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Department of History

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Dr. Binumol Abraham
Dept. of History
Designation Associate Professor
Phone (optional) 9037666961
Institutional email ID xxxxx@assumptioncollege.com
ORCID or other 0000-0002-5060-2144
Area of specialisation Cultural Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Gender, History of Mentalities, Cultural and literary history of Kerala
Date of joining the college 01 September 2011
Academic qualification
  • BA History - BCM College, Kottayam, Kerala
  • MA History - School of Social Sciences, M.G. University, Kottayam, Kerala
  • M.Phil in History - School of Social Sciences, M.G. University,Kottayam, Kerala
  • Ph.D in History - Department of History, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Work Experience
  • 2010: Worked as Research Fellow for one year in a project entitled “Creation of a Digital Archive of Social Reform Movements among the Dalit and Lower Caste groups in Kerala”, Coordinated by Prof.P. Sanal Mohan, School of Social Sciences, M.G. University. The Project is funded by the British Library, London as part of its ‘Endangered Archives Programme.”
  • 2001: Worked as Project Fellow for the Project titled “The Manufacture of Public consent for Artificial Birth Control in Keralam”, Under Dr. J. Devika, Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Funded by KRPLLD at the CDS, Trivandrum, Kerala
     
Current or previous Positions/Responsibilities (outside the college)
  • Mentor in the State and University Level ACQUIRE Scholarship programme, Government of Kerala, 2011-13
  • Chairperson- Board of Examination of BA Museology and Archaeology Programme, M G University, 2017-2019
  • Executive Member in Kerala History Congress
Current Positions/Responsibilities (in the college)
  • Head of the Department (2018 - 2021)
  • Member, IQAC (2019 - 2022)
  • Member, Research Assessment Committee (2019 - 2022)
  • Member, UGC Planning Board (2018 - 2022)
  • Member, Academic Council (2018 - 2021)
  • Chairperson, UG & PG Board of Studies in History (2019 - 2021)
  • Deputy Controller of Examinations (2022 onwards)
  • Member, Curriculum Committee (2022 onwards)
Awards and Achievements
  • Award for Associateship of UGC-IUC at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla for three spells in 3 years from 2019 onwards
  • Prof. Sheela Raj Memorial Gold Medal Award for Best PhD thesis in History for the research entitled ‘Humour and History of Mentality: A study of Popular Culture in Colonial Keralam’ from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 2011.
  • Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) Junior Research Fellowship for Ph.D

Research

  • Research Guide, Research Centre in History, Assumption College

PhD Guidance: Ongoing

  • Rinu K Louis- "Colonial Ethnography and Caste Configurations: The Making of Paraiyars in Modern Kerala". No. 4195/AC A 13/2021/MGU dtd 26/08/2021 Registration No. 224/2020
  • Resmi C- 'Rituals, Narratives and Knowledge Practices: Nagam Worship in Colonial Kerala'. No. 3589 AC A 13/2022/ MGU dtd 07.04.2022

  • Sandra Thomas- 'Orality, Print and Public Sphere: Exploring Intellectual History of Modern Kerala'. No. 3589 AC A 13/2022/ MGU dtd 07.04.2022 Registration No. 286/AC 10/2022

Projects - Completed projects
  • Ongoing: International Migration and Malayali Student Diaspora: A Study” as part of Seed Funding Programme of Assumption College Autonomous, Changanassery, Kerala, 2022-23
  • Completed: Minor Research Project entitled “Gendered Stereotypes: A Study of Cartoons in 20th Century Keralam”, 2013-2014, funded by UGC, New Delhi.                                                      
  • Completed: Pilot Project titled “Social Space of Women Nurses and the Notion of Their Empowerment”, funded by Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development (KRPLLD), Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, 2003
Courses attended (Orientation, Refresher, FDP, etc.)
  • Attended Orientation Course at Academic Staff College, University of Hyderabad from March 01 – 28, 2013 (28 days)
  • Attended Refresher Course at Academic Staff College, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram from 11.03.2015 to 31.03.2015 (21 days)
  • Participated Refresher course at Pondicherry University from 08.03.2018 – 28.03.2018 sponsored by UGC HRDC Pondicherry University
  • Participated one week FDP on Theory in Research Writing from 06.02.2019 – 10.02.2019 organised by Kerala State Higher Education Council, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Attended three months UGC-IUC Associateship programme at IIAS Shimla from 01.06.2019 – 30.06.2019 (first spell), 01.03.2022 - 31.03.2022 (second spell) and 01.04.2023 - 30.04.2023 (third spell)
  • Attended Refresher Course at Calicut University HRDC from 27.02.2020 – 11.03.2020 
  • Successfully completed online Certification Exam (Swayam) in Feminism: Concepts and Theories, Jan – April 2020.
  • Two Weeks Faculty Development Programme on “Managing Online Classes and Co-creating MOOCS: 2.0” from May 18- June 03, 2020 by Ramanujan College sponsored by MHRD, Government of India
  • Participated in the one week FDP on Online Education in Higher Education Institutions organised by Kerala State Higher Education Council, Thiruvananthapuram from 3rd – 7th August 2020.
  • Two weeks Faculty Development Programme on 'Advanced Research Methodology 2.0' from 17 June - 01 July 2021 by Ramanujan College sponsored by MHRD, Government of India.
  • Participated 6 Days National level Faculty Development Program on Outcome Based Education from 30 August- 04 September 2021 organized by the Academic Section of St. Philomena's College Autonomous, Mysore in association with ipsr solutions limited.
  • Participated 7 Days National level Faculty Development Program on Accreditation Framework, organized by the IQAC of Christ Nagar College, Maranalloor, Trivandrum from 31 August 2021- 7 September 2021.
  • Participated one week Faculty Development Programme on Outcome Based Education: Concepts, Methods and Assessment organized by UGC- STRIDE, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam in association with Assumption College, Autonomous, Changanassery, from 27 December 2021 to 2 January 2022.
  • Participated one week Faculty Development Programme (online mode) in ‘Crossdisciplinarity in Research’ organized by the Faculty Development Centre of the Kerala State Higher Education Council, Thiruvananthapuram from 19.01.2023 to 24.01.2023.
Resource person for seminars and workshops/Invited Lectures
  • Chaired a session in the two day workshop on Writing Dissertations in History: Methods and Methodologies by the Postgraduate Department of Historical Studies, St.Marys College, Manarcaud in collaboration with the Department of Student Services, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, held on 8th & 9th November, 2022 at St.Marys College, Manarcaud.

  • “History of Mentalities: A Discussion on Laughter in Modern Kerala” Invited talk at One day workshop on Recent Trends in Historical Research Organized by PG Dept of History and Research Centre, NSS Hindu College, Changanassery, 2019
     
  • Chaired a session in the two day National Seminar on “Religion and Culture in Medieval South India” organized by the PG Department of History and Research Centre, NSS Hindu College, Changanassery in collaboration with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam on 05-06 July 2018
     
  • Delivered a session on ‘Fashioning Gender and Laughter: Humour and Stereotyping in Colonial Kerala’ in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on “Humour and the Nation” held on 1st and 2nd July 2015 at Assumption College, Changanassery, Kerala.
     
  • “Taste of Laughter: A Study of Popular Culture in Colonial Keralam” Paper Presented at the National Seminar on New History: A Critical Appraisal Organized by the IUCSSRE in association with ICHR from 19 to 21 January 2012 at the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.
Paper presentation in Seminars
  • “Laughter as Caricature: Cartoons and Anxieties of Patriarchy in Modern Kerala” paper presented at IIAS Shimla during the third spell of UGC-IUC Associateship Programme on 25 April 2023.

  • “Malayalee Nurses and Health Care: Some Reflections on Challenges and Stereotypes” paper presented at IIAS Shimla during the second spell of UGC-IUC Associateship Programme on 28 March 2022.

  • “Non-Brahmin Movement and Literary Satire in Twentieth Century Kerala” Paper Presented at the fifth International Annual Session of the Kerala History Congress January 09-11, 2020 Organized at the aegis of School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.
  • “Laughter as Resistance: Religious Conversion and Satire in Colonial Kerala” Paper presented at the 80thIndian History Congress Kannur University, Kerala, 28-30 December, 2019.
  • “Laughter as Critique: Matriliny and its Discontents in Colonial Kerala” Paper Presented at IIAS Shimla as part of the Associateship Programme, June 2019.
  •  “Laughter as Ideology: Sanjayan and Satire in Colonial Kerala” Paper presented at the 77thIndian History Congress University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, 28-30 December, 2016.
  • “Nursing in Kerala: A Historical Perspective” Paper Presented at the third Annual International Kerala History Conference November 26-28, 2015 Organized by CMS College in association with Kerala State Higher Education Council and SPCS at CMS College, Kottayam.
  • “Constructing the ‘Ideals’: Gendered Stereotypes in Late 19th and early 20th Century Malayalam Farces” Paper Presented at the International Conference on Humour: Texts, Contexts Organized by Littcrit and UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies, University of Kerala from 6-8 December 2013 at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Trivandrum.
  • “Derision as Critique: Engaging with Matriliney in Colonial Kerala” Paper Presented at the International Conference on Kerala History Organized by Government Arts and Science College, Kozhikode from 7th to 9th November 2013.
  • “Humour and Public Sphere in Colonial Keralam: The Ambivalence of Tradition and Modernity” Paper presented at the 8th Annual Cultural Studies Workshop (CSW) held at Goa (February 17-22, 2003) and Organized by Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta and SEPHIS
  • “Gendering the Public Sphere in Colonial Keralam”, Paper Presented at the 62nd Session of Indian History Congress, Bhopal, 2001 Dec 28-30.
  • “Re-reading an Early Colonial Writing: Barbosa’s Perception of Caste in Kerala”, Paper Presented in International Conference on Europe and South Asia- 500 Years, Calicut & Cochin (Kerala) 16-20 May 1998 and Conducted by Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi.
Publications

Journal Articles:

  • “‘Laughed at’ and ‘Laughing at’: Paradoxes of Namboodiri Jokes in Kerala” in TAPASAM, vol. XVII, no. 1 & 2, 2021. ISSN: 2249-9873.
  • “Unequal Laughter: Cartoons and Gender Stereotyping in Modern Kerala” Samyukta: A Journal of Gender and Culture, vol. 7, no. 1 (2022): Beginnings of Gender Discourses in Modern Keralam: Revisiting Early Women's Magazines. https://samyuktajournal.in/journal/index.php/sgc

  • “Derision as Critique: Engaging with Matriliny in Colonial Kerala.” Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), vol.XXVII, no.2, Winter 2020. ISSN: 0972-1401. 

  • “Fashioning Gender and Laughter: Humour and Stereotyping in Colonial Kerala.” Journal of South Indian History. Vol. V, No. 2, May 2019, pp. 11-25. 
  • “Women and Sports in Kerala: A Historical Perspective.” Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Research (JET). Vol. 10, 2018, pp. 42-48. ISSN- 2394-3874

Conference proceedings:

  • “Laughter as Ideology: Sanjayan and Satire in Colonial Kerala.” Proceedings of Indian History Congress. Vol. 77, Indian History Congress, Aligarh, 2017, pp. 692-696. ISSN No- 22491937. 
  • “Constructing “Ideals”: Farces and Gendered Stereotypes in Colonial Kerala.” Proceedings of UGC Sponsored National Seminar on HUMOUR AND THE NATION. Department of English, Assumption College, Changanacherry. 2015, pp. 25-35. ISBN- 9352580958
  • "Gender and the Public Sphere in Colonial Keralam"- Abstract. Proceedings of Indian History Congress. vol.62, 2001, pp 1121-1122. ISSN No. 22491937. 

Book chapters

  • “Gendering the Public Sphere in Colonial Keralam.” New Themes in Indian History: Art, Politics, Gender, Environment and Culture. Ed. RattanlalHangloo and AtluryMurali. New Delhi: SundeepPrakasan-Black & White. 2007, pp. 283-310. ISBN- 8189320157

Monograph:

  • Women Nurses and the Notion of Their Empowerment.’ Discussion Paper series No-88, KRPLLD, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. 2004. ISBN- 8187621915

Article in Malayalam online Magazine

  • “Nursing SevanavumKudiyettathinteRashtreeyavum” Kazhchappadu. Vol. 02, No. 01, January 2021
Seminars and workshops organized
  • Coordinator, Two days international seminar on “Multiculturalism in Contemporary Society: Theories and Praxis” 5-6 October 2018.
  • Joint Secretary, UGC sponsored National Seminar “Interpreting locality in South India: A Micro historical Perspective” October 2014.

Number of seminars and workshops attended : 21

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