Introduction of Permanent Vice Chairman William Beeman
Name: William Beeman
Date of Birth: 1947
Academic or Research Field:
Professor Beeman's scholarly interests and research include sociolinguistics and the semantics of interaction; cross-cultural comparison of theatrical and performance genres; opera; paralinguistic and nonlinguistic semiotics; action anthropology; philosophic anthropology; peasant and nomadic societies. His research in recent years has explored neuroscience and cognition in conjunction with music and theatrical performance.
He is an internationally known expert on the Middle East and the Islamic World, particularly Iran, the Gulf Region and Central Asia. He has also conducted research in Japan, India, Nepal, China and Europe. From 1996-1999 he sang professionally in Europe as an operatic bass. He continues his musical career.
William Beeman is an actor, author, singer, Middle East expert, and professor of anthropology at The University of Minnesota, where he is Chair of the Department of Anthropology.
Academic research results:
William O. Beeman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He is an anthropological linguist by training. Best known as a Middle East Specialist for more than 30 years, he has also worked in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Japan, China and South Asia. Recognized for special expertise in Iranian culture and linguistics, he is the author or editor of more than 100 scholarly articles, 500 opinion pieces and 14 books, including Language, Status and Power in Iran, and The "Great Satan" vs. the "Mad Mullahs": How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other. He has been a consultant to the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the United Nations and the European Union on Middle Eastern affairs. He has also written extensively on music and performance traditions both in Western and non-Western traditions. His latest book on this topic is Iranian Performance Traditions. His co-authored book with Daniel Helfgot, The Third Line: The Singer as Interpreter has been widely used in teaching and research. His forthcoming book: The Meistersingers: Opera Performance in Germany centers on his experience as an opera performer in a leading German opera house. During 2013-2014 he was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University
most publications are available for download at http://umn.academia.edu/WilliamOBeeman
Webpage Link: https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/wbeeman
Duty in OPGC: Vice Chairman
Past involvement in and contributions to the OPGC:
Attended and delivered speeches at the Fourth World Congress of Geoversal Civilisation (Moscow Convention).