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Zara Barlas, M.A.

Graduate Student

Zara Barlas, M.A.

Position

  • PhD Candidate (GPTS)

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 009
69115 Heidelberg
Germany

Email:
barlas(at)asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de

About Zara Barlas

Zara Barlas joined the Cluster’s Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) in October 2011, supervised by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja (Global Art History) and Prof. Dr. phil. Dorothea Redepenning (Musicology).

In 2008 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Contemporary History at Queen Mary, University of London and City University London with a special focus on British imperial policy and decolonisation, and broadcast journalism. In 2010 she was awarded a Master of Arts in History, with a regional focus on South Asia, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her M.A. thesis was entitled: 'Operatic Portrayals of the “Exotic” and Parallels with the Official Colonial Narrative: Representations of South Asia in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles.'

Zara’s Ph.D. project is entitled: 'Resonances of India. Nineteenth-Century Representations of India in British Painting, Opera and other Musical Entertainments' (working title). 

Curriculum vitae

Employment (current)

April 2015-Present: Media and Communications Consultant
Heidelberg, Germany

Feb 2014-Present: Lecturer (Academic Writing in English)
Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Employment (past)

Jan-Sep 2015: Communications & Media Creator (Working Student)
SAP SE, Walldorf, Germany

Jul-Dec 2014: MOOC Co-Producer (Akademische Mitarbeiterin)
Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Sep 2012-Jul 2014: Editorial Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft)
Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany  

Apr 2013-Dec 2013: Editorial Assistant (Exhibition & Publication)
Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Nov 2011-Jul 2012: Careers Service Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft)
Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Feb 2007-Oct 2012: Medical Writer/Marketing Communications Account Manager
KAMCommunications/medeuronet, London, UK

Feb 2007-Apr 2015: Freelance Creative Professional 
London, UK/ Heidelberg, Germany

Memberships

British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS)

Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context

Selected publications

Published Papers

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. (PDF)

Zara Barlas, Richard Fox, Sabine Neumann, Markus Viehbeck, 'Report of the Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" 2012: 'Things that Connect: Pathways of Materiality and Practice.'' AHF-Information. 2013, Nr.004. (PDF

Conference Paper Presentations

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 Brooke 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).

Conference Poster Presentations

Barlas, Z. (2012, October). Imagining India. Gendered Representations of India in British Opera and Painting (1800-1947). Poster session presented at the fourth Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg, Germany, University of Heidelberg.

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