Event / CSI Chennai, ACM Chennai & IEEE CS Chennai – Webinar on “Academic Document Creation Using LaTeX” on 22nd Sept 2020 at 6 p.m. IST

CSI Chennai, ACM Chennai & IEEE CS Madras jointly host webinar on “Academic Document Creation Using LaTeX”.

Speaker: Dr. A. Neela Madheswari, Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering,
Mahendra Engineering College, Namakkal, Tamilnadu, India.

Date & Time: 22nd September 2020 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. IST.

Pl register at https://bit.ly/336LoqM

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Event / Webinar on Preparing for Work – CV Writing and Interview Skills

CSI Chennai, ACM Chennai & IEEE CS Madras are jointly organizing a “Webinar on Preparing for Work – CV Writing and Interview Skills”.

Date & Time : Thursday, 20 Aug 2020, 6:00pm IST.

More info : https://event.webinarjam.com/register/164/pr86vb6g

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Finding the thesis at Shodhganga from a Google Search

Finding the thesis at Shodhganga from a Google Search
by Muhammed Afzal P.

While searching online, we sometimes come across chapters from PhD dissertations uploaded in Shodhganga (the digital repository of theses submitted to Indian universities).

For example, when we search for   Image1

“migrant writing malayalam thesis”,

the second result might be a PDF.




But when we open the file, we cannot identify the thesis (of which this chapter is a part).


If the chapter is relevant for our research, we will need to use and cite it.Or we might be interested in reading other chapters of that thesis.

The pattern of URL of thesis in Shodhganga are as follows:

http://hdl.handle.net/10603/16891 or

This is the pattern of URL of a chapter in Shodhganga https://sg.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/16891/9/10_chapter%205.pdf

Two methods can be adopted to locate the full thesis or its bibliographic information in Shodhganga:

Method 1

In the URL of the PDF change  “bitstream”            Image

to “handle”, and remove what follows “19658/”


Now you can see the full details of the thesis





Method 2

Copy the two set of “numbers” that follow “bitstream”




And place them after http://hdl.handle.net/


and press “Enter”.

Now you can see the full details of the thesis





This way too, we get to see the details of the thesis.

Was this tip useful? Do you know another method? Share your method as a comment.

About the author:

Muhammed Afzal P. serves as Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,BITS Pilani, Pilani.

Email: muhammedafzalp@gmail.com


Fellowships / Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2021-2022

Description: The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.
This scholarship is being offered by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).
More details including the guidelines, eligibility conditions, application procedure etc. are available here. http://www.usief.org.in/Fulbright-Nehru-Doctoral-Research-Fellowships.aspx
Last date: July 15, 2020.

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Book Chapter / Representation of Men and Women in K. G. George’s Films

Vasudev, Archana. ‘Materialities, Subjectivities and the Symbolic Spaces of Destruction and Hope in K. G. George’s Films’. In Deleuzian and Guattarian Approaches to Contemporary Communication Cultures in India, edited by Gopalan Ravindran, 141–54. Singapore: Springer, 2020.
Abstract (edited): The theory of male gaze was first introduced by Laura Mulvey in her 1975 essay, ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’. According to Mulvey (Screen 16: 6–18, 1975), cinema reflects the oblivion of patriarchal society and reinforces the notion that women are the subject of heterosexual male control and desire (Superson in Hypatia 26: 410–418, 2011).

The function of cinema, according to Laura Mulvey, is to serve as a voyeuristic medium that encourages the audience to take pleasure from looking upon. Many Hollywood movies, especially the films of Hitchcock and Sternberg, were widely studied on the basis of this version of psychoanalytic theory.

Subsequently, new sources for revitalizing feminist film theory emerged through performance studies, new media studies, phenomenology, and Deleuzian philosophy. These are theoretical frameworks that move beyond the semiotic preoccupation with meaning, representation and interpretation.

Taking Mulvey’s analysis as its starting point, this chapter examines the specific techniques of the veteran Malayalam filmmaker K. G. George’s representation of women in his film Adaminte Variyellu (Adam’s Rib), and men in Panchavadi Palam (Panchavadi Bridge), in order to suggest an alternative way of understanding the status of women and men in these works.
In particular, this chapter aims to mobilise Gilles Deleuze’s work on cinema and other artistic media in order to argue the case that K. G. George’s films offer his characters a status that can be enjoyed by the spectator without any preconceived notions.

The Deleuzian approach allows for a less negative outlook on desire, subjectivity, and identity; opening up readings of film as embodying many forms of desire and creating experiences of affirmation for the spectator (Smelik in Wiley Blackwell Encycl Gend Sex Stud: 1–5, 2016).

More info: <https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-2140-9_9>

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Journal article (OA) / The Social History of Caste Colonies in Kerala

Pramod, Maya. ‘As a Dalit Woman: My Life in a Caste-Ghetto of Kerala’. CASTE / A Global Journal on Social Exclusion 1, no. 1 (February 2020): 111-24.
Abstract: It is awfully significant to enquire how the lower casts Dalit women have read about socio-economic and cultural aspects of Dalit colony life, that have changed our life and society.
I argue that the colonies serve as an index of their inferior social status. It serves more of their ghettoisation than for their empowerment. It further distances them from society and helps to appropriate their labour.
This is the continuation of the age-old practice of caste discrimination and deprivation that kept them away from the mainstream while appropriating their labour for the general development of society.
This paper focuses on the rereading of social norms which evolved through my probing of the social history of ‘caste colony’ as part of my research, especially in Dalit women.
More info and full text (OA): https://doi.org/10.26812/caste.v1i1.69
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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 15 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

S. Harikrishnan (Co-editor, Ala),
PhD Researcher, Dublin City University,


Ala’s (http://ala.keralascholars.org/) 18th Issue is now out, and features three articles:

Jenny Rowena delves into lesser-known facets of the temple-entry movement to interrogate the Malayalee consensus about the movement as one which granted rights to oppressed lower castes. http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/18/revisiting-the-temple-entry-movement/

In a Malayalam article, V. Sasi Kumar writes about environmental issues associated with climate change with a special focus on Kerala.  http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/18/climate-change-impact/

Rachel Varghese writes about the possibilities that archaeology could offer in Kerala.  http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/18/archaeology-in-kerala/

If you wish to contribute, please see author guidelines here. http://ala.keralascholars.org/publish-with-us/

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Journal article / Muslim League and its new challenges in Kerala

26 Feb 2020
Santhosh, R., and M. S. Visakh. ‘Muslim League in Kerala: Exploring the Question of “Being Secular”’. Economic and Political Weekly 55, no. 7 (15 February 2020).
Abstract: The political trajectory of the Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala displays a unique engagement of religion-based political mobilisation of Muslims with secular–democratic politics in India.
In the contemporary context of aggressive Hindutva politics, the Muslim League is faced with the dual challenge of resisting majoritarian communalism while simultaneously countering new mobilisations from within the community that are based on a radical Islamic identity, but deploy explicitly secular discourses.
A critical appraisal of this situation requires moving beyond the pre-occupation with the formal aspects of secularisation and instead arrive at more substantive conceptions of ‘being secular’ that embrace deeper commitments to secularism, such as plurality and toleration.
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Call for Volunteers for Malayalam Translation

23 Oct 2019
Shilpa Menon
PhD student, Anthropology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Hello all,
I am seeking volunteers to assist me in the translation of a report from English to Malayalam. Titled ‘Gender-Affirmative Healthcare in Kerala: A Preliminary Report’, it was released in August 2019 under the aegis of Queerala, an LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization in Kochi, Kerala. Having a Malayalam version will make it much more useful to transgender persons and advocacy groups in Kerala. Volunteers will be
clearly attributed. Please contact me for more details.
Link to the report:
Thanks and regards,
Shilpa M
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Book / Last Jews of Kerala

22 Oct 2019
Edna Fernandes. The Last Jews of Kerala. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2015.
ISBN-9781634502719 / 256 pages / USD 17.99
About the book (edited): The Last Jews of Kerala narrates the rise and fall of the Black Jews and the White Jews over the centuries and within the context of the grand history of the Jewish people. It is the story of the twilight days of a people whose community will, within the next generation, cease to exist. Yet it is also a rich tale of weddings and funerals, of loyalty to family and fierce individualism, of desperation and hope. On the threshold of extinction, the two remaining Jewish communities of Kerala have come to realize that their destiny, and their undoing, is the same.
About the Author: Edna Fernandes is a British Indian journalist who has worked for many leading international new organizations, including AP-Dow Jones, and Reuters. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journals and the International Heral Tribune.