|Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures||ER277, Elvet Riverside II|
I am a cultural anthropologist focusing on community life, culture, identities, and the impact of the Anthropocene. I have conducted qualitative research employing interdisciplinary methodologies with diverse communities around the world including: Russophone migrants in London; refugees in Glasgow and Athens; student communities in Kythira, Berlin, and Sharjah, UAE. I was awarded my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2021, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI). I previously studied at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the National University of Athens.
I am currently working with indigenous communities as part of my project “Community Digital Storytelling and Delta Futures in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam” (CDST) funded by the UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) at Durham University. The aim of the CDST project is twofold: to study the engagement and mobilization of delta communities through a creative participatory digital media process, and to analyse the digital stories produced in terms of their capacity to raise awareness and support sustainable development. CDST involves the production of short films through a collaborative process, which sees facilitators engage with participants to bring about a body of authentic, individual stories using a variety of creative forms of communication and expression, including photography, videos, narration, and music.
I recently organized an international conference entitled “Delta Futures: (In)Visibilities in Audiovisual Culture” (March 24-25, 2022) with Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián. Delta Futures explored the representations in audiovisual culture of the socioecological challenges faced by delta communities around the world, as well as the relevant cultural strategies and practices employed by vulnerable groups confronted with delta change. In this framework, the conference examined the role that contemporary audiovisual culture plays in forging global environmental imaginaries and increasing the visibility of the endangered delta futures. An edited volume on the conference themes will be published in the coming year.
At the same time, I am working on my first monograph with the provisional title "Diaspora Reads: Community, Identity, and the Survival of Russian Literaturocentrism". The ethnographic monograph explores the role of literature and reading practices in the community life of Russian-speaking migrants in Britain. Following the discussions, games, and celebrations of a community book club in London, Diaspora Reads demonstrates how collective reading allows migrants to form shared cultural identities, forge communities, and build a long-distance relationship with the cultural homeland.
- Theocharis, Angelos (2022). Mayakovsky in Love (Essays and Translations). Idyepeia.
Chapter in book
- Theocharis, Angelos (2021). ‘Russian literature will fix everything’ The Read Russia Project and Cultural Statecraft. In Russia’s Cultural Statecraft. Forsberg, Tuomas & Mäkinen, Sirke Routledge. 98-119.
- Theocharis, Angelos & Anemogiannis, Dionysis (2021). ‘Echoes of Elves and Demons in the Riverbank’ the Exploration of History and Folklore in Kythera Through Walking. In Experiential Walks for Urban Design Revealing, Representing, and Activating the Sensory Environment. Piga, Barbara E. A. Siret, Daniel & Thibaud, Jean-Paul Springer. 3-23.
- Theocharis, Angelos (2020). The Russian Dream and Victor Pelevin's Generation “Π” Ideology in Post-Soviet Russia. In Protest Technologies and Media Revolutions. Karatzogianni, Athina, Schandorf, Michael & Ferra, Ioanna Emerald Publishing Limited. 37-49.
- Theocharis, Angelos (2020). Sensory community. In Vademecum: 77 Minor Terms for Writing Urban Places. Havik, Klaske Pint, Kris Riesto, Svava & Steiner. Henriette NAi Publishers. 130.
- Theocharis, Angelos (2020). Ichoperipatoi kai techni [Soundwalks and Art]. In Giati me afora i techni? Oi polles diastaseis tis kai pos aksiopoieitai sti zwi mas [Why does Art Concern Me? Its Many Dimensions and How It Is Used in Our Lives]. Athanasekou, Maria Idyepeia. 260-277.
- Theocharis, Angelos & Anemogiannis, Dionysis (2018). Soundmaps as a Tool for Education and Cultural Analysis: The Case of Sound of Kythera. 4th Acoustic Ecology Conference 'Sound, Noise, Environment', Mytilini, Greece, Hellenic Society of Acoustic Ecology.
- Theocharis. Angelos (2021). Going Online, Going Global: The Pandemic Meetings of a Russophone Book Club. The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums & Culture (2): 37-58.
- Theocharis, Angelos (2019). Polyphonic Memory and Narratives of Resilience in Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time. Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society (3): 185-206.
- Theocharis, Angelos (2012). The Love Poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky (Translations - Essays). Koykoytsi (6): 105-195.
- Theocharis, Angelos (2012). The figure of Jesus Christ in Dostoevsky's "Idiot" and Canetti's "Auto-da-Fé". Simeioseis (75): 93-103.