Assistant Professor

Malavika Binny 

Department of History


  1. Gender History
  2. Histories of Science
  3. Spatial/Landscape Archaeology



Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi


Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi


Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi


  • 2016 - 2017, Assistant Professor | Christ University, Bengaluru
  • 2018(Jan- April), Assistant Professsor | Indraprastha College, Delhi University, Delhi

Research Interest

  • The construction of gendered bodies and identities in Pre-modern India with regard to Ayurveda and other indigenous healing techniques with a special reference to European medico-botanical works on Indian flora and fauna and medieval Sanskrit and Malayalam texts.
  • Knowledge Production on the Southwestern coast of India with a special reference to medical and botanical knowledge and inter-cultural exchange between Europe and India in the early modern period(1600-1800 CE).
  • Negotiations and claims over space in Pre-modern South India with a focus on caste and gender through the medium of Vāstuśastra
  • Analysis of  notions of sexuality, morality and gender ideologies in medieval South India with a special reference to Kerala through Sandeśakāvyas, Āccicaritōms and folklore.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2017 – Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai Young Historian Award, Kerala History Congress
  • 2015 – Erasmus Mundus Visiting Phd Fellowship, European Union
  • 2012 – Junior Research Fellowship, UGC
  • 2008 – Neelima Memorial Award for First Rank in BA History at the university level, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, St.Teresa’s College,Cochin
  • 2005 – Kendriya Vidyalalya Sangathan Scholarship for securing First Rank in XII (AISSE) examination at the National Level in Humanities Stream


  • Indian History Congress
  • Kerala Council of Historical Research
  • Kerala History Congress


  • Of Texts and Practice and Also of Discourse and Deviance; An Outline of the Regulation of Bodies in Medieval Kerala-Malavika Binny- On Present(in/g) Histories edited by Sebastian Joseph, 197-214(2017).
  • Plants, Power and Knowledge: An Exploration of the Imperial Networks and the Circuits of Botanical Knowledge Systems on the Western Coast of India,- Malavika Binny- Global Histories Journal, 1(1), 3-19(2015).
  • JNU and Its Tradition(s) of Dissent- Malavika Binny (Guest editor)-Café Dissensus 24, (2016)
  • Ayurveda: The Non Man and Embodiment’, Malavika Binny, Uthara G- The Investigator,2(4), 62-65,(2016).
  • The Hermeneutics of Space: Locating Vāstuśāstra and sandeśakāvyams in Medieval Kerala- Malavika Binny- Full paper, The Proceedings of Kerala History Conference, pp.149-181, (2016)
  • Hoping against Hope: The PRDS Movements and the Creation of its Discursive Terrain’ – Malavika Binny -South Asian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Research,3(2),215-226(2016)
  • Book Review, Vinita Damodaran, Anna Winterbottom and Alan Lester, eds. The East India Company and The Natural World – Malavika Binny - Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction,39(1),175-77(2015).
  • Book Review, Shu Jyuan Deiwiks, Bernhard Führer and Therese Geulen, eds. Europe Meets China—China Meets Europe: The Beginnings of European-Chinese Scientific Exchange in the 17th Century – Malavika Binny - Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction,39(2),376-79, (2015)
  • Arundhati Roy’s new novel lays India bare, unveiling worlds within our world - Malavika Binny- The Conversation, July (2017).

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