Negar Taymoorzadeh

PhD Candidate

PhD candidate Negar Taymoorzadeh


Title: Melodramatic Responses to Modernization across Turkey's Yesilcam cinema and Iran's FilmFarsi

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).


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. 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 courses including Silent Cinema and International Cinemas. She is enrolled in the certificate program in Culture and Media offered by the Anthropology and Cinema Studies departments at NYU.

Currently, Negar teaches at the Department of the Arts of the American University in Cairo. She will teach a course on Iranian Cinema at Bogazici University’s Summer School 2019 in Istanbul.