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Research Subject Areas: International Relations and Peacebuilding

Dr. Henry Redwood is ESRC post-doctoral researcher in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he also completed his ESRC-funded PhD in December 2017, under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Kerr and Professor James Gow.  Henry has recently worked as a research associate on the AHRC funded project, ‘Art & Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community’, which explores alternative approaches, and forgotten instances of, reconciliation in the aftermath of violence, focused on the Western Balkans. Henry holds a BA and MA in History from the University of Bristol.

Research Interests

Henry’s research draws on critical IR, law and aesthetic theory, alongside sustained fieldwork, to explore the politics of knowledge production after conflict, with a particular focus on post-conflict archives and artistic interventions. His research focuses on these themes within the context Rwanda, and the Western Balkans.

His PhD drew on critical theory to examine the International Criminal Tribunal Rwanda’s archive, and asked what rules underpinned the construction of knowledge within the archive, and what implications this had for the court as a response to the Rwandan genocide. This has led to online publications with Humanity Journal, and further publications under review with leading IR journals. As part of this project Henry worked as a legal researcher at the ICTR, where he helped produce a history of the Rwandan genocide as part of the ‘Genocide Story Project’.

Alongside this Henry has developed a complementary strand of research exploring aesthetic responses to conflict. This works to better disaggregate what scholars and practitioners mean when they turn to ‘the arts’ as a response to violence, and to understand how the arts can move passed being seen as a substitute for otherwise absent peacebuilding interventions (such as truth commissions), but rather to re-frame how interventions after violence are conceived off. Here my research offers significant contributions through an examination of post-conflict comics in a forthcoming article in Review of International Studies, war photography and the role of the War Artist in militarism (co-authored article submitted to International Political Sociology) and the role of artistic based reconciliation interventions in the Western Balkans (co-authored article submitted to International Studies Review). He has recently won an AHRC affiliated grant to run a series of participatory film-making workshops in the Western Balkans.

Selected publications and conference papers

Redwood, Henry, and Wedderburn, Alister. ‘A Cat and Maus Game: The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Comics’. Review of International Studies. Forthcoming.

Redwood, Henry. 2015. ‘Archives of Knowledge: Power and Ownership of the ICTR’s Archive’, Humanity Journal. June (online).

—. ‘Archiving (In)Justice: Discourse, Materialism and Genocide Archives’. Millennium Journal of International Studies. Submitted and under review.—, Kerr, Rachel; and Gow, James (eds.). Reconciliation: A History. London: Routledge. Proposal requested by publisher and under review. Submitted and under review.

—, and Partis-Jennings, Hannah. ‘Traumatic Testimony: Exploring War Photography as Aesthetic Provocation’. International Political Sociology. Submitted and under review .

—, Fairey, Tiffany; and Kerr, Rachel. ‘Re-Thinking Reconciliation through the Arts: Artistic Interventions in the Western Balkans’. International Studies Review. Submitted and under review.

—, ‘Evaluating Reconciliation after War.’ Practitioner Workshop at the Belgrade Security Forum, Belgrade, Serbia. Oct. 2018.

—, ‘Re-thinking Reconciliation through the Arts: Artistic Peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina.’ Transitional Justice in the Balkans, Prishtina, Kosovo. Sept. 2018.

—, ‘Traumatic Testimony: Exploring War Photography as Aesthetic Provocation.’ British International Studies Association annual conference, Bath, UK. June 2018.

—,  ‘A Cat and Maus Game: The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Comics.’ International Studies Association annual conference, San Francisco, US. April 2018.

—, ‘The Politics of International Criminal Justice: Shifting Priorities at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.’ British International Studies Association annual conference, Brighton, UK. June 2018.

—, ‘Atrocity Archives and the Politics of Post-Conflict Memory.’ Keeping Memories, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. June 2018.

—, ‘From Violent to Peaceful States: The Inadvertent Consequences of International Criminal Justice.’ British International Studies Association annual conference, Edinburgh, UK. June 2016.

Current Grants

AHRC Changing the Story Subsidiary Grant – ‘Youth Speaks’  (RG.MODL.114343.011)

ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow (ES/S01117X/1)


Henry has previously taught on the BA History module, ‘History and Memory’, and BA and MA courses on International Peace and Security, and Peace and Conflict.

Areas of research

  • Archives
  • Peacebuilding
  • Transitional Justice
  • International Criminal Justice
  • International Relations
  • Politics of Knowledge Production
  • Aesthetics
  • Representations of War/ Trauma


Henry has a wide experience in engagement activities. These include working with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on a key legacy policy, the Genocide Story Project. He has also collaborated with a theatre company, Ice&Fire, to produce a film about witness testimony in international courts, and with dance choreographers in order to explore themes of reconciliation. These are collaborative projects that seek to facilitate public and policy engagement but are also directed at producing dynamic pedagogical materials. As part of his current project, ‘Youth Speaks’, Henry is collaborating with a civil society organisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to produce a series of participatory film making workshops that engage with young civil society activists, seeking to amplify their voices in the post-conflict society.