MPhil/PhD workshop and seminars



Students registered for the MPhil/PhD in International History are required in their first year to attend the Department's research training programme: HY501 - Research Student Workshop. Students are also advised to attend relevant seminars organised within the other colleges of the University of London or the School, such as the ones below.

You can find more information on the Department's courses in LSE research course guides.

HY501 - International History MPhil/PhD Research Training Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarise new MPhil/PhD students with the practical research and writing skills necessary for the preparation of a first-rate PhD thesis in history, and to discuss some general methodological and theoretical issues in international history as a research field.

Schedule of meetings 2019-20

Convenor: Dr Tanya Harmer


9 October 2019
The PhD & Global/International/Transnational/World History: An Introduction

The nature of a PhD thesis. The university regulations. The PhD upgrading requirements. The originality requirement. Examples of previous theses and thesis topics. Selecting a topic. Relationship to other researchers in the field.

16 October 2019
Literature Reviews

What makes a good book/article/historiographical review or roundtable? What are they designed to do?

23 October 2019
The LSE Library & Research Data Management (RDM)

A valuable opportunity to learn about the search tools available on-line via the Library and to learn about Data Management.

Participating: Dr Paul Horsler (LSE Library) and Helen Porter (LSE Research Data Librarian)

30 October 2019
Working in the archives

A discussion of aspects of archival research, with practical advice offered by faculty members.

Participating: Dr Taylor C. Sherman & Prof. Steve Casey

13 November 2019
Oral History and Interviewing

A discussion of oral history with faculty members who use it directly in their own research. What are the key issues technique, confidentiality, reliability and record-keeping that arise from oral history? What are its opportunities and challenges?

Participating: Dr Anna Cant and Dr Una Bergmane

20 November 2019
Record Keeping

One of the main tasks of the historian is to accumulate evidence from written and oral sources on which to base their work. How can do this effectively and minimise problems of storage and recovery?

Participating: Dr Paul Keenan and Molly Avery 

27 November 2019
An Introduction to Digital Humanities

What are the Digital Humanities? How might digital history, its methods and its processes be useful to you and your research?

Participating: Professor Jane Winter (School of Advanced Study), Martin Steer (IHR); and Jonathan Blaney (IHR)

4 December 2019
Formulating Research Questions

In preparation for the submission of your Research Questions Report (deadline 13 December) we will be discussing why research questions are important and how best to formulate them.

11 December 2019
Writing Workshop (1): Writing Strategies and Processes

How do historians approach the writing process? What strategies and processes do they use to think about the craft of writing?

Participating: Dr Paul Stock and Prof. Marc David Baer

** LENT TERM 2020 **

22 January 2020
Careers with a PhD in History: How/if/why to plan ahead? (1)

When is a good time to think about life beyond the PhD and what is the best way to prepare for it?

Participating: Prof. David Stevenson

5 February 2020
Careers with a PhD in History: How/If/Why to Plan Ahead? (2)

An opportunity to hear from Catherine Reynolds, LSE’s PhD Careers Consultant, about the opportunities and challenges of today’s job market and how IH graduates can best navigate. Alumni of the IH PhD program working in academic and non-academic jobs will also join this session. We will ask questions such as what previous PhD students in the IH Department have gone on to do and how. What do they wish they’d known when they were still a PhD student in the Department? What are their top tips for a successful career beyond the doctorate?

Participating: Catherine Reynolds (LSE Careers) and Alumni of the International History PhD programme.

19 February 2020
Presenting Papers at Seminars and Conferences

An informal discussion on how to present your research findings with advice on preparation and delivery, how to deal with criticisms and questions, and follow up publication opportunities.

Participating: Dr Imaobong Umoren and Dr Ronald C. Po

4 March 2020
Writing Workshop (2): Planning & Introducing Your Upgrade Chapter

An opportunity to workshop your upgrade chapter as a work in progress.

 ** SUMMER TERM 2020 **

Full Day Workshop
MPhil students will be given the opportunity to present their upgrade chapter.

HY509 - International History Research Seminar

All International History PhD students are invited to attend HY509 on alternate Wednesdays during term time from 16:00 to 18:00, Fawcett House, Room 9.04, LSE - they will be followed by drinks at the Olde White Horse pub in St Clements Lane.

This seminar is organised by the doctoral students in the Department and includes both internal and external speakers. Attendance is mandatory for all of the Department's research students who have passed their upgrade and are present in London.

The HY509 programme for 2019/20 will be listed below soon. Papers will be circulated in advance and can also be access below with a password. Participation is open to all, including non-LSE staff and students. External visitors will be required to register through Eventbrite to access the building. For further information please email the convenors.

Convenors: Katherine Arnold, Ben Sayle , Tom Wilkinson and Rishika Yadav


2 October 2019
The Politics of Humanitarianism Across the Globe

Margot Tudor (HCRI, University of Manchester): Operationalising Paternalism: Technical Assistance and the Administration of the ONUC Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo, 1960

Ria Sunga (HCRI, University of Manchester): The Philippine State as Refugee-Host and Refugee-Producer: A Historical Overview

Maria Cullen (NUI Galway): Does National Political Culture Affect the Interpretation of Humanitarian Principles? A Comparative Exploration of Crisis Response in the Cases of Oxfam and Médicins Sans Frontières

16 October 2019
Asia and the Pan-Pacific in the New Global Ordser of the Twentieth Century

Yui Chim Lo (Oxford): ‘Asian Century’? How China and India Imagined Asia’s Future, c. 1945-1949

Sean Phillips (Oxford): The Pan-Pacific: Regional Modernity and Imperial Sub-Globalism, 1898-1937

30 October 2019
Courting America: The Propaganda for White Regimes in Southern Africa

Alex J. Marino (University of Arkansas): Portugal’s “Public Relations Coup”: Selling Settler Colonialism to Homemakers, Right-wingers and Rockefeller Republicans, 1950-1974

Kelsey Zavelo (Duke University): Defying Decolonization: Transnational White Supremacist Networks in Southern Africa and the United States

20 November 2019
British Attitudes Towards Europe, 1970s-2000s

Stuart Smedley (King’s College London): Missed Opportunities? British Public Opinion Towards the Creation of the Single Market and the Euro

Hamish McDougall (LSE): ‘Over a barrel?’ Britain, New Zealand and the Treaty of Accession 1972

4 December 2019
State Negotiations of the Body in Colonial and Postcolonial India: From Death Management to the New Spaces of Youth

Sohini Chattopadhyay (Columbia University): The Unclaimed Dead Body as a New Urban Problem: Calcutta and Bombay, c. 1870-1900

Tom A. Wilkinson (LSE): Indian Youth and the Defence of the Nation: Youth Mobilisations, Youth Physicality and the Birth of the National Cadet Core

** LENT TERM 2020 **

22 January 2020
France Within Transnational, Educational and Religious Networks

Dr Noëmie Duhaut (Leibniz Institute of European History) - Europe as a Default Choice: French Jewish International Diplomacy in the Nineteenth Century

Dr Charlotte Faucher (University of Manchester) – The Rise of the French Secular Educational Network in Western Europe during the Third Republic (1870-1940)

5 February 2020
Negotiating Power in the Pacific

Liam Connell (LSE) – Colonising Colony: New Zealand’s Dreams of Pacific Empire

Giulia Garbagni (University of Cambridge) – The Extra-Institutional Foreign Policy of Postwar Japan: Special Envoy Kawashima and Tokyo’s Mediation in the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation (1963-66)

19 February 2020
Managing Aid: Politics of Humanitarianism and the British Empire

Ryan Oliver Clarke (University of Essex) – Whitehall and Humanitarian Involvement in the Zimbabwean Liberation War, 1972-1980

Parvathi Menon (Erik Castren Institute of International Law, University of Helsinki) – Protection and Empire in Trinidad: A Burkean Strategy of Humanity and Control (1797-1833)

11 March 2020
Challenging ‘Empire’ in Bolivia, New Zealand, and the Persian Gulf

Marral Shamshiri-Fard (LSE) – Informal Empire in the Persian Gulf: Anti-Imperialist Revolutionaries in the 1970s

Joe Shaughnessy (University of Cambridge) – Anticolonial Thought in Interwar Aotearoa New Zealand: India and Ethiopia

Peter Morgan (UCL) – Bolívarian Moments: Anti-Imperialism in the Shadow of Empire

25 March 2020
Discourse and Discord: Constitutional Reform in Britain

*** Cancelled ***

Ben Sayle (LSE) – ‘Populist Constitutionalism’: Unionist Responses to the 1909-1911 Constitutional Crises

William Mitchell (LSE) – Reimagining the Constitution: Ministerial Responses to the Opponents in the Standing Army Debate, 1697-1702

HY510 - LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History

Since 2014-2015, the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS, the Department of International History at LSE, and the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po in Paris have co-organised the joint LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History (HY510).

The seminar welcomes presentations on any aspect of contemporary international history, with a focus on the Cold War.

The seminar is open to all PhD students and staff at both LSE and Sciences Po. We also welcome outside participants: if you would like to take part in the seminar, please sign up via the relevant eventbrite link in the programme on the seminar page on the LSE IDEAS website. If you have any doubts or difficulties, please e-mail the course organiser.

More detais and seminar programme for 2019/20 can be found in the LSE IDEAS website.