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

The seminar is currently accepting proposals for the Lent Term session. Please find further information on the Call for Papers PDF. Please submit proposals by Friday 22 November using this Google Form.

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 or 9.05, Fawcett House, Clement’s Inn, LSE, 4-6pm (London time).

Michaelmas Term

9 October

The Political Geography of International Advocacy: Indian and American Cold War Civil Society for Tibet

Lydia Walker, Institute of Historical Research

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23 October

Constructing transnational solidarity in the global Cold War: South-South solidarity and exile in Chile and beyond

Marieke Riethof, University of Liverpool

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13 November

From Empire to Europe: The Changing Status of White Settlers in Kenya, 1954-1966

Inaya Khan, Sciences Po

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27 November

Between Mecca, Moscow and Mao: Iranian Left-Islamists and socialist countries in the Global Sixties

Arash Azizi, New York University

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11 December

A Gentleman's Understanding: British, French, and German dual-use technology transfers to China during the Cold War and America's Dilemma, 1978-1981

Sheng Peng, University of Oxford

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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). 

Michaelmas Term

25 September

An Uneasy Triangle: Ceausescu, the Colonels and the Greek Left (1967-1974)

Paschalis Pechlivanis (Université de Utrecht)

23 October

Unavoidable Accommodation? The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' in the Cold War

Siarhei Bohdan (Freie Universitaet, Berlin)

20 November

The Myth of the "Afghan Trap": Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Carter Administration, and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

Conor Tobin (University of Dublin)

11 December

Polish Socialist Elites and the Electronic Giants in the 1970s: Cold War Politics or Ordinary Business?

Aleksandra Komornicka (EUI, Florence)