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Dr. Tim Gruenewald
Programme Director
Assistant Professor

Email: tgruene(at)hku.hk

Tim Gruenewald


Tim Gruenewald researches and teaches U.S. cultural and visual studies with a focus on popular culture including film, television, graphic narrative, and public memory sites. His research investigates how narrative construction of difficult and contested pasts intersects with the imagination of collective identities in the present. Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has served as the Director of the American Studies Programme since 2014. Currently, Dr. Gruenewald is completing a three-year RGC funded research project on transformations of national memory on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Recent publications include Rethinking America's Past: Voices from the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection. (Contributing Editor. Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati Press, 2019) and Imperial Benevolence: U.S. Foreign Policy and American Popular Culture Since 9/11 (Contributing co-editor with Scott Laderman. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2018). He is the co-editor of the Asian Cinema Journal special issue Cinematic Currents between China and the US (with George Wang).

Dr. Gruenewald is also a filmmaker. His documentary feature Sacred Ground was selected for the competition at several international festivals in the United States and won the Independent Spirit Award at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema in 2015. The film establishes surprising connections between two iconic memory sites in the United States: Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Recent Publications

Rethinking Rethinking America's Past: Voices from the Kinsey African American Artand History Collection
Contributing Editor
Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati Press, 2019

 

Imperial  
Imperial Benevolence: U.S. Foreign Policy and American Popular Culture Since 9/11
Contributing co-editor with Scott Laderman
Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2018


"This is an exceptionally valuable and truly terrifying anthology. As a model of American Studies scholarship, its tapestry—woven of multiple genres of popular culture, contemporary U.S. foreign policy, political figures, and economic forces—reveals how profoundly and thoroughly the ethos of empire has come to shape the life and thought of twenty-first-century America."

—H. Bruce Franklin, author of Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War

 

Asian   Cinematic Currents between China and the US
Contributing co-editor with George Wang
Special issue of Asian Cinema Journal, 29.1, 2018

 
Documentary Film

Sacred   Sacred Ground (USA, 2015, 93 minutes, dir. Tim Gruenewald and Ludwig Schmidtpeter)

Awards
Independent Spirit Award, International Festival of Cinema, 2015, Idyllwild, CA
Award of Merit, The Accolade Film Awards, 2014, La Jolla, CA
Official Film Festival Selections
International Festival of Cinema, 2015, Idyllwild, CA, 2015
True Independent Film Festival, Seattle, WA, 2015
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH, 2015
International Association for Media and Communication Research Film Festival, Cartagena, Colombia, 2017
 
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