Cumberland Lodge


State and Society in Crisis

Cumberland Lodge

Every year, the International History Department holds an event at Cumberland Lodge, a country house and conference centre in Great Windsor Park. Students and faculty meet to socialise and to explore a theme of historical and contemporary interest in a relaxed, relatively informal atmosphere. This year’s theme was “State and Society in Crisis".

Global pandemic, Brexit, civil war, and refugeea… The world has witnessed and experienced converging crises in the past two years. This year's theme seeks to tackle a wide range of questions in modern and contemporary history related to colonialism, imperialism, the Cold War, globalisation, and counter-globalisation. How did crisis reset the government's role in the economy, society, and foreign relations? How did crisis affect the vulnerability of specific social categories? How did different social groups react to crisis in varied ways? How was a crisis perceived and remembered?

Several faculty members offered lectures which addressed these issues.

Download the full programme.

Alongside the sessions, there was free time for further historical discussion and debate, whether on walks through the park or in the Lodge’s fine drawing rooms. There was also time to meet fellow students and staff members at meals and in the bar.

The cost of the weekend was £100 per person. This included coach transport to and from Cumberland Lodge, room and board.

It was open to all students in the International History Department.

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Student reviews

"Overall it was a very well organised and perfect event."

Yener (2018-19)
PhD International History

"I had a great time meeting some lovely people from the department over the weekend and I was grateful for the opportunity to get some fresh air! The lodge itself had a great deal of charm, and the lectures were conducive to some very interesting conversations. The food was pretty good too!"

Harry (2018-19)
MSc Theory and History of International Relations  

"The Cumberland Lodge weekend has been one of the highlights of my time at LSE so far. The Lodge itself was like a palace, and, with its rich past and royal connections, was the perfect place to learn about the histories of freedom and subjugation. I really enjoyed the diversity of topics that were covered, from gulags in Siberia and human rights in Iran, to Communism in Poland and the four freedoms of post-World War II America. These all opened my eyes to completely different parts of history that I’d never considered before, and it was great to be introduced to some of the current research that members of staff are doing. The best part of the weekend, however, was getting to know other historians, whether that was through exploring the beautiful grounds and park together or just chilling in the bar of an evening. There was a real community atmosphere the entire weekend, and I’ve gained so many friends because of it. The weekend was such a brilliant experience – I learned a lot, met some great people, and loved it so much that I would thoroughly recommend everyone to take advantage of it."

Scott Gibson (2015-2016)
MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation