Dr. Maryam Palizban is a theater scholar, author, actress and director. Based in Berlin since 2005, she works as a scholar and artist there and in Tehran.
She received her PhD in 2014 from FU and the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL) on “Figurationen des Märtyrers”, working on figurations of the martyrs in Middle Eastern and European Literature with two projects: “Martyrs on Stage. Performing Martyrdom in Ta'ziya as a Shi'a Theatre Ritual" and "Martyrs of the First World War 1914–1921”.
She was a fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at the Ruhr University and since April 2021 has been a fellow at the Center for Islamic Theology at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität and at Schloss Wiepersdorf (Fall 2022).
Maryam publishes in German, English and Farsi on cultural & art theory, philosophy and religious studies. Her dissertation "Performativität des Mordes“ was published by Kadmos Verlag in 2017. In Iran she has become known as a film actress and has received various awards.