Stefan Tetzlaff

PFoto_Stefan Tetzlaffostdoctoral Fellow, ENGIND

Contact : stefan.tetzlaff(a)

Stefan Tetzlaff joined the Engind team as a postdoctoral fellow in November 2015. Before this, Stefan studied South Asian History and Society, Political and Social Science, and Comparative Literature in Berlin and New Delhi (2003-2009) and completed a PhD in Medieval and Modern History at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen (2015). His doctoral dissertation in the field of economic and social history analyzed the emergence of automobile traffic and the manifold political, economic, social and technological changes coming along with this new transport mode in several regions in interwar India. Apart from histories of mobility, transport and technology, Stefan is interested in histories of labour markets and migration, war and conflict, commodities and consumption, as well as business and economic history in South Asia and beyond.

At Engind, Stefan commences work on a new project on the trajectory of India’s automotive industry since the 1940s. Most immediately, Stefan compares the business collaborations of Hindustan Motors/Morris Motors and of Tata/Daimler-Benz between 1940 and 1970 against the background of local, regional and transnational developments between India and Europe (especially Germany and Britain). The project especially looks at the ways in which technical education and the engineering profession became an integral part in the making of the companies, of the industrial sector and of politics in the planning period. Later on, the project will eventually interweave the history of education and vocation as well as work and production with the history of industrial policy and industrialization, technology and cooperation, as well as business and political history between India and Europe.

Stefan is conducting research for this new project in a diverse number of archives in several places in India (including Delhi, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Mumbai and Pune) between November 2015 and March 2016. During his time in India, Stefan is an affiliated fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSS), Kolkata. More information on Stefan’s research and writing is available on

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