Dr Catherine Baker

Dr Catherine Baker

Research Coordinator for History and Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of History

Summary

Catherine Baker is a specialist in post-Cold War history, international relations and cultural studies, including the post-Yugoslav region in a transnational and global context.

Her research projects are connected by an overarching interest in the politics of representing, narrating and knowing about the past.

Catherine's current projects include relationships between war / the military and popular culture; the cultural politics of international events (including the Eurovision Song Contest); LGBTQ politics and identities since the late Cold War, including queer representation in media; and 'race' in the Yugoslav region.

She has also researched interpreters / translators in peacekeeping.

Undergraduate

Catherine is leading the following modules in 2019-20:

Crisis and Conflict after the Cold War: Interpreting the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s (Year 3)

Practising Modern History (MA/MRes)

She is also part of the team teaching The Past: Reconstruction and Reality (Year 1) and contributes to postgraduate research training.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Introduction: Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics

Baker, C. (2020). Introduction: Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics. In . C. Baker (Ed.), Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics (1-30). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Svetlana Alexievich’s Soviet Women Veterans and the Aesthetics of the Disabled Military Body: Staring at the Unwomanly Face of War

Baker, C. (2020). Svetlana Alexievich’s Soviet Women Veterans and the Aesthetics of the Disabled Military Body: Staring at the Unwomanly Face of War. In C. Baker (Ed.), Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics (74-96). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

The Defender Collection: Militarisation, Historical Mythology and the Everyday Affective Politics of Nationalist Fashion in Croatia

Baker, C. (2020). The Defender Collection: Militarisation, Historical Mythology and the Everyday Affective Politics of Nationalist Fashion in Croatia. In C. Baker (Ed.), Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics (189-212). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Journal Article

Celebrity leader personas and embodied militarism

Baker, C. (2020). Celebrity leader personas and embodied militarism. International studies review, https://doi.org/10.1093/isr/viaa035

'Couture military' and a queer aesthetic curiosity: music video aesthetics, militarised fashion, and the embodied politics of stardom in Rihanna’s 'Hard'

Baker, C. (in press). 'Couture military' and a queer aesthetic curiosity: music video aesthetics, militarised fashion, and the embodied politics of stardom in Rihanna’s 'Hard'. Politik, 23(1), https://doi.org/10.7146/politik.v23i1.120308

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Baker welcomes applications for postgraduate supervision (MA, MRes, PhD) in in any of her specialist research areas.

Completed PhDs

Shaun Allan, An Historical Consideration of Past Territorial Army Training and Operations in Relation to the Proposed Re-Organisation Regarding Future Reserves 2020