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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies
University Associate Professor in Hindi
Email address: 
+44 (0)1223 335136

Aishwarj Kumar teaches Hindi at the undergraduate level at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. He also teaches Hindi and Urdu to MPhil students at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge. He holds an MPhil degree in History from the University of Delhi.

He has published on the history of the Indian People's Theatre Association ('Visions of Cultural Transformation: I.P.T.A. in Bengal, 1940-1944'. In Turbulent Times: India, 1940-44, edited by Bismoy Pati, 167-84. Bombay: Popular Prakashan, 1998.) And, also on Hindi in colonial and post-colonial India. He has contributed articles to a number of Hindi journals and newspapers such as Vaak, Jansatta and Swatantra Varta. His most recent publication includes: A Marginalised Voice in the History of 'Hindi', Modern Asian Studies, 2013, Vol. 47, Issue 5, pp. 1706-1746. Most recently he presented a paper entitled 'The Question of Language in Nineteenth-Century Bihar' at a Conference on 'Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision' organized by the Asian Development Research Institute, Patna, India on March 24-27, 2017.

Teaching responsibilities: 

Mr Kumar teaches Hindi

Research interests: 

The history of North Indian languages (particularly Hindi, Urdu and Bhojpuri), literary history, the social and cultural history of colonial North India and Indian culture, cinema, theatre and the media.