Prabhat Kumar

Assistant Professor

Prabhat Kumar was trained as a historian at University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Broadly invested in the north Indian cultural history, he works on Hindi print media, both literary and visual in its myriad forms. He is also interested in exploring the desi articulations of modern political imaginaries, social sensibilities, their continued cultural appeal and presence in contemporary times. He is presently reworking his PhD thesis into a book on the culture of satire. In its expanded scope, and positioning itself in the interstices of visual and literary media, it studies satire’s complex relationship with questions of modernity, colonialism, nationalism and print culture in the newly configured Hindi public sphere of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial North India. He has curated and translated an anthology of eleven Hindi stories on the theme of domestic servants. Titled Lesser Lives, the book is co-edited with Nitin Sinha. His next research project explores a cultural history of socialist imaginary in North India through the intellectual biographies of such figures as Rambriksha Benipuri, Phanishwarnath Renu and Rahul Sankrityayan.

Email: prabhatkumar250(at)

Select Publications

Hindi Patrikaon mein Kartun aur Drishya Sanskriti, 1900-1940

Sociotechnical Imaginations and Railway Experience

Representing Servant Lives in the Household and Beyond

Colonialism, Modernity and Hindi Satire in the Late Nineteenth Century

From Punch to Matvala: Transcultural Lives of a Literary Format