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Events

2019/20

The Department of International History hosts numerous lectures, roundtables, debates and workshops by our academics, visiting academics and others. Members of the Department are also involved in a series of events around LSE. Below is a list of these events by chronological order. Our events are usually free and open to all with exceptions duly noted. We make video and audio recordings available whenever possible.

Upcoming events

21 November 2019: Europe and the British Geographical Imagination, 1760-1830

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21 November 2019, Thursday, 6.30pm to 8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Book Launch: Europe and the British Geographical Imagination, 1760-1830

Speaker: Dr Paul Stock (LSE International History)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones (LSE International History)

Dr Paul Stock will examine the findings in his new book, Europe and the British Geographical Imagination, 1760-1830, which explores what literate British people understood by the word 'Europe' in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.

10 December 2019: The Short and the Long Twentieth Century: German and European Perspectives 

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10 December 2019, Tuesday, 6.30pm, German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ

Department of International History and German Historical Institute London

GHIL Visiting Professorship Inaugural Lecture: The Short and the Long Twentieth Century: German and European Perspectives

Speaker: Professor Ulrich Herbert (GHIL Visiting Professor, 2019/20)

If the 20th century is said to start in 1917 and end in 1990, then the conflict between capitalism and communism is declared to be the sign of the era. World War II, National Socialism and the Holocaust, as well as colonialism and decolonisation, are all defined by this contradiction and become secondary events. If the starting point is set around 1890 with the implementation of high industrialization, high imperialism and the culture of modernity, then the First World War and with it the emergence of the great ideological mass movements become the result of these decades of upheaval. The period up to the 1970s, when classical industrial society came to an end, is then understood as a unity.

Does all this apply to Germany, does it characterize a structuring of European history in the 20th century as a whole or do national historical differences predominate here?

The Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of the LSE and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Due to limited seating, pre-registration to attend is required. Please email abellamy@ghil.ac.uk

 

11 February 2020: LSE and the Genesis of Global Governance

 

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11 February 2020, Tuesday, 6.30pm to 8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Annual International History Lecture: LSE and the Genesis of Global Governance

Speaker: Professor Patricia Clavin (Oxford)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones (LSE International History)

Starring the League of Nations, and featuring the students, staff, and archives of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the lecture recovers the entangled history of LSE with the practices of global governance. This international history reveals a wide-ranging preoccupation with the material conditions of peace, alongside the more familiar concern of disarmament.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.


Past events

2019/20

Stuart Sweeney

30 October 2019, Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Book Talk: The Europe Illusion? Britain, France, Germany and the Long History of European Integration

Speaker: Dr Stuart Sweeney (University of Oxford) and Dr Tim Hochstrasser (LSE International History)
Chair: Professor David Stevenson (LSE International History)

In this talk, Dr Sweeney discussed his latest book The Europe Illusion with Dr Tim Hochstrasser. The book considers Britain’s relationships with France and Prussia-Germany since 1648 and how these relationships have been at the basis of European integration.

Listen to the podcast.



Dr Imaobong Umoren

30 October 2019, Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm, Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Black History Month: Négritude: From Poetry to Politics

Discussants: Dr Imaobong Umoren (LSE International History, pictured), Christina Ivey (LSE Government) and Eileen Gbagbo (LSE International Relations)
Chair: Dr Dina Gusejnova (LSE International History)

To celebrate Black History Month, we screened exclusively Manthia Diawara's rarely shown documentary film "Négritude, a Dialogue between Soyinka and Senghor" (2015).  The documentary was followed by a discussion.



Abrahamian

24 October 2019, Thursday, 6.30pm to 8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Annual Gulf History Lecture: The 1979 Revolution in Iran: important or not?

Speaker: Professor Ervand Abrahamian (City University of New York)
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi (LSE International History)

The Iranian Revolution shook the world, but left little lasting impact outside Iran. Professor Ervand Abrahamian will address this puzzling paradox of modern Iranian history in this Annual Gulf History Lecture.

This event, free and open to all, is hosted by the Department of International History with the generous support of the LSE Kuwait Programme.

See pictures of the event.



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23 October 2019, Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Department of International History and LSE IDEAS: 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: German Historical Memory and National Identity

Speaker: Dr Hope M. Harrison (George Washington University)
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi (LSE International History)

This public lecture examined the arc of memory politics in Germany since 1989, including the impact of the rise of the far right as well as German plans for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

See pictures of the event.

Listen to the podcast.



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16 October 2019, Wednesday, 6pm to 7pm, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Department of International History and Department of International Relations: Professional, Regimented and Aggressive: British paratroopers and the Falklands War

Speaker: Professor Helen Parr (Keele)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones (LSE International History)

In the first event of the Cultures of War seminar series, Professor Helen Parr talked about the lives and experiences of British paratroopers before, during and after the short but symbolic 1982 Falklands war.

See pictures of the event.