European Politics, Conflict and Culture: LSE-Columbia European Seminar

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Denisa Kostovicova CBG 7.03

This course is co-convened with Dr Tsveta Petrova at Columbia. 


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe (LSE & Columbia). This course is available on the MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe and MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe (LSE & Sciences Po). This course is not available as an outside option.

 This course is only available to European Institute Students.

Course content

Faculty from LSE and Columbia alternate to lead workshop sessions, presenting their research and leading critical discussion with students on topics in the fields of European politics, conflict and culture, or facilitating discussions with guest speakers (scholars or practitioners) on these topics. The range of potential topics covered in the workshop matches the wide thematic range of the double degree programme. Students will be introduced to some of the long-standing debates over the origin and dynamics of contemporary European politics, economies, societies, and cultures. They will also explore how culture structures conflicts across political, economic, and social domains and frames effort at their resolution.


7 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the AT. 7 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the WT.

The workshop convenes 5 times a term in Autumn and Winter Term. The sessions are 90 minutes long. They will be hosted on-line, or in a hybrid format (in two seminar rooms, one at the LSE and the other one at Columbia, where the seminar participants are connected via a video link).

Formative coursework

This course is unassessed.

Indicative reading

  • S Glendinning, Europe: A Philosophical History, Part 1: The Promise of Modernity (Routledge 2021)
  • J Jackson Preece, Minority Rights: Between Diversity and Community (Polity 2005)
  • J White, Politics of Last Resort: Governing by Emergency in the European Union (Oxford University Press 2019)
  • T Petrova, From Geopolitics to Solidarity (Cambridge University Press 2014).
  • A Tooze, The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (Allen Lane 2006)
  • D Kostovicova, Reconciliation by Stealth: How People Talk About War Crimes (Cornell University Press 2023)

Additional reading

  • B Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin & Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2016)
  • Z Bauman, Wasted Lives: Modernity & its Outcasts (Wiley, 2003)
  • L Colley, The Gun, the Ship and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World (Profile 2021)
  • A Pagden, The Idea of Europe, from Antiquity to the European Union (Woodrow Wilson 2010)
  • R Scruton, The West and the Rest, Globalization and the Terrorist Threat (Bloomsbury, 2003)
  • R Wodak, Right-wing Populism in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2013)
  • S L Woodward, The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails (Cambridge University Press, 2017)


This course is unassessed. 

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2022/23: Unavailable

Average class size 2022/23: Unavailable

Controlled access 2022/23: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
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  • Communication
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