Miriam Paeslack is assistant professor of Arts Management. Trained in Germany, Italy and the United States, she received her PhD specializing in Art History and the History of Public and Civil Law from the University of Freiburg, Germany.
Her research focuses on the political, cultural, and social implications of urban imagery, as well as the significance of the city image in respect to memory and identity. Her primary research focus has been on 19th, 20th and 21st century Berlin, but she has also published on photography and film of religious spaces in Cyprus, and of cities in the United States and Asia. She has delivered talks and has chaired panels on her interdisciplinary work at international conferences such as CAA, GSA, EAHN, and MSA, and at universities in the US and Europe. Recent publications include the book chapters ‘Stereographic City: Berlin Photography in the ‘Wende’ Era’ in Berlin, Divided City 1945 – 1989, Ed. by Sabine Hake and Philip Broadbent. Berghahn Press 2010, and 'Subjective Topographies: Berlin in Post-Wall Photographies' in Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture. Ed. by Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 2010. She also guest edited a volume of Visual Resources. An International Journal of Documentation titled Urban Image Now: Photographic and filmic manifestations of a subjective city experience. (Vol. XXVI, No. 1 March 2010). She is currently working on a book project, Imaging Berlin. Unification in Photographs (1871-1914). In the spring of 2011, Paeslack organized the symposium Ineffably Urban. Interdisciplinary takes on Buffalo, NY at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.
At UB Arts Management, Paeslack teaches courses in Museum Management and academic research. Prior to Buffalo, she was assistant professor of photo history and theory at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany and visiting assistant professor in visual and critical studies at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.