Blog post / Enslavebility in Dutch-Ruled Cochin

Alexander Geelen. “Testimonies of Enslavement: Enslavebility in Dutch-Ruled Cochin”.
Ala: A Kerala Studies Blog, December 2020.

Excerpt : What did it mean to be deemed ‘enslavable’ by the Dutch colonisers in south India? Geelen writes about neglected archives in Kerala that can help answer this question and provide valuable insight into the lived experiences of enslaved people in Dutch-ruled Cochin.

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Blog post / Malayali migrants to Tanzania

May Joseph. “Dreaming Dar es Salaam: Forced Migration and the Impossibility of Return”.
Ala: A Kerala Studies Blog, December 2020.

Excerpt : Moving between memory and history, poetry and prose, Kerala and Tanzania, May Joseph reflects on her family’s experiences as Malayali migrants to Tanzania in the mid-twentieth century.

More info : http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/28/dar-es-salaam/

 

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Blog post / Everyday Sketches of Kerala Monsoons

Vipindas. “Where the Skies Descend: Everyday Sketches of Kerala Monsoons”. Ala: A Kerala Studies Blog, December 2020.

In a bilingual article with evocative illustrations of Kerala rains, Vipindas stirs an emotion shared by Malayalis in any part of the world and transports them to a shared space and time—Kerala’s monsoons.

More info : http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/28/where-the-skies-descend/

 

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Blog post / Marriage, Family, and Transgender Identity in Malayalam Films

Anu Kuriakose. ‘Let us tie a “legal” knot’: Marriage, Family, and Transgender Identity in Malayalam Films.
Ala: A Kerala Studies Blog, November 2020.

Excerpt : Anu Kuriakose writes about the traditional concepts of ‘marriage’ and ‘family,’ the recent marriages of transgender people in Kerala, and their representational politics in Malayalam cinema.

More info : http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/issue-27/transgender-marriage-family/

 

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Blog post / Population growth and electoral representation in Kerala

ജെ. രത്നകുമാർ. “ജനസംഖ്യാ വളർച്ചാ നിയന്ത്രണം നഷ്ടക്കച്ചവടമോ?”
Ala: A Kerala Studies Blog, November 2020.

കുറഞ്ഞ ജനനിരക്ക് വികസനസൂചകമായി കണക്കാക്കപ്പെടുമ്പോഴും, നിയമസഭാ-ലോക്സഭാ തലങ്ങളിലുള്ള ജനപ്രാധിനിത്യത്തിനു ഇതുമൂലം കോട്ടം സംഭവിക്കുന്നുണ്ടോ? ജെ. രത്‌നകുമാർ പരിശോധിക്കുന്നു. [J. Retnakumar’s Malayalam article explores the issue of population growth and electoral representation.]

More info – http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/issue-27/demography-and-electoral-representation/

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Blog post / Single-Screen Cinemas of Kerala

Sreesanth K.

Ala: A Kerala Studies Blog, November 2020.

Excerpt : Sreesanth K. examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the single-screen theatres in Kerala, already struggling to survive technological shifts in film production and consumption.

More info : http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/issue-27/cinemas-of-kerala-covid-19/

 

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Blog post / Reintegration & Rehabilitation Policies for Emigrants in Kerala: Strategies for a Post-COVID World

C S Akhil, Ashwin Kumar and Sabeer V C.
Azim Premji University Practice Connect, 2020.

Excerpt : Kerala has had the experience of receiving large numbers of return migrants in the past due to political and economic shocks like the mass exit of people from the Gulf during the Gulf War of 1990 and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 which hit economies all over the world severely.

The current COVID-19 crisis appears to be another such catalyst for large scale return. What is different, however, is the sheer numbers of workers that have been affected all over the globe as well as the reducing capacity of the ‘origin economies’ to rehabilitate them.

This issue requires governments all over the world to revisit and rethink strategies to ensure that this large section of the population is accounted for. This is, especially, of great significance in the case of Kerala.

More info – https://practiceconnect.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/reintegration-rehabilitation-policies-for-emigrants-in-kerala-strategies-for-a-post-covid-world/

 

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