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Programme

2020/21

The Department of International History hosts numerous lectures, roundtables, debates and workshops by our academics, visiting academics and others. Members of the Department are also involved in a series of events around LSE. Below is a list of these events by chronological order. Our events are usually free and open to all with exceptions duly noted. We make video and audio recordings available whenever possible.

Events programme for the Lent Term coming soon


 
Past events


2020/21

Kaeten Mistry

30 November 2020, Monday, 4pm to 5pm, Zoom

Book Talk: Whistleblowing Nation: The History of US National Security Disclosures

Speakers: Dr Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia, pictured) and Dr Hannah Gurman (New York University)
Commentator: Professor Andrew Preston (University of Cambridge)
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi (LSE International History)

Kaeten Mistry and Hannah Gurman discussed their new edited collection Whistleblowing Nation: The History of National Security Disclosures and the Cult of State Secrecy and the complex culture, history, and politics of divulging state secrets.

Sponsored by the department's The Americas in World History and Contemporary International History and the Global Cold War research clusters.

Co-hosted by the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS.

Listen to the podcast.



kessel

26 November 2020, Thursday, 6.30pm, Zoom

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Inagural Lecture: An Empire of Shaming: Reading Nazi Germany through the Violence of Laughter

Speaker: 2020/21 Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor Martina Kessel (LSE International History)

Survivors of the Shoah have often described how the SS liked to define torturing practices during the genocide as ‘jokes’. The paper discussed the systematic presence of derisive laughter in Nazi Germany and analyzed its meanings as a way both to act out understandings of Germanness and to ‘justify’ violence.

The Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the Department of International History at LSE and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Co-hosted by the German Historical Institute London.

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Peacock

19 November 2020, Thursday, 4pm to 5.30pm, Zoom

History, Culture and Diplomacy Series: "Mind the Gap": New Directions in History, Culture and Diplomacy in a Time of COVID

Panellists: Dr Margaret Peacock (University of Alabama, pictured), Dr Audra J. Wolfe, Dr Patryk Babiracki (University of Texas-Arlington), Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook (City University of New York)
Moderator: Dr Victoria Phillips (LSE International History)
Chair:
Professor Piers Ludlow (LSE International History)

First event in the History, Culture and Diplomacy series.

Sponsored by the department's Contemporary International History and the Global Cold War research cluster.

Co-hosted by the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS.

Listen to the podcast.



miles

17 November 2020, Tuesday, 6pm to 7pm, Zoom

Book Talk: The Beginning of the End of the Cold War

Speaker: Dr Simon Miles (Duke University)
Chair: Professor Michael Cox (LSE IDEAS)

Dr Simon Miles discussed how the United States and the Soviet Union decided to move from covert engagement to overt conversation and how this laid the groundwork for the end of the Cold War.

Sponsored by the department's The Americas in World History and Contemporary International History and the Global Cold War research clusters.

Co-hosted by the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS.

Listen to the podcast and watch the video.



Patel

27 October 2020, Tuesday, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Zoom

Book Talk: Project Europe: Success or Failure?

Speaker: Professor Kiran Patel (Ludwig Maximilian University)
Panellists: Dr Eirini Karamouzi (Sheffield University), Professor Mary Nolan (NYU)
Chair: Professor Piers Ludlow (LSE International History)

Professor Kiran Patel, the author of Project Europe: A History (CUP, 2020) and esteemed panellists will discuss the myths and realities of European integration.

Open to all with pre-registration.

Sponsored by the department's Contemporary International History and the Global Cold War and the Conflict and Identity in Europe since the 18th Century research clusters.

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Wertheim

20 October 2020, Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm, Zoom

Book Talk: How the United States Decided to Dominate the World

Speaker: Dr Stephen Wertheim (Columbia)
Chair: Professor Steven Casey (LSE International History)

Dr Stephen Wertheim discussed how and why the United States decided to shun most of its history and dominate the post-World War II world.

Sponsored by the department's The Americas in World History and Contemporary International History and the Global Cold War research cluster. Co-sponsored by the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS.

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Brenes

15 October 2020, Thursday, 6.30pm to 8pm, Zoom

Book Talk: How the Global Cold War Remade American Politics

Speaker: Dr Michael Brenes (Yale)
Chair: Dr Thomas Ellis (LSE International History)

Dr Michael Brenes gave a book talk on his first manuscript For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy, recently released by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Sponsored by the department's Contemporary International History and the Global Cold War research cluster.

Listen to the podcast.