Eunice Blavascunas

Membership:  2013/2014

Member Bio

Eunice Blavascunas is a cultural anthropologist and research associate at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she researches land and conservation conflicts in relation to parks and protected areas. After receiving her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2008, she went on to become a social science teaching fellow at the University of Washington's Program on the Environment (2008–2010), held a postdoctoral appointment at Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies (2011), and worked as a Research Associate at the Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute in Winter Harbor, Maine (2012–2013). At the Rachel Carson Center she will be writing her forthcoming book Of Forests and Time: Reworking Communist and Peasant Pasts in the Bialowieza Forest, an ethnographic and historical account Europe’s last lowland old growth forest, which sits on the border between Poland and Belarus.


  • "Authenticity and Rhetoric in the Bialowieza Forest Preserve." In Just Ecological Integrity: The Ethics of Maintaining Planetary Life, edited by Peter Miller. Rowman and Littlefield, Inc: Boulder and Lantham, 2002.
  • "Border Trouble: Constituting and Crossing Borders in the Bialowieza Primeval Forest." In Borders and Boundaries in the European Union: Crossing and Resisting Strategies, edited by Mathilde Darley and Paul Bauer. Centre Francais de Recherche en Sciences Sociales: Prague, 2007.
  • "Ecological Community: Pogroms, Peat Bogs and the Zapust Festival." Anthropology of East Europe Review 27 (2009): 193–207.
  • "From Agriculture to Ecology: Rural Responses to New Modes of Production." In P.S. Landscapes: Optics of Urban Studies, edited by Nerijus Milerius and Benjamin Cope. EHU: Vilnius, 2009. (in Russian translation)
  • "Imaginative Geography at the Forested Polish/Belarusian Borderland." Annus Albaruthenicus 11 (2010).
  • "Signals in the Forest: Cultural Boundaries of Science in Bialowieza, Poland." In New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies, edited by Finn Arne Jorgensson, Dolly Jorgenson, and Sarah Pritchard. Pittsburgh University Press: Pittsburgh, 2013.