Workshop: In Converation with Bahram Beyzaie 23-24 June 2017

In Conversation with Bahram Beyzaie

Bahram Beyzaie, the renowned Iranian playwright and filmmaker, will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of St Andrews on 22 June 2017. The awarding ceremony will be followed by a two-day workshop on 23 and 24 June to celebrate his unique, scholarly and creative contributions to Iranian culture, cinema and theatre. The event  includes presentation of several academic paper on Bahram Beyzaie, the screening of his first full-length feature film Ragbar (Downpour 1972) and the solo performance of the first part of his play, Shab-e Hezar-o-Yekom (The One Thousand and First Night, 2003) by Mojdeh Shamsaie.

The event is free and open to public in whole or parts through pre-booking. For more information, please contact Dr Saeed Talajooy (


Friday (2-9pm): Lecture Theatre 3, St Mary’s Quad, South Street, St Andrews (KY16 9JP)

Saturday (1-5.30pm): New Arts Building, The Scores, St Andrews, (KY16 9AX)

Saturday (5.30-6.45) The Barron Theatre, 95 North Street, KY16 9AD

Tentative Programme

Each paper will be about 20 minutes with a 10-minute Q & A

 Friday 23 June

Venue: Lecture Theatre 3, St Mary’s Quad, South Street, St Andrews (KY16 9JP)

Panel 1 (English)

Saeed Talajooy The Meta-filmic Dialogue of Beyzaie’s Ragabar with  Iranian Cinema: Intellectuality, Masculinity and Marginality 14.00- 14.30
Maryam Ghorbankarimi

Woken up with a Patriarchal Hangover: the Female Identity in Beyzaie’s Ragbar


14.30- 15.00  
Farshad Zahedi  TBA




15.30-16.00:  Coffee Break   


Panel 2:  (English)

Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad Language of Others vs Othering of Languages: Bashu and Multilinguality in Iranian cinema 16.00- 16.30
Nina Khamsy 

Little Strangers: Representations of Displaced Youth in Iranian Cinema


Farshid Kazemi The Speaking Tree: The Mytho-poetics of the Female Voice in Bahram Beyzaie’s Cinema 17.00-17.30


 17.30 – 18.00 Buffett Dinner


Panel 3: Film and Discussion (Persian and English)

Bahram Beyzaie

Film Screening:  Ragbar (Downpour)

Persian with English Subtitles



Bahram Beyzaie Making Ragbar 20.00-20.30
Bahram Beyzaie   Q & A on Ragbar 20.30-21.00


Saturday 24 June

Venue: Lecture Theatre, New Arts Building, The Scores, St Andrews, (KY16 9AX)

 Panel 4: Persian

Parviz Jahed

عناصر سینمای جنایی در کلاغ، شاید وقتی دیگر و سگ کشی

Fatemeh Khansalar

خوانش بومگرایانه از غریبه و مه، چریکۀ تارا و باشو غریبۀ کوچک



Niloofar Beyzaie

 بهرام بیضایی، نابغه ی خود ساخته و تلاشگر خستگی ناپذیر تئاتر و سینمای ایران



 14.30-15.00 Coffee Break


Panel 5: Persian and English

Reza Zarghami   Dariush and Zahhak 15.00-15.30
Hamid Ehya The Variety and the Flexibility of Linguistic Expression in Beyzaie’s  Tarabnameh 15.30-16.00
Hamid Ehya & Sepideh Khosrowjah Working with Beyzaie on Tarabnameh 16.00-16.30


 16.30-17.00   Coffee Break


Performance Vanue: The Barron Theatre, 95 North Street, KY16 9AD

Panel 6: Persian and English

Bahram Beyzaie Zahhak and Jamshid 17.00-17.30
Mojdeh Shamsaie Shab-e Hezar-o-Yekom: Part 1 Performance in Persian with English surtitles 17.30-18.15
Bahram Beyzaie

Q & A on Shab-e Hezar-o-Yekom

(Persian and English)



19.30-22.00   Conference Dinner (The Byre Theatre)


The workshop has been funded by the Honeyman Foundation, School of Modern Languages (University of St Andrews), and Institute of Iranian Studies (University of St Andrews). 

The Honeyman foundation was established by the generosity of A.M. (Sandy) Honeyman, a former Professor in the University of St Andrews in 1985  with the aim of encouraging education and research in general and study of Middle Eastern languages and cultures, in particular.







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