Negar Taymoorzadeh

PhD Candidate

PhD candidate Negar Taymoorzadeh


Title: Transnational Melodrama South-to-South - Crossing the Middle East and South Asia

Supervisor: Robert Stam and Ella Shohat

My dissertation focuses on the historical interconnections between Egyptian Golden Age melodrama, Turkey’s Yesilcam Cinema, Iran’s pre-revolutionary popular Cinema (FilmFarsi), and popular Hindi cinema. I aim to understand the flows of melodramatic modes among these cinemas as instances of cosmopolitan cinematic engagements with multiple modernities pointing to a continuous geography of melodrama across languages, nations, and regions.

My first chapter examines the cultural politics around re-makes and adaptations of Egyptian melodrama and popular Hindi cinema in the context of Turkey’s Arabesk Cinema during the 1950s to 1970s.


Negar Taymoorzadeh is a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at the University of New York. Her research focuses on transnational melodrama across the Middle East and South Asia. Other research interests include Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema, as well as contemporary Arab, Turkish, and Iranian TV series.

Negar Taymoorzadeh holds a B.A. in German Language and Literature and in Romance Studies from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and a Magister degree in Gender Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Education from the University of Hamburg. She has studied at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), as well as at the University of Alexandria (Egypt). In 2014, she completed a Master’s degree in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK), where she wrote her thesis on “The Cinematic Gaze in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema”.

From 2013 to 2015, Negar was a research fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) and worked as a research assistant for the Mellon-funded “Re-Centring Afro-Asia” Project at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Negar is a Goethe-certified instructor for German and has worked as a teaching assistant at New York University and at the University of Hamburg, for a variety of classes including Silent Cinema and International Cinemas. She is currently enrolled in the certificate program in Culture and Media offered by the Anthropology and Cinema Studies departments at NYU.

Negar is fluent in Persian, German, Turkish, and Spanish. She is proficient in Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial), and has good working knowledge of French, Hindi, Urdu, and Latin.