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Nadia von Maltzahn

Phone: +961 (0)1 359182 | Email: maltzahn@orient-institut.org

Nadia von Maltzahn joined the Orient-Institut Beirut in 2013, having previously organized the international conference Inverted Worlds: Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region for the OIB in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Nadia held the position of Research and Development Manager at Rawafed, the Cultural Project of the Syria Trust for Development. She holds a DPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St Antony’s College, Oxford, where she wrote her thesis on the role of culture in Syrian-Iranian relations since 1979. In 2010, Nadia tutored Middle East Politics at Oxford. She received her MSt in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St Antony’s College, and her BA Honours in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from King’s College, Cambridge, which she completed with a dissertation on “Education in late Ottoman Damascus”.

Her research interests include cultural policies and cultural diplomacy; urban governance; civil society and development; history and international relations of the Modern Middle East with a focus on Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Iran. Nadia’s main research project at the OIB revolves around governance of culture with a particular focus on cultural policies and space.

Publications

(2013) The Syria-Iran Axis. Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris.

OIS 2 (2013) Inverted Worlds: Cultural Motion in the Arab Region, Syrinx von Hees, Nadia von Maltzahn and Ines Weinrich (eds.).

"One Side of the Coin: The Official Sphere of Syrian-Iranian Cultural Relations", Orient II (2014), 12-15.

with Rana Yazaji, “Syrian Culture in Turbulent Times” in Cultural policy and management Yearbook 2012-2013 (Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2014), 35-46.

“Kulturforschung: Die arabische Gruppe für Kulturpolitik” in itb infoservice 6. Schwerpunktausgabe 05/13, 36-37.

“Iran’s Cultural Diplomacy” in H.E. Chehabi, C. Therme and F. Khosrokhavar (eds.), Iran and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century. (Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda, 2013).

“The Case of Iranian Cultural Diplomacy in Syria”, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 2 (2009), 1-18.

‘Reviews’, Iranian Studies, 42:2 (2009), 347-352. Book review of Syria and Iran. Diplomatic Alliance and Power Politics in the Middle East by J. Goodarzi.