Dr Dunja Fehimovic
Lecturer in Spanish & Portuguese
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I joined the School in September 2016, after having completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge on national identity in contemporary Cuban film. I studied English and Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford. During my MPhil in Latin American Studies, at the University of Cambridge, I worked on Latin American film more widely, as well as on music (rap and reggaetón) in Cuba. My thesis was an exploration of documentary films shown at the Muestras de Nuevos Realizadores in Cuba in relation to national identity.
I have a background in English literature and Spanish (language and literature), and have dabbled in documentary filmmaking. I have worked on the Latin American news website Pulsamérica as both writer (for the Caribbean) and sub-editor. I have contributed to the Palabras errantes project as translator. In 2015, I co-convened, together with Dr Rebecca Ogden, an interdisciplinary conference entitled Branding Latin America. The two-day event brought speakers and industry professionals from the US, Latin America, and Europe to the University of Cambridge, and has led to a co-edited volume, currently in the final stages of preparation.
I am a member of the advisory board for the Routledge Remapping World Cinema series, and a co-editor of the annual Screen Arts issue of the Hispanic Research Journal.
- English: native
- Bosnian: near native
- Spanish: near native
- French: very good reading and listening, some speaking
- Italian: good reading and listening abilities
- Portuguese: good reading and listening abilities
My research so far has focussed on Cuban cinema and national identity in the twenty-first century, ranging from zombies, to the figure of the child, to historical icons and cultural memory. I am also interested in forms of cultural and nation branding throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in artistic, literary, and cinematic cosmopolitanisms.
My current research project is a comparative analysis of Caribbean cinemas. I am interested in the idea that the history, functioning, and aesthetics of films from an 'expanded' Caribbean may be emblematic of the increasingly transnational nature of cinema in an increasingly globalized world. Incorporating theories from film studies, postcolonial studies, and comparative literature, among other areas, I am exploring the way in which Caribbean cinemas can help us to remap World Cinema by revealing intimate, unexpected, and shifting connections between different parts of the world.
Module leader for
SML1021: Introduction to International Film
LAS 2032: Caribbean Imaginaries: Image, Text, Music
SML1018: Introduction to Literature
SPA4081: Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills
FMS8357: Cinematic Others (Masters Level)
SPA4005: Cultura popular en España y Latinoamérica
SPA4008: Youth Cultures in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America
- Fehimovic D, Stone R. Cuba's Cinematic Elan Vital: Cubanidad and Cubania as Citizenship and Sentiment. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 2014, 23(3), 298-303.
- Fehimovic D. Not Child's Play: Tactics and Strategies in Viva Cuba and Habanastation. Bulletin of Latin American Research 2015, 34(4), 503-516.
- Fehimovic D. Cinema and Nation Branding in Cuba. In: Dinnie K, ed. Nation Branding : Concepts, Issues, Practice. London: Routledge, 2015, pp.131-134.
- Fehimovic D. Zombie Nation: Monstrous Identities in Three Cuban Films. In: Guy Baron, Ann Marie Stock, Antonio Álvarez Pitaluga, ed. Cuban Cinema Inside Out: New Perspectives on Contemporary Production. I. B. Tauris, 2017. In Preparation.
- Fehimovic D. Connected in "another way": repetition, difference and identity in Caribbean cinema. In: Paul Cooke, Stephanie Dennison, Alex Marlow-Mann, Rob Stone, ed. The Routledge Companion to World Cinema. Routledge, 2017. In Preparation.
- Fehimovic D. The Appeal of the 'Old School': From De cierta manera/ One Way or Another (1974) to Conducta/ Behaviour (2014). Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 2017. In Press.
- Stone R, Fehimovic D. Note from the Co-editors, Screen Arts. Hispanic Research Journal 2017, 18(1), (ii)-(ii).