Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory
Conference Date: April 29-30, 2011.
Location: The East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, UK.
Sponsor: UK Arts and Humanities Research Council
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.
Marking the end of a three-year UK Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project on the various facets of the CIA’s history and its representation in fiction, memoirs and film, undertaken by academic specialists in intelligence studies based at the Universities of Nottingham and Warwick, 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. In addition to examining the treatment of the CIA within American diplomatic history and national security policy, it also explores history as a form of cultural production. Accordingly, this inter-disciplinary conference will hear from a wide array of distinguished speakers from the fields of history, international relations, American studies, film studies and literature. In doing so, it offers a unique opportunity to examine and debate the multi-faceted development of the CIA within post-war American and international history.
Speakers include: Matthew Aid, Richard Aldrich, Christopher Andrew, Nick Cullather, Richard Immerman, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Loch Johnson, Edward Keefer, Robert J. McMahon, Timothy Naftali, Len Scott, David Stafford, Wesley Wark, Michael Warner and Hugh Wilford.
For further conference information and for details of how to register as a conference delegate please visit:
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
Phone +44 (0)115 9334829
Fax +44 (0) 115 9514270
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