The International Relations program at Trinity College and the International Issues Discussion (IID) series at Toronto Metropolitan University are proud to present the Intelligence and Security Student ConferenceFriday, January 26th, 2024 at Trinity College, University of Toronto.

The conference will be open to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to showcase their own work in any aspect of intelligence, security, or defense studies. Submissions may be from any discipline and any level of program. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to gain important conference experience: ideal for those aspiring to graduate studies and/or careers in academia but, more broadly, also for anyone seeking to improve on their presentation/participation skills.

The conference will be held in-person at Trinity College, University of Toronto as a one-day event. Presenters will be chosen on a competitive basis by a panel of academics. The conference will be open to all, moderated by the organizers. A full schedule of presentations will be determined by the topic matter of successful entries. Presenters will have 15 minutes to summarize their work and findings/arguments, after which panelists and/or the audience will pose questions and comments. Depending on how many entries there are for the conference, time allocations may change.

This call for papers is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at any university.* Applicants can be in any programme of study. Topics must be generally focused on intelligence, security, or defense. There is no specific issue/theme/chronology or country/region expected. The intent of the conference is to showcase student talent and help foster a scholarly community between students, while offering them an invaluable experience to present their well-developed academic work.

Proposals should be no more than 500 words, indicating clearly the title and topic of the presentation and how it fits into the conference parameters. Applicants should also include:

  • their school, year, and programme of study
  • full details about any course from which the essay/project stems, if applicable
  • full name and email contact


The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 8th, 2023 at 11:59 pm, with notification of acceptance and presentation guidelines being sent out as soon as possible after that. Full papers are not required to be considered. Please email any proposals to: Dr. Arne Kislenko  [email protected] OR [email protected]

*Please note: Regrettably, conference organizers cannot provide financial or logistical support for any attendees. 

This conference will be supported by:

CASIS-ACERS – Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies

International Relations – Trinity College (

Department of History – Toronto Metropolitan University (