Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh in Film and Media Studies. He did his bachelor's and master's in History from University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively. He also holds an M.Phil. degree in Cinema Studies from the School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU New Delhi. His research engages with the histories of fandom and nostalgia, cinematic paratexts, and media archaeology. In his doctoral work, he plans to look at the fandom produced through filmic paratexts, especially print, and how it shaped a film literate audience. He seeks to explore the ways in which these paratextual outposts configured the spheres of public opinion and participatory culture in the pre-digital era, and created new knowledge spaces through collective intelligence in the digital.