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Gianfranco Selgas De Silvi

About me

I am a PhD candidate in Spanish, specializing in Latin American Literature and Culture, in the Department of Romance Studies and Classics and the Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University. I hold a BA in Mass Media and Communication Studies (Universidad Central de Venezuela, 2011), a Msc in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, 2013) and a MA in Spanish, specialization Literature (Stockholm University, 2017). I teach at different levels in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and I am a member of the Editorial Team of Iberoamericana - Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies


In my research project I am examining political and aesthetic features that have to do with tensions between regionalism, extractivism, modernity, and nature-culture, in 20th century Latin America.

Research Interests

19th, 20th and 21st century Latin American Culture, Literature, Film and Visual Arts; Aesthetics and Politics; Critical Theory and Material Culture; Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities; World-Ecology, Political-Ecology, and Cultural Studies.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database

  • Regionalismo orgánico

    2021. Gianfranco Selgas. Orbis Tertius 26 (33)


    En este ensayo, propongo leer la configuraciónde lo que describo como ‘regionalismo orgánico’ en la novela Catálogo de formas (2014), del escritor argentino-mexicano Nicolás Cabral. Desarrollo la noción de ‘regionalismo orgánico’ tomando como punto de partida los ensayos sobre arquitectura organicista del pintor y arquitecto mexicano Juan O’Gorman(1905-1982). Argumento que a través de sus ensayos y su práctica artístico-arquitectónica, O’Gorman propuso una visión simbiótica entre naturaleza y cultura, crítica de los preceptos euromodernos y capitalistas que son recuperados tanto temática como formalmente en la novela de Cabral. A diferencia delos estudios que leen Catálogo de formas como una obra metatextual con la de O’Gorman, señalo que, leída como expresión del ‘regionalismo orgánico’, la novela tematiza y formaliza las relaciones orgánicas entre humanidad y naturaleza con los efectos de las prácticas extractivistas como fondo espaciotemporal.

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  • Testimonios del oro negro

    2020. Gianfranco Selgas. Bulletin of Hispanic studies 97 (9), 1003-1020


    The characterization of Venezuela as a petrostate has been instrumental in its historical configuration as a nation unable to achieve modernity. The span of Venezuela’s intrinsic relationship with oil has had an impact on the country’s economic and political spectrum and has also resulted in a set of effects and affects relating to the social history of Venezuela. This article analyses how the documentaries Pozo muerto (Rebolledo, 1968) and Mayami nuestro (Oteyza, 1981) represent oil as amnemonic instrument that chronicles Venezuela’s socio-economic ruin. To achieve this, the notion of memory is addressed as a plastic temporal operation, paying special attention to the subject–object articulation in both films. Produced during the 1960s and 1980s, these films record the socio-economic and political crossroads of a country for which oil has been the tool used to trace the mnemonic geography of its predictable debacle.

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