John McCall | Anthropology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

John McCall

Associate Professor

John McCall

Phone: 618.453.5010
Office Location: Faner Hall, Room 3543

My research is focused on African arts, music, and dance. I am particularly interested in the performance arts as mechanisms of collective memory, historiography, and the production of meaning in community life.

Since 2000, I have devoted my 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."

Research Interests

  • African Film & Video
  • African Popular Culture
  • African Music, Dance, & Art
  • The Global Informal Market
  • Ethnography, Nigeria, Igbo

Research Link:


  • ANTH 240D: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 270: Africa in African Film
  • ANTH 310A: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH 410I: African Expressive Culture
  • ANTH 500E: History of Anthropology
  • ANTH 515A/B: Seminar in Sociocultural Anthropology (Topics vary. Past topics include: Ethnographic Writing, Ethnomusicology, Visual Ethnography, Theorizing the Body, Interpreting Cultural Space, and Time in Anthropological Theory.)