Research Associate Fatemeh Masjedi | Associate Postgraduate
University of Göttingen
Fatemeh is interested in topics of Urban violence, Social movements, Political Violence, Socio-economic History. Her other research subject is Global labour history, State violence, Cultural Revolution.
Fatemeh worked on Islamist feminism, state feminism and political Islam.
Title of thesisTabriz between Socio-economic Struggles and Imperial Violence: The Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Institution of thesis
THE TRANSNATIONAL DIMENSION OF A GERMAN FACTORY: PERSISCHE TEPPICH GESELLSCHAFT (PETAG) IN EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY IRAN
This research project reveals new, unique perspectives on German economic expansionism in the first decade of twentieth century by examining the struggles of labourers in the factories of Persische Teppich Gesellschaft (PETAG) established across Iran in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This German initiative, starting in Berlin in 1910, which began as a regional one but progressed to become global, was responsible for building factories in the Persian cities of Tabriz, Sultanabad, Kashan, Mashhad, and Kirman. The company thus intervened in Persia’s longstanding tradition of carpet making, exploiting cheap human resources (including the labour of women and children); extracting natural resources; building local and global networks; and expanding the local and global markets. The project takes a close look, in particular, at the establishment of the company’s first foreign factory in Tabriz—a city of political, geographical and historical significance, situated in the north-west of Iran.