The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory

“Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory”

Nottingham (Grande-Bretagne), 29-30 avril 2011

Date limite des propositions : 30 décembre 2010

April 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs episode, when the CIA’s failed attempt to overthrow the Castro regime in Cuba placed the Agency under the public spotlight and triggered debates over its role in US foreign policy that have never really subsided. This conference brings together many of the world’s leading scholars in the field to debate the history of the Central Intelligence Agency and its place within the wider realms of post-war American politics and culture.

Focusing on the place of the CIA in post-war of American diplomacy and foreign policy, and also the more general public reception of the subject, the conference seeks to integrate international and cultural perspectives to provide a comprehensive approach to CIA history. How, for example, have official strategies and forward history programmes sought to manage the representation of intelligence within the documentary record of American foreign policy? How have academics and journalists contested official efforts to shape the CIA narrative and sought access to primary source documentation? What has been the role of retirees and their memoirs, either in their authorised form, or as ‘renegade’ accounts? To what extent have fiction, ‘faction’ and film accounts of the CIA been subject to ‘politicisation’ and official control? To what extent is this ‘factional’ material often considered ‘reliable’ or ‘real’, and accordingly, what has been the role of this material in shaping the public understanding of the CIA within American foreign policy? The intention of this conference is to consider these questions, examine the manner in which the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has evolved between 1947 and 2001, and moreover, to interrogate the way in which academics, journalists and other non-state actors have reacted to and negotiated their relationship with the CIA. We therefore welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of this topic – whether they are thematic or more focused on specific case studies.

Further details are available at:

Please forward 250 word paper proposals and a 1-page C.V. including author’s name, address, email and institutional affiliation to:

Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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