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 2022/23 (access it on Moodle)

Convenor: Professor Matthew Jones

HY509 - International History Research Seminar

All International History PhD students are invited to attend HY509 during term time. In Michaelmas Term 2022, sessions will be hosted online.

This research seminar is convened by PhD students in International History and offers the opportunity for second, third and fourth year PhD students to present their research for discussion in conversation with others. Staff from within the department as well as invited guests from beyond the LSE will participate as discussants and presenters.

You can find the HY509 programme for 2022/23 below. Papers will be circulated in advance and can also be accessed below with a password. Participation is open to all, including non-LSE staff and students. External visitors will be required to pre-register through Eventbrite. Log in details will be sent via EventBrite.

For further information please email the convenors.

Convenors: Michele Pajero, Armand Azra bin Azlira and Edoardo Vaccari


2022/23 Schedule of meetings are below

*** Michaelmas Term ***

Wednesday 16:00-18:00 BST, 28 September 2022 | Register on EventBrite
Anti-Communist Diasporas and Exiles in the Cold War

  • Frances Martin, (University of Connecticut) - 'Between the State and Statelessness: The International Policy and Grassroots Diplomacy of the National United Front for the Liberation of Vietnam, 1980-1990'
  • Erzsebet Arvay, (Corvinus University of Budapest)  - The Diaspora Engagement Policies of the Cold War'

Wednesday 16:00-18:00 BST, 12 October 2022 | Register on EventBrite
Debates About "Indigenous" and "Non­Indigenous" Knowledge in Modern African Intellectual History

  • Zeyad el Nabolsy, (Cornell University)  - Modern Science or Colonial Science in 19th Century West Africa? Africanus Horton as a Case Study
  • Max Ajl, (Wageningen University)  - Overcoming the Dichotomy of "lndigeneity" and "Non-lndigeneity": An Intellectual History of Tunisian and Egyptian Planning Theory in the 20th Century

Wednesday 16:00-18:00 BST, 26 October 2022 | Register on EventBrite
Citizenship and Rights in Times of Crisis

  • Medha Bhattacharya, (London School of Economics and Political Science) - Linguistic Minorities During the Era of Linguistic Territorialism: Bengalis in Bihar and their conceptions of identity, belonging, and citizenship during the transition from colonial rule to independence (1935-1957)
  • Cristiano La Lumia, (University of Naples Federico II and Scuola Superiore Meridionale) - German Ex-Enemy Aliens in Western Europe, Poland, and the United States after the Great War (1918-1932): Citizenship and Property Rights

Wednesday 16:00-18:00 BST, 16 November 2022 | Register on EventBrite
The Global and National Questions: Tensions within the International Left

  • Manaswini Sen, (University of Hyderabad)  - Mapping an Alternative Narrative of Decolonization: Saumyendrnath Tagore and his Crusade Against Fascism
  • Cynthia Yuan Gao, (New York University)  - From Third Worldism to the Rainbow Coalition: the League of Revolutionary Struggle and the US Left in Transition, 1978-1990

Wednesday 16:00-18:00 BST, 30 November 2022 | Register on EventBrite
A New Economic Order? Global Economy Under Transformation in the Long 1970s

  • Marc Dorpema, (New York University) - From Chicago or Freiburg to Brussels? Assembling a Eurocapitalist Competition Regime
  • Martina Marchesi, (Scuola Normale Superiore) - Italian Perspectives on the North-South Conflict. The Debate on the New International Economic Order (1974-1981)

*** Lent Term ***

Wednesday 16:00-17:30 CEST, 1 February 2023 | Register on EventBrite
Public Diplomacy in the ColdWar *Postpone to a later date*

  • Severyan Dyakonov, HarvardUniversity - Cold War in Neutral Spaces ofInternational Organisations: TheSoviet Red Cross and Red CrescentSociety and the International Leagueof the Red Cross in the 1950s-1980s
  • Suzanne Enzerink, University of St.Gallen - Divided We Stand: Festac 77 and theSubversive Limits of Cold WarDiplomacy 

Wednesday 16:00-17:30 CEST, 15 February 2023 | Register on EventBrite
Business History BetweenCenter and Periphery *Postpone to a later date*

  • Gabriel Young, NYU - State Form and Corporate Power inthe Oil Lands of Southern Iraq (1938-1953)
  • Ella Coon, Columbia University - Control Data: Producing AmericanPower and High-Technology, 1957-1992

Wednesday 16:00-17:30 CEST, 22 February 2023 | Register on EventBrite
Social Engineering and Body Politics *Postpone to a later date*

  • Poorvi Gaur, Queen Mary Universityof London - Interrogating Gender in Works ofFilms Division of India: Contexts ofChange and Continuity for thePostcolonial Woman (1952-80)
  • Anna Grutza, CEU - Learning from the Enemy:Laboratories and ExperimentalPractices of Surveillance andImitation of Cold War Empires

Wednesday 16:00-17:30 CEST, 8 March 2023 | Register on EventBrite
(Re)considering Postcolonial Narratives 

  • Thomas Parkinson, University of Cambridge - Postcolonialism, Disability History,and the Trouble with Metaphor
  • Sari Arraf, King's College London - When Natives Outnumber Settlers:Apartheid in Colonial Algeria, SouthAfrica and Palestine 

Wednesday 16:00-17:30 CEST, 22 March 2023 | Register on EventBrite
Global Diplomacy and theCollapse of the Soviet Union *Postpone to a later date*

  • Jeffrey Hawn, LSE - Diplomacy of Fear: How Boris Yeltsinand Andrei Kozyrev Secured WesternSupport for Yeltsin's 1993 Coup
  • Claude Ewert, University of Cambridge - The European Community and theSoviet/Russian Transition Phase

HY510 - LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History

Since 2014/15, 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 have co-organised the joint LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History (HY510).

The seminar welcomes presentations from faculty and PhD students on any aspect of 20th or 21st century contemporary international history, broadly defined.

The seminar is open to all PhD students and staff at both LSE and Sciences Po. We also welcome outside participants from across the world: if you would like to take part in the seminar, please sign up via the relevant eventbrite link in the programme on the seminar page on the LSE IDEAS website. If you have any doubts or difficulties, please e-mail the course organiser.

More detais and seminar programme for 2022/23 can be found in the LSE IDEAS website.