Guest Faculty

Ms Lekshmi Chandran C P

Department of History

  1. Gender and Sexuality
  2. Economic History
  3. Literary Cultures of Pre-Colonial South India.



All Saints’ College, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
B A in History


Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
M A in History with specialization in Ancient Indian History


Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


  • From 1st June 2018 to 31st May 2020– Teaching Faculty – Rishi Valley School, Rishi Valley, Madanappalle, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

Research Interest

  • The societal attitude towards women in general and the various instruments that were (and still are) used to control female sexuality by enforcing the social institutions of marriage, family, and motherhood with special reference to the epigraphical and Maṇipravāḷaṃ literary sources in pre-colonial Kerala
  • Different types of kinship patterns and practices related to marriage and the lives of people who were outside the institution of marriage with special reference to matrilineal, non-normative and patrilineal households in the Pre-colonial Kerala
  • The caste and gender oppression in Medieval Kerala, with special reference to the practice of untouchability and everyday lives of lower caste people.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2018 – Dr Nasreen Ahmad Memorial Prize for the best paper on Gender History – Indian History Congress.


  • Indian History Congress
  • Kerala History Congress
  • South Indian History Congress

List of Publications

  • The Matrilineal Households Within the Brahmanical Social Order in Pre-Colonial Kerala: A study of Maṇipravāḷaṃ Literary Sources from 13th - 15th Centuries’, Lekshmi Chandran C P, in Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, 78, 294-295, (2017).
    , Mehrotra, S., et al. Cureus 12(2) (2020)
  • Paṇivaiśikaṃ: Sex Work as a Profession in Pre-Colonial Kerala Represented in the Vaiśikatantraṃ - Lekshmi Chandran C P in On Present (in/g) Histories: Selected Papers from Second Kerala History Congress, edited by Sebastian Joseph, 515-532, (2017).
  • Are all Women Outside the Boundaries of Marriage Prostitutes? Interrogating the Nature and Scope of Women’s History in Kerala, Lekshmi Chandran C P in Insight, 1:1, 64-74, (2021).

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