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Book Talk: Problematising Intelligence Studies with Hager Ben Jaffel and Sebastian Larsson

Updated: Sep 16, 2022

We invite you to discuss the pluralisation and privatization of intelligence as the logic of intelligence expands into ever new social domains.

Event location

Pilestredet Campus

Pilestredet 48, Eva Balkes hus: S141, Gerd Wangs auditorium


15 September 2022

17:15 to 19:30

In this book talk, Tereza Østbø Kuldova will discuss with Hager Ben Jaffel and Sebastian Larsson their latest and exciting edited volume, titled Problematising Intelligence Studies: Towards A New Research Agenda ( which came out with Routledge in June, 2022. The event is conceived as a live recording of the podcast Black Box by Algorithmic Governance Research Network ( , which will be then followed up by a panel discussion with experts commenting on the book and way forward.

This event is a part of the AGOPOL research project (, funded by The Research Council of Norway (project no. 313626).


  • 17:15 – 18:00 Book talk: Hager Ben Jaffel and Sebastian Larsson in Conversation with Tereza Østbø Kuldova about their book Problematising Intelligence Studies

  • 18:00 – 18:15 Break

Panel discussion with experts moderated by Tereza Østbø Kuldova, followed by a discussion with audience:

  • 18:15 – 18:25 Jardar Østbø, IFS, Institute for Defense Studies, Norway

  • 18:25 – 18:35 Bitten Nordrik, AFI, Work Research Institute, OsloMet, Norway

  • 18:35 – 18:45 Veronika Nagy, Utrecht University, Netherlands

  • 18:45 – 19:00 Q&A

This book offers a new research agenda for intelligence studies in contemporary times. In contrast to Intelligence Studies (IS), whose aim has largely been to improve the performance of national secu rity services and assist in policy making, this book takes the investigation of the new professionals and everyday practices of intelligence as the immediate point of departure. Starting from the observation that intelligence today is increasingly about counter-terrorism, crime control, surveillance, and other security-related issues, this book adopts a transdisciplinary approach for studying the shifting logics of intelligence, how it has come to involve an expanding number of empirical sites, such as the police, local community, prison and the Internet, as well as a corresponding multiplicity of new actors in these domains. Shifting the focus away from traditional spies and Anglo-American intelligence services, this book addresses the transformations of contemporary intelligence through empirically detailed and theoretically innovative analyses, making a key contribution to existing scholarship. This book will be of much interest to students of intelligence studies, critical security studies, foreign policy and International Relations.


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