Inela Selimovic

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

Inela Selimović

Associate Professor of Spanish

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

My principal area of research is the 20th and 21st century cultural production of Latin America, focusing particularly on Argentine literature and film and engaging with political dissent, cultural memory, home, emotion, and affect.

My first book, Affective Moments in the Films of Martel, Carri, and Puenzo (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), studies the subtle tensions between affect and emotions as terrains of sociopolitical significance in several prominent women 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, Holland, and Spain. I co-edited (with Philippa Page and Camilla Sutherland) The Feeling Child: Affect and Politics in Latin American Literature and Film (Lanham: Lexington Books Press, 2018) and (with Jorge González del Pozo) Inusuales: hogar, sexualidad y política en el cine hispano (Madrid: Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2020).

My second book, The Cinema of Pablo Trapero, analyzes the production of home-like settings in places that typically disable privacy, thrive on non-familial yet interpersonal co-dependencies, and unpredictably abound with political possibilities.

I have also published articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Latin American Cultural StudiesChasquiHuman Rights QuarterlyBulletin of Hispanic Studies, and Revista Hispánica Moderna.

My research and teaching are coupled with service to the Spanish Department and the College in general. I served as the Intermediate Spanish Coordinator from 2016 to 2018 and have served as the Casa Cervantes Coordinator (2019—present). In addition to my service at the Spanish Department, I have been part of the International Study Committee (2016—2018 and 2019—present) and the Agenda Committee (2017—2018).

Beyond 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, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Albright Institute. These undertakings have remained an inspirational force for my meaningful interdisciplinary research and teaching projects.

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

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