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Dr. Paula Callus (University of Bournemouth)

Phase 2 Principal Investigator
Bournemouth, UK
Faculty of Media and Communications
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 (

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'.

Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items written by Dr Paula Callus are listed below:

ReSpace Symposium (June 2021)ReSpace investigates how concepts of space, through arts-based participatory methods, can engage the ‘post-memory’ generation (Hirsch, 2008) in Rwanda and Kosovo to reimagine specific sites of memory. Chaired by ReSpace …Dr Paula Callus, , , , , , , , event kosovo phase2 rwanda locationfilm language-english sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Understanding Places from a DistanceBlog (2021/04/27) Understanding Places from a DistanceDr Paula Callus, , , , kosovo phase2 rwanda locationblog language-english subject-reflections
ReSpace introduce 'The Hertica Home''The Hertica Home' is a short 3D interactive documentary that uses testimony to explore connections between space and memory by focusing upon the the Sami Frasheri gymnasium faculty in the …Dr Paula Callus, , , , , event kosovo locationfilm language-english sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education