Event / Public Lecture on ‘Rethinking Slavery in South Asia’ at KCHR, Thiruvananthapuram

The Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) invites you to a Public Lecture by Professor P. Sanal Mohan on ‘Rethinking Slavery in South Asia’.

Date: 23 July 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Venue: KCHR Annexe, Kesavadasapuram, Thiruvananthapuram

About the Speaker: Professor P. Sanal Mohan is currently the Director of the KCHR. He taught at the School of Social Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He was Smuts Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany, among others. His areas of research interest include colonial modernity, social movements and questions of identity, Dalit movements and Christianity in India.

About the Lecture: The proposed paper will address the historical prevalence of slavery in South Asia focusing on the history of slavery in Kerala. Often enough denied by historians in India and Kerala, Chattel Slavery prevailed as a historical experience in Kerala at least from the early medieval times.

The speaker will focus on documented histories of slavery taking specific examples. Along with this, speaker will use social memory of slavery that has been recorded
over the last few years from different parts of Kerala to focus on the question of slave experience. This is an important task as we come across denial of the history of slavery very powerfully present in the writings of historians in India and particularly in Kerala.

This paper brings together archival and ethnographic sources that may allow writing of histories of slavery. More importantly, the paper would consider the historiographies of slavery to reconfigure the question of slavery in South Asia.

More info: www.kchr.ac.in/images/img/pbl-int.pdf 

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