Dr Catherine Baker

Dr Catherine Baker

Reader in 20th Century History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities

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.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

The Molitva Factor: Eurovision and 'Performing' National Identity in World Politics

Baker, C. (in press). The Molitva Factor: Eurovision and ‘Performing’ National Identity in World Politics. In A. Dubin, D. Vuletic, & A. Obregón (Eds.), The Eurovision Song Contest as a Cultural Phenomenon: From Concert Halls to the Halls of Academia. Abingdon: Routledge

Journal Article

Your race sounds familiar? Blackface, cross-racial/cross-gender drag and the Your Face Sounds Familiar franchise (2013–) on post-Yugoslav television

Baker, C. (2021). Your race sounds familiar? Blackface, cross-racial/cross-gender drag and the Your Face Sounds Familiar franchise (2013–) on post-Yugoslav television. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 10(20), 83-103. https://doi.org/10.18146/view.267

Guarding the "Balkan Route" on the postsocialist frontier: revisiting Maja Weiss' Varuh meje (2002)

Baker, C., Szczygielska, M., & Zorko, Š. D. (2021). Guarding the “Balkan Route” on the postsocialist frontier: revisiting Maja Weiss’ Varuh meje (2002). International Feminist Journal of Politics, 23(5), 811-828. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2021.1991827

The contingencies of whiteness: Gendered/racialized global dynamics of security narratives

Baker, C. (2021). The contingencies of whiteness: Gendered/racialized global dynamics of security narratives. Security Dialogue, 52(1), 124-132. https://doi.org/10.1177/09670106211024408

Peace on the Small Screen: UNPROFOR's Television Unit in 1994–5 and the 'Media War' in Former Yugoslavia

Baker, C. (in press). Peace on the Small Screen: UNPROFOR’s Television Unit in 1994–5 and the ‘Media War’ in Former Yugoslavia. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2021.1948205

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