John McCall | Africana Studies | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

John McCall

Department of Anthropology

John McCall

Telephone: (618) 453-5010

Office: Faner 3543


Dr. McCall's research is focused on African arts, music, and dance. He is particularly interested in teh performance arts as mechanisms of collective memory, historiography, and the production of meaning in community life.

Since 2000, he has devoted his attention to Africa's enthusiastic and innovative embrace of digital media, which have made it possible for people of modest means to produce and distribute movies without foreign funding or dependence on the infrastructures of transnational media corporations. Most of this research focuses on the Nigerian video movie industry that has become popularly known as "Nollywood."