Full Time Faculty
PhD (January 2004-December 2007)
Awarded in : December 2007
Post-Doctoral Research (2008-2012)
June 2009 - June 2012
Advanced Master (2003 January- 2003 December)
Awarded in : 2003 December
Master of Arts (M.A) (1996 June – 1999 March)
Subject : History
Awarded in : 1999
Bachelor of Arts (B.A) (June 1990-June 1994)
Subject : History (Subsidiaries: Economics and Political Science)
Pre-Degree Course (August 1988- April 1990)
Subject : Science
School (June 1978- 1988 March)
PhD (January 2004-December 2007)
Awarded in : December 2007
Articles and Other Publications
by Binu John, Itinerario, 31/1 (2007), 7-14.
· Lords of the Sea: The Ali Rajas of Cannanore and the Political Economy of Malabar, 1663-1723, Brill Publishers (Leiden/Boston, 2012).
(Reviewed by Prof. Dietmar Rothermund and Prof. Markus Vink)
Conference and Workshop Presentations
· ‘Ali Rajas of Cannanore: Status and Identity at the interface of Commercial and Political Expansion -1663-1723’, 3rd TANAP Workshop, 2003, Xiamen, China.
· ‘Asian Trade networks and the Dutch East India Company: Commercial relations between Cannanore and the VOC in the seventeenth century, 1602-1663’. International Seminar on Portuguese Factories, Fortresses and Settlements in India with Special Reference to Cannanore, Cannanore, February 20-24, 2005.
· ‘Political Elites in the Early Modern Kerala’, Institute for Middle Eastern and Asian Studies, University of Bonn, Germany, 6 July 2007. ‘Islam in Perspective: Politicization of Islam under Colonial Hegemony in Malabar, South India, 1900-1947’, Kolloquien der Schule für Historische Forschung, Bielefeld University, 8 December 2009.
· ‘Pirates of the Malabar Coast: A Historical Analysis’, International Seminar - Monsoon Asia in the Age of Revolutions (1780-1830): Changes of Regime and their Aftermath, Mumbai University, 12-14 January 2010.
· ‘Observing the ´Other’: The Dutch Information-gathering in the Early Modern Malabar, South India´, International Seminar on European Maritime Activities in Peninsular India, 1500-1800, Tellicherry, Kerala, 18-20 January 2010.
· ‘Political Culture and Maritime Trade in Early Modern Malabar, South India’, Trading Cultures across the Indian Ocean Workshop, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, 1 July 2011.
· ‘The Dutch East India Company and the Opium Trade in Malabar (1663-1700)’, Third Encompass Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 15-17 August 2011.
· ‘Western ‘Modernity’ and ‘Oriental Women’: The Gender of Social Reform Movements in South India’, Culture and Modernity in South India, International Seminar, Maharajas College Ernakulam, Kerala, India, 16 September 2011.
· ‘Uprooted: Indian Ocean Slave Trade on the Malabar Coast during the Early Modern Period’, CAPAS International Conference, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 28-30, November 2011.
· ‘The Dutch East India Company and the Opium Trade in Malabar (1663-1700)’, International Seminar on Maritime Malabar, Cochin, India, 9-11, December 2011.
· ‘Religion and Social Conflict in South India: A Long-term Perspective’, Colloquium Presentation, Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany, 24 April 2012.
· ‘Early Modern European Trade Enclaves in Asia: A Study on Dutch Cochin, National Seminar – ‘Winds of Power: Perspectives on European Interactions and the Making of Cochin’, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala, India, 21-23 March 2013.
· ‘The Port City of Cranganore in the Early Modern Period: Pepper Trade and the Indo-European Interactions in the Age of Expansion’, International Seminar on ‘Imperial Rome, Indian Ocean Regions and Muziris: Recent Researches and New Perspectives on Maritime Trade, Christ College, Irinjalakuda, 8-12 September 2013.
· ‘Pre-Modern Malabar Coast and the Indian Ocean Slave Trade”, National Seminar – ‘Chinese Trade Networks and Mercantilism in Malabar during the Medieval Period’, in Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam, Kerala, India, 25-26 September 2014.
· ‘Brahmins, Kings, and Merchants” Re-imagining Early Modern Kerala Society’, National Seminar – ‘Marginalised and the Mainstream: Problematising the Social History of Kerala, University of Calicut, Kerala, India, 23-24 November 2015.
· ‘Malabar Coast and the Indian Ocean Trade in the Early Modern Period: The Career of the Dutch East India Company’, ICHR National Seminar on ‘Indian Ocean Trade and South India: Contours of Inter-Continental Contacts’, Calicut University, Kerala, India, 20-21 July 2016.
· ‘Port Cities, Bazaars and ‘Frontier Regimes’: The Political Economy of Malabar’, Kerala History Congress: Third Annual Session, Farook College, Calicut, Kerala, India, 9-11 Dec. 2017.
· ‘Maritime Trade in Early Modern Malabar: Some Observations’, National Seminar on ‘Connecting Panthalayani: From Local to the Transoceanic’, SARBTM Govt. College, Koyilandy, 4-5 January 2018.
· ‘“Strange Allies”: The Dutch East India Company’s Encounter with the St. Thomas Christians of South India’, International Seminar on ‘St. Thomas Christians through the Ages: A Historiographical Approach, Mannanam, Kottayam, India, Jan. 30- Feb.1 2018.
· “Problematizing ‘Religion’ and ‘Conversion’ in Indian with special reference to Kerala” Kerala History Congress: 4th Annual Session and International Congress” University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, 20-22 December 2018.
· “The Pre-History of Communalism Revisited: Trade, Politics and Social Conflicts in Early Modern Malabar”, International Seminar on “Early Modern and Colonial in History: Concepts and Cases in South Asia”, Farook College, Kozhikode, 4-5 March 2019.
· “Dutch Sources on Kerala History”, Invited Lecture, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala, 3 May 2019.
· “Uprooted: Indian Ocean Slave Trade on the Malabar Coast during the Early-Modern Period”, Backwaters Collective on Metaphysics and Politics, IXth Annual Conference, July 25-28, 2019, Kochi.
Awards and Fellowships
Areas of Interest
University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
Centro de Língua Portuguesa/ Instituto Camoes 2001
Dutch Language Certificate