Calls for Papers and Panels

The Many Faces of War - Changing Perspectives on Armed Conflict
New Research in Military History: A Conference for Postgraduate and Early-career Historians

St John's College, Cambridge
17th and 18th November 2017

Since ancient times war has been conceived of not only as a means of destruction but also as a generative process that demands expertise and innovation. This ambivalence is exemplified by the Greek goddess Pallas Athene, who represented not only war but also the arts and sciences. This complex goddess reflects the theme of this year's New Research in Military History Conference, which is concerned with exploring multi-dimensional perceptions of warfare.

We invite historians in many fields, from those interested in the study of military technique to those more concerned with depiction and art,to present their research on the different perspectives on war over the centuries. Possible themes might include:
- The role of war in international relations
- War as a means or as a failure of politics
- The difference between pre- and post-Enlightenment perceptions of warfare
- The difference between victory and defeat, in the perception of soldiers and civilians, or in terms of remembrance culture
- Ways to cope with a "lost cause;" for instance by the armed forces and the political leadership
- Intelligence, understanding and war
- War as a means of social change
- Insurgency, resistance and de-colonisation
- Tactical and technological change
- War and the history of science
- Gender, war and identity

This is the 9th conference organised by the British Commission for Military History. Its purpose is to bring together current research by postgraduate and early career scholars in the field of military history and related disciplines. Its philosophy is to offer an open and supportive forum for people with a broad range of interests - from material culture to those interested in intelligence or military technique - to meet up and share their research.

Proposals (c.300 words) for papers of 20 minutes should be submitted, along with a current CV, to the organisers at by the deadline of 1st September 2017.

Proposals for panels would be very welcome but please include a panel rationale of no more than c.250 words.

Convenors: Adam Storring (University of Cambridge), Arthur Kuhle (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Tobias Roeder (University of Cambridge), Lucia Staiano-Daniels (UCLA), Matthew Ford (University of Sussex).

2017 Symposium on Modern Warfare

The second annual Symposium on Modern Warfare will take place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center on Friday September 22, 2017. The theme of this year’s symposium is Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in the modern era of warfare.

Important Dates:

  • Proposal submission deadline: July 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2017
  • Accepted presenters must confirm presentations: August 15, 2017
  • Symposium organizers are accepting proposals that consider the following topics within the context of the modern era (circa 1975 to the present):
  • The historical conditions (political, societal, economic, cultural etc.) that have led to insurgency
  • Lessons learned from America’s previous encounters with insurgency
  • First-hand accounts from veterans who have participated in counter-insurgency missions
  • The ways in which insurgents gain internal support or foreign allies
  • The counter-insurgency efforts of civilian populations
  • Current theories on insurgency/counter-insurgency and the evolution of counter-insurgency practice
  • Any other topic relevant to insurgency and counter-insurgency, as well as their historical underpinnings.
Symposium organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include two to three presentations. Symposium sessions will follow a 90-minute format to include one hour for presentations (divided equally among 2-3 presenters) and 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged as are presentations by graduate students.

Submissions for individual papers and panel sessions must include:
  • Paper/Session title
  • Presenter’s CV/resume (maximum 2 pages)
  • A summary of the proposed presentation (approximately 500 words) – This abstract will be used by the symposium organizers to evaluate your proposal.
  • Specific technology or other presentation requirements
Please send submissions to If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance understanding about modern insurgency and counter-insurgency, as well as their historical underpinnings. Acceptance is competitive.

The Wisconsin World War I Centennial Commission is pleased to announce a two-day international conference, World War 100: A Centennial Symposium. Marking the centenary of the entry of the United States into the war, this conference brings together scholars from myriad fields to examine the legacies of the war in its global, imperial, national, and local dimensions. The conference will take place on the weekend of October 27-28, 2017, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Featured speakers include Bruno Cabanes (Ohio State University), Holly Case (Brown University), Jennifer Keene (Chapman University), and Michael Neiberg (Army War College).

Submission Process:

No later than May 1st, please send a title, a brief description of the paper (up to 250 words), and a two-page vitae to: Panel and roundtable proposals should include an additional rationale for the panel as a whole. Papers on any of the areas covered by this conference are welcomed.

Other Information:
The conference includes tours of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, an opening reception, and talks by the featured speakers. For further information about registration, housing, and submission of papers please go to

The Society of Civil War Historians will host its biennial conference at Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, from May 31 through June 2, 2018. The SCWH welcomes panel proposals or individual papers on the Civil War era, broadly defined.  The goal of the conference is to promote the integration of social, military, political, and other forms of history on the Civil War era among historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public facilities. 
The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 15, 2017. Please complete a submission form (panel proposal:; single paper proposal: and upload a single PDF file.  Proposals should include a title and abstract for the papers (approximately 250-300 words) and a short curriculum vitae from each participant. Panel submissions should have an overall title and statement about the thrust of the session.
For more information, see the Society’s website at, or contact the Richards Center at (814) 863-0151. Final decisions on submissions will be made at the Southern Historical Association meeting in Dallas, Texas on November 9-12, 2017.


The 2017 Ohio Valley History Conference will be hosted by The Department of History, Murray State University in Murray, KY October 19-21, 2017.

We invite proposals related to the centennial of US entry into World War I, broadly understood to include the debate over entry and the home front as well as papers addressing military topics, and the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses and the events that flowed from that. We also welcome papers and panels on topics before 1500 CE, public history programs and activities, digital history, and teaching history. Papers and panels on any other aspect of history from any time period are, of course, also welcome. The OVHC is a general conference for all historians. We will continue the OVHC tradition of welcoming papers by advanced graduate students.

Proposals can be submitted for full panels or individual papers. Offers to chair sessions or comment on papers are welcome.

Submission Process:
For a panel, please submit a title and 100-word summary of each paper and 1-2-page cv for each participant. For individual papers, please submit a 250-word abstract and 1-2-page cv. Session chairs and commentators should submit a 1-2 page cv indicating areas of interest and expertise. All proposals should include affiliation and contact information. Submit proposals as attachments in Word to:

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: June 15, 2017. We anticipate notifying those who submit proposals of decisions by August 1.

Other Information:
The conference includes a banquet on Friday night with a speaker. The banquet speaker will be Lesley J. Gordon, Professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at the University of Alabama, and immediate past editor of Civil War History. She will discuss her current research on cowardice and courage in the American Civil War.

The conference website will have more details and will be launched in February and updated as new information is available.

Murray is in southwest Kentucky readily accessible by car from Nashville and Paducah (through Chicago) by air. Driving directions to MSU:

If you have any questions contact: Conference Chair

19th Annual Conference on Illinois History
October 5 & 6, 2017
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The Conference on Illinois History is accepting paper or panel proposals on any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.
Proposals are also being accepted for teacher workshops. If you are a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on an aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology, please share your expertise with other teachers at the conference.
The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2017.
To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, please send: 
• A one-page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used. 
• A one-page resume for each participant.

Send proposals to: Christian McWhirter, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701, or For more information, call 217-785-9132.

International Workshop
War Veterans and the World after 1945: Social Movements, Cold War Politics, and Decolonization
Chair of Modern European History
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany
6-8 July 2017

The history of war veterans movements and politics around the world is a growing and fertile historiographical field. War veterans have often formed political lobbies, conducted protest campaigns for pensions and benefits, and kept alive the memory of war, in very different countries of the world. A number of recent contributions by historians have focused on the organizations and activities of veterans and war invalids of the First World War. Comparative and transnational perspectives have been introduced to examine inter-war veteran politics. As for the world after 1945, historians have analysed the role of veterans in different nation-states such as the Soviet Union, the United States, Germany, Italy, and China. However, introducing an innovative global perspective on the history of war veterans after the Second World War can provide further insights into the topic, while contributing to filling important historiographical gaps in the field. This conference aims to bring together historians working on the history of war veterans of any armed conflict between the Second World War and 1989, with a view to advancing towards a global history of veterans’ movements and politics in the twentieth century.

We seek contributions that re-examine the history of the most influential veterans organizations in western and eastern European countries during the period after 1945, as well as contributions focusing on less-known veterans movements from Asian, African and Latin American countries. We would specially welcome papers on the following topics:

  • The role of American Legion, the British Legion, and the Canadian Legion in shaping foreign policy in their countries after the Second World War.
  • War veterans from countries of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.
  • The history of native veterans from the colonies of the main powers that participated in the Second World War. This might include not only those veterans who remained loyal to the Empire and supported organizations such as the British Empire Service League, but also those who joined movements for national independence (for example: veterans from the Algerian war of independence).
  • Veterans from the main armed conflicts of the 1950s, particularly the Korean War and the Indochina war.
  • Japanese veterans from the Second World War.
  • Indian and Pakistani veterans during and after Partition, and after the Indo-Pakistani wars.
  • Veterans from the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • International organizations of veterans such as the World Veterans Federation.
  • Veterans’ movements against war and nuclear weapons.
  • Organizations and movements of Resistance fighters in Europe after 1944.
  • The history of combatants from the Cuban revolution.
  • Veteran politics and race relations, particularly in countries such as South Africa and the United States.
  • Veterans from the Vietnam war, particularly from the Vietnamese, Chinese and North Korean forces.
  • The activities of war veterans from Third World countries in the field of development and their participation in national politics.
  • Comparative analyses on disabled veterans’ legislation, rehabilitation programmes and pension schemes.
Proposals for papers must include a title and a 350-400 words abstract, plus a one-page CV. Please send your proposal by 23 December 2016 to The organizers will select papers based on 1) the scientific quality of the proposal, 2) the originality and novelty of the topic, 3) the objective of composing balanced, diverse yet coherent panels for discussion. In order to assess the quality and interest of the papers the organizers may require the expert opinion of external reviewers. Selected papers (5,000-6,000 words) must be submitted in pdf or word file by 31 May 2017.

After the workshop, the organizers will consider to publish an edited volume or a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal with a selection of the contributions.

The workshop will take place in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Germany) between 6 and 8 July 2017, and it is organized by the Chair of Modern European History at LMU, with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Organizers: Dr. Ángel Alcalde (LMU Munich)

Prof. Dr. Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas (LMU Munich)

International Bibliography of Military History
of the International Commission of Military History
Published by Brill (Leiden and Boston)

In existence since 1978, the International Bibliography of Military History (IBMH) has traditionally published historiographical articles, review articles, and book reviews. Since its recent move to Brill, however, it has been undergoing a transformation into a fully-fledged military history journal. As a next step in this process, the portfolio will be enlarged to include also original research articles.

The IBMH thus invites scholars to submit articles on any military historical topic that can appeal to an international readership, e.g. a topic involving more than one nation and, preferably, based on multi-archival research. There is no chronological limitation. The journal publishes articles ranging from antiquity to the contemporary period, as long as the research method is historical.

The articles should be based extensively on primary research, not have been published in another form or outlet, and not currently be considered by another journal. The submitted work should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes), and be thoroughly referenced. For further information on style and referencing, please visit the journal’s website.

Submitted articles will – after a first editorial screening – be sent out for peer-review (double-blind). This process, from submission to decision, normally takes six to eight weeks. Please submit your article directly to the Scientific Editor, Dr Marco Wyss (, who is also available for any potential preliminary queries.

The Council on America’s Military (CAMP) past is calling for papers for its Journal. We welcome submissions of interesting, original articles on American military history, especially topics that deal with significant sites (which could include installations, battlefields, ships and airplanes).  We also welcome articles on biography and historic preservation, especially if they are related to particular sites.  Maps and photos are strongly encouraged.  We ask that authors submit manuscripts by e-mail to our editors, using a system that is compatible with Microsoft Word.  The length of the articles that we publish varies roughly between 2,500 and 7,500 words.  The author is responsible for obtaining permission to publish any copyrighted material, and for bearing the costs of obtaining or reproducing illustrations. Interested parties should refer to the CAMP website or contact the editor, Vincent Rospond at

A non-profit educational association, CAMP was founded in 1966, representing diverse professions from historians to archeologists, museologists to architects, engineers to authors, active and retired military of all ranks, genealogists to archivists, and just plain hobbyists, the Council on America’s Military Past has only one requirement for membership: commitment to its objectives.

Its focus is on the places and things from America’s military past, and their stories. CAMP looks to all types of military and naval posts, from stockade forts of early New England to adobe presidios of the Southwest, from temporary camps and battlegrounds of a military on the move, to elaborate coastal defense installations along America’s coastlines. For CAMP, old ships and airplanes are also posts.

The Journal of America’s Military Past is a scholarly publication with interesting, illustrated articles on historic posts and battlefields and their people. The journal includes a robust book review section that, by itself, makes it worth reading. It is published three times a year.