Call for Papers: Young Scholars (BA & MA Students)
85th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History
“Landscapes of War and Peace”
April 5-8, 2018, Louisville, Kentucky

The Society for Military History (SMH) is pleased to call for papers for several special sessions by Young Scholars (B.A. and M.A. students) during the 85th Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of Louisville’s College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of History in Louisville, Kentucky.

For the 2018 meeting, the SMH hopes to present several panels or posters by B.A. and M.A. students. The goal of this new initiative is to highlight excellent research by students below the Ph.D.-level and promote them and their work for a future career in our field.

The program committee will consider proposals on all aspects of military history, especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this year’s theme, Landscapes of War and Peace.

We will mark two particularly important anniversaries in 2018, the centennial of the end of the First World War and four hundred years since the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War, one of the most destructive conflicts in history. The program committee invites submissions that explore the outbreak of warfare and the difficult ways out of fighting and towards peace. Because the conference will be hosted in the heart of the Ohio country, locale of many early American conflicts, the program committee is also interested in submissions that focus on the geography, environment, and spaces of warfare.

Submissions of pre-organized panels (three paper presenters plus chair and commenter) are strongly encouraged and will be given preference in the selection process. The Program Committee also accepts panel submissions without chair and commenter. In that case, if accepted, chair and commenter will be assigned by the conference organizers. The Program Committee will organize panels from excellent individual paper submissions. Posters will be presented in a separate poster session during the conference. M.A. students whose submissions have been rejected in the regular CFP are welcome to re-apply for the Young Scholars Sessions.

Excellent panel, paper, and poster submissions will clearly explain their topics and questions in ways that will be understandable to the broad membership of the SMH, not only to those interested in the specific topics in question.

  • Panel proposals must include a panel title and 300-word abstract summarizing the theme of the panel; paper title and a 300-word abstract for each paper proposed; and a one-page curriculum vitae for each panelist (including the chair and commenter) that includes institutional affiliation, email address, and other contact information.
  • Poster proposals allow military historians to share their research through visual materials. Proposals should clearly explain (in no more than 300 words) the poster’s topics and arguments, as well as how the information will be presented visually.
  • Individual paper proposals are also welcome and must include a 300-word abstract of the paper, and one-page vita with contact information and email address. If accepted, individual papers will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and commenter.
Young Scholars may show one poster, or present one paper on a panel. They may not present twice. All submissions must be made through the 2018 SMH Submission Portal. One person on an organized panel will need to gather all required information for the submission and enter the information in the portal. Individual paper and poster submissions can be made by the individual. For questions about the submission process, please contact smh2018@louisville.edu.

All proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2018. All accepted presenters must be members of the Society for Military History by February 23, 2018 to be placed on the conference program.

2018 SMH Young Scholars Submission Portal: www.smh-hq.org/2018youngscholars.html.