Annual lectures are organised in memory of Prof. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai and Sri. Puthuppally Raghavan. Sri. Puthuppally Raghavan’s family has instituted an endowment for the same, and Prof. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai memorial lecture is supported by KCHR. 

          Monthly colloquiums are organised on various themes related to social science research. It is conceived as a platform to discuss the latest trends and new findings in social sciences.

Memorial Lectures
2011

Puthupally Raghavan Memorial Public Lecture – “ The marginal jotter : Revisiting native agency and the generation of a colonial archive – an argument and a case history from North India” by Prof. Shahid Amin, Dept of History, University of Delhi at the Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram, on 27th Aug 4.30 pm.

2010

(a,) In Memoriam of Dr. Frank Raymond Allchin – Lecture by Dr. Prabhat Patnaik, Vice -Chairman, State Planning Board on 11th July 2010 at 4 pm at KCHR.
(b) Meeting to condole the demise of Prof. Sreedhara Menon, historian on the 4th of August 2010 at KCHR

2009

Puthupally Raghavan Memorial Annual Public Lecture – ‘Reviving the idea of scientific temper : Ten theses for creating a secular common sense’ by Dr Meera Nanda, Visiting Fellow of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies, JNU, Delhi on 36-10-09 at 4 pm at the Fourth Estate Hall.

2008

Puthupally Raghavan Memorial Annual Public Lecture – ‘Peasant Movement in India in the 1930 s & 1940 s : Highlighting the relationship with the National Movement by Prof. K.N.Panikkar, Chairman, KCHR on the 2nd of August 2008 at 4.30 pm at the Fourth Estate Hall, Press Club, Trivandrum.

2007

(a)    Bhagat Singh Birth Centenary Public Lecture - Bhagat Singh- Profile of a Revolutionary
By Prof. K. N. Panikkar, Chairman, KCHR on 13th October 2007 at 5 pm at Fourth Estate Hall, Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram


(b)    Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai Annual Memorial Lecture –‘Gandhi and the Discourse of Civilisation : A Consideration of Hindu Swaraj’ by Prof. Sabyasachchi Bhattacharya, Chairman, ICHR on 31st Oct 2007 at 5 pm at the Fourth Estate Hall, Press Club, Trivandrum

2006

(a)    N V Memorial Lectures – Charitravum Samskaara Padanavum on 14th & 15th October 2006

2005

(a)     Sri. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai Memorial Lecture by Dr. Rao, Head, Dept. of History, Mangalore University, 30 August 2005.

(b)     Puthuppally Raghavan Memorial Annual Lecture by Prof. Bipan Chandra, 6 November 2005.

2004

(a)      Puthuppally Raghavan Memorial Annual Lecture by Dr. Kunal Chakraborty, 15 May 2004.

2003

(a)     Barrister G.P. Pillai Death Centenary Memorial Lecture by Sri. T.J.S. George, 28 May 2003   Sri. N. Ram presided.

(b)     Sri. Edward W. Said Remembrance, by Sri. P. Govinda Pillai, Smt. D. Maya, Smt. Sophie Jose Tharakan, Sri. George Varghese, Sri. J. Reghu & Sri. C.S. Venkiteswaran,    3 October 2003.        

(c)     Prof. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai Memorial Lecture by Dr. Kesavan Veluthat, Dept. of History, Mangalore University, 10 November 2003.

2002

(a)     Dr. S. Gopal Memorial Lecture by Sri. Murkoth Ramunni, 14 May 2002.  Dr. K.N. Raj presided.

(b)     Sri. Puthuppally Raghavan Memorial Lecture by Prof. Robin Jeffrey in association with Kesari Memorial Journalist Trust, Trivandrum,  2 February 2003     Dr. K.N. Panikkar presided.

Colloquiums/ Seminars

2011

a, Prof. Eric Foner, Professor, Columbia University, USA, lectured on Barack Obama and Black Politics in the United States, on 19th January 2011, at the Fourth Estate Hall, Thiruvananthapuram.
b, LDr Rick Jones, University of Leeds UK and Director, Pompeii excavations, gave a lecture at Pattanam on ‘Conservation of Pompeii site’ on April 28th 2011


2010


a, Lecture on ‘Sigiriya Pleasure Gardens and the International Trade in the Indian Ocean in the 5th century AD’ at 04-01-10 at 4 pm by Prof. Osmund Bopearachchi, Director, CNRS, Paris at KCHR.
b, Lecture on “ Craft Production and Emerging Complexity : Pattanam Glass Beads and their role in the Early Indian Ocean Trade “ by Dr Shinu Abraham, St Lawrence University, Canon, USA as 11-01-10 at 11 am at KCHR
c, Paul David Kenny, Research Scholar, Yale University held a discussion on The Patronage State: Patrons, Patriots and Bureaucrats in the making of Modern India, on 29th October 2010, at KCHR.

2009

a, Talk on ‘Social Legitimacy Symbolic Gender Politics and Global Migration Circuits: 21st Century and Transitions in Kerala Nurse Migration’ by Dr Margaret Walton- Roberts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada on 23rd .
b, Lecture on ‘The Technology of Ancient Lareg Satuary in Italy’ by Dr Alessandra Guimla Mair, Vienna, Italy, on 26-09-2009 at 11 am at KCHR


2008

a,Paper presentation on ‘History of Kerala Christianity : Documents, Monuments and Methodological Challenges’ by Prof. Istvan Perczel, Central European University, Hungary on 11-02-08 at 4 pm at KCHR.
b,National Lecture to commemorate the 84th anniversary of Vaikom Satyagraha on ‘ Social Ecology of Untouchability : A farmework for Dalit protest by Prof. Gopal Guru, JNU, New Delhi on 30-03-08 at KCHR.
c,Lecture on ‘Chiefdom, Kingdom or State ? Looking outside India to understand Ancient Kerala’ by Dr. Shinu Abraham, St Lawrence University, New York, USA on 5th June 2008 at 4 pm at KCHR.
d,A three day National Seminar on History Writing Today’ to commemorate the birth centenary of D D Kosambi from 26th to 28th July 2008 at KCHR.
e, Talk on ‘Indo-Roman Trade : Pattanam, Pepper and Pottery’ by Dr Roberta Tomber, British Museum, UK on 13-10-2008 at 4 pm at KCHR.
f,Symposium on ‘New Trends in Historical Thinking’ in collaboration with ICHR on December 30th 2008 at IHS Venue, Kannur.

2007

(a)      Talk on Coastal Archaeology with Special Reference to Ancient Port at Chaul By Dr. Viswas Gogte, Deccan College, Pune on 1st April 2007 at 11 am at the Conference Hall, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram

(b)      Foundation Day Lecture by Shri. Navjet Sarna IFS on 20th May 2007 at 11 am at the Conference Hall, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram

(c)      Pattanam Excavation 2007 Exhibition from 20th to 27th May 2007
Inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister for Cultural Affairs on the 20th of May 2007 and Distribution of Certificates to the first batch of Epigraphy Students at the Conference Hall,
Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram

(d)      Presentation on Medieval Commercial Activities in the Indian Ocean as revealed from Chinese Sherds and South Indian and Sri Lankan Inscriptions by Prof. Noburu Karashima, University of Tokyo on 19th July 2007 at 11 am at the Conference Hall, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram.

(e)     Prize Distribution Ceremony of Charithranwesana Yathrakal and Slogan Contest on 27-12-2007 at KCHR by Shri. M. A. Baby, Hon’ble Minister for Education and Culture, Govt. of Kerala

2006

(a)      History Colloquium – From Egypt to the Malabar Coast : Rome’s Oriental Commerce by Dr. Roberta Tomber, Southampton University on 28th February 2006 at 4 pm at the Conference Hall, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram

(b)      Saptati Get Together of Dr. K.N.Panikkar, Chairman, KCHR –
Erosion of Educational Equity … By Prof. M. Anandakrishnan, MIDS, Chennai on 18th May 2006 at 11 am at at Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram
Lecture Series – Dr Vijaya Ramaswamy, JNU, New Delhi on 18th & 19th May 2006
1.Women & Work : A Historical Perspective 2. Oral Traditions as Source of History – a Methodological Exploration 3. Biography as History : Possibilities & Pitfalls

(c)      History Colloquium – Terrorism & Imperialism by Prof. Ram Puniyani, Indian Institute of Technology, Powai on 12th October 2006 at 11 am at the Conference Hall, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram

(d)      Saptati Get Together of Dr. M. R. Raghava Varier, Executive Council Member, KCHR on December 27th 2006 at KCHR


2005

(a)     Village History Workshop for Kerala Panchayaths in collaboration with KILA, Trissur, 23 January 2005

(b)     ‘Unorthodox Sisters: Gender Relations and Generational Change in Malayali Trans-national Marriages’ by Dr. Ester Gallo, 5 February 2005

(c)     ‘History and the problem of colonial modernity : O. Chandu Menon and his world’ by Dr. G. Arunima,  25 June 2005

(d)      International Seminar on ‘Kerala Mathematics : History and the Possibilities of Transmission  , 15 & 16 December 2005

2004

(a)       Seminar and display of geo-archaeological evidences from Pattanam near North Parur, Ernakulam – The first early Historic Urban Settlement in Kerala, 22 March 2004.

(b)    ‘Reflections on Trans-nationalism in the light of Women’s Migration from Kerala’ by Dr. Caroline Osella, 7 April 2004.

(c)     ‘Modern Indian Historiography and Sree Narayana Guru by J. Reghu, 26 June 2004.

2003

(a)      ‘The Legacies of Matriliny in Kerala’ by Prof. Robin Jeffrey in association with Centre for Studies in Culture & Heritage, Cochin, 7 February 2003

(b)     ‘Kerala Mathematics & Astronomy’ : History of their transmission to Europe’ by Dr. George Gheverghese Joseph in association with International Centre for Kerala Studies, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, 8 March 2003

(c)     ‘The Residual & Emerging Forms of Social Exclusion in Kerala Society’ in association with Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode,  29 March 2003

(d)       ‘Coonan Cross Oath’ in association with Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam,  30 & 31 May 2003

(e)       ‘Early Medieval Nestorian Trade on the Malabar Coast and with China’ by Smt. Meera Abraham,  9 May 2003

(f)     ‘Making the Nation Habitable’ by Prof. Shahid Amin, University of Delhi, 1 September 2003

2002

(a)     Documents on Kerala in Paris’ by Dr. Kesavan Veluthat,  21 May 2002

(b)     ‘St. Thomas Traditions in India’ by Brig. C.G. Varghese, 26 November 2002

(c)     ‘History of Indian Cantonments’ by Sri. T. Jacob, 9 December 2002

(d)     ‘Historical Significance of Oral Traditions’ by Dr. M.R. Raghava Varier, 12 December 2002

(e)     ‘Coping with Modernity in India’ by Dr. David Washbrook in association with Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, 31 December 2002.