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. We make video and audio recordings available whenever possible.

New events coming soon.

Past events (2017-18)  


11 May 2018, Friday, 09:30-16:00, Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, LSE

Student-organised day long workshop: Integrating Gender into Historical Research: A Workshop for All  Historians

Key speaker: Professor Diana Paton (Edinburgh)
Participants: Dr Catherine Baker (Hull), Dr Dawn-Marie Gibson (RHUL), Dr Ben Griffin (Cambridge), Dr Tanya Harmer (LSE),
Professor Diana Jeater (Goldsmiths), Ms Katie McElvanney (QMUL) and Dr Imaobong Umoren (LSE)

Too often historians have treated gender as a separate topic, confining its study to the subfields of gender or women’s history. Research conducted in these fields is pioneering and plays an important role in challenging prevailing narratives and ensuring that through revision, women’s experiences and contributions are acknowledged in history. While it is necessary to have fields that primarily focus on gender in history, historians in all fields can benefit from actively considering gender as a constant factor and analytical lens in their research. For some historians, it seems often difficult to integrate women’s perspectives and issues into ‘traditional’ history due to, amongst others, archival records that favour men and unconscious biases that it was predominantly men that have shaped history. To that end, we hosted this workshop so that historians can learn how to use gender as an analytical tool in research.

This event, organised by PhD students Grace Carrington, Judith Jacob and Eline van Ommen, is generously supported by a fund from the LSE Department of International History's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Slut Phobia Documentary

25 April 2018, Thursday, 16:00-18:00, NAB.1.04, LSE

Student-organised documentary screening and dicussion: Slutphobia: Feminist Documentary Screening

Screening of documentary "Slut Phobia" (Sletvrees 2013) by Sunny Bergman in which gender norms in sexuality and duality in female sexuality are explored. The screening was followed by a group discussion led by event organisers, MSc Student Laura Arts (International History) and MSc student Emily ter Steeg (International Relations).

This event was generously supported by a fund from the LSE Department of International History's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


20 March 2018, Tuesday, 18:30-20:00, Alumni Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Book talk: The Last Resort?  British Governments and the Use of Nuclear Weapons, 1945-1970

Speaker: Professor Matthew Jones
Chair: Professor David Stevenson

This talk was intended to mark the publication of the first two volumes of Professor Matthew Jones’s Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent (Routledge, 2017).  It took as its central concern one of the fundamental issues that lay at the heart of arguments over whether Britain should develop and then maintain its own strategic nuclear force under independent, national control: under what circumstances would a UK Government ever have ordered such a force to be used?  From this point of departure it examined the interplay in British nuclear policy between Cold War theories of deterrence, the tensions of the Western Alliance, national prestige, pressures on defence spending and party politics in post-war Britain.


19 March 2018, Monday, 18:00-20:00, 32L G.03, LSE

Book launch and public lecture: Colonial Captivity during the First World War: Internment and the Fall of the German Empire 1914-1919

Speaker: Dr Mahon Murphy (Kyoto University)
Comments: Dr William Mulligan (University College Dublin)
Chair: Professor David Stevenson

With the outbreak of war in 1914, British, French and Japanese forces uprooted and interned German civilians and soldiers in Germany’s African and Asian colonies. The Allied overthrow of Germany’s overseas colonies during the First World War challenged the structures that underpinned nineteenth century imperialism. Through his analysis of this internment and deportation Dr Murphy's new book Colonial Captivity during the First World War: Internment and the Fall of the German Empire 1914-1919 (Cambridge University Press, 2017) highlights the impact the First World War had on the notion of a common European "civilising mission" and the image of empire in the early twentieth century. Internment of Europeans in the colonial spheres of the war altered collective European identities, fed into propaganda, connected the extra-European front to the European front, and forced a reassessment of the administration of empire.


15 March 2018, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

Annual Gulf History Lecture: The Arab/Persian Binary: histories of culture and conflict in the Persian Gulf

Speaker: Professor Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (Walter H Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania)
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi

Arabs and Persians have historically been placed in a binary and oppositional relationship. This bifurcated past has influenced the contemporary politics and historiography of the region, with far-reaching consequences for the stability and economic viability of different Middle Eastern communities.

This clash of ethnicities becomes especially prominent in the Persian Gulf, where migrants, sailors, indigenous communities, and laborers have intermingled and forged a unique and multi-ethnic culture that defies facile categorization. Yet with the imposition of nationalism these multi-cultural communities have had to accept or adapt to the dominant state identity. This lecture analysed the process of identity formation in the communities of the Persian Gulf by studying textual sources, as well as imperial and national objectives, that have determined these outcomes.

This event was hosted by the Department of International History with the generous support of the LSE Kuwuait Programme.

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13 March 2018, Tuesday, 16:00-18:00, TW2.9.05, LSE

Department of International History and LSE United States Centre : The Double Game: The Demise of America's First Missile Defense System and the Rise of Strategic Arms Limitation

Speaker: Dr James Cameron (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones

How did the United States move from position of nuclear superiority over the Soviet Union at the beginning of the 1960s toward arms control based on nuclear parity and the doctrine of mutual assured destruction in 1972? James Cameron tackled this question in his new book, The Double Game (OUP, 2017), by examining the nuclear policies and rhetoric of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon. He showed how all three presidents engaged in a double game, hiding their true beliefs behind a façade of strategic language while grappling in private with the complex realities of the nuclear age.  At a time when the Trump administration had just produced its nuclear posture review, this talk illuminated an earlier period when US nuclear superiority was under question.


28 Februrary 2018, Wednesday, 18:30-20:00, TW2.2.04, LSE

Book Talk: The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo crisis 1960-64

Speaker: Dr Alanna O'Malley (Leiden University)
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi

In her new book, The Diplomacy of Decolonisation: America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo Crisis, 1960-64 (Manchester University Press, 2018), Dr Alanna O’Malley reinterprets the role of the UN during the Congo crisis from 1960 to 1964, presenting a multidimensional view of the organisation. Through an examination of the Anglo-American relationship, she reveals how the UN helped position this event as a lightning rod in debates about how decolonisation interacted with the Cold War. By examining the ways in which the various dimensions of the UN came into play in Anglo-American considerations of how to handle the Congo crisis, the book reveals how the Congo debate reverberated in wider ideological struggles about how decolonisation evolved and what the role of the UN would be in managing this process. The UN became a central battle ground for ideas and visions of world order; as the newly-independent African and Asian states sought to redress the inequalities created by colonialism, the US and UK sought to maintain the status quo, while the Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld tried to reconcile these two contrasting views.


22 February 2018, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

Department of International History Annual Public Lecture: The View from Other Shores: The Global Refugee

Speaker: Professor Joya Chatterji (Professor of South Asian History, University of Cambridge)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones

Since World War II, 95% percent of the world’s refugees have stayed in the global south, close to their regions of origin. This lecture examined how the ‘global refugee’ was constituted by international conventions, national laws and the practices of humanitarianism of international aid agencies. Drawing on decades of research, it offered an anti-Eurocentric critique of these policies, which have enabled cruelty and inaction to pass for rehabilitation.


21 February 2018, Wednesday, 12:30-14:00, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Hosted by LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0, International History Lecture: Beveridge in Context: reconstruction planning during the Second World War and after

Speakers: Professor Matthew Jones, Professor David Stevenson and Dr David Motadel
Chair: Dr Megan Black

Academics from the Department of International History at LSE reassessed the 1942 Beveridge Report in the light of German, American, and British planning for reconstruction after World War II.

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20 February 2018, Tuesday, 18:00-20:00, 32L.G.03, LSE

Book Launch and Roundtable: Freedom’s Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution

Speakers: Dr Padraic X. Scanlan, Dr Bronwen Everill (University of Cambridge) and Dr Nicholas Guyatt (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Dr David Motadel

Freedom’s Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution, authored by Dr Padraic X. Scanlan and published by Yale University Press, is a new history of British antislavery. In Sierra Leone, at the time a small British colony with an antislavery pedigree, the vague promises of the 1807 abolition of the British slave trade became a program of coerced labour, military conquest and ambitious social engineering. The people released from slavery by Royal Navy ships were no longer enslaved, but were expected to repay the ‘debt’ they owed to Britain for their freedom. The history of British antislavery has been written as a history of the triumph of enlightened good intentions over greed and brutality – Freedom’s Debtors shows that antislavery, on the edge of the British empire, was profit-seeking, exploitative and intrusive – the seedbed of British colonialism in West Africa.


14 February 2018, Wednesday, LSE LIFE Workspace 4, Library, LSE

Department of International History Undergraduate Students Conference & Social Event: Using History: Beyond Graduation

This one-day conference and social event for International History undergraduate students, arising from the requests of students themselves, explored several key topics in the study of modern history, including the value of studying the subject; looked at the career paths taken by several of the Department’s recent graduates; and listened to the views and experiences of more advanced career alumni. Careers advisers were also on hand to talk to students about their own ideas for the paths they would like to follow beyond graduation. Throughout the day there was opportunities to meet alumni from different sectors, discuss career aspirations, and ask questions. Lunch and refreshments were provided. At the end of the conference we gathered for a social event at the upstairs room of The George pub.

Full programme.


29 January 2018, Monday, 10:00-12:00, Bean Counter, 32L, LSE

Department of International History, LSESU Women Leaders of Tomorrow Society and LSE Library: Coffee Morning Event: Women Leaders of Yesterday: Exploring the Suffragette Movement

Speakers: Debbie Challis (LSE Library's Education and Outreach Officer), Dr Imaobong Umoren (International History), Gillian Murphy (LSE Library's Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship) and Professor Matthew Jones (Head of Department)

The LSESU Women Leaders of Tomorrow in collaboration with LSE Library and the Department of International History organised a topical panel discussion followed by open conversation on the Women Leaders of 'Yesterday’. The panel answered questions such as:
- How should we commemorate the centenary of votes for (some) women in 1918?
- What lessons does the suffragette movement teach us about leadership, 100 years later?
- Why is this movement still relevant today?  


7 December 2017,Thursday, 16:00-18:00, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

International History Undergraduate Students Town Hall

Discussants: Professor Matthew Jones, Professor Piers Ludlow and other members of the department

Students were encouraged to attend this meeting to learn what the Department had done to address issues that had been raised around their experience of life as students in International History. This was a chance for students to understand how something works in the Department, why we do what we do, or simply find an answer to an issue they had come across in their  time at the Department.

Open to International History Undergraduate Students only.


28 November 2017, Tuesday, 18:30, German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ

Department of International History and German Historical Institute London: GHIL Visiting Professorship Inaugural Lecture: National Security and Humanity. The Internment of Civilian “Enemy Aliens” During the First World War

Speaker: Professor Arnd Bauerkämper (GHIL Visiting Professor, 2017-18)

In the “total” First World War, civilian “enemy aliens” became targets of stringent state control and internment, frequently in the name of “national security”. On the other hand, national and international humanitarian organisations supported these helpless victims of the war. To what extent and how did debates and conflicts about the relationship between security and humanity impact on the changing balance?

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.


15 November 2017, Wednesday, 18:30, Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Book Launch: 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution

Speaker: Professor David Stevenson
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones

This event comprised an illustrated talk about key developments in global political history during the pivotal year 1917, followed by a discussion. Professor David Stevenson summarized the research and arguments in his new book, 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2017).


27 October 2017, Friday, 10:00-12:00, The Women's Library, R01, Lower Ground Floor, Lionel Robbins Building, LSE

Black History Month: The Global in the Local

Speakers: Dr Megan Black, Dr Jack Hogan, Professor Matthew Jones and Dr Imaobong Umoren

The Department of International History hosted its inaugural Black History Month roundtable discussion based on the theme of the "Global in the Local". Speakers from the department discussed a range of topics including the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Little Rock incident, US black intellectuals and criticisms of aid development policy, black activists in interwar London, and the abolition of slavery in Zambia.

After the roundtable, the panel opened for questions and answers from the audience.


25 October 2017, Wednesday,  16:00-17:30, TW2.9.05, LSE

Department of International History and LSE United States Centre: Between the United States and Russia: Past and Present Perspectives on the creation of a separate European nuclear deterrent

Speakers: Professor Matthew Jones (LSE International History), Professor Wyn Bowen (KCL), Professor Lynn Eden (Stanford University), Dr Helen Parr (Keele University)
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz (LSE International Relations and LSE US Centre Director)

In the age of Trump and Brexit, does Europe need to rethink its security relationship with the US? Is it time for Europe to consider its own nuclear deterrent force?

Since the election of Donald Trump as US President there has been much discussion of the strained security relationship between the United States and its European NATO allies. Trump's assertions that the Europeans need to contribute more toward their own security, his position on several key international political issues (such as attitudes to Russian policy), and his past reluctance to offer all-out endorsement to America's Article 5 obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty, have contributed to the sense that transatlantic ties have loosened. Some commentators have spoken of the need for France and Germany, in a post-Brexit Europe, to rethink their security relationship and look more to their own defence needs, and even, with the US nuclear guarantee perhaps in doubt, to consider a separate European deterrent force.

We have, however, been here before. On several occasions in the 1960s and 1970s, when it looked as though the US nuclear guarantee to NATO in Western Europe was in doubt, ideas emerged for the creation of some kind of European-based nuclear force, whether it be an Anglo-French combination (mooted by Macmillan in 1961-62, and again by Harold Wilson in 1967), or perhaps Multilateral Force (under joint control, with US leadership and involvement), or perhaps on a Franco-German basis (the underlying fear of both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations which helped make them push for an MLF).

This seminar used the recent occasion of the publication of the first two volumes of the official history of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent, to examine these past perspectives on a European nuclear deterrent force, positioned between the US and Soviet Union, and to make comparisons to the present. Why did such schemes emerge? What practical mechanics did they involve? What were the obstacles that lay in the path to their creation? Did the experience of the 1960s and 1970s hold any lessons for today?


5 October 2017, Thursday, 18h30, Hong Kong Theatre, LSE

Department of International History and LSE IDEAS: Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Speaker: Professor William Taubman
Chair: Professor Vladislav Zubok

In this lecture, Pulitzer Prize winner William Taubman explored how a peasant boy rose to the top of the Soviet system and ended it, why the Communist regime allowed him to destroy it, why Gorbachev’s dream of democratising the USSR failed, how he and President Reagan turned out to be almost perfect partners, and why Gorbachev permitted Eastern Europe to abandon Communism with firing a shot. Taubman’s talk emphasised the impact of Gorbachev's personality on his policies and role in world history.

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