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Department of History

Name: Dr. Susan Thomas

Designation: Associate Professor

Address: 28/2610D, Parathuvayalil House, Rainbow Enclave, Chilavanoor Road, Elamkulam, Kadavanthara PO, Ernakulam 682020

Phone: 9847536956

Email: drsusanthomas@hotmail.com

Diploma in Archives and Epigraphy- Centre for Heritage Studies, Tripunithura Centre for Heritage Studies, Department of Culture,  Government of Kerala 2012

Ph.D, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, 2004

NET Qualified 1997

M.A in History- University of Bombay- 1994- 2nd Rank

B.A in History- Womens Christian College University of Madras- 1992-3rd Rank

PG, MPhil., Ph.D.

1. UGC National Research Award for doing Post Doctoral Research on Historicizing Church and Community: Syrian Christian Community in the 19th and 20th Century Kerala. 2015-17.

2. Received the fellowship from the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi for Ph.D. 1997- 1998

3. Received the scholarship for research from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala 1995.

4. Received the scholarship for securing the highest marks for M.A first year    Examination from the Bombay University in 1993.

History of Communities, History of the Syrian Christians,Kerala History,Historical Writing in India, History of Science and Technology, Feudal Societies, Gender Studies

1. Fall from Grace: Gender and Community Formations among Syrian Christians, Historia, Journal of the Post Graduate Department of History, KKTM Government College Pullat (forthcoming)

2. Inheritance of Loss: Dowry among the Syrian Christian Women, Social Orbit Journal of Social Sciences, Farook College, (ISSN 2395-77189)

Vol. 2, 2016, pp.44-54. 

3. Engendering Through Shaming: The Case of the Syrian Christian Women History,        Catholicate Journal of Studies and Research, Vol.  3, No 1&2,   2014, pp. 131-138. (ISSN 2249-149 X)

4. Digital Archives and Syrian Christians of Kerala, Proceedings of the South Indian Congress, 33rd Annual Session, Trivandrum, 2013, pp. 343-345. (ISSN 2229-3671) 

5. Church and Community Formation Among the Syrian Christians of Kerala Proceedings of the Indian History Congress Mumbai - 2012, Indian History Congress, 2013  pp.1016-1024

6. From Makkataym to Marumakkatayam: Locating the Nair Women in the Colonial Discourse Review of Social Sciences, Vol. XIII, No. 2, July December 2012, pp. 97-105. (ISSN 0974-9004)

7. Creating a Digital Archives: Possibilities and Challenges Perspectives, Journal of the Department of Post- Graduate Studies in History and Centre for Advanced Studies in Local Knowledge Government Victoria College, Palakkad, Vol. IV, No. 4, 2012, pp. 139-144.

8. Legislating out the Taravad in Colonial Malabar Advances in Arts and Ideas, Vol 7 Nos. 1 and 2, 2011.pp.70-82. (ISSN0973-2373).

9. Much Ado About Nothing An Analysis on the Controversial Content of Std X, SCERT Social Science Text, Ecumenical Horizon, Vol. 4, No. 2 &3 March- April,& May- June 2011, pp.26-28. (ISSN 2229-659X) 

10. Property Rights among the Nairs - A Shifting Paradigm Rational Discourse, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Research and Studies, Vol. 65 No1and 2 Jan Dec 2009, pp. 38-53.( ISSN 0972-2955)

11. From Matriliny to Patriarchy- Changing facets of Marummkkattayam, Journal of the Institute For Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 5, No 1, Jan June 2010, pp.81-93. (ISSN 0973- 3353- Peer Reviewed)

12. Parting of Ways: Ripples of the Oath of Coonan Cross, Oriens Christianus, Band 91, 2007, pp. 204-220. (ISSN 0340-6407)

13. Judicial Interventions and Changes in the Malabar Nair Tharavads during the Colonial period, Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, Indian History Congress, 2001, pp. 945-953.

14. Colonial Modernization of Agriculture in Malabar Proceedings of the Indian History Congress Calicut 1999, Indian History Congress, 2000, pp. 617-627.

15.' From Kerala Society papers to Family Histories: On The Trail of a lost Manuscript', Journal of History and Society, Maharaja's College, 2016 (Forthcoming)

 1.  Smarthavicharam: Among Christians? Proceedings of the National Seminar Reflections on Gender Relations in Colonial Kerala, Department of History, St. Josephs College, Irinjalakuda, 2014,  pp. 20-25.

2. Pashupathi: Seal and Imaginations, Proceedings of the National Seminar History and Studies in Popular Culture, pp. 85-101. (ISBN  978-81-920775-0-5)  

3.Defining the self: Nairs and the Reform Discourse, in Colonialism and Resistance Movements in South India, (ed.) S. Sivadasan, Rainbow Publishers, Kalady; 2008, pp. 147-160. (ISBN  81-89716-77-8)

(i.) Hemalatha K -Temple Entry Movements in Kerala 

(ii.) Retheesh V N, The Voice From Below: The Songs of Poykayil Yohannan- A Historical Enquiry 

(iii.) Shaji A N, Origin and Growth of Tea Plantations in Kerala- A Case Study of Peerumedu Taluk in Idukki District

(iv) Deepa K N, Presentation, Experiences and Memories: Women and Migration- A study    (2010) 

(v.) Sabu Samuel, Printed community, Printing Community: Reading the Print Media (2011)

(vi) Sumi Susan Scaria, Writing CMS in Travancore: Context, Text and Index, (2013)

(vii) Aparna M P, Sites, People and Processes: Revisiting the Zamorins Mamankam Festivities (2015)

(i.)Ms. Jani Chungathu, Conflicts, Negotiations and Compromises: A Study on the Syrian Christians of Kerala in the 18th and 19th centuries (Mar 2009),

(ii.)Ms. Deepa K N, Gender in the Context of Internal Migration from Travancore to Malabar (Dec 2010), Submitted

(iii.)Ms. Sandhya P A, Property, State and Social Order in 18th century Malabar (Dec 2010), 

(iv.)Mr. Sabu Samuel, Printed Community, Printing Community: Community Formation in and through Print Media (Jan 2012). 

(v.)Ms.Sreeja M, (Aug 2015) Temple in Colonial Cochin: Continuity and Change    

(vi) Mr. Wilson P V, Syrian Christian Communities and the Socio-Economic Life in the Vembanad Lake Area (2011) Awarded

1. Edging Out the Women: Property and Inheritance among the Syrian Christians, One Day Workshop on Gender Studies, organized by the Womens Development Cell, Christ College Irinjalakuda on August 26th 2016.Resource Person

2. Unraveling the Local: History Through the Palm Leaves, Two Day National Seminar on Writing Local History Theory, Method and Practice, Government College Chittur, Palakkad, January 13th and 14th 2016. Resource Person

3. Locating the State in Conflicts and Resolution: Leaves from Syrian Christian History,Third International Kerala History Conference, CMS College, Kottayam, November 26- 27th 2015. Resource Person

4. Dowry and Inheritance among the Syrian Christian Women: A Historical Trajectory, National Seminar on Role of Women in the Christian Church: An Ecumenical Perspective organized by the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary and Board of Theological Education of Senate of Serampore College, at St. Ephrem Seminar, Vettickal,14 July 2015. Resource Person

5. Making Peace Between Brothers: Learning from History, Two Day Regional Seminar on Establishing Etiquette for Inter Religious Interaction Religious Pluralism: Riposte to the Quandary Sponsored by the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia organized by the Department of Psychology, Union Christian College Aluva, 10 July 2015. Resource person for Session IV - Looking for Models: Case Studies of Amicable Conflict Resolution 

6. Paithrukasamrakshanam: Chilla Chintakal, Seminar organized by the Mala Jewish Heritage Society and Kerala Sahithya Academy Thrissur, for protection of the Jewish Monuments of Mala, at Shithya Academy Thrissur, 12 April 2015. Resource Person

7. Regulating the Syrian Christian Women: Reading Church Codes and Regulations,  13th A K Baby Memorial Lecture, UC College Aluva, 27 March 2015. Invited Lecture

8. Leaves from the Past: Historicizing the Local, UGC Sponsored Three Day National Workshop on Social Science Research Methodology organized by the Catholicate College Pathanamttitha, 25-27 Febuary 2015. Resource person

9. Engendering Through Shaming: The Case of the Syrian Christian Women, 19th Annual Conference and International Seminar of the Association of Third World Studies, South Asia Chapter, held at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, 10-12 December 2014.Resource person

10. Regulating Selves and Configuring Community: Ideas, Images and Strategies of Syrian Christian Codes and Regulations, Second International Kerala History Conference, Providence College Calicut, 14-16 November 2014.  invited lecture for the Gender and History Panel

11. Marginalization, Stigma and Shame: Women and Community Formation, in International Seminar on Reimagining Struggles at the Margins: A History of the Unconquered and  Oppressed organized by the Mahatma Ayyankali Chair, Department of History Kerala University Trivandrum, 17-19 July 2014.Paper presentation

12. Historiographical Trends in the writing of Kerala History at the Sacred Heart College, Chalakudy, 24 January 2014, Invited lecture

13. Locality and History Through Church Records in UGC Sponsored Two Day  National Seminar on Local Historical and Knowledge Dimensions organized  by the Department of History, Sree Sankara College Kalady, 16-17 January 2014. Resource person 

14. Inheritance of Loss: Dowry Among Syrian Christians of Kerala, Three Day National Seminar on Modernization and Marginalization: Women in Politics and Development, organized by Post Graduate Department of History, Sri. C Achutha Menon  Government College Kuttanellor Trichur, 21-23 November 2013. Resource person

15. Encoding the Syrian Christian Women: Reading Church Codes and Regulations, Two Day National Seminar on Trajectories of Modernity: Tracing New Women in Vernacular Literature in Colonial India, organized  by Post Graduate Department of History, KKTM Government College Pullat, 29-30 October, 2013. Resource person

16. Smarthavicharam Among Christians? National Seminar on Reflections on Gender Relations in Colonial Kerala, organised by the Department of History, St. Josephs College Irinjalakuda, 24-25 October 2013. Resource person

17. Nair Samudayam: Swatharoopikaranavum, Parishkaravum, 25TH National Seminar on Matriliny and Joint- Family in the Making of Kerala Society, organized by The Kerala Historical Research Society, Trichur, 5 May 2013.Resource person

18. Adultery Trials and Community Formation Among Syrian Christians- A Snapshot from Nadamai, UGC Sponsored Three Day National Seminar On Winds of Power: Perspectives on European Interactions and the Making of Cochin, organized by Department of History, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, 21-23 March 2013. Resource person

19. Transforming Education in Colonial Malabar: The Role of Christian MissionariesSate level Seminar On Education in Malabar: A Retrospection, organized  by Providence Womens College Calicut, 2 February 2013. Resource person

20. Creating a Digital Archives of the  Syrian Christians of Kerala, 33rd Annual Session South Indian History Congress , University of Kerala Trivandrum 15-17 February 2013. Paper presentation

21. Falling from Grace: Gender and Community Formation Among the Syrian Christians, National Seminar on  Redefining Morals; Recasting Models- Gender Formations during  the Colonial Period, organized  by Post Graduate Department of History, KKTM Government College Pullat, 10 January 2013. Resource person

22. Church and Community Formation Among the Syrian Christians of Kerala , Indian History Congress 73rd Annual Session University of  Mumbai,  28-30 December 2012. Paper presentation

23. Women in the Globalised World , State Level Education Consultation on Women and Globalisation  organized  by The Womens Commission, Kerala Council of Churches, Kottayam ,  August 2012. Keynote Address 

24. Pashupathi: Seal and Imaginations at the UGC Sponsored Three Day National Seminar on History and Studies in Popular Culture at the Catholicate College Pathanathitha, 14-16 March 2012.

25.Archiving Church History at the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Local History by the Department of History, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Pyannur Regional Centre, 16-17 February 2012. Resource person

26. Much Ado About Nothing An Analysis on the Controversial Content of Std X, SCERT Social Science Text at the Educational Consultation organized by the Kerala Council of Churches, at Kottayam,8 July, 2011.Resource person

27. Digital Archives- Problems and Perspectives at the National Workshop on Local History Archives conducted by the Department of History, Calicut University, 21 February2011.Resource person

28. Property Rights among the Nairs - A Shifting Paradigm, UGC Sponsored National Seminar on State, Human Rights and the Marginalised, Sree Sankara Vidyapeetom College, Valayanchirangara, 13-15 August 2010. Resource person

29. Defining Self: Nairs and the Reform Discourse Presented at the International Seminar on Kerala History, Organised by Kerala Council of Historical Research  Trivandrum , 16-18 March, 2006.Resource person

30. Changing Facets of Marumakkattayam Reflections from a 19th century court case Presented at the Indian History Congress, Mysore 2003.  

31. Understanding Science: A Reappraisal of Colonial Science Presented at the International Seminar on Planning, Presenting, Project work at the Morning Star College, Angamaly,21-22 November, 2002

32. Colonial Legislations and its impact on the structure of the Nair Taravad in Malabar Presented at the Indian History Congress, Bhopal, 28-30 December, 2002.

33. Judicial Interventions and Changes in the Malabar Nair Tharavads during the Colonial period, Presented at the Indian History Congress, Calcutta, 2-4 January, 2001.

34. Colonial Modernization of Agriculture in Malabar Presented at the Indian History Congress, Calicut, 2000

1. Two Day UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Exploring Themes on Medieval Kerala History at Thuravoor Regional Centre of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, 27 &29,March 2012. coordinator

2. Organised lecture by Dr. A Kalimuttu, Asst. Director of The ASI Museum Mattancherry on History, Prehistory and Archaeology at the Thuravoor Regional Centre of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, August 2013.

3. Extension Lecture in 2010-11 on Islamic State and Society under the Umayyad and the Abassids by Dr. Muhammed Rafeeq, Department of Islamic Studies, Maharajas College, Ernakulam, on Structuralism by Dr. Shinas A, Government Arts College, Meenchnada, Post modernism by Dr. T R Venugopal Rtd. Prof. Government College, Trissur and on Women and Reform Movements by Dr. Anandi, Post Doctoral Fellow KCHR, Trivandrum.

4. The centre also hosted a Two Day Workshop on Local History by Dr. Dineshan V,      C KG Memorial Government College Perambra, for the MA Students to help them in their IV semester MA Dissertation in 2010.

5. Organised Extension lecture for MA students on Late Antiquity by Prof Istvan Perczel, Central European University Budapest. 2009

6. Organised Extension lecture for MA student at the Thuravoor Regional centre on Medieval Society by Dr. Pius Malekkandathil, on Indian Historiography by Dr. Sheeba K M, on Prathyaksha Raksha Deva Sabha by Dr, Sanal Mohan, on Modes of Production and Social Formations by Ms. Radhika P in 2006.

7. Inauguration of the History Association at Thuravoor Centre by Dr. S Sivadas with his lecture on Recent Trends in Historiography in 2005.

Digitization of the sources of History of the Syrian Christian of Kerala Completed the project along with the Central European University, Budapest, Tubing hen University, Germany and Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, St. Johns University Minnesota in digitizing the sources relating to the history of the Syrian Christians of Kerala. 2008-15
Post Doctoral Research on Historicizing Church and Community: Syrian Christian Community in the 19th and 20th Century Kerala, UGC 2014-16
\Staff advisor of the campus union at Thuravoor 2012

Taken the PG students of History to sites of historical importance as educational tour

1. Staff Advisor for the campus union-2012.

2. Returning Officer Campus Union Elections- 2012.

3. Teacher-in-charge of the Department of History of the Centre.2005-2014

4. Formed the History Association at the Thuravoor Centre.

5. Staff Advisors of the History Association of the Centre.

6. Member of ASSUT.

7. Secretary of the Thuravoor Unit of ASSUT- 2011-12 and 2013-14

8. Vice President, Kerala Council of Churches - 2010-2013

9.Member, Editorial Board, Ecumenical Horizon(ISSN 2229-659X)2010-2013

1.Member, Research Committee Department of History

2. Member of the Board of Studies, MA College Kothamangalam

3. Member of syllabus revision committe, Maharaja's College, Ernakulam

4. Member Examination Board of the Kerala University, MG University and Calicut University for paper valuation in various years- UG, PG, Ph. D

5. Member, Question paper setting Board of  the Kerala University, MG University and Calicut University in various years- UG, PG, Ph. D

1. Indian History Congress (Life Member - LM-01455).

2. Kerala Council of Historical Research (Life Member).

3. Association for Third World Studies South Asia Chapter (Life Member) 

4. Association for the Preservation of St. Thomas Christian Heritage (one of the founding members and Treasurer).

5. South Indian History Congress (Life Member - SIHC LM 2013063 )

6. Kerala History Conference (Annual Member)

7.    Kerala History Congress(Annual Member)

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