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Divya Kannan

A PhD research student at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), Divya submitted her dissertation at JNU on the history of education of the labouring poor in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Kerala in December 2016.

Email: divya2423(ghi)

Research Interests

History of social and religious reform in India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, history of education and poverty, history of environment, history of reading, emergence of public sphere, gender history and modern history of Kerala

Academic Background

2005-2008 BA Hons. History, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi
2008-2010 MA Modern Indian History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2010-2012 MPhil Modern Indian History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2012-present PhD studies in Modern Indian History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Scholarships and Prizes

2010- 2013 UGC-NET Junior Research Fellowship

Research Project

Recasting the Self: Missionaries and the Education of the Poor in Kerala, 1854-1956


'Cooperation is Strength: The Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS) and Social Reform in Twentieth Century Kerala', Proceedings of the International Conference on “Cooperatives in Transition in the Era of Globalization”, ULCCS in association with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, 2014.

Caught in a NET: A Brief Note on the UGC-NET Examination (to be published shortly in the Economic and Political Weekly)