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 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 Lost in Time: Locating the Stranger in German Modernity (NUP 2014) explores discourses of timelessness in the works of central figures of German modernity such as Walter Benjamin, Georg Simmel, Siegfried Kracauer and Helmuth Plessner, as well as those of Alfred Döblin, Joseph Roth, and Hugo Bettauer. She argues that in the Weimar Republic the move toward a-historicization is itself a historical phenomenon, one that can be understood by examining the intersections of discourses about urban modernity, the stranger, and German Jewish identity. These intersections shed light on conceptions of German Jewish identity that rely on a negation of the specific and temporal as a way to legitimize a historical outsider position, creating a dynamic position that simultaneously challenges and acknowledges the limitations of an outsider’s agency. Her current work includes a collection of essays that look at the relationship between minority identities, power, privilege and subjectivity in relation to Holocaust Studies.
- Lost in Time: Locating the Stranger in German Modernity. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2014.
- “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
- GSA Seminar “Human Rights, Genocide, and Germans’ Moral Campaigns in the World.” German Studies Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC. October 2015.
- “Documentation, Archive, and Representation in Documentary Films about the Third Reich.” German Studies Workshop at Duke University. Durham, NC. February 2015.
- GSA Seminar “Rethinking Modernism.” German Studies Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO. October 2013.
- “On the Positive Nature of Estrangement.” German Jewish Studies Workshop at Duke University. Durham, NC. February 2013.
- “Making the Father Visible on Film: Ludin’s Zwei oder Drei Dinge, die ich von ihm weiß.” German Studies Association Annual Conference, panel sponsored by the GSA Memory Studies Network. Milwaukee, WI. October 2012.
- “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.
- The Holocaust in Literature and Film
- Cowboys and Indians
- Bright Lights, Big City
- Digital Cityscapes
Honors and Activities
- Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization Fellowship at Northwestern University, Summer 2014.
- 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