Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Stefan Tetzlaff

Stefan Tetzlaff
stefan.tetzlaff (at)

Visiting address
Invalidenstraße 118 , Room 205
Phone number
(030) 2093-66004
Mailing address


Stefan Tetzlaff is a postdoctoral fellow at the Leibniz Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO) and at the Department for South Asian Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. Trained in the history of modern South Asia, his research interests lie primarily in the social and economic history of India and in transnational history. His work so far has concentrated on the history of mobility and transport in India and on the history of economic and technology exchange between Europe and India during the 20th century.

In the MIDA project, Stefan Tetzlaff works primarily on economic relations between India and Germany in the period since WWII. He analyses business cooperations of the time (e.g. the one between Tata and Daimler-Benz, 1954-1969) as well as political actors in Germany and India that facilitated this exchange. For this, he conducts wide-ranging research in different economic and political archives across Germany.

Before coming to Berlin, Stefan Tetzlaff studied South Asian Studies in Berlin and New Delhi (2003-2009) and did a PhD in Medieaval and Modern History in Göttingen (2015). In the time since, he has held postdoctoral or visiting positions in academic institutions in Paris, New Delhi, London and Göttingen. From September 2018, Stefan Tetzlaff will conduct research as a fellow in the binational research tandem „History of Knowledge and Knowledge Cultures“ (with Prakash Kumar, Penn State University) on European and American modernization perspectives in 20th century India at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC.