School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Dunja Fehimovic

Lecturer in Spanish & Portuguese


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. 


Undergraduate Teaching

Module leader for

SML1021: Introduction to International Film

LAS 2032: Caribbean Imaginaries: Image, Text, Music

Contributor to

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