Eva Barbarossa

Eva Barbarossa


Personal profile

Personal profile

Eva is a writer and post-disciplinary artist whose research and writing explores cultural histories of language, place, and embodied and experiential knowledges. She works with languages, archives, maps, charts, images and historical materials to re-weave the stories of the past from the perspectives of different worldviews and older ways of knowing.  

Her PhD research explores ways in which we experience and know the unseen. How can we observe that which must be experienced to be known, and what does it mean to use language to create, open, access and understand such spaces? Her research is practice-based, including training in traditional systems of travel to the sub-surface. She works with archival materials, Elders, Speakers, apprentices and the spirit world to understand the geographical, cultural and historical structures of non-standard reality. Her work pulls from linguistics, religious studies, anthropology, indigenous knowledge systems and yogic philosophy.

She is the author of the Object Lessons: Magnet, a cultural history of magnetism, and has published several essays on language, culture, experience, and meaning. 

Research interests

Linguistics, language, culture, geolinguistics, acoustics, ritual. 

Other work

Part of the editorial team for the postgraduate workshop series Landscape Surgery within the Social, Cultural and Historical Geography group at Royal Holloway.

Education/Academic qualification

MBA, Columbia University

MA, Communication, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University

BA, Linguistics, Language and Culture, University of California Santa Cruz


  • Linguistics
  • Cultural geography