International History

The International History Department at the Graduate Institute in Geneva offers a unique, first-rate graduate education at the heart of International Geneva to study and research today’s global challenges from a multiplicity of historically-informed perspectives.

"A History of the Post-9/11 World" | International History Course Presentation

A Unique Programme

The International History Department at the Graduate Institute is uniquely located to monitor and examine the making of international policies and the global history that stands behind them.

International Geneva is where national, transnational and international, public and private actors operate and meet constantly. Here, peace agreements are signed, international IT protocols are negotiated, environmental advocacy, public health policies, financial, economic, conflict and security issues are imagined, debated and enforced, between and beyond nations. This has been the case for 100 years and continues to actively shape the future.

The master programme in International History and the PhD programme in International History both explore the modern world through these transnational histories, taking into account a multiplicity of perspectives.

This education opportunity is offered to students of quality concerned with the drivers of contemporary global governance challenges and their historical undercurrents in the areas of politics, development, conflict, environment, humanitarianism, commerce and finance, health and culture.



Understand the present, prepare the future
Autumn 2019

International History Forum

Tuesdays: 16:15 - 18:00
Pour l'histoire du temps présent

Fondation Pierre du Bois

A partner organisation of the International History Department

Upcoming events

Mohammad Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

The Return of Racism

Three overarching phenomena preside over the current revival of racism: the negative exemplarity of a number of political leaders, the societal banalisation and the intellectual rationalisation.

Research projects

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Mailing Address

International History
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
Case Postale 1672
CH-1211 Genève 1



The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, on the corner of Avenue de France. You may take tram 15 until the Maison de la paix stop or, alternatively, walk a few minutes from the stop at Place des Nations. 


HIstories - April 2019

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Histories - November 2018


  • Environmental History at the 2018 Annual Pierre du Bois Conference
  • Talking Global History with Professor Michael Goebel
  • Connecting Histories by Professor Gopalan Balachandran
  • Exploring Economic Networks and History with Professor Rui Esteves

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HIstories - March 2018

  • Civil Rights to Human Rights: The Geopolitics of Malcolm X
  • Rural Governance in Europe with Professor Amalia Ribi Forclaz
  • The What and the Why of Environmental History by Susanna Hecht
  • Professor Jussi Hanhimäki on History and Policy-Making

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The Geopolitics of Malcolm X: A Conversation between Moshik Temkin and Mahmoud Mohamedou