Catherine Gibson | Researcher

Coordinator of EUIHoS for 2016-2017

I am a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute. My project, provisionally entitled ‘Ethno-linguistic Cartography in the Baltic and Northwest Provinces of the Russian Empire and the Successor States of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus, 1845-1924’, explores the ways in which maps were used as political instruments by various imperial, nationalist, and external actors to shape and control knowledge of space, territory, peoples, and languages in the northwest Russian Empire in the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Moving beyond the framework of ‘constructing’ nations, this project takes a transnational approach to investigate the political role and significance of cartographic practices and map culture in imagining and constructing many different ethno-linguistic borders in the imperial borderlands.

Prior to coming to the EUI, I studied Modern History and English at the University of St Andrews (UK), and obtained an International Masters in Economy, State and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London (UK) and a Masters in Social Science: Baltic Sea Region Studies from the University of Tartu (Estonia). 

My publications include the co-edited volume, with Tomasz Kamusella and Motoki Nomachi, The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Borders and Identities (Forthcoming 2015), and several articles and conference papers on the history of languages in the Baltic littoral. 

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