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 Dr. Esfaindyar Daneshvar Tehranizadeh

Why I work at UCR: After teaching for several years at Leiden University, in secondary schools and private institutions, UCR is a new environment and interesting step in my career. In addition, I appreciate the warm and friendly atmosphere necessary for the progress and prosperity of knowledge.
What’s interesting about my discipline: I always thought that language was a bridge to the world of others. Learn to speak, read and write in French is a door that opens not only to French culture in France, but also to those of francophone countries. From Guadeloupe to Martinique through Switzerland, Belgium, Quebec and the North African countries, all countries involved in trade and geopolitical developments of the globalized world. Knowledge of French is a major advantage for every person who wishes to take part in intercultural dialogue.


Esfaindyar Daneshvar is a French teacher. After obtaining a Master of ‘Art and Technology of Image' in Paris, he came to live in the Netherlands, where he resumed the study of French at the University of Leiden. After his Master in ‘Franse Taal en Cultuur', he began training at the ‘Lerarenopleiding’ first degree in Amsterdam and began teaching for a few years as a French teacher in various schools and colleges.  Passionate about literature in general and French literature in particular, he obtained a scholarship from the NWO organization, and started with a PhD research on transculturalism in contemporary French-Persian literature. As part of this research, he organized meetings at Maison Descartes (Amsterdam) and at Leiden University with two Franco-Persian authors, Atiq Rahimi and Nahal Tajadod, whom he invited from France. Meanwhile, he taught at the University of Leiden, and developed a passion for the theater troupe playing in French (Saint-Lazare) under the direction of Sjef Houppermans. He continues to give lectures on this new dimension of the Francophonie in parallel to his research and currently teaches French at UCR.



  • (2012) Ph.D, NWO Research project “Transcultural creations in French-Persian literature after 1980”, Leiden University.

  • (2006) ILO (Instituut voor Lerarenopleiding) First degree teacher French, Amsterdam.

  • (2005) M.A. Franse Taal en Cultuur, Leiden University.

  • (2000) M.A. Arts and Technologies of Images, University Paris VIII.

  • (1998) Propedeuse, Philosophy, University Paris XVIII.

  • (1996) Graduate, Philosophy en Mathematic, Paris (Creteil).

  • (1995) Training, Film analyse en critic, with Jean Douchet, Paris.

Professional Career

  • (2008-2012) Teacher French, “The Method of Dissertation” (STV1&2), Leiden University.

  • (2007-2008) Teacher French, Jan Van Egmond college (Havo/Vwo), Purmerend.

  • (2005-2007) Teacher French, St. Michael college (Havo/Vwo), Zaanse Schans.

  • (2005-2006) Theatre Project (in French), St. Michael college (5Vwo), Zaanse Schans.

  • (2004-2005) Teacher French, TaalParaat (language institution), Rotterdam.

  • (2002-2003) Graphics designer and 3D animator, MCW Studio’s, Rotterdam.

  • (2000-2002) Graphics designer and 3D animator, XD Production, Paris.

Memberships, organization, presentations

  • Editorial member of literary review RELIEF (2009-2012).

  • Organisation and interview of French-Persian writers, in cooperation with Margot Dijkgraaf, Maison Descartes, (Amsterdam; Apr. 2012).

  • Reading and interview “Ecriture franco-persane”, with Atiq Rahimi (Goncourt prize 2008) and Nahal Tajadod, at Leiden University (Apr. 2012).

  • Cinemaclub, films and critic, Leiden University (2008-2012).

  • Reading “Journée de la Francophonie : “Quand le sud rencontre le Nord”, Centre Culturel Français, Rijks University, Groningen (2011).

  • Reading, “The Persian Muse, Persian Poetry Evening”, Leiden University (2010-11).

  • Reading, literary book presentation, Da Vinci college (Leiden. 2008-2012).


  • E. Daneshvar (2016) “On Oral and Poetic Transculturalism in Franco-Persian Novels.” International Journal of Persian Literature, vol. 1, no. 1,  pp. 164–185. JSTOR,

  • E. Daneshvar (2012) “Vestiges of the Iranian revolution in contemporary French-Persian literature”; article in the review FRAME.

  • E. Daneshvar (2012) “Rire, un passeport pour fuir l’exil: Le récit d’un exil ironique”; article in the review RELIEF.

  • E. Daneshvar (2011)    “Nostalgie, temps et espace dans La maison de Shemiran de Goli Taraghi”; article in the review NEOPHILOLOGUS.


Art and Theatre

  • (2011-2012) St. Lazare troupe, played in “Boeing Boeing” (Marc Camolletti); participation in7th Edition of festival theatre of Fez (Fez, Marko), Utrecht (Laak Theatre), Den Haag (l’Alliance française), Leiden (Lak Theatre).

  • (2010-2011) St. Lazare troupe, participation in theatre festival of Nancy (France); played in “Un petit jeu sans consequence” (Jean Dell et Gérald Sibleyras), Utrecht, Leiden.

  • (2010-2010) Played in “Candide” (Voltaire), LAKtheater, Leiden.

  • (1994-1996) Illustrations for literary en philosophy reviews Noghteh and Res publica, (Paris).




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