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.

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

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

Speaker: Eline van Ommen (LSE)

Wednesday 1 May

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). 

Michaelmas Term

Wednesday 26 September

Israel in the American Mind

Speaker: Dr Shaul Mitelpunkt (University of York)

Wednesday 24 October

An “Exceedingly Delicate and Extraordinarily Difficult Undertaking”: Cold War Diplomacy and China’s Reintegration into Globalised Science, 1966-1978 

Speaker: Dr Pete Millwood (LSE / University of Oxford)

Wednesday 28 November

Black Internationalism and the Cold War: A. Philip Randolph and the Politics of Anti-Colonialism, Anti-Fascism & Anti-Communism

Speaker: Prof Eric Arnesen (George Washington University)

Wednesday 12 December

State of Emergency, Citizens and Foreigners: Legacies of WWI in the Interwar Period

Speaker: Prof Gia Caglioti (University of Naples Federico II)