Science Po University Paris

LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History

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 co-organise 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.

2018-19 Call for Papers have just closed.

Attend the seminar 

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 e-mail the course organiser, stating your affiliation and area of research.

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Seminar participants can download papers for each seminar here. (login required)


2017-2018 Programme at LSE

All sessions will be held in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (32 LIF), room B.13 at 4-6pm London time. Please note that the Portugal Street entrance to 32 LIF is closed this year, use the Lincoln’s Inn Fields entrance.

Michaelmas Term

Wednesday 4 October

Revisiting the 1953 Coup in Iran

Speakers: Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi (Oxford), Prof Vladislav Zubok (LSE)

Wednesday 18 October

The Clash: The German Cold War and the Middle East Conflict 

Speaker: Dr Lorena de Vita (Utrecht)

Wednesday 8 November

The 1945 Turkish-Soviet Crisis: The Construction of a Foundational Foreign Policy Myth

Speaker: Dr Behlul Ozkan (Marmara)

Wednesday 22 November

The Argentine Military and the Political Violence of the 1970s: An Ethnography of Kinship

Speaker: Eleonora Natale (Keele)

Wednesday 6 December

Madagascar 1947: An Insurrection into Perspective

Speaker: Prof Guillaume Piketty (Sciences Po Paris)

Lent Term

Wednesday 17 January

Brothers in arms: Morocco’s military intervention in support of Mobutu of Zaire during the 1977 and 1978 Shaba crises

Speaker: Dr Farid Boussaid (University of Amsterdam)

Wednesday 31 January

International Politics and Soviet Constitutional Reforms in the 1950s-1960s: ‘’Fantasies of Federalism’’?

Speaker: Dr Etienne Peyrat (Sciences Po Paris)

Wednesday 21 February

Development programs during the Cold War: The Tennessee Valley Authority Model in Italy and Colombia (1950-1965)

Speaker: Dr Elisa Grandi (Paris School of Economics)

Wednesday 7 March

The War Scare that Wasn’t: Able Archer 83 and the Myths of the Second Cold War

Speaker: Dr Simon Miles (Duke University)

Wednesday 21 March

From ‘Lepers of Détente’ to ‘Fathers of the Final Act’: Britain, the CSCE, and the ‘Pecking Orders’ of Cold War Diplomacy

Speaker: Dr Kai Hebel (Leiden University)

2017-2018 Programme at Sciences Po

All sessions will be held at 5-7 pm Paris time. Venue TBC.

Michaelmas Term

Wednesday 25 October

From Keynes to Carr: The Twenty Years’ Crisis Revisited

Speaker: Prof Michael Cox (LSE)

Wednesday 8 November

Forging Europe: Vichy France and the Origins of the European Community

Speaker: Dr Luc-André Brunet (LSE & Open University)

Wednesday 29 November

Soviet Central Asia and the Global Cold War

Speaker: Prof Artemy Kalinovsky (Amsterdam)

Wednesday 6 December

Madagascar 1947: An Insurrection into Perspective

Speaker: Prof Guillaume Piketty (Sciences Po Paris) (Videoconference from London)

Lent Term

January 11, (12-2pm), Jeremy Adelman (Princeton), Narrating Global Capitalism: Political Economy, Global History, or World Orders?, Salle de Traité

February 21, Alexandre Dab (LSE), The European Community’s diplomatic initiative in the Middle East, Salle de Traité

March 21: Ramin Nassehi (King’s College London), Pahlavi regime and the Cold War development doctrines: thinking globally about Iran’s economic miracle in the 1960s, Salle de Traité

April 18, Kaeten Mistry (East Anglia), Anti-American Americans and the Dilemma of Exile in Europe: A Transnational History of U.S. National Security Whistleblowing’, Salle de Traité

May (date TBD), Naoko Shimazu (National University of Singapore), Title TBA



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