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LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History (HY510)

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Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS, the Department of International History at LSE and the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po are co-organising the joint LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History (HY510), formerly the Cold War Research Seminar. 

The seminar welcomes presentations on any aspect of contemporary international history, with a focus on the Cold War, broadly defined.  The seminar is an ideal environment to share work such as PhD chapters, journal articles, or sections of monographs or books and provides a forum for the discussion of new research by PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members from the UK, France, and elsewhere. 

Sessions are held at both institutions in complementary weeks. For each session the paper is made available one week in advance on a password-protected webpage. Participants are asked to read the papers ahead of the seminar and individuals from both institutions are encouraged to leave comments and questions on the online discussion forum.

The seminar is open to all PhD students and staff at both institutions. We also welcome participants from outside LSE and Sciences Po. If you would like to take part in the seminar, please e-mail the course organiser, stating your affiliation and area of research.

The seminar is co-convened by Professor Arne Westad (LSE), Dr Piers Ludlow (LSE), and Professor Mario Del Pero (Sciences Po) and organised by Dr Luc-André Brunet (LSE).  

Unless otherwise noted below, the sessions at LSE are held Wednesdays, 4-6pm (London time) in room TW2.904, on the ninth floor of Tower Two (access through Tower One) and the sessions at Sciences Po are held Wednesdays, 17h-19h (Paris time) in salle Jean Monnet, 56 rue Jacob.

This joint seminar is supported by Academic Partnerships.

Michaelmas Term


15 October
Valeria Zanier (LSE), ‘Bureaucracy, business and adventure, China-Europe trade relations in the early Cold War (1952-1957)’

29 October
Rui Lopes (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), "A fabulous speck on the Earth's surface": Hollywood depictions of Macao as a dysfunctional Portuguese colony’

12 November
Nina Valbousquet (Sciences Po), ‘An Anti-Semitic International: Catholic and Far-Right Connections and Networks (1917-1920s)’

26 November
Élie Tenenbaum (Sciences Po), ‘A strategic laboratory: South-East Asia and Western powers' cross-learning in irregular warfare (1949-1959)’

3 December
Guy Laron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Oxford), 'Generals at the Helm: A Global History of the Six Day War'

Sciences Po:

5 November
Claudia Castiglioni (University Ca' Foscari of Venice/Sciences Po), 'Iran, Western Europe and the revolution of 1979: political, strategic and energy issues'

19 November
Alessandro Iandolo (LSE), ‘Beyond the shoe: rethinking Khrushchev at the 1960 UN General Assembly’

Lent Term


14 January
Nicolas Delalande (Sciences Po), ‘Transnational Solidarity in the Making: Labour strikes, money transfers, and the First International, 1864-1872’

28 January
Andrea Chiampan (Graduate Institute), ‘NATO and the Origins of the Cruise Missile Controversy, 1973-1978’

11 February
Anton Harder (LSE), ‘Sino-Indian Relations, 1953-1957: Cooperation and Conflict’

25 February
Anders Stephanson (Columbia), ‘Presenting the Philippines: World Expositions, Architecture, Empire, Roads, Race and maybe the Real’

11 March
Aurélie Basha (LSE), 'Robert S. McNamara and the Economics of Withdrawal from South Vietnam'

Sciences Po:

9 March
Arne Westad (LSE), ‘La guerre froide: une histoire européenne?’''

25 March
Luc-André Brunet (LSE), ‘De Gaulle, the PCF, and the Creation of the Monnet Plan’