"I Have a Body, Therefore I Am" by Naghmeh Samini

Event Attributes

I Have a Body, Therefore I Am: Semiotics of Female Corporality in Films by Iranian Women

Monday, November 11, 6:30PM
Global Crossroads Atrium, H.J. Patterson Hall
University of Maryland, College Park

Free and open to the public

About the artist:
Naghmeh Samini (playwright) is a distinguished Iranian dramatist, scriptwriter, and researcher in Dramatic Arts. Writing since 1998, more than twenty of her plays have been staged around the world including Iran, France, India, Canada, and the United States. Samini received her M.A. in Cinema from The University of Tehran and obtained her Ph.D. in Art Studies from the University of Tarbiat Modarres. She is now an Assistant Professor of the Dramatic Literature program at the University of Tehran. Teaching at the School of Drama of The University of Washington (2012 - 2017) is also among her teaching experiences. Her two books The Book of Love and Magic (2000) and The Theatre of Myths (2008) along with her other scholarly articles are her significant contribution to the scholarship of Iranian literature, myth, and drama. The Theatre of Myths (2008) has won Iran’s best book of the year in 2010. Her forthcoming monograph Battles and Bodies, to be published by Ney publications, is on the semiotics of the human body in post-war Japanese cinema. Samini runs creative writing workshops and delivers lectures on cinema, theatre, and cultural studies in Persian and English across the world. She has won scholarships and bursaries for her creative writing and research projects from Japan Foundation and Aschberg UNESCO. Her play The King and the Mathematician: A Legend (2012) was acclaimed by UNESCO as one of the cultural achievements of the year. Selected as one of the five top playwrights in Iran in 2007, her plays handle a variety of subjects at both personal and sociopolitical levels. Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, she uses magic realism and non-linear narratives in her plays.


Presented by Alma Theater Company, in collaboration with and sponsored by the UMD Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, the International Program for Creative Collaboration & Research (IPCCR), and the M.A./Ph.D. program in Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

This talk takes place after Ph.D. candidate Q-Mars Haeri's presentation of Samini's play "Home" at the Kennedy Center on Friday, November 8. The show is presented in collaboration with Alma Theater Company and TDPS students Fraser Stevens, Ghazal Bazargan, and Lauren Gallup. Directed by Nikoo Mamdoohi, an Iranian director based in Washington, DC.