Communications & Media Production

Zara Barlas

About Me

About Me

I specialise in communications and media production for a variety of sectors and industries using various platforms. My philosophy: to communicate knowledge and ideas through a confluence of creativity, singularity and transculturality.


Copywriting, editing, script-writing and proof-reading for audiences in various sectors and industries, including academia, medicine, journalism and IT.

Video Production

Short films, documentaries, promotional videos, interviews and events coverage from conceptualisation to filming to post-production. On-screen presence for news bulletins and reviews. 

Audio Production & Voice-overs

Audio recording, sound editing and voice-over/narration work in British English.


All-purpose photography using dSLR equipment.


Layout editing for digital and print media. Web design (HTML, Javascript and CMS).


Tailored courses for groups and individuals on academic and scientific writing.


We are defined by the knowledge and ideas that we share, but we are distinguished by the knowledge and ideas that we communicate uniquely

Zara Barlas

Qualifications & Experience


  • Ph.D. European Art History (in progress)
    DFG-funded scholarship. Thesis comprises the disciplines of cultural history, colonial history, art history & musicology.
    Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, University of Heidelberg.
  • M.A. History: Asia/Africa
    With a regional focus on South Asia & minor foci on media production & art history.
    School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 2010.
  • B.A. Journalism & Contemporary History
     Specialisation in print & broadcast journalism & the history of the British Empire & decolonisation.
    Queen Mary, University of London and City University, London, 2008.
  • Zara Barlas, “Transcultural Operatics: India on the British Stage in The Nautch Girl, Or, The Rajah of Chutneypore,” in Staging the Other in Nineteenth-Century British Drama, ed. Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015).
  • Zara Barlas, “Indian Fantasies: Representations of India in the British Opera and Painting in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Masala: Newsletter Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Südasien 29 (July 2013): 22–27.
  • Zara Barlas et al., ‘Tagungsbericht Things that Connect: Pathways of Materiality and Practice. 10.10.2012-12.10.2012, Heidelberg’, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 19.02.2013.
  • Zara Barlas, “Rematerialising the Material: Transcendence and Transformation within the Art of Imperialist Britain” (Materials on the Move: Workshop in honor of Patrick Geary and Sumathi Ramaswamy Anneliese Maier Research Award Winners 2012 and 2016, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Heidelberg, Germany, May 19, 2016).
  • Zara Barlas, “Transcultural Operatics of a Bodily Nature: Staging Indian Femininity in Solomon’s The Nautch Girl” (presented at The “Exotic” Body in 19th-century British Drama, University of Oxford, Oxford, 2014).
  • Zara Barlas, “Dangerous Desires Amidst the Colonial Gaze: The ‘Nautch Girl’ Genre in British Musical Entertainments of the Long Nineteenth Century” (presented at the OBERTO Opera Research Students’ Conference 2014, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 2014).
  • Zara Barlas, Holst’s India: Reconfiguring Indian and British Identities in Sita and Savitri” (presented at the Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 2014).
  • Zara Barlas, “India in the European Operatic Imagination” (presented at the Annual Conference of the South Asian Studies Association 2012, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 2012).
  • Zara Barlas, “Operatic Portrayals of the ‘Exotic’ and Parallels with the Official Colonial Narrative: Representations of South Asia in Bizet’s ‘Les Pêcheurs de Perles’” (presented at the Annual Conference of the South Asian Studies Association 2011, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, 2011).
  • Zara Barlas, “Imagining India. Gendered Representations of India in British Opera and Painting (1800-1947).” (Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” 2012, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, October 2012).


  • Marketing Manager; Geeny, Telefónica NEXT, Berlin, Germany
    January 2018-present.
  • Communications & PR Manager; BIOTRONIK, Berlin, Germany
    January-December 2017.
  • Freelance Communications and Media Consultant; SAP, Walldorf, Germany
    October 2015-December 2016.
  • Communications and Media Consultant (Freelance); Self-employed, Heidelberg, Germany
    April 2015-December 2016.
  • Lecturer, ‘Academic Writing in English’; University of Heidelberg; Heidelberg, Germany
    April 2015-Septemer 2016.
  • Communications and Media Creator; SAP SE, Walldorf, Germany
    January-September 2015. 
  • MOOC Co-developer; University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
    July-December 2014.
  • Editorial Assistant; University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
    September 2012-July 2014. 
  • Editorial Assistant (Exhibition & Publication); Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    April 2013-December 2013.
  • Medical Writer/Marketing Communications Account Manager; medeuronet, London, United Kingdom
    February 2007-December 2016.
  • Communications and Media Production (Freelance); London, United Kingdom/Heidelberg, Germany
    February 2007-April 2015.
  • Journalist (work experience & internships); various organisations including the BBC, CNBC Pakistan and The News International, London, United Kingdom and Lahore, Pakistan. 
    November 2005-March 2009.

In Numbers


Years of Professional Experience


 Number of Students Taught


 Playstation Trophies Won (including 5 platinums)

Contact Me


I offer tailor-made project planning and development according to individual requirements.


The first step is to engage in dialogue with clients and develop a carefully planned strategy together.


The plan is put into motion and the end products are revised and refined according to clients’ needs.


Clients are provided with individualised support throughout the process.



A very small selection of my work.

“French Upright, ca. 1910”

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