Inela Selimovic

Ilena Selimović Assistant Professor of Spanish
iselimov@wellesley.edu
(781) 283-2377
Spanish
B.A., University of the South; M.A., Ph.D, University of Kentucky
Green Hall 434D

Inela Selimović

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Research and teaching center on 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and cinema.


The intersections of gender, politics, and culture in contemporary Latin America, with a particular emphasis on 21st century Argentine literature and film, form the heart of my teaching and research.

My first book, Affective Moments in the Films of Martel, Carri, and Puenzo (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), studies the subtle tensions between affect and emotions as terrains of sociopolitical significance in these filmmakers’ aesthetically heterogeneous films. Such tensions significantly relate to the films’ core arguments, signaling these directors’ novel insights into complex manifestations of memory, desire, and violence. Working on my first book inspired additional collaborations with my colleagues from the United Kingdom and Holland. I recently co-edited (with Philippa Page, Newcastle University and Camilla Sutherland, University of Groningen) a volume of essays entitled The Feeling Child: Affect and Politics in Latin American Literature and Film (Lexington Books Press, 2018). My second book, Unorthodox Homes in the Cinema of Pablo Trapero: Culture, Emotion, and Politics, analytically spotlights the places and spaces that are typically viewed as uncommon, unsafe, or hostile to home-like possibilities—namely, prisons, wilderness, or homeless sites—as a mode of political commitment. I analyze Trapero's feature-length films' ways of displaying and challenging the power relations that seek to inform and construct homebound experiences in normative ways in order to shed light on the filmmaker's socio-political engagement with the Argentine contemporaneousness.

My research and teaching are coupled with service at the Spanish Department and the College in general. I have served as the Intermediate Spanish Coordinator from 2016 to 2018. In addition to my service at the Spanish Department, I have been part of the International Studies Committee (2016-2018) and the Agenda Committee (2017-2018).

Apart from my academic pursuits, I have conducted, and published on, several human rights-related projects at home and abroad. I have also been seconded to work at The United Nations Security Council, The International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. My participation in the Albright Institute continues rewarding. These undertakings have remained an inspirational force for meaningful interdisciplinary research and teaching projects.

I believe in pedagogical dynamism that encourages critical thinking, academic rigor, and creativity among my students. Much of my teaching focuses on Spanish language courses, Latin American literature, cultures, poetry, human rights, and cinema.

Personal website: https://selimovic09.wixsite.com/inelaselimovic