Dr. Divya Kannan | Department of History


Dr. Divya
Assistant Professor
Department of History and Archaeology
214- A
Block-D, Shiv Nadar University
Profile Summary 

My main areas of research, particularly with a focus on South Asia, include Histories of Childhood and Youth, Caste, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Empires and Colonial Violence, Education and Pedagogy,  Public and Oral Histories . I welcome final year BA students and PhD students who would like to work in these aforementioned areas of interest for their thesis.

I am also the co-founder and co-convenor of The Critical Childhoods and Youth Studies Collective (CCYSC) which seeks to bring together academics and practitioners working with and on young people across South Asia. For more details, see http://www.theccysc.com and the Treasurer, Institute for Social Sciences, Humanities, and Oceanic Research (I-SHORE), a voluntary group that promotes research and training for younger scholars and independent researchers working on the region of Kerala.

Currently, I am also the Seminar Coordinator for this Department and organise semester long events. All mails regarding seminars/workshops must be addressed directly via email.



Educational Qualifications 
Ph.D. Modern Indian History
Jawaharlal Nehru University
MPhil Modern Indian History
Jawaharlal Nehru University
MA Modern Indian History
Jawaharlal Nehru University
BA Hons History
Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi
Work Experience 
Assistant Professor,
Department of History, Miranda House College, University of Delhi
Teaching & Research Interests: 

19th and 20th South Asian history, History of Education, Childhood and Youth, Caste, Gender Studies, Social Movements, Empires and Colonial Violence, Christian missions, Public and Oral Histories

Conferences (Select): 
  • Prajnya Gender Talks Series, "Writing Histories of Childhood in India", 13 February 2022
  • “Constructing ‘Model’ Christians: Basel Mission Boarding Schools in Colonial Malabar” at the InternationalConference on Exclude to Include: Global Perspectives on Boarding Schools, their Participants and Processes during the 19th and 20th Centuries, November 5th/6th, 2020, Munster, Germany.
  • LSE International History Research Seminar 18 November 2020 . Paper: Caste(ing) Childhood: Missionaries and the Education of the Poor in Colonial South India
  • ‘Saving Our Sisters’: Female Education and the London Missionary Society in Nineteenth Century South India Education for All? The State and Poor in Colonial Kerala Conference on Educational Reforms as Topic of the History of Education, 'Schools, Society, and Slavery in Nineteenth Century South Travancore: The Female Boarding Schools of the London Missionary Society', as part of the TRG Panel on 'Growing up inside and outside of Classrooms: Schooling and the Poor Child in Colonial India’ 7 th Annual Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India, 19-21 November 2017, S.V.University, Tirupati 
  • Gender and Empire: Exploring Comparative Intersections and Comparative Approaches, Global South Studies Centre, University of Cologne, 23-25 September, 2015
  • German Educational Research Association, University of Vienna, 17-19 September, 2015
  • 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for History of Childhood and Youth, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 24-26 June 2015.
  • ‘Ora Et Labora’: Education and the Basel Mission in the 19th and 20th Century Malabar, South Asia History Seminar Series, SOAS London,20May2014
  •  'Ora Et Labora: The Basel German Evangelical Winter Academy and Conferenceon Missionary Society in the 19th and 20th ‘Inequality, Power and Education: Century Malabar', Transregional Perspectives’, organised by the Forum Trans-Regionale and the Humboldt University, Berlin, 16-25 November, 2014.
  • ‘Vagbhadananda and Social Twentieth Century Malabar’ Reform in 73rd Session, Indian History Congress, University of Mumbai December 2012

Transnational Doctoral Research Fellowship,

Research Group: Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century, (A collaborative project between the German Historical Institute London, Centre for Modern Indian Studies {University of Goettingen}, Centre for Historical Studies and Zakir Hussain Centre for Educational Studies {JNU New Delhi} and CSDS New Delhi.


Research Fellowship, Georg-Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Brauschweig, Germany