International History
Imaobong Umoren IHF 2020

Iron Lady of the Caribbean? Eugenia Charles and Postcolonial Dominica

IMAOBONG UMOREN, London School of Economics and Political Science
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This event is part of the International History Forum.

As part of the International History Forum, the International History Department and the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute is pleased to invite you to a public talk given by Dr Imaobong Umoren (London School of Economics and Political Science).

In line with the Graduate Institute's COVID-19 regulations, this event will take place entirely online.




About the Speaker

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 focus on the intersection of the history of race, gender, migration, and religion in the nineteenth and twentieth century Caribbean, US and global African diaspora.

Dr Umoren's first book Race Women Internationalists: Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles (University of California Press) was published in 2018 and won the 2019 Women’s History Network Book Prize.

In 2019, Dr Umoren 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.

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. In March 2020, Dr Umoren was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2020/21 for her project on Eugenia Charles, entitled "'Iron Lady of the Caribbean': the life and politics of Dame Eugenia Charles".



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