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Professor Paula Callus

  • Head Of Computer Animation Department
  • Weymouth House W249, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Journal Articles

  • Callus, P. and Sloan, S., 2024. Reimaging Space through anthropology, architecture and animation. Animation Practice, Process and Production.
  • Gingrich, O. and Callus, P., 2022. Remediated Sites The Lumen Prize Virtual Gallery as Site of Memory and Digital Assemblage. Leonardo, 55 (5), 475-481.
  • Callus, P., 2018. Animating African History: Digital and Visual Trends. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History.
  • Callus, P., 2017. Remediations of Nonfiction: Animation, Interactivity and Documentary from Africa. Critical Interventions.
  • Callus, P. and Potter, C., 2017. Michezo Video: Nairobi’s gamers and the developers who are promoting local content. Critical African Studies, 9 (3), 302-326.
  • Callus, P., 2015. Animation, fabrication, photography: Reflections upon the intersecting practices of sub-Saharan artists within the moving image. African Arts, 48 (3), 58-69.
  • Callus, P., 2013. Book review: Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Films for Children. Animation: an interdisciplinary journal, 8 (3), 301-304.
  • Callus, P., 2013. Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Films for Children. ANIMATION-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL, 8 (3), 301-304.
  • Callus, P., 2012. Reading Animation through the Eyes of Anthropology: A Case Study of sub-Saharan African Animation. Animation: an interdisciplinary journal, 7 (2), 113-130.
  • Callus, P., 2010. Animation as a socio-political commentary: an analysis of the animated films of Congolese director Jean Michel Kibushi. Journal of African Media Studies, 2, 55-71.


  • Gore, C. and Callus, P., 2021. Indigo Reimagined: Textiles as Narratives of Gendered Labour. In: Oloko, P., ed. Peju Layiwola's Indigo Reimagined Rethinking Àdìṛe Yoruba Fashion and Textile Modernity. Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos, 93-108.
  • Callus, P., 2019. Shifting Cultural Capital: Kenyan Arts in Digital Spaces. In: Taura, N., ed. Digital Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa. Palgrave.
  • Callus, P., 2018. The rise of Kenyan political animation: tactics of subversion. In: Tejumola, O. and Limb, P., eds. Taking African Cartoons Seriously: Politics, Satire, and Culture.. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.
  • Callus, P., 2016. Animation in Morocco: New Generations. Animation in the Middle East: Practice and Aesthetics from Baghdad to Casablanca. London: I.B. tauris.
  • Callus, P., 2010. Reflections on animation… An interview by Paula Callus with J.M. Kibushi. Through African Eyes: Conversations with the Directors. New York: African Film Festival Inc.


  • Callus, P., 2018. Coded Mythologies: New Media and Gaming in Kenya. In: KPA KPA KPA: Design Concepts from the African Continent 18 May 2018 Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Callus, P., 2015. The Rise of Kenyan Political Animation: Tactics of Subversion. In: ASA (African Studies Association) 19-24 November 2014 Indianapolis, US.
  • Callus, P., 2014. Sub-Saharan Animation: The Internet as a Living Digital Archive. In: "Arts Council of the African Studies Association 19-22 March 2014 USA, New York.
  • Callus, P., 2010. Reading animation through the eyes of anthropology. In: ACUB Animation Symposium 30 March 2010.
  • Callus, P., 2010. Sub-Saharan Africa Animation: Cases of Subversivity. In: SOAS, University of London Anthropology of Media Seminar 3 February 2010 SOAS, London.
  • Efstathiou, S. and Callus, P., 2010. Using animation as a tool in Primary School Education - Greek Mythology. In: Using animation as a tool in Primary School Education - Greek Mythology June 2010 Hillview Primary School, Bournemouth, England.
  • Callus, P., 2009. An Overview of the History of African Animation. In: A3 Genesis, Kenya , Association of Animation Artistes Kenya 15 August 2009 British Council, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Callus, P., 2009. Aspects of Sub-Saharan Animation. In: Guest Lecture for Aspects of African Film and Video 17 March 2009 SOAS, London.
  • Esthathiou, S. and Callus, P., 2009. Using animation as a tool in Primary School Education. In: Animation as a tool in Primary School Education March-April 2009 Hillview Primary School, Bournemouth, England.
  • Callus, P., 2008. African Animation - Overview and Workshops. In: Africa at the Pictures, London African Film Festival 7 December 2008 The October Gallery, Holborn, London.
  • Callus, P., 2008. Guest Speaker on African Animation. In: Cambridge African Film Festival 22 November 2008 Centre of African Studies, Cambridge, England.
  • Callus, P., 2008. African Animation Screenings - Children's Programme and Adult Programme. In: Curated Screenings for Africa in Motion, Film Festival, Edinburgh 31 October 2008 FilmHouse, Edinburgh, Scotland. Africa In Motion.
  • Callus, P. and Esthathiou, S., 2008. Using Animation as a learning tool in Primary Education. In: Using Animation as a learning tool in Primary Education 2008 Hillview Primary School, Bournemouth, England.

Internet Publications


  • Callus, P., 2016. Animation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trajectories of Ideas and Practices. PhD Thesis. Art and Archeology Department, SOAS, University of London.


Profile of Teaching PG

  • Moving Image Theory and Practice
  • Computer Animation Techniques
  • Personal Inquiry
  • Research and Development Computer Animation
  • Visual and Critical Studies

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Moving Image Theory 1
  • Moving Image Theory 2
  • Innovations
  • Aesthetic and Techniques
  • Major Project and Report
  • Computer Animation Arts Specialist Production
  • Computer Animation Specialist Production
  • Non-Fiction Animation

Invited Lectures

  • Subversive Animation and Documentary, Bournemouth University, 12 Mar 2019 more
  • The Visual Articulations of Politics in Nigeria, St Anthony’s college, University of Oxford, 28 Feb 2019 more
  • RCA - Discourse Analysis and Animated Documentary, RCA (Royal College of Arts), London, 31 Jan 2017 more
  • Social and political engagement in Sub­Saharan ani, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 25 Feb 2016 more


  • In a Pot of Hot Soup: An online 3D interactive gallery (Public Engagement with Research Fund, 01 Mar 2022). Awarded
  • Reanimating Contested Spaces (ReSpace): Designing Participatory Civic Education for and with Young People in Kosovo and Rwanda (AHRC, 01 Sep 2019). Awarded
  • CoaAST, Coastal Aural archive of Space and Time (Arts and Humanities Research Council, GCRF, 17 Feb 2019). Awarded
  • Artop: The Visual Articulations of Poltiics in Nigeria (AHRC, 27 Dec 2018). Awarded
  • The Children of the Revolution: Animating the Lives of ex-FARC Child Soldiers to Promote Reconciliation ((BU Global Challenges Research Fund, 01 Apr 2018), 01 Apr 2018). Awarded

External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

  • ATHENA SWAN Departmental Representative and Committee Member, ATHENA SWAN
  • Global Challenges Research Committee Member, GCRF (Global Challenges Research) Committee
  • Co-Head of Research, NCCA
  • Global Challenges Research Committee Member, Global Challenges Research Committee
  • Research Output Champion, REF UOA34

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Animation Journal, Postpublication review, 01 Jan 2013

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Art Exhibition: In a Pot of Hot Soup (31 Mar 2022-01 Sep 2022)
  • GCRF: Changing the Story - Animation Workshops with youth in Prishtina Kosovo (07 Apr 2019-11 Apr 2019)
  • E-Voices: Kenya Animation Workshop and Exhibition (20 Aug 2018-24 Aug 2018)

Conference Presentations

  • CSAE Conference: Nigeria in Transition, The Visual Articulations of Politics in Nigeria, 28 Feb 2019, St Anthony’s college, University of Oxford
  • KPA KPA KPA : Design Concepts for the African Continent, Coded Mythologies: New Media and Gaming in Kenya, 18 May 2018, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa: Post-Western Perspectives, TACTICS OF TRANSGRESSION COMPLICITY AND AUTONOMY IN THE MOVING IMAGE, 28 Nov 2015, London College of Fashion
  • PoW Design Futures Symposium, Tactical Narratives in Digital Media, 28 Nov 2015, London College of Fashion
  • ASA November 2014 (African Studies Association, Indianapolis), 19 Nov 2014, Indianapolis, US
  • ACASA March 2014 (Arts Council of African Studies Association, New York), 19 Mar 2014, Brooklyn Museum
  • London Film and Media Conference, 2013, 29 Jun 2013, University of London


  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship in Teaching & Education (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Fellowship (reference number: PR150795), 2018)
  • PhD in Art and Archeology (SOAS, University of London, 2016)
  • MA in Anthropology of Media (SOAS, University of London, 2005)
  • MA in Computer Animation (Bournemouth University, 2001)
  • BA (Hons) in Communications and Psychology (University of Malta, 1995)