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.

Seminar Cancelled

As of Monday 16 March, the seminar has been cancelled for the rest of the academic year in light of COVID-19 concerns. We will aim to reschedule the final two seminars of Lent Term with Elena Nora Jucyte and Paul-André Rosental respectively for Michaelmas Term. If you have any queries, please email the course organiser.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for Michaelmas Term 2020 is live, and applicants are welcome until Friday 19 June. Click here to find out more.

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 sign up via the relevant eventbrite link in the programme below. If you have any doubts or difficulties, please e-mail the course organiser.

Download papers

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


2019/20 Programme at LSE

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

Lent Term

29 January

Can Culture Bridge the Political Gap? The British Council in Yugoslavia after the War and during the 1950s

Mao Mao, University of Oxford

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12 February

The Logic of Containment, Oil Politics and American Military Presence in the Persian Gulf, 1945-1983

Manuel Dorion-Soulié, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

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4 March

Flawed Architects, Resilient Technologies and the Making of the Second Cold War

Andrea Chiampan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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18 March - CANCELLED

India's Strategic Friendship: Indo-Soviet relations during the premiership of Indira Gandhi

Elena Nora Jucyte, Sapienza - University of Rome

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1930s American Eugenics and 1950s French Demography: Trans-Atlantic Legacies of Eugenic Experimentation

Paul-André Rosental, Sciences Po

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2019/20 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

To be confirmed.