Dr Owen Walsh
BA, MA, PhD, FHEA
After completing a BA in English and History and an MA in Race and Resistance, I undertook a doctoral project at the University of Leeds in 2016. My thesis, titled 'Remapping Black Internationalism during the 1930s', provides the basis for my first book manuscript. During my time at Leeds, I took on roles including postgraduate tutor in the School of History and Interconnections Rep for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Cultures. Following my PhD, I engaged in a period of further research activity as a LAHRI Postdoctoral Fellow and a Visiting Fellow at the Eccles Centre of the British Library. I took up my present post as Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Aberdeen in August 2021.
My primary interests are in twentieth-century history with a focus on themes of race and radicalism and an area specialism in the US.
My current book project is titled Frontiers of Black Freedom: Remapping African American Internationalism during the 1930s. In this work, I locate Black internationalist practices in circuits of transpacific radicalism. The book explores African American politics in the Depression years through localised cosmopolitan cultures on the West Coast and the world-spanning travel of figures including Langston Hughes, Louise Thompson, Juanita Harrison, Loren Miller, and others. The book connects these important historical phenomena - of cosmopolitanism and globality beyond the Black Atlantic - with a critical commentary on contemporary anti-racism.
I am also working on several new research projects. I am developing publications that engage with the Black Radical Tradition as a subject of intellectual history and a canon of Black writing. These essays will appear in various publications over the next few years. I am also in the early stages of developing a new book project with the working title Insurgent Americana: US Cultural Radicals and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1940, which explores how encounters with revolutionary Mexico shaped the US Left and were represented in the work of its creative producers.
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"Betwixt and Between": The Black Internationalist Practice of Juanita HarrisonPalimpsest: A Journal of Women, Gender and the Black International, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-22Contributions to Journals: Articles