Dr. Stefan Tetzlaff


Stefan Tetzlaff joined CeMIS as a PhD candidate in history in January 2010. Entitled "The Motorisation of the 'Mofussil': Automobile Traffic and Social Change in Rural and Small-Town India, c. 1915-1940", Stefan's doctoral dissertation focused on various technological, social, economic, political and cultural influences, contexts and changes coming along with an increase in automobile traffic in 20th century India. He was research associate in the DFG-funded research project "The Motorisation of the 'Mufassil': Automobile Traffic and Social Change in Rural North India, c. 1925-1970“.

Before this, Stefan studied History and Society of South Asia, Political Science and Comparative Literature at Humboldt University and Free University Berlin between 2003-09 and History, Political Science and Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in 2007-08. Since completing his PhD in 2015, Stefan has held postdoctoral positions at the Centre for South Asian Studies (Paris) and at the German Historical Institute (London). During this time, Stefan began new research on the connected history of industrial development between India and Europe during the Cold War period.


Research interests

  • geographically/periodically: India/South Asia, Indian Ocean and British Empire in the 19th and 20th century
  • disciplinary/thematically: Historical Social Science with special attention to Labour Markets and Migration; War and Conflict; Mobility, Transport and Technology; Commodities and Consumption; Business and Trade; State Formation and Political Participation


Ongoing/Future Research