Science Po University Paris

LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History

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 co-organise the joint LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History (HY510).



The seminar welcomes presentations on any aspect of contemporary international history, with a focus on the Cold War.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for Lent Term 2021 is now open, with applications due by 4 December. Click here for more information.

Attend the seminar 

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

Download papers

Seminar participants can download papers for each seminar here. (login required)


2020/21 Programme at LSE

Sessions are held on Zoom, 4-6pm (London time).

Michaelmas Term

7 October

India's Strategic Friendship: Indo-Soviet relations during the premiership of Indira Gandhi

Elena Nora Jucyte, Sapienza, University of Rome

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21 October

1930s American Eugenics and 1950s French Demography: Trans-Atlantic Legacies of Eugenic Experimentation

Paul-André Rosental, Sciences Po

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11 November

Does the Great Bear Roar or Murmur? Soviet Communist Propaganda through the Lenses of the Iranian Secret Services in 1950s-60s Iran

Urszula Pytkowska-Jakimczyk, University of Warsaw 

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25 November

Task Force Africa: The NAACP, Human Rights, and Black Internationalism in the 1970s

Nicholas Grant, University of East Anglia

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9 December

Passport Anxiety: Romanian Emigration in the 1980s

Sielka Beata Kelner, Leiden University

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2020/21 Programme at Sciences Po

Sessions will be held either at Salle du Traité or on Zoom, 5-7pm (Paris time).

Michaelmas Term

7 October (Salle du Traité)

Selling natural gas to the West – How the Soviet Union entered the capitalist market (1966-1971) 

Susan Schattenberg (University of Bremen)

21 October (Zoom)

The White Continent: Cold War Antarctica as a Bulwark against Decolonization, 1959-1963

Ben Goossen (Harvard University)

4 November (Zoom)

Canada's Euromissile Crisis? Re-evaluating Cruise missile testing and 1980s anti-nuclear activism'

Luc Brunet (LSE-Open University)

18 November (Salle du Traité)

Global Entanglements: Vietnamese Students in Poland and their Experience of Transnational Socialism

Linh Nguyen Vu (Freie Universität Berlin)


A small Peoples' Friendship University: Third World students in the socialist Łódź

Matthieu Gillabert (University of Fribourg)

2 December (Salle du Traité)

Capitalism, Neutrality and the Cold War: Switzerland’s economic relations with ASEAN, 1975-1990

Sandra Bott (University of Lausanne)