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

KSM Update 2020 – 1

Dear Scholar,

From March 2020, KSM content is available on the Web at a new address: https://ksmessenger.wordpress.com/.

We have re-started offering ‘Instant View’ in the Telegram app.

Also, we now deliver six messages a week (up from three). That’s more news on Kerala studies, jobs, scholarships, etc.!

KSM has 625+ subscribers now in the Telegram app.

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.

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

 

On the Kerala Scholars Network / Update 14 – Ala

11 Feb 2020
From
S. Harikrishnan (Co-editor, Ala)
PhD Researcher, Dublin City University
Dublin
Ala’s 17th Issue http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/17/ is now out, and features two articles:
Manju Edachira writes about the re-emergence of P.K. Rosy—Kerala’s first heroine—in the modern public sphere using two theoretical interventions: ‘cinema within cinema’, and affective archiving.  http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/17/an-affective-cinema/
നിലവിലുള്ള ഡേറ്റാ സ്രോതസ്സുകളെയും പ്രാദേശിക വികസന റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടുകള്‍ക്ക് അനിവാര്യമായ ചില വിവരങ്ങളെയും കുറിച്ച് ചര്‍ച്ച ചെയ്യുന്നതോടൊപ്പം ശാസ്ത്രീയമായ രീതിയില്‍ വിവരങ്ങള്‍ ശേഖരിക്കാന്‍ ഉതകുന്ന ചില പ്രായോഗികമായ നിര്‍ദ്ദേശങ്ങളും ഡോ. കൃഷ്ണകുമാര്‍ മുന്നോട്ടു വയ്ക്കുന്നു. (Dr Krishnakumar C.S. writes about the challenges and limitations of regional development reports and suggests some possible ways of improvement.)  http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/17/regional-development-report-challenges/
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On the Kerala Scholars Network / Update 13 – Ala

13 Jan 2020
From
S. Harikrishnan (Co-editor, Ala)
PhD Researcher, Dublin City University
Dublin
Hi,
Ala’s 16th Issue http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/issue16/ is now out, and features two articles:
In Part-II of P.C. Saidalavi’s interview with Robin Jeffrey, they discuss Prof. Jeffrey’s work on Kerala and his more recent work on South and Southeast Asia.  http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/issue16/robin-jeffrey-interview-part-ii/
S. Harikrishnan writes about the changing role of reading rooms and tea shops in shaping modern Kerala’s public sphere and political culture.  http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/issue16/a-healthy-brew/
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KSM Channel Anniversary Update, December 2019

31 Dec 2019
Dear Kerala Scholars,
Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year !
Starting from 2020, one message each will be posted from Monday to Friday. The KSM Channel @keralascholars  will bring to you news of peer-reviewed publications on Kerala Studies, fellowships / scholarships, scholarly events as well as updates about academic writing, open access publishing etc.
The KSM Channel now has 635+ subscribers. There are academics, journalists, research students, software engineers, and other professionals with a shared interest in Kerala Studies  in this channel.
This is a space for scholars and researchers of Kerala Studies to publicize information about their peer-reviewed publications widely. Please send to me the details of your peer-reviewed publications regularly. My contact details are email: vsrirams@gmail.com, Telegram/Whatsapp : +91 9447251892
Warm regards,
V. Sriram
Editor, Kerala Scholars Messenger.

Opinion / Changing patterns of migration

18 Dec 2019
Irudaya Rajan S., and H. Arokkiaraj. Migration studies need to put in perspective changing patterns of movement.
The New Indian Express, 18 December 2019.
Of late, there have been changes in the destination choices of Indian migrants. The preference seems to be for non-Anglophone countries despite the integration challenges.