Articles by Safia Swimelar

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Swimelar publishes article on nationalism and LGBT rights in the Balkans 

March 11, 2019

Associate Professor of Political Science and coordinator of International and Global Studies Safia Swimelar's recent research looks at the way that nationalism helps explain varying LGBT rights policies in two Southeast European states, Croatia and Serbia.  Her article was published in the peer-reviewed journal East European Politics and Societies.  

The Faces of Syria: the war and refugee crisis 5 years on

September 6, 2016

Two upcoming events to learn more about the latest developments related to the Syrian war and refugee crisis – one featuring the voices of leadership and the other featuring the voices of a Syrian refugee family in North Carolina.  

Global Neighborhood Film Series: Art Beyond Borders 

September 3, 2016

This year's Global Neighborhood theme is Art Beyond Borders. The fall line-up of the annual GN Film Series features fanciful French film, fashion and culture as art, and provocative performance art.

Global Neighborhood Film Series: Feb. 25

February 19, 2014


Join us for the next film in the series:

Peepli [Live] - a dark satirical Indian comedy (2002, 95 min.)

Tues, Feb. 25 @ 7:00 pm. in LaRose Digital Theater, Koury

Discussion with Prof. Jason Kirk, political science/int'l studies





Croatian LGBT film – Feb. 11

January 28, 2014

Croatian film critic, prominent LGBT activist and media personality will host a screening and discussion of the first Croatian LGBT film, 'Fine Dead Girls.'

Feb. 10: LGBT Politics and Activism in Croatia and the U.S. 

January 28, 2014


MIMA SIMIĆ: Croatian writer, film critic, activist, media personality, and Croatian LGBT person of the decade.  Mima will talk on "LGBT Politics and Activist Strategies of Media Subversion,” discussing how she and other activists and organizations have used strategies of media subversion to affect public and social attitudes on homosexuality and gender in Croatia. Katherine McFarland Bruce, Elon visiting assistant professor of sociology, will join Mima and compare and discuss LGBT activism in the United States, specifically the South. 


Global Neighborhood Film Series: 'The Act of Killing' – Oct. 29

October 16, 2013

"An important exploration of the complex psychology of mass murderers.” -Journalist Chris Hedges

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade... it is unprecedented in the history of cinema.” –Documentarian Werner Herzog  

“A Masterpiece – an examination of institutionalized violence, guilt on individual and national scales, and the role of cinema to both shape and reflect our darkest impulses.” –Village Voice