Journal article / Runaway Slaves and Their Social Networks in Dutch-ruled Cochin

Geelen, Alexander, Bram van den Hout, Merve Tosun, Mike de Windt, and Matthias van Rossum. ‘On the Run: Runaway Slaves and Their Social Networks in Eighteenth-Century Cochin’. Journal of Social History 54, no. 1 (September 2020): 66–87.

Abstract (edited): Despite growing attention to the history of slavery in the Indian Ocean and Indonesian Archipelago worlds, the debate on the nature or characteristics of slavery in these regions has been left largely unsettled. Whereas some scholars emphasise the existence of harsh forms of hereditary slavery similar to those found in the Americas, others argue that the nature of slavery in Asia was urban, status-based, and milder than in the Atlantic world.

This article explores case studies of slaves escaping in and around the Dutch East India Company (VOC) city of Cochin. Studying court records that bring to light the strategies and social networks of enslaved runaways provides new insights into the characteristics of slavery and the conditions of slaves in and around VOC-Cochin.
The findings indicate that the social and everyday conditions under which slaves lived were highly diverse and shaped by the direct relations between slave and master, influenced by elements of trust, skill, and control. Relations of slavery nevertheless remained engrained by the recurrence of physical punishments and verbal threats, despite sometimes relatively open situations. This reminds us that easy dichotomies of “benign,” “Asian,” “household,” or “urban” versus “European,” “Atlantic,” or “plantation” slavery obscure as much as they reveal.

 

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Jobs / Assistant Professor Statistics at Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Netherlands

Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Netherlands is offering a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor for the research group Statistics.

For job description, qualifications / skills, application procedure and other details visit https://www.tudelft.nl/over-tu-delft/werken-bij-tu-delft/vacatures/details/?jobId=597&jobTitle=Assistant%20Professor%20Statistics

Last date : 30 September 2020

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Book / St. Thomas and the Syrian Christians in India

Mathew, K. S., Joseph Chacko Chennattuserry, and Antony Bungalowparambil, eds. St. Thomas and India: Recent Research. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2020.

ISBN 9781506461366 / Paperback / 200 pages / USD 34

About the book (publisher’s description; edited): In St. Thomas and India, scholars trace the historical, religious, and cultural connections that link India’s Syrian Christian community with St. Thomas the Apostle.

They use modern historiographical methods and seek to corroborate the ancient tradition that tells of St. Thomas’s missionary journey to India in the middle of the first century, in which he established seven churches in some of the major commercial centres of Malabar. From these first churches, Christianity spread throughout the region.

St. Thomas and India also examines the legacy of ancient Christianity in the Syrian community in India today, as well as exploring the various cultural and religious connections between the Syrian church in Indian and other ancient churches in the east.

Table of Contents

About the Editors / Preface

  1. Introduction (by K. S. Mathew)
  2. Historiography of the Apostolate of St. Thomas in India: A Critical Review (by Francis Thonippara)
  3. Mission of St. Thomas the Apostle in India: Archaeological, Epigraphic, and Numismatic Evidences (by James Kurikilamkatt)
  4. Significance and Role of Tradition in the Historiography on St. Thomas Christians (by Benedict Vadakkekara)
  5. St. Thomas Traditions in Ancient Christian Folk Songs (by Byju Mathew Mukalel)
  6. Thomistic Apostolate and Knanaya Community (by Mathew Kochadampallil)
  7. Acts of Thomas Versus Ramban Pattu (by Thomas Koonammakkal)
  8. The Tradition of Seven Churches (by James Puliurumpil)
  9. Patristic Evidence on the Apostolate of St. Thomas with Special Reference to St. Ephrem (by Johns Abraham Konat)
  10. Guidelines for Rebuilding Missions of Apostle Thomas and a Reassessment of Acts of Thomas (by Pierre C. Perrier)
  11. Historical, Apocryphal, and Theological Sources from the Armenian Church About Apostle Thomas and India (by Maxime K. Yevadian)

Index

KSeG Editor’s note: As chapter summaries are unavailable, it is difficult to highlight the chapters that are substantively on Kerala. Some chapters, if not all, appear to be on Christianity in Kerala.

More info: https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvr7fcf2 (JSTOR); publisher website

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Resource / Transitioning to Open Research: Publisher and Librarian Perspectives in 2020

Choice-ACRL Webinar program, 22-Sept-2020.

More info and webcast recording : https://youtu.be/VJWq9-_FIko

Description : Librarians and publishers have a number of shared goals and interests around the transition to open research. But what do their respective paths toward achieving change look like? This webinar will explore perspectives from Cambridge University Press and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as both organizations aim to move toward a more open journals ecosystem in 2020 and beyond.

Journal article / Human-leech Interactions in Ayurvedic Practice in Kerala

Brooks, Lisa Allette. ‘The Vascularity of Ayurvedic Leech Therapy: Sensory Translations and Emergent Agencies in Interspecies Medicine’. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Published ahead of print, 10 August 2020.

Abstract (edited): This article offers vascularity as a multidimensional imaginary for the interspecies entanglements constituting Ayurvedic leech therapy. Whether, when, where, and how a leech decides to bite, suck, and release comprise pivotal junctures in leech therapy as practiced in southern Kerala. In the course of leech–human intra‐actions, leeches translate matter, providing sensory mediation, relief, and amusement.
Enmeshed in social and ecological relations inflected by gender, religion, class, and caste, this analysis of Ayurvedic leech therapy reframes questions of agencies starting with and from the viewpoint of the vascular capacities of leeches in their interactions with humans. This image of vascularity provides an analytic for the emergent agencies of humans and leeches constituted by sensory intra‐actions at branching points in this multispecies clinical practice.

 

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Event / CSI Chennai, ACM Chennai & IEEE CS Chennai – Webinar on Web Design Using WordPress on 29th Sept 2020 at 6 p.m. IST

CSI Chennai, ACM Chennai & IEEE CS Madras jointly host Webinar on “Web Design Using WordPress”.

Speaker: Mr. B Ashvanth, System Engineer, Tata Consultancy Services.

Date & Time: 29th September 2020 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. IST.

Pl register at https://bit.ly/3283xT2

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Resource / Online Archive of Early Malayali Feminist Writing and Biographies

Swatantryavaadini is a site for first-generation Malayali feminists, where translations of writing on/by them as complete pieces or excerpts are made available.
Right now, it has 101 essays, stories, legislative debates, speeches, etc., and more material will be uploaded once a week.

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Resource / Labour and Employment in Kerala

Vinoj Abraham. “The case of Labour and Employment in Kerala and India”.
CDS-RULSG Lecture No.6 / 2020.

More info and video: https://youtu.be/cyU_RVeAD5Q

About the lecture: This talk critically examines the treatment of labour community in Kerala and India during the pandemic, arguing for the need for more employment opportunities for them.

This is the sixth lecture in the series on “Rights-Based Policy in the Wake of the Pandemic in Kerala: Development Emergencies and Welfare’ organized by Research Unit on Local Self Governance (RULSG) at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

 

Shared to the eGroup by Nirmal Roy V. P., Assistant Professor, Applied Economics, Kannur University.

 

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Journal article / Ayurvedic Mental Health Services in Kerala and Pluralistic Healing Practices

Halliburton, Murphy. ‘Hegemony versus Pluralism: Ayurveda and the Movement for Global Mental Health’. Anthropology & Medicine. Published ahead of print, 2 September 2020.

Abstract (edited): Under the aegis of the World Health Organization, the Movement for Global Mental Health, and an Indian Supreme Court ruling, biomedical psychiatric interventions have expanded in India, augmenting biomedical hegemony in a place that is known for its variety of healing modalities. This occurs despite the fact that studies by the WHO show better outcomes in India for people suffering from schizophrenia and related diagnoses when compared to people in developed countries with greater access to biomedical psychiatry. Practitioners of ayurvedic medicine in Kerala have been mounting a claim for a significant role in public mental health in the face of this growing hegemony.

This study examines efforts by ayurvedic practitioners to expand access to ayurvedic mental health services in Kerala, and profiles a rehabilitation center which combines biomedical and ayurvedic therapies and has been a key player in efforts to expand the use of Ayurveda for mental health. The paper argues for maintaining a pluralistic healing environment for treating mental illness rather than displacing other healing modalities in favor of a biomedical psychiatric approach.

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Resource / Kerala’s Transgender Policy

Vihaan Peethambar. “Kerala’s Transgender Policy during the Pandemic”.
CDS-RULSG Lecture No.5 / 2020.

More info and video: https://youtu.be/u-ongBuUYWA

About the lecture: Vihaan Peethambar has been involved in LGBT+ advocacy since 2016 and is a Diversity & Inclusion professional based in Bangalore. He speaks about the problems faced by the LGBT community in Kerala during pandemic.

This is the fifth lecture in the series on “Rights-Based Policy in the Wake of the Pandemic in Kerala: Development Emergencies and Welfare’ organized by Research Unit on Local Self Governance (RULSG) at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

 

Shared to the eGroup by Nirmal Roy V. P., Assistant Professor, Applied Economics, Kannur University.

 

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