SOAS University of London

School of Arts

Dr Estrella Sendra Fernandez

PhD, MA Critical Media and Cultural Studies (SOAS), Licenciado Journalism (Universidad de Sevilla), Licenciado Audiovisual Communication/Film Studies (Universidad de Sevilla)
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Overview

Estrella Sendra Fernandez
Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow in Film and Screen Studies

Name:
Dr Estrella Sendra Fernandez
Email address:
Office No:
404
Academic Support Hours:
Wednesdays, 11am-12pm
Thesis title:
Two-tier Festivals in Senegal between the Local and the International: A Case Study of the Festival International de Folklore et de Percussion in Louga (Senegal)
Website:
http://www.estrellasendra.com

Biography

Estrella Sendra is a scholar, teacher, filmmaker, journalist and festival organiser, currently working as Lecturer in Global Media Industries, at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and as Senior Teaching Fellow in Film and Screen Studies at SOAS, University of London.

She is recognised as Fellow by the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests include festival studies, film festivals, global screen media, African cinema, audiovisual representations of migration, transnational communities, youth and digital media, and gender. She is Associate Editor of Screenworks and Editorial Board Member in the Journal of African Media Studies. Since 2011, when she directed Témoignages de l’autre côté / Testimonials from the other side (2011), an awarded documentary film about migration, she has been developing a regional expertise in Senegal.

In 2018, she completed her PhD on cultural festivals in Senegal, fully funded by the Department of African Languages and Cultures at SOAS. She engages with creative and innovative teaching methods, such as assessment through video essays, and is the co-author of the ‘Introductory Guide to Video Essays’ published in Learning on Screen (2020). In 2020, she was awarded the SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize for Inspirational Teaching. She was the director of the Cambridge African Film Festival in 2014, and 2015, as well as part of the curatorial team until 2019. In 2020, she was the curator of the African Film Festival of Barcelona-FICAB. As part of her public engagement, she has been involved in further festivals in Spain, Senegal, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as a jury member, organiser, media officer, curator or panelist. She is one of the editors and journalists of Wiriko, an online magazine devoted to African arts and cultures, and contributes with further media platforms internationally, such as El País in Spain and Le Soleil in Senegal.

PhD Research

Estrella Sendra’s PhD thesis, entitled ‘Two-tier Festivals in Senegal between the Local and the International: A Case Study of the Festival International de Folklore et de Percussion in Louga (Senegal)’, is a theoretical analysis drawing on immersive ethnographic methods of the phenomenon of festivalisation in Senegal, with a particular focus on the Festival International de Folklore et de Percussion (FESFOP), a rural festival celebrated in Louga since 2000. Following a long history of festivities in the country which date from precolonial times, and the celebration of the Premier Festival Mondial de Arts Nègres at Dakar in 1966, Senegal has experienced an increasing festivalisation. The 1966 Festival was celebrated under the patronage of first president of independent Senegal, Léopold Sédar Senghor, as a state-funded initiative, and thus as a political project. Later, festivalisation would undergo an increasing detachment from the state.

In the twenty-first century, as cultural actors took the lead on festivalisation and a large number of festivals proliferated across the country, festival organisers had to seek alternative funding sources and formulas in order to achieve sustainability. Through a focus on a rural festival studied diachronically, this thesis contributes to (African) festival studies, (African) cultural studies, and Senegalese cultural studies, in particular, as well as a range of further disciplines.

Estrella’s research interests include African film, African Screen and Media, African Festivals – particularly in the Senegalese context – as well as Visual Anthropology, Festival Studies, Media Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies and Creative Industries.

Conferences

  • Sendra, Estrella "A critical and comparative study of the methodologies applied to the study of the first pan-African festivals and contemporary festivals within the African continent" in the International Conference The Performance of Pan-Africanism: from Colonial Exhibitions to Black and African Cultural Festivals, 20-22 October 2016, Florida State University, Talahasse, USA.
  • Ndour, Saliou & Sendra, Estrella "50 ans du Premier Festival Mondial des Artès Nègres : analyse comparative de l’implication des populations dans le festival mondial des arts nègres de 1966 et 2010" in the International Conference The Performance of Pan-Africanism: from Colonial Exhibitions to Black and African Cultural Festivals, 20-22 October 2016, Florida State University, Talahasse, USA.
  • Sendra, Estrella "Illustrating festivals research through the still and moving image: Finding an academic platform for documentary films" in The RC33 9th International Conference on Social Methodology, 11-16 September 2016, Leicester (UK).
  • Sendra, Estrella, "Rethinking Négritude in Cultural Festivals in the 21st Century in Senegal" in Asixoxe, Let's Talk!
  • Sendra, Estrella & Mariama Badji, ‘Journal Télévisé Rappé: a local creative response from the youth to the narrative of the media conglomerate rooted in the context of Senegal’ in ECAS 2015 Sixth European Conference on African Studies, 8-10 July 2015, La Sorbonne, Paris (France).

Affiliations

Transforming Creativity Research Group

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

See blog here.

Intersectionalities – politics – identities – cultures Research Group

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Archive of Pan-African Festivals

EHES, Paris

Project managers: Dominique Malaquais (IMAF, CNRS) and Cédric Vincent (EHESS)

Research

Participation in Conferences and Research Days

Sendra, Estrella ‘Methodologies in Film Festivals Research’ in Contours of Film Festivals Research and Methodologies, Birkbeck, University of London, 18 March 2020. Full details here.

Sendra, Estrella ‘Africa and/in festivals: Decolonising Film Curation’ in Reframing Film Festivals. Histories, Economies, Cultures, Venice, 11-12 February 2020, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Bari, 25-26 March 2020, Centro Polifunzionale Studenti. Full programme and further details here.

Sendra, Estrella «A critical and comparative study of the methodologies applied to the study of the first pan-African festivals and contemporary festivals within the African continent» in the International Conference The Performance of Pan-Africanism: from Colonial Exhibitions to Black and African Cultural Festivals, 20-22 October 2016, Florida State University, Talahasse, USA.

Ndour, Saliou (Univesité Gaston Berger) & Sendra, Estrella «50 ans du Premier Festival Mondial des Artès Nègres : analyse comparative de l’implication des populations dans le Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres de 1966 et 2010» in the International Conference The Performance of Pan-Africanism: from Colonial Exhibitions to Black and African Cultural Festivals, 20-22 October 2016, Florida State University, Talahasse, USA.

Sendra, Estrella «Illustrating festivals research through the still and moving image: Finding an academic platform for documentary films» in The RC33 9th International Conference on Social Methodology, 11-16 September 2016, Leicester (UK).

Sendra, Estrella & Badji, Mariama (Researcher of GERM (Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Migrations et Faits de Sociétés), ‘Journal Télévisé Rappé: a local creative response from the youth to the narrative of the media conglomerate rooted in the context of Senegal’, in International Conference ECAS 2015, Université La Sorbone, Paris, 8-10 July 2015.

Sendra, Estrella ‘Rethinking Négritude in Cultural Festivals in the 21st Century in Senegal’ in National Conference Asixoxe – Let’s Talk!, SOAS, University of London, 1-2 May 2015.

Sendra, Estrella ‘A critical analysis of the representation of Senegalese cultures in the context of the Festival of Folklore and Percussions in Louga (FESFOP)’ in International Conference ASAUK, University of Sussex, Brighton, 9-11 September 2014.

Sendra, Estrella ‘Exile and Multicultural Identities in Cinema: Exils (Tony Gatlif, 2004) & Even The Rain (Icíar Bollaín, 2010)’ in International Conference ‘Ethnicity, Race and Nationalism in European Media and Film: Rights, Responsibilities, Representations’, The University of Manchester, UK, 23-25 May 2013.

Sendra, Estrella “From Oral Tradition To Audiovisual Discourses In West Africa” in the Iberic Congress of African Studies, June 2012 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Publications

Articles

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2019) 'Sufi Sounds of Senegal'. Critical Muslim, (32), pp 93-102.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2019) 'Ousmane Sembène’s Cinema'. Critical Muslim, (30) 1, pp 73-80.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella and Ndour, Saliou (2018) '50th Anniversary of the Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres: A Comparative Study of the Engagement of the Population in the 1966 and 2010 Festivals'. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, (20) 7, pp 965-986.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2018) 'Displacement and the Quest for Identity in Alain Gomis’s Cinema'. Black Camera: An International Film Journal, (9) 2, pp 360-390.

Book Chapters

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2020) 'Women and Sexuality in African Cinema'. In: Ross, Karen, (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication. John Wiley & Sons.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2020) 'Toolkit 5: Senegal on the Screen'. In: Dovey, Lindiwe, (ed.), Screen Worlds Toolkits. https://screenworlds.org/resources/#toolkits: Screen Worlds, pp 1-10.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2020) 'Saint-Louis Blues: From Oral Storytelling to Aural Filmmaking'. In: Shearer, Martha and Lobalzo Wright, Julie, (eds.), Musicals at the Margins: Genre, Boundaries, Canons.. London: Bloomsbury. [Forthcoming]

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2019) 'Contemporary Festivals in Senegal: Navigating the Local and the International'. In: Ruiz, Sheila and Pearson, Caitlin and Matek Akita, Marcelle, (eds.), Contemporary African Arts: Mapping Perceptions, Insights and UK-Africa Collaborations. London: British Council / Royal African Society, pp 32-38.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2019) 'Africa and/in Festivals: Decolonising Film Curation'. In: Davis, August J., (ed.), Contemporary Curation: Histories, Theories, Practices.. London: Routledge. [Forthcoming]

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2018) 'Internet y Cultura Digital'. In: Benitez Eyzaguirre, Lucia and Iglesias Onofrio, Marcela, (eds.), Innovación Social y Emprendimiento en Túnez: Las Mujeres y el Uso de las Tic en el Desarrollo Local. Cadiz: Universidad de Cadiz, pp 33-53.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2018) 'Situando el cine francófono africano en Colombia: la isla de Gorée en el cine senegalés.'. In: Giraldo Barreto, Marco and Rodríguez, Jenny Alexandra, (eds.), Muestra Afro.. Bogotá: Cinemateca Distrital – Gerencia de Artes Audiovisuales, pp 77-99.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2017) 'Art Festivals in African Cities'. In: Pensa, Iolanda and Pucciarelli, M, (eds.), Public art in Africa = Art et tranformation urbaines = Art and urban transformation in Douala. Geneva: Métis Presses.

Book Reviews

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2018) 'Film Review: Alain Gomis, dir. Félicité. 2017. 124 minutes.'. African Studies Review., (61) 2, pp 275-276.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2016) 'Film Review: 'Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, directors. Sembène! 2015. 90 minutes.''. African Studies Review, (59) 2, pp 317-319.

Exhibitions

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2014) 'Cambridge African Film Festival 2014 & 2015'.

Videos

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2016) 'Témoignages… “waa Suñu Gaal”'.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2014) 'Diabel Cissokho: the story of a griot'.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2011) 'Témoignages de l’autre côté'.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2019) La Cultura como Seña de Identidad de un Entorno Rural.

Sendra Fernandez, Estrella (2013) Editor in Wiriko: Artes y Culturas Africanas.

 

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