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A War of Songs. Popular Music and Recent Russia–Ukraine Relations: Arve Hansen, Andrei Rogatchevski, Yngvar Steinholt & David-Emil Wickström. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2019, 247pp., €34.90 p/b. (2020)
Journal Article
Baker, C. (2020). A War of Songs. Popular Music and Recent Russia–Ukraine Relations: Arve Hansen, Andrei Rogatchevski, Yngvar Steinholt & David-Emil Wickström. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2019, 247pp., €34.90 p/b. Europe-Asia Studies, 72(8), 1426-1427. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2020.1814605

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

Scholars of international relations frequently explore how states normalize the use of military force through processes of militarization, yet few have analyzed how new information and communication technologies impact on these processes. The essays... Read More about Celebrity leader personas and embodied militarism.

'Couture military' and a queer aesthetic curiosity: music video aesthetics, militarised fashion, and the embodied politics of stardom in Rihanna’s 'Hard' (2020)
Journal Article
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

Music video is an underappreciated type of audiovisual artefact in studies of the aesthetics of world politics, which typically privilege linear narrative storytelling and struggle to communicate how sonic and embodied practices also constitute world... Read More about 'Couture military' and a queer aesthetic curiosity: music video aesthetics, militarised fashion, and the embodied politics of stardom in Rihanna’s 'Hard'.

Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics (2020)
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Baker, C. (Ed.). Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. https://doi.org/10.3366.../9781474446181.001.0001

This vibrant collection of essays reveals the intimate politics of how people with a wide range of relationships to war identify with, and against, the military and its gendered and racialised norms. It synthesises three recent turns in the study of... Read More about Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics.

‘I am the voice of the past that will always be’: the Eurovision Song Contest as historical fiction (2019)
Journal Article
Baker, C. (2019). ‘I am the voice of the past that will always be’: the Eurovision Song Contest as historical fiction. Journal of historical fictions, 2(2), 102-125

The Eurovision Song Contest has been called everything from ‘the Gay Olympics’ to ‘a monument to drivel’, but can it also be thought of as historical fiction – and what could that reveal about how narratives of national and European identity are reto... Read More about ‘I am the voice of the past that will always be’: the Eurovision Song Contest as historical fiction.

Language intermediaries and local agency: peacebuilding, translation/interpreting and political disempowerment in 'mature' post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina (2019)
Journal Article
Baker, C. (2019). Language intermediaries and local agency: peacebuilding, translation/interpreting and political disempowerment in 'mature' post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 12(3), 236-250. https://doi.org/10.1080/17526272.2019.1644413

The peace negotiations that ended the 1992–95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina established a constitutional system of ethnic power-sharing that satisfied its signatories (the presidents of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia) enough for war to cease and provided for... Read More about Language intermediaries and local agency: peacebuilding, translation/interpreting and political disempowerment in 'mature' post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina.

"If love was a crime, we would be criminals": the Eurovision Song Contest and the queer international politics of flags (2019)
Book Chapter
Baker, C. (in press). "If love was a crime, we would be criminals": the Eurovision Song Contest and the queer international politics of flags. In B. Wellings, J. Kalman, & K. Jacotine (Eds.), Eurovisions: Identity and the international politics of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956Palgrave Macmillan

Baker uses contestations over flags at the Eurovision Song Contest to illustrate the paradox that, while Eurovision is ostensibly ‘non-political’ and prohibits ‘political’ messages and symbols, organisers, hosts, broadcasters, contestants and fans ha... Read More about "If love was a crime, we would be criminals": the Eurovision Song Contest and the queer international politics of flags.

What female pop-folk celebrity in south-east Europe tells postsocialist feminist media studies about global formations of race (2019)
Journal Article
Baker, C. (in press). What female pop-folk celebrity in south-east Europe tells postsocialist feminist media studies about global formations of race. Feminist Media Studies, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2019.1599035

Feminist media studies of postsocialism are well practised at explaining how ideologies of gender and nation reinforce each other amid neoliberal capitalism on Europe’s semi-periphery. They extend this, by critiquing media marginalization of Roma, in... Read More about What female pop-folk celebrity in south-east Europe tells postsocialist feminist media studies about global formations of race.

Textual representation, class exploitation and the postcolonial: is the proletariat always in twilight? (2019)
Journal Article
Baker, C. (2019). Textual representation, class exploitation and the postcolonial: is the proletariat always in twilight?. New perspectives : interdisciplinary journal of Central & East European politics and international relations, 27(1), 3-8

Commentary on Rade Zinaic, 'Twilight of the Proletariat: Reading Critical Balkanology as Liberal Ideology' (New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of Central and East European Politics 25:1 (2017), 19-54)

Interviewing for research on languages and war (2019)
Book Chapter
Baker, C. (2019). Interviewing for research on languages and war. In M. Kelly, H. Footitt, & M. Salama-Carr (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Languages and Conflict. , (157-179). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04825-9_8

Many participants in conflict have experienced it through mediations of meaning between languages, and whole categories of participants have even often gone unnoticed in the study of war because of the historic ‘invisibility’ of languages and transla... Read More about Interviewing for research on languages and war.

Unsung heroism?: showbusiness and social action in Britain’s military wives choir(s) (2018)
Book Chapter
Baker, C. (2018). Unsung heroism?: showbusiness and social action in Britain’s military wives choir(s). In V. Kitchen, & J. G. Mathers (Eds.), Heroism and Global Politics, 122-146. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

In 2011, the BBC documentary The Choir visited military bases in Devon to film with wives and partners of British servicemen who had been deployed to Afghanistan. Amid a growing convergence between popular entertainment, popular militarism, and ‘Reme... Read More about Unsung heroism?: showbusiness and social action in Britain’s military wives choir(s).