Research Associates

Nadia von Maltzahn

Research Associate(Elternzeit)

Phone: +961 (0)1 359182


Nadia von Maltzahn was vice director until 30 March 2020, and on maternity leave until September 2021.

(Research Associate - on Maternity leave till the end of September 2021 / bis Ende September 2021 in Elternzeit)

Nadia von Maltzahn has been deputy director of the OIB since April 2018, having joined the institute as a research associate in 2013. She is the author of The Syria-Iran Axis. Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2013, 2015) and holds a DPhil and an MSt in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St Antony's College, University of Oxford. She received her BA Honours in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from King’s College, Cambridge. Nadia co-edited The Art Salon in the Arab Region: Politics of Taste Making (Beiruter Texte und Studien 132, 2018), Divercities: Competing narratives and urban practices in Beirut, Cairo and Tehran (Orient-Institut Studies 3, 2015) and Inverted Worlds: Cultural motion in the Arab region (Orient-Institut Studies 2, 2013). Her research interests include cultural policies, artistic practices and the circulation of knowledge. Her current research project at the OIB deals with cultural policies in Lebanon, looking in particular at cultural institutions and their role in the public sphere.

In 2019, Nadia was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for her research project "LAWHA - Lebanon's Art World at Home and Abroad: Trajectories of artists and artworks in/from Lebanon since 1943", which will run from October 2020 to September 2025.

Cultural Policies in Lebanon: Cultural Institutions between State and Society

This project examines the relationship between cultural policies, cultural production and the public sphere, that is the relationship between political frameworks, institutional actors, cultural players and society.

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

Edited Volumes

BTS 132 (2018) The Art Salon in the Arab Region: Politics of Taste Making. Nadia von Maltzahn and Monique Bellan (eds.). Beirut: Orient-Institut Beirut. 

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

The Museum as an Egalitarian Space? Women artists in Beirut's Sursock Museum in the 1960s and 1970s. Manazir 1 (2019), The Arab Apocalypse. Art, Abstraction & Activism in the Middle East, ed. Silvia Naef & Nadia Radwan: 70-82.

Guiding the Artist and the Public? The Salon d'Automne at Beirut's Sursock Museum. In The Art Salon in the Arab Region: Politics of Taste Making. Edited by Nadia von Maltzahn and Monique Bellan. Beirut: Orient-Institut Beirut, 2018, 253-280. 

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.