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Research project

Cosmos Malabaricus

This programme aims to make the digitized archival sources of the Kerala and Tamil Nadu Archives more accessible to Indian and international scholars and to the widest possible audience, in particular to the people of Kerala.

2021 - 2028
Jos Gommans
The Dutch National Archives, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR)
  • Kerala State Archives
  • Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
  • Dutch National Archives
  • Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The digitized archival sources will be made more accessible (a) by further developing the existing digital Dutch- and English-language inventories of their contents, (b) by transcribing, translating and editing a selection of these sources to produce a series of source publications, and (c) by capacity building in India: training Indian archivists and historians (and related scholars) in the use (incl. palaeography,  epigraphy) of these seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sources for the purpose of further research and heritage making and in the wider context of Indian Ocean studies.

Cosmos Malabaricus is a local successor to the programmes TANAP (Towards a New Age of Partnership in Dutch East India Company Archives and Research, 2000-2007), ENCOMPASS (2006-2012), COSMOPOLIS (2012-2017) and COSMOPOLIS ADVANCED (2018-2027).

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