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Nadia von Maltzahn is the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project "Lebanon's Art World at Home and Abroad: Trajectories of artists and artworks in/from Lebanon since 1943 (LAWHA)".
Nadia von Maltzahn is the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project "Lebanon's Art World at Home and Abroad: Trajectories of artists and artworks in/from Lebanon since 1943 (LAWHA)", which has started in October 2020. She joined the OIB in 2013, first as a research associate (2013-2018) before being appointed deputy director (2018-2020, partly on parental leave).
Nadia’s publications include The Art Salon in the Arab Region: Politics of Taste Making, co-edited with Monique Bellan (Beiruter Texte und Studien 132, 2018), The Syria-Iran Axis: Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2013/2015), and other publications revolving around cultural practices in Lebanon and the Middle East. She 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’s research interests include cultural policies, artistic practices and the circulation of knowledge. Her current research project, LAWHA, is about the forces that have shaped the emergence of a professional field of art in Lebanon within its local, regional and global context, against the background that Lebanon is regularly portrayed as a country with weak public institutions but vibrant cultural sector. It follows up from her previous research project at the OIB, which has dealt with cultural policies in Lebanon, looking in particular at cultural institutions and their role in the public sphere.
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.
This project is about the forces that have shaped the emergence of a professional field of art in Lebanon within its local, regional and global context, against the background that Lebanon is regularly portrayed as a country with weak public institutions but vibrant cultural sector. The project proposes a shift of perspective in approaching Lebanon’s art world by focusing on the multi-dimensionality of artists’ individual trajectories. LAWHA aims to identify new methods on how to interrelate context and artistic production, to serve as a model for revisiting art histories in contexts where institutionalized local art histories are largely absent.
(2013, 2015) The Syria-Iran Axis. Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris.
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
Heritage, tourism, and the politics of national pride. The Baalbeck International Festival in Lebanon. Quaderni storici 2 (2019), 371-389. https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.1408/96904.
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. https://www.manazir.art/files/8015/7228/3067/von_Maltzahn.pdf
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. https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-6982101
"What Cultural Policies?" Explicit and Implicit Cultural Policies in Lebanon. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, 7 (2017), 75-84. http://meta-journal.net/article/view/5088
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.