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Curriculum Vitae

Doctoral Candidate at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Doctoral thesis: “Explainer animations" 

Research Interests: Explainer animation, educational animation, development communication, health literacy, social awareness, and digital activism.

Freelancer: My services include 2D Explainer Animations, Graphic and Web Design, Workshops on script development, character design, motion graphic, 2D animation.




University of Tuebingen, Germany

PhD candidate at the Institute of Media Studies


Brunel University, UK

MSc in Media and Communication


North South University, Bangladesh

Bachelor of Business Administration. Majors: Marketing and Human Resource Management

Graduated with honors (Cum Laude)



2024 May

Lecturer, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH.

2019 Apr. – 2024 Feb.

Lecturer, Institute of Media Studies, University of Tübingen.

2023 Jun.

Animation Instructor, Center for Media Competence (ZFM), Institute of Media Studies, University of Tübingen.

2019 Jun.

Animation course co-taught with Erwin Feyersinger at Creative Media Summer School, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria

2018 Dec. – 2022 Jan.

Media Scholar, BGM vital, Center for Media Competence (ZFM), Institute of Media Studies, University of Tübingen.

2018 Feb. – 2020 Jun

Animation Instructor, Center for Media Competence (ZFM), Institute of Media Studies, University of Tübingen.

2018 Feb. – 2019 Apr.

Sub-editor and coordinator of Colour Turn Interdisciplinary Journal, University of Tübingen.

2017 Jul – Aug.

Communications Consultant, Bangladesh PaCT (Partnership for Cleaner Textile) funded by International Finance Corporation

2013 May – 2017 Aug.

Lecturer, Department of Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.

2011 – 2012

Assistant Manager Communications and Portfolio Development, Swisscontact South Asia Regional Office (SARO)

2008 – 2009

Senior Client Servicing Executive, Grey Group Bangladesh

2007 – 2008

Strategic Planner, Asiatic Marketing Communication Ltd


(forthcoming) Alam, N. and Feyersinger, E. Education and Instruction. In Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Animation Studies (Volume 2), edited by Franziska Bruckner and Alla Gadassik. Bloomsbury Publishing.

(forthcoming) Alam, N. and Feyersinger, E. Erklärvideos als Mittel einer intersektionalen Neuschreibung der Geschichte des amerikanischen Frauenwahlrechts. In Universale Archive: Erinnerungskulturen und ihre medialen Praktiken, edited by Susanne Marschall. Herbert von Halem Verlag.

(forthcoming) Alam, N. Meena, a girl from my village: symbol of empowerment since the 90s. In Indian Animation Culture, edited by  Jones, T. and Balachandran, A. eds. Palgrave Macmillan.

Friedrich, J., Alam, N., Bilgic, L., Feng, Y. S., Lehrke, L., Marschall, S., et al. (2023). Betriebliches Gesundheitsmanagement (BGM) vital: Entwicklung und Evaluation einer adressatenorientierten und diversitätssensiblen BGM-Servicestelle. Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung, 1-7.

Alam, N. (2021). Narrative Strategies for Animated Development Communication: Examples From BRAC in Bangladesh. In Global Perspectives on NGO Communication for Social Change, edited by Giuliana Sorce (pp. 90-105). Routledge.

Alam, N. (2021). Positive Geschlechterrollenbilder in UNICEFs M eena Cartoons. In In Wirklichkeit Animation..., edited by Bruckner, F., Hagler, J.; Lang, H.; Reinerth M.S. (pp. 87-106). Springer VS, Wiesbaden.


Conference Presentations

2023 Feb. 08

"Varieties of impact: Strategic and tactical forms of engaged film practice”. Co-presented with Prof. Dr. Jens Eder. Poetics of Activism: Ecology & Media at Free University Berlin.

2021 Aug. 13

“Narrative Strategies for Animated Development Communication – Examples from BRAC in Bangladesh ”. International Online Symposium: Social Impact of Audiovisual Media at Film University Babelsberg.

2019 Jun. 19

“How visuals bring us together when language separates us”. Animation is a Place – The 31st Conference of the Society for Animation Studies, Lisbon.

2019 Apr. 30

“Animated stories that bring about cultural change: Exploring Women’s Empowerment”. Changing Bangladesh– Annual Conference of Bangladesh Studies Network, Oslo.

2018 Nov. 26

“Portraying Empowerment in Women's and Childrens’ Rights Animations”. In Wirklichkeit Animation... . St. Pölten.

2018 Oct. 26

“Explainer Videos in Health Education: Messages, Metaphors, and Visual Storytelling.” Co-presented with Dr. Erwin Feyersinger. Visuelles Wissen in Schule und Wissenschaft. Show oder Chance?, Berlin.

2018 Jun. 28

“Explaining Why You Should Join the Cause: The Development Organization Story” at European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) 2018 Conference, Amsterdam.

2018 Jun. 21

“The Birds and the Bees: Animated Storytelling in Health Education in the Past, Present, and Future” paper co-authored with Erwin Feyersinger. Then I Now I Next – The 30th Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference, Montreal. Could not attend conference personally.

2018 Jun. 05

“Meena, a Girl from My Village: 20 Years of Animated Social Change in South Asia”. ANIMAFEST SCANNER V, Zagreb.

2018 Apr. 12

“Striking The Right Chords: A Multimodal Analysis Of NGO Animations for Women and Children’s Rights.” First Animation Research Colloquium at the University of Tuebingen.

2016 Nov. 29

“From Facebook Walls to Street Walls- Getting Youth Involved in Social Change”. First National Conference on Mass Communication Journalism, Dhaka.

2016 Apr. 27

“So Relatable: Comic Medium as a Portrayal of the Social Realities of Bangladesh”. Narrative Structures and Visual Storytelling” Symposium at StuttGart International Festival or Animated Films (ITFS), Stuttgart.


Guest Lectures and Film Curations

2024 Apr. 18

Curation, “Left with a bitter taste”. 13th International Animated Film Festival Animocje 2024, at Bydgoszcz, Poland.

2023 Nov. 30

Lecture, “Climate impact on Bangladesh – the NGO animation perspective”. At Bachelor seminar titled "Spezielle Bereiche der Ästhetik & Dramaturgie digitaler Medien Eco Animation: Animation & Nachhaltigkeit", Film University Babelsberg.

2022 Sep. 30

Curation, “There’s Always Another Side”. StopTrik Festival 2022: Looking for the Doppelgänger, at Maribor, Slovenia.

2022 Jan. 10

Lecture, “Narrative Strategies for Animated Development Communication – Examples from BRAC in Bangladesh”. At MA seminar titled "NGO communication", University of Tuebingen.

2021 Aug. 13

Lecture, “Narrative Strategies for Animated Development Communication – Examples from BRAC in Bangladesh”. Symposium: Social Impact of Audiovisual Media, University of Potsdam.

2021 Apr. 15

Lecture, "Steps to Creating Explainer Animation" in seminar titled "Veranstaltung Nachhaltigkeitskommunikation und Normen, Gewohnheiten, Reaktanz" at University of Zurich.

2019 Jan.18

Lecture, “The Persuasive Function of Animated Graphics in Argumentative YouTube Videos.” Political Anima[l]s – Animation, Politics & Digital Media, University of Potsdam.



University of Tuebingen


  • Explainer videos from scientific texts

  • Changing Narratives of Diversity, Migration, and Displacement

  • Understanding and Creating Explainer Animations

  • Visual SciComm in Medicine: Explaining Uses of Artificial Intelligence (Interdisciplinary seminar, 2021). Co-taught with Michael Pelzer (Research Center for Science Communication), PD Dr. Markus Löffler (University Hospital Tübingen), and Alexandra Geßner (Machine Learning ⇌ Science Colaboratory). The animation projects were screened at Kino Arsenal (Apr. 2023), and part of the exhbition at the Tübingen City Museum titled, "Cyber and the City" (February 2023 – January 2024). More details


  • Creating Explainer Animations on Emerging Media

  • Developing an Immersive Walkthrough Exploring the Jewish Lives of Tübingen

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)


  • Principles of Public Relations

  • Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

  • Media Relations

  • Introduction to Animation

  • Introduction to Photography


  • Integrated Marketing and Communication

  • Quality Management in Public Relations

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