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.

Call for Papers, Michaelmas Term 2019

The seminar is currently accepting proposals for the Michaelmas Term session. The deadline for applications is Friday 21 June.

For more information see the Call for Papers or contact the seminar organiser.

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.

Download papers

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


2018-2019 Programme at LSE

Sessions are held in rooms 9.04 or 9.05, Fawcett House, Clement’s Inn, LSE, 4-6pm (London time).

Lent Term

Wednesday 23 January

Light water capitalism: American global power through non-proliferation

Speaker: Dr Jayita Sarkar (Boston University / Dartmouth)

Wednesday 6 February

The Soviet Union in the competition for West Africa's modernity, 1957-67

Speaker: Dr Alessandro Iandolo (University of Oxford)

Wednesday 27 February

'Junior players? Regional games and global aspirations: Romania's initiative for a Balkan alliance 1957-1960'

Speaker: Dr Corina Mavrodin (LSE / EUI)

Wednesday 13 March

‘Power over people who are hungry': Food, oil, and the new international economic order in U.S. foreign policy, 1972-75

Speaker: Dr Michael Franczak (Yale / Boston)

Wednesday 27 March - please note that this seminar will start at 5pm

A multi-faceted revolution: Western Europeans, Sandinistas, and the Nicaraguan Revolution, 1979-1980

Speaker: Eline van Ommen (LSE)

Wednesday 1 May - please note that this seminar will be held in Room 2.04 Fawcett House (FAW 2.04)

Was there a second Cold War? Reconsidering East-West relations in the early 1980s

Speaker: Dr Susan Colbourn (Yale / Toronto)

2018-2019 Programme at Sciences Po

All sessions will be held at the Centre d’Histoire, Sciences Po, 56 Rue Jacob, 5-7 pm (Paris time). 

Lent Term

Wednesday 30 January

The British and French Consulates in Hanoi, 1654-1674

Speaker: Lori Maguire (Paris 8)

Wednesday 20 February

Promised Land: The Worlds of American Zionism, 1948-1995

Speaker: Douglas Rossinow (University of Oslo)

Wednesday 27 March

Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris." The Political and Cultural Economy of a Film Text

Speaker: Saverio Giovacchini (University of Maryland, College Park)

Wednesday 24 April

Revisiting India's handling of the contested case of sovereignty in Goa, 1947-1961

Speaker: Raphaëlle Khan (IRSEM, Paris)

Wednesday 22 May

Visualising Diplomacy in Cold War Southeast Asia - Bandung in 1955

Speaker: Naoko Shimazu (Yale-NUS, College Singapore)