Dr. Paula Callus (University of Bournemouth)

Paula Callus is a principal academic at the National Centre for Computer Animation, Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University. She holds a PhD from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) and her research expertise is in Sub-Saharan African animation. Callus has worked as a consultant and educator on the UNESCO Africa Animated projects in Kenya and South Africa, leading teams of artists to collaborate together to make animated shorts. She has conducted participant-observer fieldwork in the DRC, Zimbabwe and Kenya on animation and related artistic practices in the Sub-Saharan region resulting in publications on aspects of African animation such as subversive animation and politics in Kenya, digital art and cultural capital in Kenya, remediated documentary through African animation and new technologies and animation in Morocco. She was BFX Conference director for two years and was part of an AHRC Network for Development grant, e-Voices, that was looking at marginalization and the use of digital technologies, with a focus upon Arts, Activism and Marginalization in Nairobi. Currently she is also Co-I on CoAst an AHRC GCRF small grant and PI on ArtoP: The Visual Articulations of Politics in Nigeria, an AHRC funded project (https://artop.bmth.ac.uk/).

Paula is the Principal Investigator of the Phase 2 Large Grant project ‘Reanimating Contested Spaces (ReSpace): Designing Participatory Civic Education for and with Young People in Kosovo and Rwanda‘.

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