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Barbara Mennel

Barbara Mennel

Rothman Chair and Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

Office: Walker Hall 200E
Office Hours: Humanities Center faculty and staff are currently available through email

As the Director and holder of the Rothman Chair, Barbara Mennel takes primary responsibility for developing and implementing a strategic plan to define and coordinate different initiatives of the Humanities Center to support the humanities at the University of Florida and in North-Central Florida.

Professor of Film Studies and German Studies
Departments of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and English

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Barbara Mennel holds a joint appointment in the German section of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Film Studies Program and the Feminisms, Genders, & Sexualities tracks in the English Department. Her research interests include transnational cinematic practices, feminist and queer theory, and the intersection of urban studies and film studies. At UF, she has been awarded the University of Florida Foundation Research Professorship (2018-21) and the Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship (2014-20). She is author of four books: Women at Work in Twenty-first Century European Cinema (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019), Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires, and Gay Cowboys (Wallflower and Columbia University Press, 2012, translated into French as Le Cinéma queer with L’Arche, 2013), Cities and Cinema (Routledge, 2008, second and revised edition 2019), and The Representation of Masochism and Queer Desire in Film and Literature (Palgrave, 2007). With Jaimey Fisher she has co-edited the volume Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literature and Visual Culture (Brill, 2010) and with Sabine Hake the collection Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens (Berghahn, 2012). She has published articles in Camera Obscura, Germanic Review, Modern Austrian Literature, New German Critique, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, and Women in German Yearbook. She was the Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. during summer 2013. She spent the academic year 2016-17 as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie FCFP Senior Fellow at FRIAS, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Study in Freiburg, Germany.