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.
- 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
- "Industrial Policy and Technical Cooperation in Indian Automotive Engineering around the Mid-Twentieth Century: Passenger Cars of Hindustan Motors/Morris Motors and Trucks of Tata/Mercedes Benz, 1942-1969"
This project undertakes a historical comparison of two vehicle manufacturing sites in India against the background of specific local, regional and transnational developments in India and Europe (especially Germany and Britain). It interweaves political and business history with the history of industrial policy and industrialization, technology and cooperation, education and vocation, as well as work and production.
- "'Diverging Passages to India': East and West German Foreign Policy and Economic Relations with India, 1945-1970"
This research supplements the above project by looking at the political and commercial contexts of East and West German trade relations and technical cooperation with India during the early Cold War period. Initial results were presented at the conference "German Foreign Policy and External Economic Relations During the Cold War" at the University of Marburg in March 2016.
- Enangled Boundaries: British India and the Persian Gulf Region During the Transition from Empires to Nation States, c. 1880-1935. Magisterarbeit, HU Berlin, 2009. Published on SavifaDok Digital Repository, April 2014
- The Turn of the Gulf Tide: Empire, Nationalism, and South Asian Labor Migration to Iraq, c. 1900-1935. International Labor and Working-Class History, 79, 2011, 7-27.
- Review: David Arnold, Everyday Technology. Machines and the Making of India's Modernity. Chicago University Press, 2013 (Reviews in History, late 2015)
- Review: Jamal J. Elias, On Wings of Diesel. Trucks, Identity and Culture in Pakistan, OneWorld, Oxford (2011). (Forthcoming, Journal of Transport History)
- Interview in the Dainik Jagran, 20 April 2014 (in Hindi) on research work in Meerut
- India on Wheels: Past, Present and Future. Translated and Amended Version of "Motorisierung - Geschichte, Gegenwart und Zukunft Indiens." Masala: Newsletter Virtual Library South Asia, 3, July 2013
- Tutorial for lecture series "Introduction to Themes in the Study of Modern India I" (Winter term 2012/13)
- Undergraduate course: "Pilgrims, Merchants, and 'Coolies': Migrants in the Indian Ocean, ca. 1650-1950" (Summer term 2010)
- Maharashtra Studies Group
- European Oil & Gas Archives Network
- International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility
- European Association for South Asian Studies
Other writings, Reviews, Interviews