Isabel Seguí

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures

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Isabel Seguí received a PhD in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews in 2019 with a thesis focused on the politics and practices of Andean women oppositional filmmakers. In 2020, she was granted a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to develop the project ‘Women’s Nonfiction Filmmaking in Peru (1970-2020)’ at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (University of Edinburgh). Her work, in English and Spanish, has been published in journals and edited collections and awarded by the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.

Research summary

  • Collaborative cinematic processes (focus on women and below-the-line labour)
  • Bolivian and Peruvian cinema
  • Alternative practices in film distribution and exhibition
  • Material and emotional historiography
  • Counter-public spheres

Project activity

Women’s Nonfiction Filmmaking in Peru (1970-2020) Peruvian women documentary filmmakers have produced a corpus of work that despite its artistic and social impact has hovered under the historiographic radar. Over the course of the 20thcentury, they entwined individual and collective traumas, giving voice to the country's disenfranchised populations. Currently, women are fostering a thriving nonfiction audiovisual scene with transmedia characteristics and global linkages. All these contributions are yet to be properly historicised. By applying feminist and decolonising frameworks and methodologies, the interconnected outputs of this research programme (scholarly publication, archive digitalisation, public engagement) seek to foreground women’s work and resignify Peruvian —and Latin American— film history.


Current project grants

2020-2023. Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. Project: Women’s Nonfiction Filmmaking in Peru (1970-2020)
2020-2021. Isabel is part of the research team of the project ‘ColectiVIS-ARTS-Recherches sur la praxis artistique (arts visuels) des femmes dans les collectifs d’artistes, mixtes et non mixtes,’ led by Dr Sonia Kerfa (Université Grenoble Alpes) and funded by the French National Research Agency in the framework of the “Investissements d’avenir” program (ANR-15-IDEX-02).

Past project grants

2018-2019. Scottish Universities Research Collections Associate Scheme Grant (SGSAH) to develop the public engagement project ‘The Grierson Women’ in collaboration with the Grierson Collection at the University of Stirling.

2014-2017. University of St Andrews and Santander 600 Doctoral Scholarship.

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In the press

2020. Dissemination special issue Secuencias ‘Ukamau Abigarrado’:

  • Radio program LAS MUJERES DEL GRUPO UKAMAU - Isabel Seguí > Radio Deseo 103.3 fm. La Paz, Bolivia.

  • Radio program ‘La mirada incendiaria’ by ImagenDocs

  • Radio program ‘Los 400 Segundos’ by Canal Ramona Cultural

2018. Interview by Shelley Stamp. Feminist Media Histories Podcast