Department of Cinema and Media Studies
Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky specializes in Latin American cinema—in particular, in the period from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s that saw the emergence of some of the most sophisticated political films in the history of cinema. Her research focuses on the intersections among Marxism, anthropology, and a cosmopolitan, avant-garde film culture in Latin America. Her current book project, “The Aesthetic of Labor: The Process Genre and Latin American Political Cinema,” argues for the existence of a new critical genre category, which she calls the “process genre,” and for Latin America’s distinctive relation to this genre. The genre encompasses ethnographic, industrial, and educational cinema, as well as work in other media, such as chronophotography, craft performance, and pictorial instructions.
Her research has appeared in Cinema Journal and the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.
She received her PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was awarded the Eduardo Lozano Memorial Dissertation Prize from its Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Illinois at Chicago.