School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Dunja Fehimovic

Lecturer in Spanish & Portuguese


I joined Newcastle University's School of Modern Languages in September 2016, after completing an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge on national identity in contemporary Cuban film. During my MPhil in Latin American Studies, also 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.

I teach mainly on the literatures, films, and cultures of Spain and Latin America, and my current research focuses on cinema 


My work so far has focussed on contemporary Cuban cinema and national identity, on which I have a monograph forthcoming in 2018. Within this work, I have developed a particular focus on:

  • Genre, particularly horror cinema
  • Place and space in cinema
  • The representation of children on screen
  • Cultural, place, and nation branding


I have also recently begun work on a broader, comparative project on Caribbean cinemas, which will span linguistic and geographic areas to take in the region and its diasporas. The project uses the guiding principle of relationality (Glissant) to argue for the productivity and importance of making connections between the cinemas of the Caribbean, and between these local filmmaking traditions and World cinema. 


I am module leader of

SML1021: Introduction to International Film

LAS2032: Caribbean Imaginaries: Image, Text, Music

and I contribute to

SML1018: Introduction to Literature

SPA4081: Advanced Spanish Writing Skills

FMS8055: Approaches to Film History and Theory (Masters)

FMS8037: Cinematic Others (Masters)