Dr. Maryam Palizban is a theater scholar, writer/poet, actress, and director. She holds a PhD from ZfL, FU Berlin, where she wrote about “Figurations of the Martyr” in the Taʿziya, the Iranian-Shiite theater ritual, published in 2017 with the title Performativität des Mordes. Palizban was a research fellow at Käte Hamburger Kolleg, CERES, at RUB Bochum, is currently a visiting scholar at Zentrum für Islamische Theologie, WWU Münster, and selected fellow 2022 at Schloss Wiepersdorf. She publishes texts about culture and art theory, philosophy and religious studies in German, English, and Farsi. In Iran, she is well known as an actress through films such as Deep Breath (Festival de Cannes, 2003) and LANTOURI (Berlinale, 2016), and as a poet.