Below are several events that may be of interest to intelligence scholars.

January 24, 2020

Budapest, Hungary

Call for Papers: International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt) 2020

From the HistoCrypt website:

The International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt 2020) invites submissions of long and short papers to its annual conference on historical cryptology. The conference will be held in June 15-17, 2020 at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

The conference's subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • the use of cryptography in military, diplomacy, business, and other areas

  • analysis of historical ciphers with the help of modern computerized methods

  • unsolved historical cryptograms

  • the Enigma and other encryption machines

  • the history of modern (computer-based) cryptography

  • special linguistic aspects of cryptology

  • the influence of cryptography on the course of history

  • teaching and promoting cryptology in schools, universities, and the public


Participation in the conference is mandatory for at least one author of each accepted paper. Submissions from those who are new to the field, particularly students, are very welcome.


June 01, 2020

NASIH Graduate Essay Prize in Intelligence History

The North American Society for Intelligence History announces its graduate essay prize in intelligence history. The top three papers will be presented at the 2020 NASIH Conference.

The prize includes up to 1000CAD for travel and accommodation, plus 250CAD each for the best male-authored and best female-authored papers.

All three papers will also be published in the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies

Papers are to be submitted to Dr. John Ferris at All papers must deal with a topic related to intelligence history. Papers must be between 20-25 pages. Papers over 25 pages will be excluded.

February 01, 2020

Job Opening: International Spy Museum Historian / Curator

From the job posting:

The International Spy Museum, the only public museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to the tradecraft, history, contemporary role and impact of intelligence, seeks a dynamic and creative individual to serve as member of the Exhibitions and Programs team. As one of the Museum's two main content specialists, the Historian/Curator performs research on wide ranging topics to support educational programs, exhibitions, publications, and media outreach, and develops, organizes and/or conducts programs for the general public, educators, scholars, and professionals in the intelligence community.

Responsibilities include: teaching and public speaking for diverse age ranges (such as planning and conducting podcasts, VIP tours, lectures), writing (including educator resources, exhibit labels, blogs, and professional articles); exhibit development; representing the Museum to the media; identifying and coordinating with experts in the intelligence community to present programs addressing current issues and scholarship; researching and interpreting the collection and assisting with acquisitions; and, building and expanding the Museum’s local, national, and international reputation.

Skills: This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills. Individual must enjoy public speaking, teaching, and working with the public. Requires demonstrated ability to plan and conceptualize and bring to fruition creative, innovative, and thought-provoking programs. Ability to work in a team setting a must. Interest or background in material culture studies a plus. Teaching, museum, intelligence community and/or other pertinent experience highly desirable.  Flexible schedule with occasional morning/evening/weekend hours is also required.

Content: Advanced degree in History, Political Science, International Relations or related field with specialty in intelligence. Familiarity with history of science and technology a plus and understanding of global perspectives and diplomatic history.

February 11, 2020

The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, February 11-12, 2020

Are there limits to intelligence collection in support of national security? Where, if at all, does a free and open society provide the limits of surveillance with civil liberties? Civil liberties are a founding tenet of democracy, but at what cost? How does a country balance collective security with individual rights? Recently, a Federal Court ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock the cellphone of a terrorist, but company officials would oppose that order, citing concerns over the privacy rights of all Americans.


This 2-day inter-disciplinary conference will examine the legal, ethical, social, economic, historical and political aspects of the United States government’s ability to protect its citizens in an era that warfare has no societal or personal boundaries.

The conference will be held February 11-12, 2020 on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

March 10, 2020

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Call for Papers: Mercyhurst Intelligence Community Forum 2020

Brecourt Academic and Mercyhurst’s Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences are hosting the second annual Intelligence Community Forum (ICF) from June 16-18, 2020. The ICF 2020 will bring together a wide variety of international intelligence professionals and scholars.


Paper proposal topics may include, but are not limited to:

• National Intelligence
• Business Intelligence
• Cyberwarfare
• Cyber Security
• Military Intelligence
• Indicators and Warnings
• Intelligence and Alliance Politics
• Inter-Agency Cooperation
• Science & Technology
• Multi-National Intelligence Sharing
• Intelligence and Security Studies
• History of Intelligence
• Intelligence and Diplomacy
• Industrial Mobilization
• Intelligence Methods and Data Analysis
• Intelligence and Assymetric Warfare
• Problems of Intelligence Analysis in Early Post-War Planning
• Intelligence and Peacekeeping

Paper proposals must be submitted by 10 March 2020 and include a 200 words or less one-paragraph abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Panel proposals are welcome and should include a brief description of the panel's theme. Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to Sharon von Maier.

June 30, 2020

Bobby R. Inman Award Student Competition Open

The Bobby R. Inman Award for Student Scholarship recognizes outstanding research and writing by students at the undergraduate or graduate levels on topics related to intelligence and national security.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited U.S. higher education institution during the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to participate. A student may submit only one paper that has not been published previously.

For the full details and how to submit, please visit the website.

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