Santhosh Abraham


Assistant Professor
Room No.: HSB 341
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Current Position:

Assistant Professor
Visiting Faculty (On Deputation from January 2018)
IIT Palakkad (Office – 122)
Ahalia Integrated Campus, Kozhippara
Palakkad, Kerala – 678557

Academic Background:

  • Ph.D in History, University of Hyderabad, 2008
  • M.Phil in History, University of Hyderabad, 2003
  • M.A in History, University of Calicut, 2002

 Research Interests:

  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental Asylums
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • Sociology of Law, Legal History
  • Muslims, Islamic Law, Education, Social Mobility
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanism / Informal Legal Systems

 Courses Taught:

  • Law and Society & Modern India
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of the Modern World
  • Themes in Science and Technology
  • Approaches to World History  

Research Projects Completed:

  • 2016   –  Indian National Science Academy New Delhi –  Medicine and British Empire in South India
  • 2015 –    Wellcome Trust, London (November-January) – Medical Humanities Research Award
  • 2014 –    Wellcome Trust, London (June-August) – Medical Humanities Research Award
  • 2014 –     Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi – Professional Ethics for Higher Education in India  

Professional Achivements:

  • Editorial Board Member of South Asia Research (A peer-reviewed International, Multi-disciplinary Journal which covers the History, Politics, Law, Economics, Sociology, Visual culture, Languages and Literature of the countries in South Asia. (Published by Sage Journals International)
Academic Awards:
  • Sheela Raj Memorial Award for Best Ph.D Thesis in History in the year 2010, University of Hyderabad, 2010.
Publications (Selected / Since 2011):
Published Articles in International / National Journals
  • (2017) Santhosh Abraham, ‘The Keyi Mappila Muslim Merchants of Tellicherry and the Making of Coastal Cosmopolitanism on the Malabar Coast’,  Asian Review of World Histories (Brill, Leiden), Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2017, pp. 145-162.
  • (2014) Santhosh Abraham, ‘Constructing the ‘Extraordinary Criminals”: Mappila Muslims and Legal Encounters in Early British Colonial Malabar’, Journal of World History, Volume 25, Issue 2-3, 2014, (University of Hawai’i Press), pp. 373 – 395.
  • (2013) Santhosh Abraham, ‘Formal Writing, Questionnaires and Petitions: Colonial Governance and Law in Early British Malabar’, Indian Historical Review, Vol.40, No.2, December 2013, (Sage International) pp. 285 – 305.
  • (2011) Santhosh Abraham, ‘Colonial Law in Early British Malabar: Transparent Colonial State and Formality of Practices’, South Asia Research, Vol.31, No.3, November, 2011, (Sage International), pp.249-264.
  • (2011) Santhosh Abraham, ‘The Making of Colonial Law in British India: A Historiographical Analysis’, Indian Law Review, Vol. 3, 2011, pp.116-128.
  • (2011) Santhosh Abraham, ‘Classical Legal Traditions: Some Historiographical Interpretations’, Journal of History and Social Sciences, Vol.2, Issue I, January-June 2011.
Conference / Workshop Papers  (Selected / Post-2012):
  • (2016) Santhosh Abraham, “Making of Madras Coolies: Labour Migration, Legislations and Resistances in Colonial South India’, International Conference on After Slavery? Labour and Migration in the Post-Emancipation World, University of Leeds at Leeds, UK, 27 -28 June 2016.
  • (2015), Recasting and Reimagining the Islamic Law and Jurisprudence: Colonial and Post-colonial Discourses on Muslim Law in Malabar, Kerala, International Conference on Ocean of Law: Intermixed Legal Systems across the Indian Ocean World, Organised by Ledien University, The Netherlands at Leiden, 7-9, December, 2015.
  •  (2015) Santhosh Abraham, “Keyi Mappila Muslims of Colonial Malabar: Making of Coastal and Vernacular Cosmopolitan Order”, International Conference on Wild Spaces and Islamic Cosmopolitanism in Asia, Organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, at Singapore, 14-15 January, 2015.
  •  (2012) Santhosh Abraham, ‘Jungle Mappilas as Criminal Bandits in Colonial Malabar’ in the Workshop on European Encounters with Islam in Asia, 1500-1800, University of Hawai’i (USA), September 28 – 29, 2012.
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