Department of History

Dr Catherine Baker

Director of MA Provision
Lecturer in 20th Century History

Contact

BakerPhone: 01482 465913
Email: catherine.baker@hull.ac.uk

Profile

CATHERINE BAKER is Lecturer in 20th Century History. She previously worked as a researcher on the Languages at War project at the University of Southampton and as Teaching Fellow in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Catherine has parallel interests in media, culture and nationalism and in international intervention. Her book Sounds of the Borderland: Popular Music, War and Nationalism in Croatia since 1991 (Ashgate, 2010), based on her doctoral research, was awarded the George Blazyca Prize for 2010 by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, and she has recently published an introductory text on The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She is also the co-author, with Michael Kelly, of Interpreting the Peace: Peace Operations, Conflict and Language in Bosnia-Herzegovina, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. She is currently co-ordinating an edited volume on gender history in 20th-century eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Catherine has keen interests in research staff development and in workplace diversity. She has recently completed a term on the AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group and is the chair of the LGBT Staff Network at the University of Hull.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming

  • ‘”Ancient Volscian Border Dispute Flares”: Representations of Militarism, Masculinity and the Balkans in Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus‘. International Feminist Journal of Politics. Published online ahead of print.

2015

  • The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Publisher’s page.
  • ‘Beyond the Island Story?: the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as Public History’. Rethinking History 19(3): 409-28. View on academia.edu.
  • ‘Introduction: Gender and Geopolitics in the Eurovision Song Contest’. Contemporary Southeastern Europe 2(1): 74-93. Available online.
  • ‘Symphony of Sirens: Uses and Problems of Sound in Teaching and Learning about Music and Politics’. Radical History Review 121: 197-208.
  • ‘The Frames We Use: Narratives, Ethnicity, and the Problem of Multiple Identities in Post-Conflict Oral Histories (Bosnia-Herzegovina)’. In Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence, ed. Steven High: 285-310. Vancouver: UBC Press. Publisher’s page.
  • ‘The Language Politics of Peace-Building’. In State Traditions and Language Regimes, ed. Linda Cardinal and Selma K Sonntag: 237-52. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Publisher’s page.

2014

  • ‘The Local Workforce of International Intervention in the Yugoslav Successor States: “Precariat” or “Projectariat”? Towards an Agenda for Future Research’. International Peacekeeping 21 (1): 91-106. View on academia.edu.
  • ‘The View from the Back of the Warrior: Mobility, Privilege and Power during the International Intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina’. In Mobilities in Socialist and Post-Socialist States: Societies on the Move, ed. Kathy Burrell and Kathrin Hörschelmann: 148-72. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Publisher’s page.

2013

  • (with Michael Kelly) Interpreting the Peace: Peace Operations, Conflict and Language in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. Publisher’s page.
  • ‘Music as a Weapon of Ethnopolitical Violence and Conflict: Processes of Ethnic Separation During and After the Break-Up of Yugoslavia’. Patterns of Prejudice 47 (4-5): 409-29. View on academia.edu.
  • ‘Language, Cultural Space and Meaning in the Phenomenon of “Cro-Dance”.’ Ethnologie française 43 (2): 313-24. View on academia.edu.
    Croatian version: ‘Jezik, kulturni prostor i značenje u fenomenu cro-dancea‘, in Hrvatska svakodnevnica: etnografije vremena i prostora, ed. Jasna Čapo and Valentina Gulin Zrnić (Zagreb: IEF): 263-87.
  • ‘Critical Pedagogy Within the Migration/Security Nexus: But Who Gets Through the Door?’. Critical Studies on Security 1 (3): 370-2. View on academia.edu.

2012

  • ‘Prosperity Without Security: the Precarity of Interpreters in Postsocialist, Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina’. Slavic Review 71 (4): 849-72. View on academia.edu.
  • ‘When Bosnia Was A Commonwealth Country: British Forces and their Interpreters in Republika Srpska 1995-2007′. History Workshop Journal 74 (1): 131-55. Access as text or PDF.
  • ‘The Afterlife of Neda Ukraden: Negotiating Space and Memory Through Popular Music After the Fall of Yugoslavia’, in Music, Politics and Violence, ed. Susan Fast and Kip Pegley (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2012): 60–82. Amazon page.
  • Opening the Black Box: Oral Histories of How Soldiers and Civilians Learned to Translate and Interpret During Peace Support Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, ‘Oral History Forum d’histoire orale, Special Issue (2012). View on academia.edu.
  • ‘The Afterlife of Neda Ukraden: Negotiating Space and Memory Through Popular Music After the Fall of Yugoslavia’, in Music, Geopolitics and Violence, ed. Susan Fast and Kip Pegley (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2012): 60–82.
  • ‘Frameworks for Understanding’, in Languages at War: Policies and Practices of Language Contacts in Conflict, ed. Hilary Footitt and Michael Kelly (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012): 37–53. Publisher’s page.
  • ‘Civilian Interpreting in Military Conflicts’, in Languages at War: Policies and Practices of Language Contacts in Conflict, ed. Hilary Footitt and Michael Kelly (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012): 184–200.
  • (with Hilary Footitt) ‘Fraternization’, in Languages at War: Policies and Practices of Language Contacts in Conflict, ed. Hilary Footitt and Michael Kelly (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012): 139–64.
  • (with Simona Tobia) ‘Being an Interpreter in Conflict’, Languages at War: Policies and Practices of Language Contacts in Conflict, ed. Hilary Footitt and Michael Kelly (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012): 201–21.

2011

  • ‘Tito’s Children?: Educational Resources, Language Learning and Cultural Capital in the Life Histories of Interpreters Working in Bosnia-Herzegovina’. Südosteuropa 59:4 (2011), 478-502. View on academia.edu.
  • ‘Have You Ever Been in Bosnia?: British Military Travellers in the Balkans since 1992′. Journeys: International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 12:1 (2011), 63-92. View on academia.edu.
  • Zvuci granice: popularna muzika, rat i nacionalizam u Hrvatskoj posle 1991. Translation of Sounds of the Borderland from English by Igor Cvijanovic and Alen Besic. Belgrade: XX vek. Publisher’s page.

2010

  • Sounds of the Borderland: Popular Music, War and Nationalism in Croatia since 1991. Farnham: Ashgate. Publisher’s page. Awarded the George Blazyca Prize for 2010 by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies.
  • ‘”It’s Not Their Job to Soldier”: Distinguishing Civilian and Military in Soldiers’ and Interpreters’ Accounts of Peacekeeping in 1990s Bosnia-Herzegovina’. Journal of War and Culture Studies 3:1 (2010), 137-50. View on academia.edu.
  • ‘The Care and Feeding of Linguists: the Working Environment of Interpreters, Translators and Linguists During Peacekeeping in Bosnia-Herzegovina’. War and Society 29:2 (2010), 154-75. View on academia.edu.
  • “Death to Fascism isn’t in the Catechism”: Legacies of Socialism in Croatian Popular Music after the Fall of Yugoslavia‘, Narodna umjetnost 47:1 (2010), 163-83.
  • ‘Popular Music and Political Change in Post-Tudjman Croatia: “It’s All The Same, Only He’s Not Here”?’, Europe-Asia Studies 62:10 (2010), 1741-59. View on academia.edu.
  • (with Louise Askew) ‘Translating After War: Two Issues Particular to Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina’, in The Changing Face of Translation: Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Portsmouth Translation Conference held on 7 November 2009, ed. Ian Kemble (Portsmouth: University of Portsmouth, 2010), 40–47.

2009

  • ‘War Memory and Musical Tradition: Commemorating Croatia’s Homeland War Through Popular Music and Rap in Eastern Slavonia’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies 17:1 (2009), 35-45. View on academia.edu.

2008

  • ‘When Seve Met Bregović: Folklore, Turbofolk and the Boundaries of Croatian Musical Identity‘, Nationalities Papers 36:4 (2008), 741-64. View on academia.edu.
  • ‘Wild Dances and Dying Wolves: Simulation, Essentialisation and National Identity at the Eurovision Song Contest‘, Popular Communication 6:3 (2008), 173-89. View on academia.edu.

2007

  • ‘The Concept of Turbofolk in Croatia: Inclusion/Exclusion in the Construction of National Musical Identity‘, in Nation in Formation: Inclusion and Exclusion in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Catherine Baker, Christopher J Gerry, Barbara Madaj, Liz Mellish and Jana Nahodilová (London: SSEES Occasional Papers, 2007), 139-58. View on academia.edu.

2006

  • ‘The Politics of Performance: Transnationalism and its Limits in Former Yugoslav Popular Music, 1999-2004‘, Ethnopolitics 5:3 (2006), 275-93. View on academia.edu. Slovenian version: ‘Popularna glasba v nekdanji Jugoslaviji: prek meja do novih’, trans. Martin Pogačar, Časopis za kritiko znanosti 34:224 (2006), 30–43.
  • ‘La musica popolare nei Balcani postcomunisti’, trans. Barbara Drews, in Guia nella Europa centrale e Balcanica, ed. Stefano Bianchini et al. (Bologna: La Mulina, 2006).

Research

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

Teaching

Catherine offers the following modules:

Undergraduate

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

Postgraduate

  • 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.

Administration

  • 2014- : Director of MA Provision (including MA History and MRes History)
  • 2013-: Departmental Ethics Co-Ordinator
  • 2013-14: Year 3 Tutor

Catherine is also chair of the LGBT Staff Network at Hull.

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