Department of History
The department of History is established in 1994 and belongs to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The stature of the Department in the only unitary University in Kerala devoted to the Humanities and Social Sciences—yet, with a truncated structure having physical presence in different quarters of Kerala, both rural and urban—enables it to cater to students from a wide area across Kerala and from diverse socio-economic background.
The Department has been able to generate knowledge both within a regional and national historical perspective. Some of the areas that have been highlighted include: Rationalist Movement; Buddhist and Jain cultural geography; Social history of Muslim education; Aikya Kerala movement; Economic history of Princely Cochin; Royal family of Cochin and its cultural contributions; Human rights movement; Migration studies; Gender Studies; Peasant studies; tribal studies; pre-modern trade; Community formation and identity; and Urban geography. This knowledge base is spread out in the form of numerous Dissertations/Theses, research papers, articles, proceedings, monographs and the like:
The Department has identified and opened up hitherto untouched areas in the study of Modern Kerala History by initiating a very large number of micro-level inquiries in the form of dissertations at the Master’s and Doctoral level, which can constitute the base/core of any attempt at producing the local and regional histories of Kerala, and change the way Kerala History has so far been portrayed.
Future plans of the department.
The Periyar River Basin, in which the Sree Sankaracharya University, Kalady, is located, in central Kerala, had been one of the earliest riparian human settlements in Kerala. The Department proposes to conduct a detailed survey of the evidences of man-made tools and artifacts right from the Pre-historic days through the Megalithic and early historic Iron Age, and the material culture from the early historic to the late medieval days along the course of the Periyar River. A preliminary survey conducted in this regard yielded rich results in this regard. The Department would museums these cultural remains in the proposed Museum for Periyar River Basin Studies along with archaeologists, historians and geologists, and initiate historical studies of the nature of this riparian culture centred on River Periyar. Bringing out Caritam: Journal of Historical Studies Introduction of specialisation at the Master’s level by offering courses in Ancient History, Medieval History, and Modern History so as to be in tune with the best practices in the discipline in India and abroad.
Production of a multi-volume comprehensive history of Kerala entitled Themes in Kerala History. A preliminary discussion initiated in this regard has identified the following ten themes for specific volumes under a group of editors:
Vol 1: Pasts of Kerala: Antecedents
Vol. 2: Approaches and Sources
Vol. 3: Perspectives in Processual/Institutional Pasts
Vol. 4: Themes in Colonial Pasts
Vol. 5: Themes in Identities: Tribe, Caste, Community, and Religion
Vol. 6: Dissent, Protest, and Reform
Vol. 7: Literary and Knowledge Pasts
Vol. 8: Visual and Performance Pasts
Vol. 9: Gendered Pasts
Vol. 10: A Kerala Bibliotheque
About Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
The University was established two decades ago in the name of the illustrious Indian philosopher Jagad Guru Adi Sankara in his place of birth at Kalady. The basic objective of the University is to impart knowledge in various branches of Sanskrit, Indology, Indian culture, Indian and Foreign languages, Indian philosophy, Fine Arts and Social Sciences and to promote the study and research in Sanskrit and other systems of Indian knowledge. As a centre of cultural heritage and a house for indigenous art forms, the University is envisioned to harmonize the society through educational excellence.