International Seminar on Kerala History (ISKH)

Venue: Animation Centre, Vellayambalam

Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Event Date/Time: Mar 16, 2006 End Date/Time: Mar 18, 2006
Early Registration Date: Mar 01, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 01, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Mar 01, 2006
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KCHR Circular
International Seminar on Kerala History
March 2006, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Dear Friends,
Greetings from Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR).

KCHR is organizing an International Seminar at Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, from 16th to 18th of March 2006, on the state of the art of research in Kerala history. The seminar would bring together scholars working on the history of Kerala in India and abroad. Among the eminent historians and social scientists from outside Kerala who are likely to participate are Prof. Romila Thapar, Prof. Bruce Kapferer, Prof. Robin Jeffrey, Prof. Iqtidar Alam Khan, Prof. Fritz Staal, Prof. Dick Whittaker, Prof. Shahid Amin, Prof. R.Champakalakshmy, Dr. M.S.S Pandiyan, Prof. Dipankar Gupta, Prof. Neeladri Bhattacharya, Prof. Shereen Ratnagar, Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne and Prof. G Udaya Kumar.

The Seminar is intended to provide a platform for scholars and researchers world wide to interact and experience an intellectually productive event. It will take stock of the trends and developments in historical writing on Kerala, to identify the missing links and point out new directions. The history of Kerala will be examined under four broad themes: Social, Political, Economic and Cultural-Intellectual histories and in a general session which will take care of areas that could not be covered otherwise. Professors Rajan Gurukkal, Kesavan Veluthat, Michael Tharakan and KN Ganesh will present theme papers. Although the categories may sound conventional, we expect the seminar to be an interdisciplinary one. Each of the theme sessions will be presided over by an eminent historian and will have five to seven invited research papers dealing with significant aspects of the general theme. KCHR intends to publish the proceedings of the Seminar which, we hope would provide a critical assessment of the historiography of Kerala.

As part of the seminar two symposia will be organised. They are on - ‘Emerging Areas of Historical Research: Interdisciplinary Dimensions’ and ‘Religious Institutions and their Social Functions’.

The seminar hopes to bring together all who value the significance of historical knowledge irrespective of their academic disciplines. More specifically we expect teachers, post-graduate students and research scholars across disciplinary boundaries to attend the seminar.

With warm regards,

K.N.Panikkar M.K.Ramachandran Nair P.J.Cherian
Chairman,KCHR Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University & Director,KCHR
Chairman, Organising Committee


Animation Centre, [Adjacent to Kerala Raj Bhavan] Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram.
Ph no. 91- 471- 2724001


Registration is required for the seminar.
To register, in advance, please send an email to: / with the following details not later than Wednesday, 1st March 2006.

- Name
- Institutional Affiliation
- Email address
- Postal Address
- Telephone Number
- Mode of the payment of registration fees
- Do you require accommodation – Yes/ No
- Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian
- Are you a Life member of KCHR Friends Forum – Yes / No


Till March 1st 2006 – Rs. 500

Foreign delegates US$ 100

Life Members of KCHR Friends’ Forum – Rs. 400/ US$ 90

Post Graduate students and research scholars – Rs. 300

Spot Registration – Rs.700

(Registration fees will take care of your boarding and lodging from 16th morning to 19th morning. Abstracts of the papers presented will be provided. Payments should be made as DD/cheque payable to the Director, KCHR, Thiruvananthapuram. Add Rs.30 for outstation cheques. The application form and the program details will be made available shortly in the KCHR website. You can submit the application online, or by mailing the attached form to the Director, KCHR. For organisational convenience we appreciate early registrations.]


Address: KCHR, PB No.839, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan,
Nalanda, Thiruvananthapuram 695 003,
Kerala, INDIA
Phone/Fax No.: 91- 471-2310409 / 5574988
E-mail: or

Programme Schedule

March 16th 2006 Thursday

9 am – 10.30 - Registration

10.30 – 11 am - Tea

11 am – 1 pm - Inaugural Session

1 pm – 2 pm - Lunch

2 pm – 5.30 pm - First Session – Political History

6.30 pm – 8 pm - Cultural Programmes

8 pm to 8.30 pm - Dinner

March 17th 2006 Friday

7.30 am – 8.30 am - Breakfast

9 am – 12.30 pm - Second Session – Economic History

12.30 pm – 1.30 - Lunch

1.30 – 5 pm - Third Session – Social History

5.30- 7.30 pm - Symposia

7.30 -8.30 pm - Cultural Programmes

8.30 pm - Dinner

March 18th 2006 Saturday

9 am – 12.30 pm - Fourth Session – Intellectual - Cultural History

12.30- 1.30 pm - Lunch

1.30 pm – 4.30 - Fifth Session – General

5 pm – 7 pm - Valedictory function & Symposium

7 pm – 8 pm - Dinner

International Seminar on Kerala History
March 16, 17 and 18, 2006
Kerala Council of Historical Research (KCHR) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India .
Registration Form


Postal Address:

Ph. No: E. mail-


Area of Interest:

Official address/academic affiliation:

Do you require accommodation – Yes/ No

Vegetarian / Non Vegetarian

Are you a Life member of KCHR Friends Forum – Yes / No

Details of remittance of Registration Fee

Amount -

Mode of payment - Cash /Cheque/ DD

No: Bank Date

REGISTRATION FEES: Till March 1st 2006 – Rs. 500; Foreign delegates US$ 100 Life Members of KCHR Friends’ Forum – Rs. 400/US$90;Post-graduate students and research scholars – Rs. 300;Add Rs.30 for outstation cheques.. Spot Registration –Rs.700.

DUTY LEAVE: Participants will be eligible for attendance certificate for availing duty leave.


KCHR, PB No.839, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan,