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| 01/01/1970 | |

Nationalism on Stage - Theatre in Iran

The Project
To date, little attention has been paid to modern art forms as an expression of secular and anti-Islamic movements; at most the topic was skimmed over in cultural and socio-historical studies on the Middle Eastern region. Both modernist literary figures whose thinking was influenced by Western concepts of nationalism and the Pahlavi state saw their task as shaping a modern national conscious. The preferred medium for advocating their secular concepts of morality and modernity was the theatre. This project seeks to examine nationalism in Iran at a time when no other mass media existed apart from the press, and theatre played an important role as a vehicle for communicating nationalist ideas. The aim is to reach socio-historical conclusions about the way the Iranian state’s modernization policy was disseminated and its social reception by the multimedia phenomenon of the theatre. A key issue in analysing the ideological effectiveness of the theatre is the extent to which this secular art form projected the image of an anti-Islamic movement.

Project leadership

Prof Dr Christoph Werner



Academic Project Manager
Prof Dr Christoph Werner

Academic Project Assistant
Anna Heller

Editorial Teams
Dr Natascha Bagherpour

Camera Technicians
Resa Asarschahab

Edting Technicians
Resa Asarschahab

Overall Planning Teams
Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel

Alle Episoden (en)
Die Bibliothek des Stadttheaters
Episode 1
Auf Spuren in der Lalehzar-Straße
Episode 2
Die Nationalbibliotheken in Teheran - Zentren des Wissens
Episode 3
Theater damals und heute: Ein Gespräch mit Delara Noushin
Episode 4
Quellenarbeit: Was die Texte verraten
Episode 5
The General Interview with Prof. Dr. Christoph U. Werner
Episode 6
The General Interview with Anna Heller M.A.
Episode 7

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