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Personal profile


I am an historian of colonialism and global visual cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a special focus on photography.

The topics I work on are:

  • Environment and natural disaster
  • Gender and colonialism
  • War and conflict
  • Monarchy and non-juridical forms of citizenship.

My specialisations are:

  • The Dutch empire, particularly colonial Indonesia (but I have also published on southern Africa, Brazil and early modern European expansion)
  • Theories and methods in historical and interdisciplinary studies of amateur photography.


Major research projects

1 - My current major research project is ‘Disaster, Human Suffering and Colonial Photography’, funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP170100948, 2017–19, $231,259). 

It traces how photography helped develop modern notions of environmental disaster and armed conflict in the first century or so after the invention of photography (c. 1840s–1950). 

 I recently held two fellowships in the Netherlands to support this project. In 2018 I was the Tholenaar van Raalte Fellow in Photography at the Research Centre for Material Culture, and a Brill Fellow at the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University Library.

2 - I recently completed my role in an ARC-funded project on the Dutch monarchy and imperialism (DP1092615, 2010-2013, $278,580).

The major outcome is my second monograph, Photographic Subjects: Monarchy, Photography and the Dutch East Indies (Manchester University Press ‘Studies in Imperialism’, 2019). 

3 - I have also been collaborating with international colleagues on twentieth-century understandings of ‘modernity’, charting continuity and change in the transition from pre-World War Two empires to the post-colonial present.

Recent outcomes include my edited book with Tom van den Berge (KITLV, Netherlands), Modern Times in Southeast Asia, 1920s­–1970s (Brill, 2018), and my sole-edited volume, Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-Colonial Indonesia(Amsterdam University Press, 2015).


For a full list of publications, hit the ‘Research Outputs’ tab, above.

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Gender, power and identity in the early modern Nassau family

Protschky, S., Broomhall, S., Van Gent, J. & Hohkamp, M.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Research Output

Burdens of Proof: Photography and Evidence of Atrocity during the Dutch Military Actions in Indonesia (1945–1950)

Protschky, S., 2020, In : Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. 176, p. 240-278 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Searching for Indonesian histories of disaster in photography

Protschky, S., 1 Jun 2020, Leiden The Netherlands : Research Centre for Material Culture.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Photographic subjects: Monarchy and visual culture in colonial Indonesia

Protschky, S., 2019, Manchester UK: Manchester University Press. 244 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Slipping into something more exotic: Transgressive dress in early twentieth-century Java

Protschky, S., 2019, Cross-Cultural Exchange and the Colonial imaginary: Global encounters via Southeast Asia. Hahn, H. H. (ed.). Singapore: NUS Press, p. 239-262 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Modern times in Southeast Asia, 1920s-1970s

Protschky, S., 2018, Modern times in Southeast Asia, 1920s-1970s. Protschky, S. & van den Berge, T. (eds.). Leiden The Netherlands: Brill, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review


Brill Fellowship

Protschky, Susie (Recipient), Oct 2018

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

KITLV Visiting Fellowship

Protschky, Susie (Recipient), Jun 2014

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Tholenaar van Raalte Fellowship in Photography

Protschky, Susie (Recipient), Sep 2018

Prize: Competitive Fellowships


  • 9 Contribution to conference
  • 5 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 2 Professional association or peak discipline body

Member, History Council of Victoria

Susie Protschky (Member)

Jun 2020

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Photographic appeals for cultural citizenship: Chinese Indonesians and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Susie Protschky (Writer/ Composer)

4 Apr 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Disaster work: Histories of Indonesian lives and livelihoods around volcanoes

Susie Protschky (Contributor)

14 Nov 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Photographic sources and historical research on the Dutch military operations in Indonesia

Susie Protschky (Writer/ Composer)

5 Dec 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

The Queen has retired – Long live the King!

Susie Protschky


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Garden of the East – A look at how we look at Indonesia

Susie Protschky


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature