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MPhil/PhD Workshop and Seminars

Students registered for the MPhil/PhD in International History are required in their first year to attend the Department's research training programme: HY501 - Research Student Workshop. Students are also advised to attend relevant seminars organised within the other colleges of the University of London or the School, such as the ones below.

You can find more information on the Department's courses in LSE Research Course Guides.

HY501 - International History MPhil/PhD Research Training Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarise new MPhil/PhD students with the practical research and writing skills necessary for the preparation of a first-rate PhD thesis in history, and to discuss some general methodological and theoretical issues in international history as a research field.
Schedule of Meetings 2014-15
Thursdays, 14:00, OLD1.29

*Michaelmas Term: Professor Steven Casey*

9 October
Introduction.The nature of a PhD thesis.
The PhD upgrading requirements. The originality requirement. Selecting a topic. Relationship to other researchers in the field.

16 October
Methodological aspects: the making of history
What do historians do when they do history? What are its claims to objectivity? Interpretation and controversy in history. History and its relationship to the social sciences. International history and other forms of history. Please do some reading beforehand and come prepared with questions.

23 October
Notes and record keeping
One of the main tasks of the historian is to accumulate evidence from written and oral sources on which to base their work. We will discuss how we can do this effectively and to minimise problems of storage and recovery.

30 October
Electronic sources for historians

Please note this sessions will start at 14:15. It will take place in LRB.R08, which is on the lower ground floor of the Library.
A valuable opportunity to run through the search tools available on-line via the Library.
Note: this meeting will take place in the Library, room to be confirmed
Participating: Paul Horsler (History librarian, LSE Library)

6 November
Working in the archives
An informal discussion of aspects of archival research at home and abroad.

13 November
Oral history and interviewing
A useful, and occasionally the only, method of obtaining information on contemporary issues is by interviewing witnesses. There are, however, important issues of technique, confidentiality, reliability and record-keeping that arise from this procedure. Before attending this meeting, please consult one of the relevant items on the reading list and/or the website of the Oral History Association.

20 November
The writing process
An informal discussion of aspects of thesis writing.
Please note: bring to this meeting at least one example of GOOD historical or other non-fiction writing and be prepared to explain why you chose it.

27 November
Publications and Presentations

An informal discussion on how to give a paper: preparation and delivery, how to deal with criticisms and questions. IT aids: PowerPoint. How to get published: academic journals and book publishers: sources of advice. What makes a good paper/article?

*Summer Term: Dr Antony Best*

The number of meetings will depend on the number of first-year students who are preparing for the upgrade. The meetings will be given over to presentations by students of the draft chapter they will be submitting for the upgrading exercise. Two students will normally make presentations at each meeting. They will be asked to summarise their chapter, explaining its thesis and how it is underpinned. The order of appearance will be decided toward the end of the Michaelmas term.

HY509 - International History Research Seminar

All International History PhD students are invited to attend HY509 on alternate Wednesdays during term time - they will be followed by drinks at the George IV pub.

This seminar is organized by the doctoral students in the Department and includes both internal and external speakers. Attendance is mandatory for all of the Department's research students who have passed their upgrade and are present in London.

The HY509 programme for the rest of this term is listed below. Papers will be circulated in advance via the HY509 Moodle site. Members of the Department are welcome to attend, and requested to enrol for HY509 on Moodle to access the papers.
Seminar Programme 2013-14

*Michaelmas Term*

23 October 2013
Thinking Imperially: Empire in Public Discourse

Chair: Dr. Paul Keenan
Panellists: Cees Heere, Jonas Fossli Gjersø

13 November 2013
Nationalism and Radicalization in the Middle East

Chair: Dr. Roham Alvandi
Panellists: Seth Anziska, Ranj Alaaldin

27 November 2013
Modernisation in East Asia

Chair: Dr. Antony Best
Panellists: Takahiro Yamamoto, Scott Gilfillan

11 December 2013
Race, War and Journalism

Chair: Dr. Steven Casey
Panellists: Oliver Elliott, Rosalind Coffey

*Lent Term*

29 January 2014
Land Empires: Russia and the Ottoman Empire

Chair: Prof. Chai Lieven
Panellists: Serkan Ke, Pınar Üre

12 February 2014
Postcolonial elites and the Cold War

Chair: Dr. Joanna Lewis
Panellists: Gary Blank, Mark O’Connor

26 February 2014
Red Peace. Beyond Communism-Capitalism: Ideological debates in the Cold War

Chair: Dr. Vladimir Unkovski-Korica
Panellists: Vlad Dobrenko, Natalia Telepneva (TBC)

12 March 2014
Publishing, Jobs, and the State of History

Panellists: TBC

Contact details:
Aurelie Basha
Yu Suzuki
Natalia Telepneva

HY510 - LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History

Beginning this academic year, the HY510 seminar has been renamed the LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History (formerly known the Cold War Research Seminar).
While the focus of the seminar will remain on the Cold War, broadly defined, presentations on any aspect of contemporary international history are welcomed. The seminar is an ideal environment to share work such as PhD chapters, journal articles, or sections of monographs or books and provides a forum for the discussion of new research by PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members from the UK, France, and elsewhere.
As in past years, the seminar will take place on Wednesdays from 4-6pm (in TW2.904, Tower Two).  Papers will be available on the course webpage one week in advance and participants will be expected to have read the paper before the seminar.
As a joint seminar with Sciences Po, there will be five sessions each term in London and two sessions each term in Paris. This year welcome three presenters from Sciences Po will be welcomed at LSE and three presenters from LSE will be sent to present their research at Sciences Po.  An online discussion forum for the seminar has been set up. Participants are encouraged to read papers for all sessions and to leave questions and comments on the forum, to which presenters are asked to respond. It is hoped this will help foster closer ties and promote dialogue among historians working at both institutions.
The seminar is open to PhD students and staff at LSE and Sciences Po, but as always participants from other institutions are also welcome.
More information on the seminar is available on the IDEAS website.
Seminar Schedule 2014-15

*Michaelmas Term (LSE)*

15 October
‘Information networks and decision makers in the economic relations between Western Europe and Red China (1954-1965)’
Participant: Valeria Zanier (LSE)
29 October
‘Depictions of the Portuguese dictatorship in Cold War Hollywood’
Participant: Rui Lopes (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
12 November 
‘An Anti-Semitic International: Catholic and Far-Right Connections and Networks (1917-1920s)’
Partipant: Nina Valbousquet (Sciences Po)
26 November
‘A strategic laboratory: South-East Asia and Western powers' cross-learning in irregular warfare (1949-1959)’
Participant: Élie Tenenbaum (Sciences Po)
3 December
'The 1967 Six Day War
Participant: Guy Laron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Oxford)

*Michaelmas Term (Science Po)*

5 November
‘Iran, Western Europe and the revolution of 1979: political, strategic and energy issues’
Participant: Claudia Castiglioni

19 November
‘Beyond the shoe: rethinking Khrushchev at the 1960 UN General Assembly’
Participant: Alessandro Iandolo (LSE)
*Lent Term (LSE)*

14 January
‘Transnational Solidarity in the Making: Labour strikes, money transfers, and the First International, 1864-1872’
Participant: Nicolas Delalande (Sciences Po)
28 January
‘NATO and the politics of theatre nuclear weapons in Europe, 1973-1983, a British perspective’
Participant: Andrea Chiampan (Graduate Institute)
11 February
‘A dissident ally in the making: Romania’s tactics and opportunities among the upheavals of 1956’
Participant: Corina Mavrodin (LSE)
26 February
Title tbc
Participant: Anders Stephanson (Columbia)
11 March
‘Mr Papambiguous: From populist rhetoric to pragmatic adaptation? Greek Socialists and Europe, 1981-1985’
Participant: Eirini Karamouzi (Sheffield/Oxford)

*Lent Term (Science Po)*

9 March
‘La guerre froide: une histoire européenne?’
N.B. This will be a joint session with Jakob Vogel’s and Marc Lazar’s seminar on European history.
Participant: Arne Westad (LSE)
Date TBC
‘De Gaulle, the Monnet Plan, and the Origins of the Cold War in France”
Participant: Luc-André Brunet (LSE)