Francesca Baldwin is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Reading, exploring Tigrayan women’s lives in war, 1974-2022. Her thesis bridges African history, feminist international relations and gender studies to map the diverse and dynamic roles of women in war in Tigray across five decades, disrupting artificial distinctions between ‘war’ and ‘peace’ to argue for a continuum of gendered violence in women’s lived experiences. Francesca has carried out a storytelling project with Tigrayan refugees in Um Rakuba refugee camp to explore how they navigate becoming, being and having been a refugee through memory. Her fellowship at the RSC enables deep analysis of these oral histories and further archival work with the humanitarian archives at the Bodleian library.
Research interests (keywords please): Women, Violence, Conflict, Refugees, Identity, Memory