(2018), A Conference and a Workshop in Munich, “The White Crow Festival”.
As the first Iranian writer, Khanian was invited to “The White Crow” festival from the international child and teenage library of Munich. In his trip to Germany, he met and talked with German students, teenagers and youths. The meeting was reflected in local cultural newspapers that signifies the effect of his attendance in the meetings.
(2018), The international child and teenage library of Munich, Dachau.
In this meeting, short chapters of “The western seventh floor” were read in German, and then the audiences started their discussion. Regarding the theme, Khanian talked about the subject of old age and the generation gap between the two characters “Amir Ali” and “the old writer”. He also addressed the changes happened in industrial societies and developing ones and the importance of old age in 20th century. Afterwards, they discussed the nursey places and the fact that why they were still opposed with. In the meanwhile, they mentioned the war of Iran and Iraq since it was interesting to teenage audience to know about the images he created of the war and the ruins of Khoramshahr.
(2018), July, Technical and vocational school in Ostallagau, Marktoberdorf.
This is one of the most attractive and beautiful meeting held. The mazing participation of the students and the teachers of the school formed this as a memorable event between Khanian and his teenage audience. Two of the young teachers, acted short chapter of “The seventh western floor” which was read by himself in Persian. In a talk done afterwards, he spoke about his style, the time he spent daily on writing and studying. What amazed them was the fact that he writes and studies 12 hours a day.
It was interesting to them to know how an idea would change into a subject. As an example given by Khanian the first idea of the play had emerged when he was 10 while he narrated it 40 years later. He says, “Sometimes ideas could turn into narrations in a short time but sometimes in long time. “The dwarf emperor of Lilliput Dreamland” happened only in 3 months. The meeting was reflected in a cultural local newspaper in Germany in an article named “The Magic of the Words”.
(2018), July, Technical and vocational school in Stetten, Augsburg.
This is a single-sex school for girls where a student performed a part of “The romance of Jonah in the fish’s belly” quite emotionally and beautifully. Khanian read the same part in Persian and explained about the structure and the form of play and the role music played in this narration.
In an interview he said, “It was easy taking about this among the girls who were being all trained in music and especially in piano. He also referred to musical structure “Sonata” and “movement” in the chapters, how he had tried to use five black keys in an octave and their function in playing a note a half note above or below. Concerning the connection the students made with the characters says, “Our talk regarding the technical and musical structure of the play was really enjoyable. Yet, the girls all opposed with the death of the main character. It was interesting to see how they had been impressed and approached the main character by just reading some parts of it.”
He also talked about the literary review and the role of literary critics and explained that from his perspective literary review is an orderly, exact attempts based on theories to convey the meaning of some words. There is no place to present points of views without enough reasoning.
(2018), 17 July, Bodensee High School in Lindau, Shwaben.
Two groups of students performed the two plays “The romace of Jonah in the fish’s belly” and “the seventh western floor” by Jamshid Khanian. In this meeting, Khanian, read a short chapter of the latter and offered it to the genius German girl, “Alma Duchess”, who is considered a splendid musician. She was only 20 months old when she could read “twinkle, twinkle little star without even a flash reading. She has been able to write notes for piano, violin, viola and opera. What is interesting to note is that Alma resembles Sara, the character in this play. Then, Khanian gave a speech on educational-based, aesthetic – based approaches and the status of “education “in a system called school.
(2018), Lindenberg School in Allgau in Bavaria, Germany.
In this high school, a number of students first read some chapter of “Jonah in the fish belly” just like a play with the same organization. Posing some questions first, Khanian read a short part in Persian and gave talk about the war literature in the world and that of the war of Iran and Iraq. To illustrate, he asked, “What do you think, we as the child and teenage authors exactly write about the war?” “Could writing on war be a kind of entice to warmongering and aggression?” and “Could war stories define peace and reconciliation?”
(2018), Marianum High School in Buxheim, Schwaben.
A chapter of “The romance of Jonah in the fish’s belly” was read in both Persian and German. khanian delivered a talk on the way he had formed the book. In another talk with the teenagers, he mentioned some details regarding the characters, whether they were real or imaginary, that could catch their eyes.
(2018), April. A conversation and lecture at the Chinese writers association at Loschun Academy of Contemporary literature, Beijing, China.
In this conference, they allocated apart to the literature in Iran and China and Khanian talked specifically on child and teenage literature. He added important features of image and text in this area and the growth child literature enjoyed after the Iranian Constitutional movement in comparison with that of the world. In the end, he had a discussion with young Chinese writers on contemporary literature in Iran and the degree of familiarization with it among the audience. They also asked him some questions regarding the cinema in Iran based on his own experience and perspective.
(2018), A workshop on “Story analysis with the approach of Bakhtin’s multi-voice theory”, Shiraz University.
This workshop was held in the presence of university instructors, the students of child and teenage literature and students of different high school in Shiraz. He spoke about his perspective in narration and analysis of “The little Prince” by “Antoine De Saint Exupery” with a multi- voice approach. This approach was based on Bakhtin’s which according to “Paul Castino” (1950), along with Polyphonic style can be considered as the most important feature of modern playwriting. With some examples from “The little prince” dialogues, he tried to attract their attention to the argument whether multi-voice approach can be compared with polyphony in music. In the end, he added some points about the character and the dialogues features. He also explained about his personal point of view in his own stories.
(2017), A review on the romance of “The romance of Jonah in the fish’s belly”, Shiraz University.
In this meeting, the students and the professors talked with the author about his point of view and outlook in creating his stories. He discussed characterization and his own special perspective to it.
(2017), A review on “The romance of Jonah in the fish’s belly”, Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, Bandar-e Abbas
Characterization and its mystical essence of Jonah and the format of narration were discussed. The students had a talk with him regarding the structure of the story and the way it had been formed.
(2017), A meeting with the girl students of Shahed school in Gorgan.
In this meeting, the girls talked about “writing” and “being written”. Khanian said, “What matters most is reading and the way of doing it, especially a story. It is important because this gives a sense of satisfaction. To be a narrator nothing matters more than, the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and touch well. The use of these senses teaches us how to love well.”
(2017), A talk with teenagers and youth with university instructors in schools and central library in Gorgan.
This meeting was held in Gorgan’s Library on “The Earth’s Childhood” and analyzed due to its vast popularity among the audience of different age groups after 20 years of being published. They discussed the author’s new and special outlook towards war literature. The center of the talk was the amazing character “Kol Kol-e- Oshtor” with supernatural essence that was borrowed from the ancient myths. The teenagers, youth, and the teachers believed that this fantasy, which is rare in our war literature, made the story attractive and new.
(2016), Review and analysis of Khanian’s works, Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, Shiraz.
The theme and his point of view were discussed. “The beautiful Heart of Baboor” by Khanian, “love”, “peace” and “loyalty” were the center of attention. The students and the teachers talked to him about his perspective regarding his point of view towards war, love and humane traits.
(2016), A review on “The romance of Jonah in the fish’s belly” (Saba educational organization), Tehran.
The meeting was held on the content and the outer structure of this book in the presence of female students.
(2016), “Two windows”, a review on “A box of pizza for the grilled trapezoid”,” The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, Boushehr.
To him, this is one of the most important meetings ever held with teens on this book. He states, “They talked about the language, people, from, geometric shapes and the non-geometric ones, and mathematics in the story. They were amazing and I tried to learn from them.” The audience found this interesting and its reflections in social media showed the influence of his presence among his audience.
(2016), “From Idea to film”, Cinema Office, Isfahan. Subject: a review on Robert Scholes’s works.
The meeting was held with presence of teenage students where Khanian talked about the concept of Scholes‘s “story” and “perspective”. Relying on the “story elements and an introduction to Structuralism in literature,” he analyzed the concept of the story as a reality. While conversing with the audience, he tried to challenge them regarding their ideas. He attended to the specific techniques Khanian used in his writing and paid deep attention to forms. In this evet, he analyzed and defined the structure of narrations and screenplays and tied to make a connection between the outer and inner social and historical realities of it using his own special technique.
In order to clarify the concept, he analyzed “War and Peace” by Tolstoy form Russia’s literature, “Les Fourmis” by “Boris Vian” of French literature, and “ The Burnt Earth” by “Ahmad Mahmud” of Persian literature. For the better analysis of the relation between the outer and inner reality, he talked of “The Battle of Algiers” by “Gillo Pontecorvo”.
In the end, he delivered a speech regarding the audience and their way of facing the stories. He stated that when the audience entered the world of stories, they could experience and understand the events, the misery and pain in a peaceful environment without suffering a bit.
(2015), A talk on “The romance of Jonah in the fish’s belly”, the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, 1, Ahwaz.
In this meeting held with the presence of members of Ahwaz, Gotvand, and Molasani, they discussed the outer and inner structure of the book and its freshness and attraction for the teenagers as well as their curiosity. Khanian had changed his formula for writing this story and tried to explain it in this workshop.
(2015), A talk on “The romance of Jonah in the fish’s belly” in the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, 3, Abadan.
In this lively meeting being held with the presence of members of the institute from Abadan, Khoramshahr, Arvandkenar and Manyuhi, they talked on the “The romance of Jonah in the fish’s belly”, love, poetry and music in the war condition. Then, the audience had a conversation with Khanian regarding the elements of the story; besides, whether it was possible to write about war without experiencing it was contentious. Afterwards, he gave speech on how Leo Tolstoy had been able to use his studies in writing “War and Peace”. This book describes the social and historical condition of Russia from 1805 to 1820 and adds that Tolstoy was born 8 years after the war; yet, he wrote it in a way that no one could realize he had not been present in the war.
(2011- Present), Holding classes and workshops in contemporary literary review and dramatic literature for students interested in these subjects in art institutes and organizations in Tehran and Isfahan.
Khanian has paid attention to different issues regarding the specified subtitles. To illustrate, he attends to practical education of “narratology” and its different forms not only in novels but also in its usage in historical studies, biography and autobiography. He has also considered “Wayne Booth” and Northrop Frye’s ideas. In this workshop, he has introduced and reviewed style and techniques of Iranian dramatic works and narration from realism and naturalism to modernism and postmodernism. He has referred to theorists such as “Susan Ferguson”, “Eileen Bald Schuyler”, “Lyotard” and “McHale”
In recent years, along with the membership in the supreme Council of cinema in Isfahan and in the judges of the international child and teenage festivals, he held workshops on plays and their elements referring to “Erwin Blacker”, “Robert McKee” and “Syd Field” and to the process of adapting a literary text for the screenplays in dramatic works.
(2005), A lecture about Theater in central library of Isfahan.
(2002), A lecture about “Ahmad Mahmud” (one of the famous contemporary authors in Iran), in the second meeting of literature in Najafabad Isfahan.
(2001 to present), Holding conferences and classes in dramatic literature on his book named “Holly defense theatrical demonstration”.
In workshops that are held as a part of the theatre festivals, Khanian makes conversations with the audience regarding the use of events and the war setting consisting the scenes, the incidents and the talks. Then, with recognizing and getting familiar with the audience, the first samples related to the period of war, the battlefield, and the period of war and behind the front, he practices writing.
(2000), A lecture about “play in Constitutional Period” in Artistic Research Institute, Tehran.