David Prochaska

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Modern Europe; modern France; colonial Algeria; postcolonial studies and world history; history and theory; Orientalism; visual culture; history of photography

Research Description

I am a historian of colonialism and visual culture, with a specialty in colonial Algeria and an ongoing interest in France and the Mediterranean. Long interested in visual culture, I have collaborated on book publications and museum exhibitions with three art historians.  I have published on colonial visual culture, especially postcards, in India, Senegal, Egypt, and Algeria. I studied anthropology as a second discipline and am interested in the anthropology oftourism, as well as museum studies, urban history and colonial urbanism. I have extensive foreign experience, and conducted research in Algeria over a year.

I have taught undergraduate courses on 20th century world history, comparative colonialism in India and Algeria, history and visual culture, and film and history. Graduate courses include history and theory, modern European historiography, postcolonial studies, and 19th-20th century comparative world history.

Education

  • B. A. Stanford University
  • M.A. University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

Books

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Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity edited by David Prochaska, edited by Jordana Mendelson. Edited by David Prochaska, Edited by Jordana Mendelson, Penn State Press 2010.
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Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory, Politics edited by Terry Burke, edited by David Prochaska. Edited by Terry Burke, Edited by David Prochaska, University of Nebraska Press 2008.
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O'Brien, David, and David Prochaska Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists University of Washington Press 2004.
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Benjamin, Roger, and David Prochaska Renoir in Algeria Yale University Press 2003.
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Prochaska, David Making Algeria French: Colonialism in Bone, 1870-1920 Cambridge University Press 1990.

Book Contributions

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Prochaska, David Scenes from the Museums: Palace Museum, Beijing and National Palace Museum, Taipei Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage edited by Mike Robinson. Scenes from the Museums: Palace Museum, Beijing and National Palace Museum, Taipei Edited by Mike Robinson, 2016.
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Prochaska, David The Self as Other: Yasmine Bouziane Transnational Spaces and Identities in the Francophone World edited by Hafid Gafaiti, edited by Patricia Lorcin, edited by David Troyansky. The Self as Other: Yasmine Bouziane Edited by Hafid Gafaiti, Edited by Patricia Lorcin, Edited by David Troyansky, Lincoln University of Nebraska Press 2009, p. 388-411.
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Prochaska, David Telling Photos Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory, Politics edited by Terry Burke, edited by David Prochaska. Telling Photos Edited by Terry Burke, Edited by David Prochaska, Lincoln University of Nebraska Press 2008, p. 245-285.
Burke, Terry, and David Prochaska Introduction: Orientalism from Postcolonial Theory to World History Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory, Politics edited by Terry Burke, edited by David Prochaska. Introduction: Orientalism from Postcolonial Theory to World History Edited by Terry Burke, Edited by David Prochaska, Lincoln University of Nebraska Press 2008, p. 1-71.
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Prochaska, David Returning the Gaze: Orientalism, Gender, and Yasmine Bouziane’s Photographic Self-Portraits Modern Art and the Idea of the Mediterranean edited by Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski. Returning the Gaze: Orientalism, Gender, and Yasmine Bouziane’s Photographic Self-Portraits Edited by Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski, Toronto University of Toronto Press 2007.
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Prochaska, David The Return of the Repressed: War, Trauma, Memory in Algeria and Beyond Algeria and France 1800-2000: Identity, Memory, Nostalgia edited by Patricia Lorcin. The Return of the Repressed: War, Trauma, Memory in Algeria and Beyond Edited by Patricia Lorcin, Syracuse Syracuse University Press 2006, p. 257-276.
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Prochaska, David Untitled (2004) Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists compiled by David O'Brien, compiled by David Prochaska. Untitled (2004) Compiled by David O'Brien, Compiled by David Prochaska, Seattle University of Washington Press 2004, p. 73-107.
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Prochaska, David The Other Algeria: Beyond Renoir’s Algiers Renoir in Algeria The Other Algeria: Beyond Renoir’s Algiers New Haven Yale University Press 2003, p. 121-142.
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Prochaska, David Art of Colonialism, Colonialism of Art: The Description de l’Égypte (1809-1828) Computing in the Social Sciences and Humanities edited by Vernon Burton. Art of Colonialism, Colonialism of Art: The Description de l’Égypte (1809-1828) Edited by Vernon Burton, Urbana University of Illinois Press 2002.
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Prochaska, David At Home in Illinois: Presence of Chief Illiniwek, Absence of Native Americans Team Spirits edited by Richard King, edited by Charles Springwood. At Home in Illinois: Presence of Chief Illiniwek, Absence of Native Americans Edited by Richard King, Edited by Charles Springwood, Lincoln University of Nebraska Press 2001, p. 157-185.
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Prochaska, David Exhibiting Hawai'i Postcolonial America edited by C. King. Exhibiting Hawai'i Edited by C. King, Urbana University of Illinois Press 2000, p. 321-352.
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Prochaska, David Ethnography of a Postcolonial Site: Sarnath Theatres of Decolonization: Architecture, Agency, Urbanism edited by Vikramditya Prakash. Ethnography of a Postcolonial Site: Sarnath Edited by Vikramditya Prakash, Seattle University of Washington Press 1997, p. 327-350.
Tales of the City: Between Algérie française and Algerie algérienne Crossing Cultures: Essays in the Displacement of “Western Civilization” edited by Daniel Segal. Tales of the City: Between Algérie française and Algerie algérienne Edited by Daniel Segal, Tucson University of Arizona Press 1992, p. 182-225.
Prochaska, David Fire on the Mountain: Resisting Colonialism in Algeria Banditry, Rebellion and Social Protest in Africa edited by Donald Crummey. Fire on the Mountain: Resisting Colonialism in Algeria Edited by Donald Crummey, Portsmouth, NH Heinemann 1986, p. 229-252.

Journal Articles

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Prochaska, David Death and Resurrection of Chief Illiniwek (1926-2007) Studies in Symbolic Interaction 34 2010, p. 87-135.
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Prochaska, David Thinking Postcards Visual Resources 17 2001, p. 383-399.
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Prochaska, David History as Literature, Literature as History: Cagayous of Algiers American Historical Review 101 1996, p. 670-711.
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Prochaska, David Fantasia of the Photothèque: French Postcard Views of Colonial Senegal African Arts 24 1991, p. 40-47.
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Prochaska, David The Archive of Algérie Imaginaire History and Anthropology 4 1990, p. 373-420.
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Prochaska, David 'Disappearing’ Iraqis Swords and Ploughshares 5 1991, p. 13-16.
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Prochaska, David Approaches to the Economy of Colonial Annaba, 1870-1920 Africa 60 1990, p. 497-523.