Kerala Scholars Network / Update 21 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala),
Kalady (Ernakulam District)

Ala’s 24th issue is out now and features two articles:

  • Nivedita Kalarikkal writes on the different factors which influenced the  evolution of Malayalam language.
  • J. Devika writes about the life of Saraswathi Amma, her contributions to feminist literature in early modern Kerala, and the need to translate her works in the context of today’s political climate in Kerala—and indeed—in India.
  • Tracing the history of Kerala’s scientific public sphere, Shiju Sam Varughese writes on the major shift in the nature of public engagement with science with the advent of new media.

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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 20 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala),
Kalady (Ernakulam District)

Ala’s 23nd issue is out now and features two articles:

  • In the first of a two-part series, J. Devika writes about the life of Saraswathi Amma, her contributions to feminist literature in early modern Kerala, and the need to translate her works in the context of today’s political climate in Kerala—and indeed—in India.
  • Priya Menon writes about the different dimensions of an emerging genre of ‘petrofiction’ in Keralan literature, in the context of emigration from Kerala to the Gulf countries.

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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 19 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala),
Kalady (Ernakulam District)

Ala’s 22nd issue is out now and features three articles:

  • Sarath Pillai writes about private collections of land-deeds and official records of Malayalees, and how they could be valuable sources in constructing micro and family histories in Kerala.
  • Alex M. Thomas makes a case for revisiting the life and work of K. N. Raj, a development economist who played a formative role in shaping India’s early planning process, and the idea of the ‘Kerala model’.
  • Esthappan explores the link between satirical movies and the popularity of memes based on them in the Malayali virtual sphere.

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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 18 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala)
Ernakulam

Ala’s 21s issue features three articles:
  • Meera M. Panicker offers us a glimpse into Kadar ways of life, and how their everyday practices and their battles for forest rights serve as a lesson in Kerala’s current moment of environmental crisis.
  • Lakshmi Pradeep analyses the human-non-human relationships in the 2017 film, Parava, to talk about ‘cli-fi’, an emerging genre of Malayalam cinema.
  • Rithvik Shankar writes about caste hierarchies and conflicts in the context of Pulimaranja Thondachan Theyyam.

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KSM Update 2020 – 3

Dear Scholar,

KSM has 700+ subscribers now.

As COVID-19 takes hold, students, researchers, and teachers are confined to their homes with limited access to resources. Here are two compilations of online resources:

To join KSM, please install Telegram on your phone/computer, and then visit <http://t.me/keralascholars>.

KSM content has been made available on WordPress too. Visit our site  at <https://ksmessenger.wordpress.com/> to stay updated.

Thank you for all your support.

V. Sriram (Editor, Kerala Scholars Messenger)
Chief Librarian, K.N. Raj Library, Centre for Development Studies,
Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala Scholars Network / Update 17 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala)
Ernakulam

Ala’s 20th issue has a COVID-19 theme, and features two articles:

  • Kerala’s COVID-19 response has gained international attention for its egalitarian approach. Ophira Gamliel reflects on how studying the Malayalam language provides insight into the culture that enables this success.
  • As Kerala continues to assess COVID-19 costs and responses, Pulapre Balakrishnan writes about two potential post-pandemic challenges—changing migration patterns, and our self-sufficiency in essential commodities.
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Call for Applications / Online Malayalam Summer Courses at University of Texas at Austin

Summer Intensive Language Courses in Malayalam

In cooperation with the South Asia Summer Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the South Asia Institute (SAI) at the University of Texas at Austin plans to offer online courses in the South Indian language Malayalam during June-August 2020 at the beginner and intermediate levels. All courses will be offered through UT Extension, but administered through SAI. The courses will be available subject to sufficient enrollments and hiring.

For queries, contact the South Asia Institute at sai@austin.utexas.edu.

Deadline: 8 May 2020

More info: <https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/southasia/language-program/summer-language-courses/summer-language-courses1.php>

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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 16 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala)
Ernakulam

Ala’s 19th issue is now out, and features three articles :

  • Nidhin Donald explores the themes of Christian familism and individual agency, secular institutions, and reason in the 2019 film Kettiyolaanu Ente Malakha.
  • കേരളത്തിലെ മുഖ്യധാരാ ഫെമിനിസവും ദളിത് രാഷ്ട്രീയവും ദളിത്സ്ത്രീ അനുഭവങ്ങളെ ഇന്നും നിരാകരിക്കവേ, ഇരുപത്തൊന്നാം നൂറ്റാണ്ടിന്റെ തുടക്കത്തിൽ ഇതേക്കുറിച്ചു രേഖാരാജ് എഴുതിയ ലേഖനം  പുനഃപ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കുന്നു.
  • S. Harikrishnan writes about how the imagery and language used to popularise coronavirus pandemic mitigation have sparked attempts to peddle ‘scientific reasons’ for untouchability.

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On the Kerala Scholars Network / Call for Volunteers – Zotero Library for Kerala Studies

Dear friend,

Nowadays, in research, we use reference management software (e.g. Zotero) to easily maintain a list of items we read and quickly insert citations while writing. Zotero enables us to also build and share bibliographies.

So, for some months now, List Editors of the Kerala Scholars eGroup have been voluntarily building an online, searchable database in Kerala studies (using Zotero’s ‘group library’ feature). This will be useful for teaching and research in Kerala studies.

We invite you to co-volunteer with us in April/May 2020 so that we can quickly and collectively scale-up our effort.

Volunteers will enjoy the following benefits:

1. Receive free training in how to use Zotero in your research
2. Get recognised as a volunteer in a pioneering project in Kerala studies
3. Network with scholars studying Kerala

Please participate in our survey by 20 April 2020 via the Google form  available at <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScblhTA2CpkbHAqxpSbrK4NS4Vhr4bWTp1c_ZtvuCQkorpxUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link>.

All survey participants will get ‘inaugural membership’ invites to the Zotero group library when it is launched.

Thanking you in advance,

Warm regards,
Ashok R. Chandran
List Editor, Kerala Scholars eGroup
<listeditor.keralascholars@gmail.com>

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KSM Update 2020 – 2

Dear Scholar,

KSM is a free service that delivers news on Kerala studies to smartphones via the Telegram app. To subscribe to KSM, please install Telegram on your phone/computer, and visit <http://t.me/keralascholars>. KSM content has been made available on WordPress too.

V. Sriram (Editor, Kerala Scholars Messenger)
Chief Librarian, K.N. Raj Library, Centre for Development Studies,
Thiruvananthapuram