Articles, essays, thesis and reports

Editor and co-editor

  • Public Art in Africa. Art et transformations urbaines à Douala /// Art and Urban Transformations in Douala,  ed. Iolanda Pensa with Marta Pucciarelli, Fiona Siegenthaler, Marilyn Douala Bell, Kamel Verschuren, Xandra Nibbeling, Lucas Grandin, Asta Adukaite, Maud de la Chapelle, MetisPresses, 2017. All texts and most of the images under CC by-sa. Index, SUPSI repository.
  • Sulla storia dell’arte contemporanea africana. Concept and co-editor of the dossier in “Africa e Mediterraneo”, n. 55, 2006 with a historiography of Contemporary African art exhibitions, publications and playlists: introduction, research, development of the concept and the issue structure, collaboration in the selection of contributors and essays, photographic research, editing. The bibliography of the issue was developed collaboratively on Wikipedia (article contemporary African art on Wikipedia in Italian). Bibliography of the issue under CC by-sa. Indexintroduction in English, original version in EnglishSUPSI repository.
  • Ars&Urbis. Editor of the dossier in “Africa e Mediterraneo”, n. 50, 2005 on the relationship between art and the territory in Africa: introduction, research, selection of contributors and essays, general coordination, photographic research, editing. Index, introduzione in italiano, SUPSI repository.
  • Industria culturale in Africa. Co-editor of the dossier in “Africa e Mediterraneo”, n. 47-48, 2004 on cultural industry in Africa: research, collaboration in the selection of essays, editing. Index, SUPSI repository.


  • WikiAfrica, interview for Achal Prabhala in The Department of Speculative Facts (expected publication 2021).
  • Pensa, Iolanda & Marta Pucciarelli. Wikipedia and Cultural Tourism. In Communication Technologies for Heritage Tourism, Edward Elgar Publishing (accepted chapter, expected publication 2021).
  • Pensa, Iolanda. Arte pubblica a Douala. Giocare un momento con l’eccezionale in HOW DO YOU PLAY? ed. DONTSTOP Architettura, Corraini editore, 2021.
  • Pensa, Iolanda. Senza titolo in Pubblici in esilio. Il consumo delle arti ai tempi della pandemia, ed. Federico Boni, Mimesis edizioni (expected publication 2021)
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2021). Dak’Art’s Ecosystem: In and Out of Senegal in Dak’Art. The Biennale of Dakar and the Making of Contemporary African Art, eds. Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi and Thomas Fillitz, Routledge, 2021, pp. 165-170, green open access.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2020). Survival strategies for cultural institutions: making space and open licenses in Tourism facing a pandemic: From crisis to recovery, ed. Federica Burini, Università degli Studi di Bergamo, 2020, pp. 223-228, article under CC by-sa.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2017). Introduction in Wikimania 2016. Il raduno mondiale di Wikipedia a Esino Lario, Regione Lombardia, 2017, p. 11. All the publication under CC by-sa. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2017). System Error. Art as a space to produce what we would never have thought we needed in Contemporary Perspectives in Art and International Development, eds. Polly Stupples and Katerina Teaiwa, Routledge, 2017, pp. 104-117, article under CC by-sa. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda & Davide Fornari (2015), Mobile Access to Knowledge: Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting and Assessing the Impact of Cultural Events and Public Art on Urban Safety in Urban Safety and Security, ed. Emanuela Bonini Lessing, Franco Angeli, 2015, article under CC by-sa. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2012). Public art and Urban Change in Douala in Making Douala 2007-2013, catalogue of the exhibition Making Douala 2007-2013, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, 2012. Translated also into French and republished from Public Art and Urban Change in Douala in “Domus online”, May 2012, article under CC by-sa. Englishitaliano. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2009). La bibliothèque de Chimurenga in The Chimurenga Library: An Introspective of Chimurenga Magazine, Cape Town Platform, 2009, pp. 4-6, article under CC by-sa. The text is an extract of an interview by Marian Nur Goni on Africultures en français, SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2008). Princess in Douala in Translation, Episode Publishers, Rotterdam, 2008, pp. 110-117. All the texts of the book under CC by-sa. Text in English, versione originale in italiano, SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2007). Make it sexy. La promozione dell’arte contemporanea africana in L’arte etnica tra cultura e mercato, eds. Guido Candela and Maurizio Biordi, Skira, 2007, pp. 93-131. Article under CC by-sa. Versione originale in italiano, SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2006). Les biennales et la géographie: Les biennales de Venise, du Caire et de Dakar in Créations artistiques contemporaines en pays d’Islam : des arts en tension, ed. Jocelyne Dakhlia, Paris, Kimé éditions, 2006, pp. 573-588. Article under CC by-sa. Français, SUPSI repository.

Conference proceedings

  • Pensa, Iolanda (2017). The need to contribute to Wikipedia. The improbability of an African Wikipedian in Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa, hosted by the Critical Technical Practice laboratory at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute in Funchal, Portugal, 02/09/2017. Article and slides under CC by-sa. Slides. Paper draft. SUPSI repository.
  • Botturi, Luca and van Zyl, I. and Pensa, Iolanda (2017) Wikipedia at Primary School: Teachers’ Use and Perceptions. The Case of South Africa. Proceedings of ICERI 2017. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2017). L’esperienza/1: Wikimania Esino Lario 2016. Il raduno mondiale di Wikipedia in Da Spazi a Luoghi. Proposte per una nuova ecologia dello sviluppo, a cura di Paolo Venturi e Sara Rago, atti del convegno, AICCON, 2017, pp. 109-116. Article and slides under CC by-sa. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2017), Laboratorio cultura visiva, SUPSI – Open Licences et Fab Labs in Culture et créativité pour le développement durable. Bonnes pratiques pour les collectivités publiques, Office fédéral du développement territorial ARE, 2017, p.42. Article and slides under CC by-sa. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2015). Wikipedia as a new cultural battlefield, Swiss Researching Africa Days, Bern, 17/10/2014. Published with the title Africa and Wikipedia. The quality and quantity of African content on Wikipedia and the role of Scholars in contributing to it in Newsletter of the Société suisse d’études africaines Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Afrikastudien SSEA – SGAS, 1/2015, pp. 34-36. Article and slides under CC by-sa. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2012). The Power of Wikipedia: Legitimacy and Territorial Control, Wikipedia Academy, Proceedings of the Wikipedia Academy, Berlin, 29/06/2012. Article and slides under CC by-sa. SUPSI repository.
  • Fornari, Davide & Pensa, Iolanda (2010) Mobile Access to Knowledge: Afrofantasy. In: Negotiating futures – Design fiction. Proceedings of the 6th Swiss Design Network conference 6th Swiss Design Network conference, 28-30.10.2010, Basel. Article and slides under CC by-sa. SUPSI repository.


  • Pensa, Iolanda (2011). La Biennale de Dakar comme projet de coopération et de développement (The Dakar Biennale as a project of cooperation and development), directors Jean-Loup Amselle (EHESS Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Parigi) and Prof. Rosanna Salerno (Politecnico di Milano), Paris, 2011, CC by-sa all. SlidesRead or download on Wikimedia Commons. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2003). La Biennale di Dakar, University degree, director Luciano Caramel (professor of Contemporary Art History), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Milano, 2003.


New Media & Society. Sage Publishing, 2018

Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea, 2017

  • Pensa, Iolanda (2017), «Risposta a “Riflessioni sulla narrazione storica nelle voci di Wikipedia”», Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea, N. 29, 1|2017. Italiano. SUPSI repository.

Doppiozero, 2017

  • Somajni, Chiara and Pensa, Iolanda (2017). Making Douala 2007-2017 in “Doppiozero”, 14/07/2017. ItalianoEnglish.

Flash Art, Milano, 2000-2017

OnCurating, Zurich, 2016

  • Pensa, Iolanda (2016). Public Art and Urban Change in Douala in “OnCurating. In this Context: Collaborations & Biennials”, ed. Nkule Mabaso, Issue 32 / October 2016 Notes on Curating, pp. 48-53. English. Republished from Public Art and Urban Change in Douala in “Domus online”, May 2012. Englishitaliano. SUPSI repository.

Chimurenga, Cape Town, 2011-2013

  • Pensa, Iolanda (2013). Cowboy Noir in Nollywood in Chimurenga Chronicle, December 2013.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2012). The Power of Wikipedia: Legitimacy and Control in “PMS Reader Power Money Sex”, Chimurenga and Open Society Institute of Southern Africa, 2012. Englishoriginal version in English. SUPSI repository.
  • Pensa, Iolanda (2008). Where People are Knowledge in Chimurenga Chronicle 18-24 May 2008, Another Section* Media & Technology/People are Knowledge, October 2011 (predated 18-24 May 2008), p. 11. Original version in Englishreading list. SUPSI repository.

Seismopolite: Journal of Art and Politics, Norway, 2013

  • Pensa, Iolanda (2013). I’ll have a project. How international grants and cultural cooperation have shaped contemporary African art into a project made of objectives, activities and expected results in “Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics”, 2013. English, NorwegianSUPSI repository.

Domus, Milano, 2004-2016

Il sole24ore, 2012

Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, 2011

  • Pensa, Iolanda (2011). Share Your African Knowledge in “Open Knowledge Foundation Blog”, 09/11/2011. English. SUPSI repository.

Mousse, Milano, 2007

Artthrob, Cape Town, South Africa, 2004-2007

Nafas Art Magazine, Universes in Universe, Berlin, 2004

Tema Celeste, Milano, 2002

Africa e Mediterraneo, Sasso Marconi Bologna, 2002-2007

Nigrizia, Verona, 2001-2007

Africa, 2003-2005

Flair, Milano, 2007

Gulliver, Milano, 2003-2004

A Oriente!, Milano, 2001

Italia Convention, 2016

  • Pensa, Iolanda (2016). Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario in “Italian Convention”, October 2016. Italiano, English.

Wikimedia Foundation Blog, 2017

  • Cangiano, Serena, Florence Devouard, Giovanni Profeta, Marco Lurati, Samir Elsharbaty/Wikimedia Foundation, Iolanda Pensa (2017). Community Digest: Using data to visualize Wikipedia knowledge gaps; news in brief in “Wikimedia Foundation Blog”, 23/02/2017. Results of the Wikidata SUPSI Workshop in Lugano February 2017English. SUPSI repository.

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