School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

Dr Catherine Baker



Director of MA Provision
Lecturer in 20th Century History

Phone: +44 (0)1482 465913
Email: catherine.baker@hull.ac.uk


CATHERINE BAKER is a specialist in post-Cold War history, international relations and cultural studies, working primarily but not solely on the post-Yugoslav region. Her research projects are connected by an overarching interest in the politics of representing, narrating and knowing about the past. After studying the construction of national identity in Croatia through popular music, and subsequently the role of translation and interpreting in peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina, her current research emphasises the circulation of representations, people, texts and images from, into and through south-east Europe, including the reproduction of militarised masculinities after the Yugoslav Wars. Her research on the cultural politics of international events, including the Eurovision Song Contest and the Olympic Games, has expanded into an interest in international LGBT politics after the Cold War. Her next projects, on grassroots British aid convoys during the Yugoslav Wars and on discourses of race in the post-Yugoslav region, will continue her effort to globalise and historicise the cultural politics of the post-Cold-War period.

Catherine’s latest book, The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), offers an introduction to interpretations of the conflict that invites its readers to question how far the concepts ethnicity and nationalism help to understand the Yugoslav Wars. Her first research monograph, Sounds of the Borderland: Popular Music, War and Nationalism in Croatia since 1991 (Ashgate, 2010), won the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies’s George Blazyca Prize for its year of publication. She published an interdisciplinary study of translation/interpreting and peacekeeping, Interpreting the Peace: Peace Operations, Conflict and Language in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Palgrave Macmillan, co-authored with the language policy expert Michael Kelly) in 2013, and is now co-ordinating an edited volume on gender history in 20th-century eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She has published 17 research articles since 2006, including 7 since joining Hull in 2012, and contributes to scholarship in fields including popular music studies, translation studies, oral history, and feminist International Relations. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College and has acted as an international peer reviewer for several European research councils, as well as regularly reviewing articles for journals in her fields of expertise.

Catherine’s research directly informs her teaching at Hull, whether in modules she has designed herself or in her contributions to team-taught modules that combine the strengths of Hull’s expert historians, and she has published articles herself on the scholarship of teaching and learning. She also has keen interests in research staff development and in workplace diversity. She recently completed a term on the AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group and is the chair of the University’s LGBT Staff Network. She is available to supervise MA, MRes and PhD research on themes connected to her research expertise.

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Research Interests include:

  • Nationalism, Ethnicity and Identity
  • War and Conflict
  • Popular Culture and the Entertainment Industry
  • International Intervention and Humanitarianism
  • Travel, Migration, Mobility
  • Politics of Representation and Memory
  • Translation and Interpreting
  • Rupture, Precarity, Postsocialism
  • Former Yugoslavia and South-East Europe
  • Positionality, Identification, Field Research
  • International LGBTQ Politics


Catherine offers the following modules:


  • Nations and Nationalism in the Contemporary World
  • Music, Politics and Violence
  • Ethnic Politics, War and Revolution: the Case of Yugoslavia (not running 2015-16)


  • Practising Modern History (team-taught)

Catherine has also contributed to a number of current and former team-taught modules in the Department, including Representing the Past in Film, The Making of the Contemporary World, and Themes in Military History.


  • 2014- : Director of MA Provision (including MA History and MRes History)
  • 2013-: Departmental Ethics Co-Ordinator
  • 2013-14: Year 3 Tutor
  • Chair of the LGBT Staff Network at Hull.
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