Helmut Puff

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Helmut Puff

Professor of German,
Professor of History,
Professor of Women's Studies

University of Michigan
Germanic Languages and Literatures
812 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275

Office Location(s): 3142 MLB
Phone: 734.647.0251
Fax: 734.763.6557
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Germanic Languages and Literatures
    • History
    • Women’s Studies
    • History of Art
  • Fields of Study
    • Late Medieval and Early Modern German Literature, Culture, and History
    • European Reformations
    • History of Sexuality, Gender History
    • Visual Culture
    • Media History
  • About

    Helmut Puff's teaching and research focus on German literature, history, and culture in the medieval and early modern periods. He specializes in gender studies, the history of sexuality, media history, and the literature of the Reformation and the Renaissance. His research includes modes of seeing and visual culture in sixteenth-century Europe with a focus on German Renaissance art, especially Albrecht Dürer. His interest in the intersections between textuality, visuality, and spatiality, has led him to publish on the changing representations of ruins as well as the history of three-dimensional city models from the sixteenth century to the present. Recently, he has started a new project on waiting as a mode of experienced temporality between the Middle Ages and the twentieth century.

    Helmut Puff served as the North American co-editor of the journal Gender and History. Together with Nancy Hunt, he directed a program entitled "Global Turns and Gender Returns"--an initiative to promote new transcultural intellectual alliances and conversations among gender scholars based in manifold locations throughout the world. Helmut Puff has been active on professional committees in the MLA, Sixteenth-Century Studies Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and Frühneuzeit Interdisziplinär (FNI).  He serves on the board of the journal Central European History and Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany, a book series with UM Press. After his second one-year term as department chair, he now directs Academic Year in Freiburg, an exchange program of four mid-Western universities, one of them University of Michigan, with Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany (see www.ayf.uni-freiburg.de).

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  • Education
    • Ph.D., German and History, University of Basel
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books
  • Book Chapters