SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Ms Estrella Sendra Fernandez

MA Critical Media and Cultural Studies (SOAS), Licenciado Journalism (Universidad de Sevilla), Licenciado Audiovisual Communication/Film Studies (Universidad de Sevilla)
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Estrella Sendra Fernandez
Name:
Ms Estrella Sendra Fernandez
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Thesis title:
Two-tier festivals in Senegal between the local and the international: A case study of the Festival of Folklore and Percussion (FESFOP) in Louga, Senegal
Year of Study:
3
Website:
http://www.estrellasendra.com
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PhD Research

My research consists of a critical analysis of contemporary festivals in Senegal. I solely focus on events specifically defined as ‘festivals’ by their organisers, thereby exploring events in Senegal that position themselves between the local and the international, in contrast with other cultural events that firmly place themselves within the local or national space alone. I approach festivals of heritage (re)creation via a new concept, that of ‘two-tier festivals’. I aim to elaborate on the ways in which curators and spectators frame and experience these ‘two-tier festivals’.

I will apply the notion of ‘two-tier festivals’ to the case study of the Festival de folklore et de percussions de Louga (FESFOP) in this rural region in northwest Senegal.

Publications

  • Sendra Fernández, E. "Sembène! dir. by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman (review)." African Studies Review, vol. 59 no. 2, 2016, pp. 317-319.

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

  • Cambridge African Film Festival

Teaching

  • Research Approaches (T2), at MA Culture, Media and Creative Industries (King's College, University of London).

Research

  • African cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Critical media