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Nadia von Maltzahn

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Nadia von Maltzahn is the deputy director of the Orient-Institut Beirut since April 2018. She joined the institute as research associate 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. Nadia 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, cultural diplomacy and urban governance; artistic practices and the circulation of knowledge; history and international relations of the Modern Middle East with a focus on Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iran. Nadia’s main research project at the OIB revolves around cultural policies in Lebanon, looking in particular at cultural institutions and their role in the public sphere.



(2013, 2015) The Syria-Iran Axis. Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris.

Edited Volumes

OIS 3 (2015) Divercities: Competing Narratives and Urban Practices in Beirut, Cairo and Tehran, Nadia von Maltzahn and Monique Bellan (eds.)

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

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Ministry of Culture or No Ministry of Culture? Lebanese cultural players and authority. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2018) 38 (2): 330-343.

"What Cultural Policies?" Explicit and Implicit Cultural Policies in Lebanon. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, 7 (2017), 75-84.

with Monique Bellan, Introduction. In Divercities: Competing Narratives and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo and Tehran (Orient-Institut Studies 3, 2015)

Cultural Exchange Within and Across the Eastern Mediterranean. In Dialogue in the Med: Exploring Identity through Networks (Valletta: Fondation de Malte, 2015), 145-162.

with Rana Yazaji. Syrian Culture in Turbulent Times. In Another Europe (Amsterdam: European Cultural Foundation, 2015), 440-463.

Governance of Culture in the Wake of the Arab Revolutions: Preliminary Observations on the Case of Egypt. In N. Belakhdar, I. Eickhof, A. el Khawaga, O. el Khawaga, A. Hamada, C. Harders and S. Sandri (eds.), Arab Revolutions and Beyond: Change and Persistence. (Working Paper No.11, August 2014), 225-240.

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.