Recent peer-reviewed publications and resources on Kerala. We circulate news of 100+ such items a year.


Gamliel, Ophira. A Linguistic Survey of the Malayalam Language in Its Own Terms. Wiesbaden (Germany): Harrassowitz Verlag, 2020.

John, James. The Portuguese and the Socio-Cultural Changes in Kerala: 1498-1663. Abingdon (UK): Routledge, 2020.

Sakthidharan, A.V. Antigod’s Own Country: A Short History of Brahminical Colonisation of Kerala. New Delhi: Navayana, 2019.

Book chapter

Arafath, P.K. Yasser. ‘Cassetted Emotions: Intimate Songs and Marital Conflicts in the Age of Pravasi (1970-1990)’. In Cultural Histories of India: Subaltern Spaces, Peripheral Genres, and Alternate Historiography, edited by Rita Banerjee. Abingdon (UK): Routledge, 2020.

Journal articles

Acevedo, Deepa Das. ‘Just Hindus’. Law & Social Inquiry. Published ahead of print, 17 April 2020.

Brillant-Giroux, Vincent. ‘Perspectives sur l’authenticité et conditions d’efficacité rituelle : Nécessité de convaincre et enjeux de transmission dans le rituel du Teyyam’ [Perspectives on authenticity and conditions of ritual efficiency: The need to convince and issues of transmission in the Teyyam ritual]. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. Published ahead of print, 4 May 2020.

Lang, Claudia. ‘Inspecting Mental Health: Depression, Surveillance and Care in Kerala, South India’. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 43, no. 4 (December 2019): 596–612.

Pillai, Sarath. ‘Archiving Federally, Writing Regionally: Archival Practices and Princely State Histories in Postcolonial India’. Archives and Records. Published ahead of print, 4 February 2020.

Raj, Jayaseelan. ‘Beyond the Unions: The Pembillai Orumai Women’s Strike in the South Indian Tea Belt’. Journal of Agrarian Change 19, no. 4 (October 2019): 671-89.


Ideas of India – online index of Indian periodicals. 315,000 entries from 255 English-language periodicals published between 1837 and 1947. Hundreds of entries pertain to Kerala.

Updated: May 2020 – with inputs from Thanzeel Nazer (PhD scholar, Dept of Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis)

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