Director of Graduate Studies
607 Clemens Hall
Research Interests: Modern and contemporary visual culture and museum management
MIRIAM PAESLACK is assistant professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University at Buffalo’s Arts Management Program. Trained as an art historian and historian of law, in Germany, Italy and the United States, she specializes in the analysis of visual representations of urban spaces and concepts of urban experience and identity. She grounds her interdisciplinary approach to this subject in the premise that the landscape materializes social relations, cultural values, and political economic processes. In particular, Professor Paeslack is interested in the ways that visual culture informs planning and design, the dynamic relationships between cities and visual technologies, the politics of place and space, and the roles of business and the state in shaping the physical landscape. Paeslack is the author of Berlin im 19.Jahrhundert: Frühe Photographien 1850–1914 (19th Century Berlin: Early Photographs 1850-1914) (Schirmer/Mosel, 2015); the editor of Ineffably Urban: Imaging Buffalo (Ashgate 2013) and of two issues of Visual Resources. An International Journal on Images and their Uses (2006 & 2010). Her essays and research are published in journals such as Future Anterior, Journal of Architecture, Visual Resources, and Fotogeschichte; books such as Post-Conflict Performance, Film, and Visual Arts: Cities of Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture (Rodopi, 2010), and Berlin, Divided City 1945 – 1989 (Berghahn Press, 2010). Her second book project titled The State of Urban Imagery: Berlin Photography During the Second Empire is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. A next project concerned with the relationship between photography and historiography in artistic representations of Italian rationalist architecture is currently in preparation. Prior to Buffalo, Paeslack taught in Leipzig, Germany and Oakland, California. She received her PhD (magna cum laude) from the University of Freiburg, Germany.