CFP: International Studies Association 2019 Annual Convention (Intelligence Studies Section)

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The 2019 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) will be held March 27-30 in Toronto.  Complete Convention information can be found here:

The ISA Intelligence Studies Section has released a supplementary Convention call for papers (submissions are due June 1, 2018).  The call is as follows:

Intelligence Studies Section 

Call for Panels/Papers for the 2019 ISA Convention 

This is a call for papers/panels for the Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) at the 60th annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention to be held in Toronto, Canada on March 27-30. The overall theme for the 2019 ISA Convention is “Re-visioning International Studies: Innovation and Progress.” Please note that the deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals is 1 June 2018. 

The Intelligence Studies Section, one of twenty-nine sections within the ISA, is the primary venue for presenting new intelligence studies research and scholarship globally: from evaluations of intelligence methods to espionage to comparative intelligence systems. If it is research about intelligence, ISS is the venue to present it. You can become a member of the Intelligence Studies Section by joining ISA and then adding the Section membership to your ISA membership for $5/year (or $3/year for students). For more information on ISS, see our webpage. 

At the 2018 ISA annual convention in San Francisco, CA the ISS continued to be vibrant and active. Our 30 panels covered an extremely rich spectrum of issues and debates within Intelligence Studies, covering the full gamut of the who, what, why, and how of intelligence both as an academic discipline and as a professional practice. Details of the panels presented at ISA 2018 can be seen here. 

Proposals specifically for the Intelligence Studies Section can cover any aspect of the debates and issues within contemporary Intelligence Studies. We are particularly keen to build bridges with other disciplines and co-sponsor panels with other ISA sections. 

We are soliciting for panels and papers addressing topics including: 

• Intelligence as a factor in international relations and foreign policy 

• Theory and concepts in the study of intelligence 

• Comparative intelligence studies and intelligence cultures 

• Intelligence in the Global South 

• Diversity and effectiveness of intelligence 

• Intelligence analysis 

• Intelligence education and professionalization 

• Intelligence oversight and accountability 

• Intelligence and emerging technologies 

• Intelligence cooperation (national, international, public/private sectors) 

• Law enforcement/criminal intelligence 

• Intelligence and military operations

• Interdisciplinary research on intelligence 

To submit a paper or panel proposal, write a short description/abstract of the paper you intend to present or the panel you would like to put together. 

Panel proposals should contain 5 paper-proposals grouped together under a common theme with a chair and a discussant who are not one of the panelists. Then submit the proposal by following the instructions on the ISA 2019 submission webpage. 

Be sure to submit any proposals to the “best fit” Section as first choice, as that will increase its chances of being accepted. For example, Intelligence Studies is the best place for papers and panels about intelligence as a function of government, while International Security Studies is usually a better place for studies about the threats and governmental policies to address them. 

If you have multiple projects that you are working on, please submit two proposals so that the program chairs can find the ‘best fit’ for your work on the program. 

Proposals from working practitioners and MA/PhD students are encouraged. 

If you are a junior scholar or working internationally and don’t have enough travel funds, please consider requesting a travel grant to cover some of the costs. Information on travel grants is available here. 

If you have any questions, please send them to us, Cris and Damien, the joint ISA/ISS Section Program Chairs. We very much look forward to seeing your proposals for the 2019 conference! 

Dr. Cristiana ‘Cris’ Matei, Naval Postgraduate School (

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde, University of Glasgow (

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