2011 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War at LSE IDEAS

International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War

Jointly organsied by the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS, the Center for Cold War Studies and International History at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and the Cold War Group at George Washington University in Washington DC.


The annual conference alternates between the three campuses. The conference is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to present papers and receive critical feedback from peers and experts in the field. 

The author of the best paper at the annual conference is awarded the Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize.


In 2003, the University of California and George Washington University first joined their separate spring conferences, and two years later LSE IDEAS became a co-sponsor.

  • 2018: LSE IDEAS
  • 2017: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2016: George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • 2015: LSE IDEAS
  • 2014: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2013: George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • 2012: LSE IDEAS
  • 2011: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2010: George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • 2009: LSE IDEAS
  • 2008: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2007: George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • 2006: LSE IDEAS
  • 2005: University of California, Santa Barbara

Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize

Saki Ruth Dockrill, née Saki Namura, was an eminent historian of the Cold War, British and American foreign policy, international relations, the Pacific War and its long-term ramifications for East Asian security. Among a number of academic posts, she was Professor of Contemporary History and International Security at King's College London but above all she was an inspiring and approachable teacher. Professor Saki Dockrill died on 8 August 2009 after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

The Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize is given in her memory by her friends and colleagues to the author of the best paper at the annual IDEAS-GWU-UCSB International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War.

The winner's paper is published in Cold War History, and is awarded £100 in book vouchers.

Winners of the Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize

Graduate Student Conference podcasts

Listen to these podcasts recorded at previous International Graduate Student Conferences on the Cold War

Andrew Preston on ‘Religion in the Cold War’


Panel: Regime Change in the Cold War and Beyond with Chair Piers Ludlow,  Artemy Kalinovsky, Vanni Pettinà, and Salim Yaqub 


Panel: The Paradox of Increasing Cold War Research with Chair Arne Hofmann, Anne Deighton, Arne Westad and Matthew Jones