B.A. (University of Calicut);
M.A. (St. Thomas College, Kerala);
M.Phil.; Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Brought up in the Wayanad district of Kerala, Vinod Kottayil Kalidasan’s M.Phil and PhD research, conducted at the Centre for English Studies (CES) at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), investigates ideas intensely connected to the multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual pasts of the Malabar region in Kerala. While his M.Phil dissertation studies the the performative narratives of the Adivasis of Wayanad, his PhD thesis is a study of the evoltution of the literary, cultural, legal and politrical discourses and counter-discourses during and after the colonial era.
He is a passionate teacher and he taught English literature at universities across India for about 12 years in different capacities and at many levels. The institutions he taught include the central universities of Rajasthan and Kerala, and many Delhi University colleges such as Maharaja Agrasen College, St.Stephen’s College, Dyal Singh College and Miranda House.
He is interested in multi-disciplinary research and he has published, taught and researched on a number of diverse and inter-disciplinary areas of study. He is interested in the cultural and political history of Malabar, Malayalam literature, Post-structuralist thought and the questions of language. His publications include: “Routes of Pepper: Colonial Discourses around the Spice-trade in Malabar” in Kerala Modernity: Ideas Spaces and Practices in Transition (eds. Sathese Chandra Bose and Shiju Sam Varughese, Orient Blackswan, 2015.), ‘A King Lost and Found: Revisiting the Popular and the Tribal Myths of Mahabali from Kerala’(Studies in South Asian Film & Media, 2016) and ‘Learning to Live with Specters: Hauntology, Memory and Language in Specters of Marx’ in Philosophy, Language and the Political: Re-evaluating Poststructuralism, (eds. Franson Manjali and Marc Crepon, Aakar, 2017). He writes frequently for online platforms such as The Wire. He is a member of the Kerala Modernity Studies Collective – a group of researchers working on the interwoven, yet, multiple, modernities of Kerala. Presently, he is completing a manuscript on Malabar.