On this site you will find some of our board members/staff members of the Thai Studies at the Asia-Africa-Institute.

Board Members

Prof. Dr. Volker Grabowsky

Prof. Dr. Volker Grabowsky


Prof. Dr. Volker Grabowsky is professor for Languages and Cultures of Thailand (Thai Studies)  in Hamburg since 2009.

Before that he was professor for History of Southeast Asia at the Institute for Ethnology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster.

His special field is the history and cultures of the Tai people in mainland Southeast Asia and Southwest China.

Tel.: +49 40 42838-3675

Mail: volker.grabowsky@uni-hamburg.de

Pannarai Büchmann, M.A.

Pannarai Büchmann, M.A. 

Language and Communication 2002, National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok

Vice Chairwomen

Ms. Pannarai Büchmann has been a lecturer for Thai in the Thai Studies department of the Asia-Africa Institute at Universität Hamburg since winter semester 2017. Prior to that, she acted for Ms. Kaspar-Sickermann in this position from 2009 to 2011.

From 2007 to 2016 Pannarai Büchmann additionally taught several courses for Thai language at Hamburg’s adult education center (Volkshochschule).

Tel.: +49 40 42838-2668

Mail: pannarai.buechmann@uni-hamburg.de

Dr. Silpsupa Jaengsawang

Dr. Silpsupa Jaengsawang

Dr. Silpsupa Jaengsawang is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) and a lecturer for Languages and Cultures of Thailand (Thai Studies) at Universität Hamburg. She received BA and MA degrees from the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University and a PhD degree in Thai and Lao Studies from Universität Hamburg in 2019 while working as a research assistant since 2016. Her fields of specialisation are Tai manuscript cultures, ritual studies, and Thai literature. Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the ongoing postdoctoral research focuses on Anisong manuscripts of Tai people in relation to new printing technologies since the late 19th century.

Tel.: +49 40 42838-9385

Mail: silpsupa.jaengsawang@uni-hamburg.de

Prof. Dr. Sven Trakulhun

Prof. Dr. Sven Trakulhun

Prof. Dr. Sven Trakulhun is a lecturer at the Potsdam University, focusing on (early) modern history, and lecturer for Thai Studies at the Asia-Africa-Institute of Hamburg University. Here he focuses on the history of the relationship between Europe and Asia, global and Thai history.

Mail: sven.trakulhun@uni-konstanz.de

Prof. Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit

Prof. Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit

Prof. Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit ist seit 2010 der stellvertretende Direktor des Kooperationszentrums der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) für Arboviren und hämorrhagische Fieberviren am Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin (BNITM) in Hamburg. Seit 2018 ist er Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Arbovirologie an der Universität Hamburg und Leiter der Abteilung für Arbovirologie und Entomologie am BNITM. Ein Schwerpunkt seiner Arbeit liegt auf den durch Stechmücken übertragenen Viren (Arboviren) in Südostasien, insbesondere in Thailand, Laos und Vietnam.

Mail: schmidt-chanasit@bnitm.de

Other HGT Members

Dr. Peera Panarut

Dr. Peera Panarut

Dr. Peera Panarut is a postdoctoral researcher at the Exzellenzcluster ‘Understanding Written Artefacts’, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at Universität Hamburg since 2019. His research project concerns the early 19th century literary inscriptions at Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho, Bangkok).
Before finishing his MA in 2015 and PhD in the field of Thai Language and Culture (Thai Studies) in 2019 at Universität Hamburg, he earned his Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University in 2012 with the major in Thai language and literature.
His research interests cover Thai philology (in particular, textual criticism, manuscript studies, epigraphy and palaeography), Thai classical poetry as well as Thai book history.

Tel.: +49 40 42838-4382

Mail: peera.panarut@gmail.com