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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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 is a scholar, teacher, filmmaker, journalist and festival organiser who seeks to contribute to the de-Westernisation of Media and Cultural Studies. She has been developing a regional area of expertise in Senegal. She is currently working as Senior Teaching Fellow in Film and Screen Studies in the Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies in the School of Arts at SOAS, University of London. She also works as Teaching Fellow in Global Media Industries at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, teaching a range of modules in the MA in Global Media Management.

In 2018, Estrella completed a PhD on cultural festivals in Senegal in the Department of African Languages and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, funded by the SOAS Research Studentship (2014-2018). Her PhD research consists of a critical analysis of contemporary festivals in Senegal, focusing on a main case study, the Festival International de Folklore et de Percussion (FESFOP) in Louga. She looks at festival spaces and temporalities, to see how the diversity of festival participants engages with ideas of the local and the international. Her research interests include media and film representation, migration and displacement, transnational communities and cultural contributions from “rooted cosmopolitans,” digital cultures, festivals in Africa, and more particularly, in Senegal, and African cinemas and screen media.

Prior to her PhD, Estrella had received her Bachelors (Licencitatura) Degrees in Audiovisual Communication (2010, University of Seville) and Journalism (2011, University of Seville), both with the Special Graduation Award, with an Erasmus year at the University of Sussex (2009-2010, Brighton). She was then awarded a full scholarship by the Government of Andalusia to complete her MA in Critical Media and Cultural Studies, where she graduated with a Distinction, with Prof Mark Hobart as convener and dissertation supervisor (2012, SOAS, University of London). She has been ever since based in London, with continuous research field trips to Senegal.

As a teacher, in April 2019, Estrella achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. As Teaching Fellow in Global Media Industries at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, she teaches a range of postgraduate modules in the MA Global Media Management, including Professional and Academic Skills 1, Global media 1: Ideas and Debates, Global Media 2: Industries and Technologies, with a strand on ‘Festivals and Events’, Professional and Academic Skills 2, and supervises the Final Projects. As Senior Teaching Fellow in Film and Screen Studies at SOAS, University of London, Estrella teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the BA in Creative Arts and the MA in Global Cinemas, including Introduction to Film Language, History and TheoryFilm Festivals and Film CuratingGlobal Screen IndustriesAfrican Filmmaking: From the 1960s to the Present, and Film and Screen Studies: Past and Present.

Estrella has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at King’s College London in the Departments of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) and Film Studies. In the CMCI Department, she has co-taught ‘Research Approaches’ and ‘Contested Cultures: Formations’ to postgraduate students of the MA in Cultural and Creative Industries and in Arts and Cultural Management. In the Film Studies Department, she has taught ‘Contemporary European Cinema’ to undergraduate students of the BA in Film Studies. Besides her experience as a GTA in King’s College London, she had also been a Guest Lecturer at SOAS, University of London, in different courses: ‘Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals,’ ‘African Philosophy’ and ‘Orientalism on Screen’ teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has also been a Guest Lecturer at Kufstein University of Applied Sciences (Austria), sharing her PhD research on FESFOP, and at the Universidad of Sevilla (Spain), sharing part of her research experience in Senegal. She was also appointed as the Lecturer of the module ‘The Internet and Digital Culture’ of the international research and teaching project ‘Gender, Technology and Social Innovation,’ hosted in the Université de Sfax (Tunisia), in partnership with the Universidad de Cádiz (Spain), whose project coordinators are Lucía Benítez (UCA), Akila Sellami (U. Sfax), Marcela Iglesias (UCA) and Fatma Ghorbel (U. Sfax). Her teaching experience in Higher Education follows three-year work as the Media and Film Studies Teacher at the University Foundation Programme (David Game College, London).

Estrella has been developing a strong international publication profile. She has several publications in international journals on different aspects of media, film, cultural studies and creative industries, particularly drawing on her regional area of expertise, Senegal, such as ‘Displacement and the Quest for Identity in Gomis’s Cinema,’ in in a Close-Up on Senegalese cinema in Black Camera (2018); and a co-authored article ‘Fiftieth Anniversary of the First World Festival of Negro Arts: A Comparative Study of the Involvement of the Populations in the World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966 and 2010’ (2018) in Interventions-International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; and she is a regular film reviewer in the African Studies Review

As a festival organiser, Estrella has extensive experience in African film festivals, having volunteered for Film Africa in London (2012), worked for the African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT as the Head of the International Media (2013), to then become the Director of the Cambridge African Film Festival (2014-2015), where she currently sits on both the Advisory Board and the Curatorial Team. She is also a jury member in the Jozi Film Festival in Johannesburg.

Estrella is also a filmmaker and has made a number of documentary films, including Témoignages de l’autre côté (2011), national winner in Spain of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize, Diabel Cissokho: the story of a griot (2014), and Témoignages.. “waa suñu gaal” (2016, with Mariama Badji). She is also a regular contributor of the online Spanish-speaking magazine of African Cultures Wiriko, and has also been published in the national Senegalese newspaper Le Soleil, where she did an internship in the summer of 2012. 

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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