June J. Hwang
Associate Professor of German
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
20th century film, literature and critical theory
429 Lattimore Hall
June Hwang specializes in early twentieth-century literature, film and culture with an emphasis on the topics of German Jewish identity, questions of modernity, film theory and critical theory. Her book manuscript, entitled Lost in Time: Locating the Stranger in German Modernity explores the relationship between concepts of Jewish identity, time and urban modernity in the Weimar Republic. She examines the historical contingency of the figure of the stranger with an approach that may at first glance seem counter-intuitive, namely by looking at the historicity of the a-historical. Hwang argues that the stranger is simultaneously a universal, a-historical figure and an idiosyncratic one rooted in a particular time and place. Her current project is about the documentation of the city in German non-fiction films of the silent era.
- “Alone in the City: Hugo Bettauer’s Er und Sie.” Seminar, Volume 47, No. 5, November 2011.
- “Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Alfred Döblin’s Reise in Polen” in Spatial Turns, eds. Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel. Rodopi’s series Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik, 2010.
Selected Conference Participation
- “Gen Osten Reisen und im Weste(r)n ankommen. Cowboys und Indianer im deutschen Kontext.” Invited lecture at the Department of German Languages and Literature, Duke University. Durham, NC. November 2011.
- “Filming the City. Documentaries as ‘Evidence’ and ‘Art.’” German Studies Association Annual Conference. Oakland, CA. October 2010.
- “Walking the Streets of Weimar Film.” American Culture Association and Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 2009.
- “Hugo Bettauer’s Erotic Revolution.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. December 2008.
- Cowboys and Indians
- The Holocaust in Literature and Film
- Bright Lights, Big City
- Weimar Culture
- On the Move: Travelers, Wanderers and Explorers
Honors and Activities
- Max Kade Summer Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
- Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship University of California, Berkeley, 2004-2005
- Social Science Research Council/ Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies for dissertation research at the Freie Universität Berlin, 2003-4
- Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 2002
- Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2000-2001, 2002-2003
- Fulbright Fellowship, Universität Konstanz in Germany, 1998-1999