhav, Sushrut, and Maan Barua. “The Elephant Vanishes: Impact of human–elephant conflict on people’s wellbeing.” Health & place 18.6 (2012): 1356-1365.

Kavesh, Muhammad A. “Dog fighting: performing masculinity in rural South Punjab, Pakistan.” society & animals 29.3 (2019): 227-245.

Lowe, Celia, and Ursula Münster. “The viral creep: Elephants and herpes in times of extinction.” (2016): 118-142.

Margulies, Jared D., and Brock Bersaglio. “Furthering post-human political ecologies.” Geoforum 94 (2018): 103-106.

Margulies, Jared D. “Making the ‘man-eater’: Tiger conservation as necropolitics.” Political Geography 69 (2019): 150-161.

Mathur, Nayanika. Crooked Cats: Beastly Encounters in the Anthropocene. University of Chicago Press, 2021.

Münster, Daniel, and Ursula Münster. “Human-animal conflicts in Kerala: Elephants and ecological modernity on the agrarian frontier in South India.” RCC Perspectives 5 (2012): 41-50.

Münster, Ursula. “Challenges of Coexistence: Human-Elephant Conflicts in Wayanad, Kerala, South India.” (2016): 321-352.

Nandini Thiyagarajan (2021) Inevitable Lives: Connecting Animals, Caste, Gender, and the Environment in Perumal Murugan’s The Story of a Goat, South Asian Review, 42:4, 356-371, DOI: 10.1080/02759527.2021.1905483

Nandini Thiyagarajan. We Are Not in This World Alone: On Drawing Close, Animal Stories, and a Multispecies Sense of Place. The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature, 79-94, 2021.

Narayanan, Yamini. “Animating caste: visceral geographies of pigs, caste, and violent nationalisms in Chennai city.” Urban Geography (2021): 1-21.

Narayanan, Yamini. ““Cow is a mother, mothers can do anything for their children!” Gaushalas as landscapes of anthropatriarchy and Hindu patriarchy.” Hypatia 34.2 (2019): 195-221.

Narayanan, Yamini, and Sumanth Bindumadhav. “‘Posthuman cosmopolitanism’for the Anthropocene in India: Urbanism and human-snake relations in the Kali Yuga.” Geoforum 106 (2019): 402-410.

Narayanan, Yamini. “Cow protection as ‘casteised speciesism’: Sacralisation, commercialisation and politicisation.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 41.2 (2018): 331-351.

Narayanan, Yamini. “Street dogs at the intersection of colonialism and informality: ‘Subaltern animism’ as a posthuman critique of Indian cities.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35.3 (2017): 475-494.

Radhakrishna, Sindhu, Michael A. Huffman, and Anindya Sinha, eds. The macaque connection: cooperation and conflict between humans and macaques. Vol. 43. Springer Science & Business Media, 2012.

Radhakrishna, Sindhu, Michael A. Huffman, and Anindya Sinha, eds. The macaque connection: cooperation and conflict between humans and macaques. Vol. 43. Springer Science & Business Media, 2012.

Rahman, Shazia. “Animals, others, and postcolonial ecomasculinities: Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2020): 0021989420952125.

Saraswat, Raghav, Anindya Sinha, and Sindhu Radhakrishna. “A god becomes a pest? Human-rhesus macaque interactions in Himachal Pradesh, northern India.” European Journal of Wildlife Research 61.3 (2015): 435-443.

Singh, Bhrigupati, and Naisargi Dave. “On the killing and killability of animals: Nonmoral thoughts for the anthropology of ethics.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 35.2 (2015): 232-245.

Sinha, Suvadip. Entangled Fictions: Nonhuman Animals in an Indian World. Routledge, 2022.

Sinha, Suvadip, and Amit R. Baishya, eds. Postcolonial Animalities. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Srinivasan, Krithika. “Remaking more‐than‐human society: Thought experiments on street dogs as “nature”.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 44.2 (2019): 376-391.

Srinivasan, Krithika, et al. “Reorienting rabies research and practice: Lessons from India.” Palgrave communications 5.1 (2019): 1-11.

Srinivasan, Krithika. “The biopolitics of animal being and welfare: dog control and care in the UK and India.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 38.1 (2013): 106-119.

Taneja, Anand Vivek. “Sharing a room with sparrows: Maulana Azad and Muslim ecological thought.” Cosmopolitical Ecologies Across Asia: Places and Practices of Power in Changing Environments (2021).

Taneja, Anand Vivek. “Saintly animals: the shifting moral and ecological landscapes of North India.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 35.2 (2015): 204-221.

Walther, Sundhya. Multispecies modernity: Disorderly life in postcolonial literature. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2021.

Walther, Sundhya. “Making Cows Live: Bovine Remains and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism.” Animal Remains. Routledge, 2021. 185-200.

Warden, Lisa. “Street Dogs, Rights, and the Pursuit of Justice in India’s Dogopolis.” Dog’s Best Friend?: Rethinking Canid-Human Relations (2019): 176.

*Kalighat Painting, circa 1880, watercolor on paper, showing a wrestler, supposed to be Shyamakanta Banerjee (1858-1918), wrestling with a tiger.