European History, Middle Eastern History, Urban History
From September 2018 to June 2019, Joseph Prestel will be on leave for a fellowship at Princeton University.
Joseph Ben Prestel is Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) of History at Freie Universität Berlin. He received his PhD in modern history from FU Berlin in April 2015. Before joining FU’s history department, he held a position at the Center for the History of Emotions within Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development. During the academic year 2018-19, he is a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University.
Joseph’s research and teaching focus on global and urban history as well as the histories of Europe and the Middle East during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His first monograph Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910 was published with Oxford University Press in fall 2017. In it, he examines the parallel rise of arguments about specifically urban emotions in Berlin and Cairo during the second half of the nineteenth century. Joseph’s current research project analyzes the networks that connected Palestinian groups and the West German radical left between the late 1950s and the early 1980s. He is a co-founder and editor of the Global Urban History Blog.
Summer Semester 2018
Winter Semester 2016/17
Summer Semester 2016
Winter Semester 2015/16
Summer Semester 2015
This project examines the networks that connected Palestinian groups and the West German radical left between the late 1950s and the early 1980s. It aims at providing a better understanding of the ties between these groups and the transfers that resulted from them. To this end, the project brings together migration history, intellectual history, German history, and Palestinian history, combining strands of scholarship that have so far been isolated from each other. As the project analyzes how migration from and processes of change in the Middle East affected the history of the Federal Republic, it contributes to a bourgeoning field of research that analyzes German history from a global perspective.
Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
“Body Polis - Körpergeschichte und Stadtgeschichte.” Body Politics: Zeitschrift für Körpergeschichte 4: 5-20 (together with Pascal Eitler).
“Gefühle in der Friedrichstraße: Eine emotionshistorische Perspektive auf die Produktion eines Stadtraums.” sub\urban: Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung 3: 23-42.
“Hierarchies of Happiness: Railway Infrastructure and Suburban Subject Formation in Berlin and Cairo around 1900.” City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 19: 322-331.
“Die Reform der Stadtmänner: Urbaner Wandel und Körperpolitik in Kairo am Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts.” Body Politics: Zeitschrift für Körpergeschichte 1: 323-346.
“When Threads Wear Thin: The West German Radical Left and Palestinian Groups at the End of the 1970s.” Trafo: Blog for Transregional Research, August 8.
Book review of Islam and the European Empires edited by David Motadel. H-Soz-Kult, March 2.
Book review of Writing History in the Global Era by Lynn Hunt and Deutsche Zeitgeschichte – transnational edited by Alexander Gallus, Axel Schildt, and Detlef Siegfried. Sehepunkte: Rezensionsjournal für die Geschichtswissenschaft 16.
“Paris Everywhere? The Challenge of Eurocentrism in Global Urban History.” Global Urban History Blog, April 5.
Book review of Individuality and Modernity in Berlin: Self and Society from Weimar to the Wall by Moritz Föllmer. German Historical Institute London Bulletin 37: 100-104.
“Muhammad Ali Street and the Shifting Symbolism of Cairo’s Cityscape.” Cairobserver, February 5.