As an environmental humanities scholar, my research draws primarily from methodological approaches in literature, history, and rhetoric/communication studies. It is also strongly informed by scholarship in film studies, cultural studies and critical race theory. Ultimately, the interdisciplinary thrust of my research is driven by a desire both to recognize the complexity inherent in any environmental issue and to re-think, as holistically as possible, how we humans might work our way around some of our current environmental dilemmas.
Ecocritical Theory and Criticism
Film and non-print Media (in particular, Indigenous,Environmental, and Documentary Film)
Food (in particular, local movement initiatives)
Science in Popular Media
Below, you’ll find selected information on my most recent research. If you are interested in more of my work, click on the links publications, conference presentations, and awards and honors.
Selected and Recent Primary Publications
Monani, Salma, and Joni Adamson. editors. Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos. Routledge’s Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature, 2016.
Rust, Stephen, Salma Monani, and Sean Cubitt. editors. Ecomedia: Key Issues. Routledge Earthscan series, 2015.
Monani, Salma. “Evoking Sympathy and Empathy: The Ecological Indian and Indigenous Eco-Activism.” in Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology and Film. ed. Alexa Wiek von Mossner. Environmental Humanities Series. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014, 225-247.
Monani, Salma and Miranda Brady. “ImagineNATIVE 2012: Indigenous Film Festival as Ecocinematic Space.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. 13.3/4 (2013).
Rust, Stephen, Salma Monani, and Sean Cubitt. editors. Ecocinema: Theory and Practice. AFI Film Series, Routledge Press, 2012.
In preparation: Monani, Salma. Indigenous Ecocinema: Decolonizing Practices from North America.
Interviews, Book and Film Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, Conference Proceedings
Monani, Salma. “Eco-Activism in Indigenous Film Festivals: The 2011 Native Film + Video Festival.” Special issue on ecology in NECSUS: The European Journal of Media Studies, 1.3 (2013).
Salma Monani. “Indigenous Space Westerns as Transformative Environmentalism: The Cosmo-ethics of The 6th World.” Part of a Three-Panel Linked cluster on Indigenous Cosmopolitics. Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Moscow, Idaho. June 2015.
Salma Monani. “In God’s Land: Cinematic Affect and the Perceptual Dilemmas of Slow Violence.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Montreal, Quebec. March 2015.
Awards and Honors
Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS). University of Colorado-Boulder. 2017-2018,
Writing Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. Munich, Germany. Chosen in competitive fellowship application process for research in Environmental Humanities. 2015-2016.
Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Grant. To design a co-taught elective, interdisciplinary Environmental Studies class, “Science and Stories of Climate Change in Scandinavia”, with my geology colleague, Sarah Principato. 2015-2017.
Curator, Ecocinema at ASLE’s Progressive Event. Moscow, Idaho. Invited to co-curate with Stephen Rust the first, inaugural mini-film festival at the Association for Literature and Environmental Studies biennial conference. 2015. (click on Stream 2: Indigenous Ecocinema for my curatorial blurb).