I’m an anthropologist by training and inclination but my work draws upon various disciplines from neurobiology, psychology, cognitive sciences a smattering of political philosophies. My research interests often focus on community, civil society, political engagement and social movements. In this I try to understand the lived experience; the emotions, ideas tensions and the subtle social interactions which carry us through life.
I'm a lecturer on the BA Psyschosocial Studies, where I teach sociological and anthropological theory and how these models intersect with notions of the self, belonging, hope and failure.
I also convene the department's Post Graduate Research Design & Methodology module, which draws on the faculty's diverse skills sets and seeks to innovate forms of knowledge.
I am interested in supervising PhD projects relating to civil society, community activism and ethnographic approaches to research.
- PhD in Social Science, Loughborough University 2015
- MA Anthropological Research, University of Manchester 2010
- BA Comparative Religion & Social Anthropology, University of Manchester 2009
Teaching and Supervision
Things that occupy my mind: affect, phenomenology, critical theory, epistemology, community research, dissent, power & morality
Publications and research outputs
Travaglino, Giovanni and Callan, Brian, eds. 2013. Research and Methods in the Study of Social Protest: Dialogues on Disciplines, Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 1(2). 2572-7184
Callan, Brian. 2015. Something's wrong here: transnational dissent and the unimagined community. In: Giovanni Travaglino, ed. Protest, Movements, and Dissent in the Social Sciences: A multidisciplinary perspective. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 106-120. ISBN 9781138924543
Callan, Brian. 2017. Review - Marranci, Gabriel. Wars of Terror, 130 pp. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. [Book Review]. Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia, 4(1), ISSN 2211-5730
Callan, Brian. 2016. Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile. Diana Allan , Stanford, Stanford University Press , 2014, 328 pp. [Book Review]. City & Society, 28(3), n/a-n/a. ISSN 0893-0465
Callan, Brian. 2016. Producing spoilers: peacemaking and the production of enmity in a secular age [Book Review]. Israel Affairs, 23(1), pp. 198-200. ISSN 1353-7121
Callan, Brian. 2016. Civil Societies & Uncivil Times: The Rubberband Ball of Transnational Tensions. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 4(1-2), pp. 1-14. ISSN 2572-7184
Callan, Brian. 2014. Something's wrong here: transnational dissent and the unimagined community. Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 9(1), pp. 106-120. ISSN 2158-2041
Callan, Brian. 2013. Gauging the Mood: Operationalizing Emotion through Ethnography. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 1(2), pp. 61-74. ISSN 2572-7184
Further profile content
Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest
Member of UNHCR's Global Academic Network for the Global Compact on Refugees