Barbara Mennel is the Rothman Chair and Director of the Center for the Humanities and Public Sphere at UF. She holds a joint appointment in the German Studies section of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and in the English Department where she is associated with the Film Studies Program and the Feminisms, Genders, & Sexualities track. She holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship (2014-2020) and the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship (2018-2021).
Dr. Mennel is currently in the beginning stages of an auteur study of experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich. In order to advance the project, she has given an invited talk at the University of California, Davis in January 2019 on “Transnational Memory and Experimental Cinema: The Nazi Past in Su Friedrich’s The Ties that Bind (1984).”
In addition, Dr. Mennel is conceptualizing a research project on the miniature, proposing that film is undergoing a process of miniaturization that evokes a long and rich cultural and material history of the miniature. In the context of this project, she has organized the panel “Itty-bitty Installations, Shrinking Women, and Tiny Toys: Gender and the Politics of the Cinematic Miniature” for the annual conference of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies in 2019, which includes her paper “The Female Miniaturist.”
Dr. Mennel is author of two co-edited volumes and four sole-authored books, including the forthcoming Women at Work in Twenty-first Century European Cinema (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, January 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), and Cities and Cinema (Routledge, 2008, second edition forthcoming in 2019).
Dr. Mennel has taught the Department of English’s graduate proseminar for two years in a row. In the fall of 2019, she will teach a graduate seminar on feminist, queer, and trans theory in relationship to cinema. On the undergraduate level, she teaches German film and Film History 1.
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