- 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).
- Communications & PR Manager; BIOTRONIK, Berlin, Germany
- 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
- MOOC Co-developer; University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
- 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.