Dr Imaobong Umoren

Dr Imaobong Umoren

Assistant Professor

Department of International History

Telephone
+44 (0)20 7955 4974
Room No
SAR.3.07
Office Hours
Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00
Languages
English
Key Expertise
Race and Gender in the Caribbean

About me

Dr Imaobong Umoren studied a BA in History and MA in World History and Cultures at King’s College London before moving to the University of Oxford where she gained her DPhil and spent a year serving as a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. She subsequently took up a Career Development Fellowship jointly held with Pembroke College and the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities research programme Women in the Humanities.

Dr Umoren's research interests include the intersecting history of race, gender, migration, and religion in the nineteenth and twentieth century Caribbean, US and global African diaspora.

Her research has been supported by numerous bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Library of Congress, and the British Academy.

Dr Umoren's first book Race Women Internationalists: Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles (University of California Press) was published in 2018. She is currently at work on a new book project about the life and politics of Dominica's Eugenia Charles, the first female Prime Minister in the Anglophone Caribbean and LSE Alumna.

Recently, Dr Umoren has won funding as a Co-Investigator on an AHRC Network Grant on Black Female Intellectuals in Historical and Contemporary Context. The project will facilitate interdisciplinary and cross-national dialogue among scholars and activist in the fields of literary studies, history, politics, and visual culture from the UK, US, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa working on transatlantic black female intellectuals (both from an historical and contemporary perspective) in the black diaspora. The project will also work with race equality ThinkTank, the Runnymede Trust and the partnership project, History and Policy. Dr Umoren will be working with Dr Becky Fraser from UEA who is the PI.

Other titles: Undergraduate Programme Admissions Advisor

Expertise Details

Race and Gender in the Caribbean; 19th and 20th Century Wider African Diaspora

Teaching & supervision

Dr Imaobong Umoren usually teaches the following courses in the Department:

At undergraduate level:

HY113: From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (taught jointly with other faculty members)

HY246 - The Global Caribbean: Colonialism, Race and Revolutions 1780s-1980s

At postgraduate level:

HY477: Race, Gender and Reproduction in the Caribbean 1860-1960

Watch Dr Imaobong Umoren talk about her courses, how they are structured and how students can benefit from taking them in order to better understand the world we live in today.

Publications

  • Race Women Internationalists: Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles (2018)
  • ‘“We Americans are not just American citizens any longer”: Eslanda Robeson, World Citizenship, and the New World Review in the 1950s’, Journal of Women’s History (forthcoming)
  • ‘Anna Julia Cooper’s A Voice from the South (1892): Black Feminism and Human Rights’ in D. Davies, E. Lombard, and B. Mountford, (eds.), Fighting Words: Fourteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World (Oxford: Peter Lang forthcoming)

Books

News & media

2018


Katrina Honeyman Memorial Lecture at Leeds

Dr Umoren delivered the Katrina Honeyman Memorial Lecture at the University of Leeds on 19 November. Her lecture, “In Search of Race Women Internationalists: Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles” explored how a group of Caribbean and African American women in the early and mid-twentieth century travelled the world to fight colonialism, fascism, sexism and racism. Read more.

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BBC Radio 3 Programme Essays

On 5 November, Dr Umoren contributed to one of the episodes of the latest run of BBC Radio 3 Essays, "Minds at War", which explores the impact of the First World War on individual artists through the prism of a single great work. She told the story of W.E.B. Dubois’ ground-breaking editorial, “Returning Soldiers” (1919). Today, Dubois is heralded as the father of African American intellectualism and continues to inspire a generation of new activists who, like him, demand that black lives matter. Catch up with the episode on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

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BBC One's "Fake or Fortune"

Dr Imaobong Umoren appeared in an episode of BBC One’s "Fake or Fortune", entitled “A Double Whodunnit”, which aired on 2 September. Enjoy the whole episode or skip ahead to 0h 43m to watch Dr Umoren’s contribution to the historical mystery.
In the episode, Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigate two rare portraits of black British subjects from the 18th and 19th centuries. Painted with extraordinary skill and sophistication, both pictures are highly unusual in their positive depiction of black sitters at a time when Britain was still heavily engaged in slavery. But this is also an intriguing double whodunnit.

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Watch the episode free on BBC iPlayer (UK residents only).

My research