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.

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.

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26 October 2023, Thursday 6pm – 8pm, Public Lecture 

LSE Lecture Theatre, Centre Building (CBG), LSE

"Iran's Struggle for Sovereignty, 1828-1928" - Gholam-Reza Nikpay Annual Lecture

Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi

The Gholam-Reza Nikpay Annual Lecture in Iranian history honours the memory of Dr Gholam-Reza Nikpay, a distinguished Iranian alumnus of the LSE who served as Minister of Housing, Mayor of Tehran and a member of the Iranian Senate in the Pahlavi era. This years talk traces the genesis, development, and abrogation of extraterritoriality in Iran between 1828 and 1928.

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Friday 20 - Sunday 22 October 2023, Conference 

Resistance, Rights and Refuge: Britain and Chile 50 Years After the Chilean Coup

Chair: Dr Tanya Harmer

Friday 20 October: 9.00-19.00
Saturday 21 October: 9.00-18.00
Sunday 22 October: 9.30-15.30

Download the conference programme. 

Fifty years after the Chilean coup in 1973, the Department of International History is hosting a conference to examine the coup’s impact on British politics, society and culture. It commemorates fifty years of solidarity and refuge and celebrates Chileans’ contribution to Britain.

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10 October 2023, Tuesday 6pm – 7.30pm, Film Screening

MAR.2.08, Marshall Building, LSE 

Il Moro - The Moor

Chair: Professor Marc David Baer

This event is a film screening of Il Moro is a short film about the first black man to become a head of state in Renaissance Europe, featuring Daphne Di Cinto. 

Alessandro de’ Medici is legitimised into the most prestigious Italian family, but he keeps on being haunted by the stigma of his low birth, inherited from a mother he only barely remembers. When he unexpectedly becomes the first Duke of Florence, Alessandro is forced to face his real father’s inability to accept him and fend off his cousin’s power hungry attacks, while strengthening his self-awareness and his roots. Based on true events. 

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4 October 2023, Wednesday 6pm – 8pm, Public Lecture 

Thai Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building (CKK), LSE

SPARKS: China's Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future

Chair: Professor Vladislav Zubok

Professor Vladislav Zubok, Head of the Cold War Studies programme and Professor of International History will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author Ian Johnson. They will be discussing Johnson's new book, SPARKS.

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7 June 2023, Wednesday 5:30pm to 7.30pm, Public Lecture 

Georg (2019) – a documentary about the life and legacy of György Lukács

Chair: Dr Dina Gusejnova

An unusual seminar with a screening of the recent documentary on Georg Lukacs (2019), featuring one of the last interviews with the philosopher Agnes Heller, among others.

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11 May 2023, Thursday 6pm to 7.30pm, Public Lecture 

One War Among Others: Cuba, the Cold War, and the Temporalities of History

Chair: Professor N. Piers Ludlow

We are delighted to announce this year’s International History Department Annual Lecture: “One War Among Others: Cuba, the Cold War, and the Temporalities of History”. Our guest lecturer is Professor Ada Ferrer, who is a Pulitzer Prize winning scholar and a leading world expert in the topics of the Cuban Revolution and the Cold War.

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14 March 2023, Tuesday 5pm to 6.30pm, Public Lecture 

The Russian 1990s: Did They Give US Putin?

Chair: Professor Vladislav Zubok

This event aims to explain the effects of the 1990s in the Russian Federation on modern-day Russian society and government. It will trace the origins of Putin’s government, current Russian nationalism and the invasion of Ukraine. The Discussion will be held between Tomila Lankina, Professor in the Department of International Relations and Vladislav Zubok, Professor in the Department of International History.

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7 March 2023, Tuesday 10am to 11:30am, Public Lecture 

Modern Japan's Place in World History: from Japan-UK perspectives

Chair: Professor Antony Best

To mark the publication of a new edited book Modern Japan’s Place in World History and recent developments in Anglo-Japanese security relations, we are hosting a webinar that will shine a light on modern Japan’s engagement with the outside world during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The speakers include Professor Yuichi Hosoya (Keio), Ayako Kusunoki (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto) and Barak Kushner (Cambridge) and the event will be chaired by Antony Best (LSE).

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4 May 2023, Thursday 6pm to 7.30pm, Public Lecture 

Hong Kong Takes Flight

Chair: Dr Ronald C. Po

Join Dr Ronald Po and Dr John Wong as they view the globalization of Hong Kong through the prism of its airline industry. This event will be centred around Dr John Wong's recently published book, Hong Kong Takes Flight. Commercial aviation took shape in Hong Kong as the city developed into a powerful economy. Rather than accepting air travel as an inevitability in the era of global mobility, in Hong Kong Takes Flight, John Wong argues that Hong Kong's development into a regional and global airline hub was not preordained.

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9 March 2023, Wednesday 6.30pm-8pm, Public Lecture 

The Soviet Union and Africa: Economic Sovereignty, Revolution, and the Cold War

Chair: Professor Vladislav Zubok 

This public event aims to open a new conversation between historians of the USSR, of Africa, and members of the public with an interest in the Cold War. The Soviet Union was a key actor in post-colonial Africa. From facilitating trade exchanges to training guerrilla fighters, Soviet politicians, academic specialists, and soldiers engaged with different parts of Africa throughout the Cold War.