Visiting Associate Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature
Department: Comparative Literature
Office: By Appointment
Vangelis Calotychos was born and bred in London, U.K. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, NYU, and Columbia. Currently a visiting associate professor in the Department of Classics at Brown, he teaches courses in comparative literature, cultural studies, and reception studies. In the 1990s, his concern for reconciliation after ethnic conflict led him to edit two interdisciplinary and intercommunal volumes about Cyprus. This enduring interest in culture and politics in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans informs his later work, as in Manolis Anagnostakis: Poetry & Politics, Silence & Agency in Post-War Greece (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012). He has published two monographs: Modern Greece: A Cultural Poetics (2004) discusses the terms of modernity and “self-colonization” in Greece from just before the founding of the nation-state down to the present; and The Balkan Prospect: Identity, Culture, and Politics in Greece After 1989 (2013) offers an interdisciplinary analysis of Greece's position within and without the Balkans and Europe after the Cold War. It was awarded the Edmund Keeley Book Prize. Contributions to the Greek Weird Wave & Beyond for a co-edited special issue of The Journal of Greek Media and Culture (2:2, 2016) grow out of more recent research on resistance in Greek film. He was the founder and longtime chair of The Modern Greek Seminar at Columbia (2005-14) and, since 2019, has served as the Executive Director of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA).