Calls for Papers and Panels

War College of the Seven Years’ War at Fort Ticonderoga
May 17-19, 2019

The centennial of the Treaty of Versailles compels scholars to reflect on the transformative effects of the Great War of 1914-18. Similarly, the culmination of the Seven Years’ War in 1763 represents a watershed moment in the 18th century. The development of tactics and strategy, the effects of military and political actions, and the shift in the balance of powers was felt by all combatants and their subjects. Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for papers broadly addressing the period of the Seven Years War for its Twenty-Fourth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War to be held May 17-19, 2019.

This call represents a new approach to this venerable conference hosted at one of the most important North American museums to engage the history of the conflict. We
are seeking out new research and perspectives on one of the most important military and political events of its era. We seek papers from established scholars in addition to graduate students and others that relate to the origins, conduct, or repercussions of the Seven Years’ War broadly speaking. We are especially interested in topics and approaches that engage the international quality of the conflict as well as representing the variety of peoples and places involved.

We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives covering the period from the 1740s to the 1760s. Papers may include or engage:

• Material Culture
• Biographical Analysis
• Campaign Histories
• Archaeological Investigations
• Cultural, Social, and Political Ramifications
• Indigenous Populations

Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with partial travel reimbursement. Please submit a 300-word abstract and CV by email by June 1, 2018 to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

Caroline E. Janney and James Marten call for proposals for essays in an anthology with the working title Buying and Selling the Civil War.  Each essay will provide a case study of a product, experience, or idea related to remembrance of the war; of products acknowledging the outcomes of the war; or of products marketed specifically to Americans who participated in the war (veterans, for instance, or widows). 

Authors will be asked to identify not only the products being marketed and consumed, but also the meaning of those products: How did sellers “pitch” their products, and what did buyers believe they were buying? Among the possibilities are status and recognition in their communities; a sense of redemption for war-time failures; ways to connect family histories to national history; forms of investment in the future; ways to recover from war-time traumas; hopes of making a political statement. In many cases, buyers and sellers may have placed different meanings on the same products. Although the time period to be covered is generally the Gilded Age, the editors will consider a broader time period. 

Essays will be limited to 6000 words (not counting notes). Authors will be encouraged to provide one or two illustrations for each essay. Direct queries to Carrie at or Jim at

Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a brief CV.  Send them to no later than May 15, 2018. First drafts of selected essays will be due in early 2019.

The 3rd annual Symposium on Modern Warfare will take place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center October 6, 2018. The theme of this year’s symposium is Modern Warfare through the Arts & Humanities.

Important Dates:
Proposal submission deadline: August 1, 2018
Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2018
Accepted presenters must confirm presentations: August 31, 2018

Symposium organizers are accepting proposals that consider the following topics within the context of the modern era (circa 1975 to the present):

  • The ways in which Arts & Humanities can help us understand modern warfare and the veteran experience
  • The ways in which Arts & Humanities can foster peace and reconciliation
  • The Arts & Humanities and veterans’ mental health and healing
  • The effect of modern warfare on the arts and/or humanities output of war torn nations (e.g. Iraq, Syria,
  • Afghanistan)
  • Analyses or case studies of particular conflicts from a humanities perspective
  • Presentations of arts and/or humanities projects by modern war veterans (including performance)
  • Any other topic relevant to the study of modern warfare through an arts and/or humanities lens

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 warfare through an arts or humanities lens. Acceptance is competitive.

The Australian Historical Association Conference will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra from 2 to 6 July 2018. As this year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, there will be is a significant military history stream.
‘The scale of war history in Australia and the world’
Reflecting the place of Canberra as a centre of the study of war and the military, this stream offers a forum for discussion of the history of conflict, armed forces and the relationship of society to both. This stream encourages papers from scholars studying war from a variety of viewpoints – be they historians of gender, race, violence, operational military history, war and society or memory history. It seeks to question how we define war history, given the variety of terms (such as military history, war and society and conflict studies). Does war occupy too large a part of Australian history? What new and innovative approaches are being taken in the study of conflict and society in Australia, the region and around the world? 
Paper and panel proposals that explore any aspect of war, armed force, and violence, as well as the limits of military history, its controversies and omissions, its utility and successes are encouraged.  Themes include, but are not limited to:
· The environment and war
· Conflict and colonialism
· Military history at the tactical, operational and strategic levels
· Frontier conflict
· Gender and war
· The place of scholarly military history in public institutions, governments and defence forces
· Non-traditional definitions of conflict and war, such as at the sub-state level
· War, trauma, reconciliation and memory
· Regional histories of conflict, particularly Australia and the Pacific
To assist the conference organisers, panel proposals with a chairperson are preferred.
All delegates delivering papers at the AHA2018 conferences (including members of AHA affiliated associations) must be members of the AHA. You will be able to join the AHA or renew your membership when registering for the conference.
For more details regarding the conference see the conference website
For more information contact the convenors: Dr John Connor ( and Dr Tristan Moss (

International Journal of Military History and Historiography
Special Issue: Women and the Second World War

The International Journal of Military History and Historiography will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the start of the Second World War with a special issue dedicated to the wartime experiences of women.

The literature of the Second World War has shifted from a narrow focus on political, military and diplomatic interpretations of the origins and management of the war to a much wider assessment of events and actors. Indeed, the global nature of what has been termed “total war” mobilized entire populations of citizens and colonial subjects. Women were very much a part of this war of movement and the events that dislocated and traumatized civilians and combatants. To date, much of the literature focuses on women on home fronts as workers, as spies and as consumers. Holocaust studies have revealed the scale of Nazi crimes against humanity as well as strategies of survival. More recently, scholars have uncovered the sexual slavery experienced by Chinese, Korean and Japanese women endorsed by the Japanese military. This special issue of the International Journal of Military History and Historiography looks to extend this literature to interrogate and foreground the wartime experiences of women beyond the home front.

The journal is particularly interested in articles that foreground women as actors in national and transnational settings in the military and as partisans; as doctors, nurses and midwives; as exiles and refugees; and as colonial subjects and occupied citizens.

Please send a 200-300 word paper abstract (or full article draft) and short CV by 1 May 2018 to Sandra Trudgen Dawson, Full drafts of articles are due on 1 September 2018. Articles may be up to 10,000 words, including notes. Please see for a guide for authors.

34th Ohio Valley History Conference.

The University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 2018 Ohio Valley History Conference at the Boling University Center in Martin, TN on October 18-20, 2018
The OVHC is a general conference open to all historians and advanced graduate students. We welcome proposals on all periods and specializations including public history, digital history, and teaching history. We especially invite proposals related to the centennial of U.S. participation in the Great War and the semicentennial of 1968. Proposals can be submitted as individual papers or full panels. We also welcome volunteers to chair panels or provide comment.

Submission process: For a panel, please submit the panel title, a 100-word abstract of each paper, and a 1-2 page cv for each participant. For individual papers, please submit a 250-word abstract and a 1-2 page cv. Volunteers to chair sessions or provide comment should submit a 1-2 page cv indicating areas of interest and expertise. All proposals should be in a Word document and include the affiliation and contact information of each participant. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 29, 2018. Please send proposals to Richard Garlitz at

Other information: The conference includes a banquet on Friday night. The speaker will be Thomas Bruscino, associate professor at the U.S. Army War College, who will present “From the Old World to the New: The Meuse-Argonne Campaign and the Birth of the American Century.” The conference also includes a luncheon on Saturday. The speaker will be Rebecca Price, founder and president of Chick History, who will present “The March to the 19th,” a collaborative venture with Humanities Tennessee to document women’s history in Tennessee, especially as it relates to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Location: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in Martin (731-587-5800). Directions to the Boling University Center can be found at

Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah, KY (75 minutes from campus) offers daily flights to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport and car rental.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Garlitz, conference coordinator, at

Society for Military History at the 2018 Northern Great Plains History Conference

The 53rd Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference will be held 20-22 September 2018* in Mankato, Minnesota. The Society for Military History sponsors a full slate of sessions at the NGPHC, and proposals for all types of military history papers are welcomed. Both individual proposals and session proposals are encouraged. For individuals, send a c.v. and short one-page proposal. For sessions, send one-page session proposal, a short one-page proposal for each paper, and short c.v.s for all participants. Deadline for proposals is 1 April 2018. Send proposals, c.v.s and inquiries to Chris Rein at If you would like to volunteer to chair a panel or comment, please contact Chris.

For non-SMH sponsored panels, please contact the 2018 Program Chair, Dr. Lori Lahlum, at the Department of History, 10B Armstrong Hall, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN 56001, or

The Society for Military History and the First Division Museum Cantigny sponsors the SMH–FDMC award for the best graduate student paper in Military History at NGPHC. This prize is valued at $800 dollars. In addition to the graduate student prize, the Society for Military History and the First Division Museum Cantigny sponsor the SMH–FDMC Prize for the Best Undergraduate Paper in History at NGPHC, valued at $400. For information on competing for these prizes please send inquiries to Chris Rein.

In addition to the panels the SMH will again be sponsoring a reception on Saturday evening*, 22 September, following the closing session.

*Conference begins on Thursday morning, 20 Sept. at 0830 and ends on Saturday evening, 22 Sept. with the SMH reception to avoid conflicting with the observance of Yom Kippur on 19 Sept.

From Balloons to Drones

Established in 2016, From Balloons to Drones is an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations in their broadest sense including space and cyber power. Air power is to be understood broadly, encompassing not only the history of air warfare, including social and cultural aspects but also related fields such as archaeology, international relations, strategic studies, law and ethics.

Since its emergence during the First World War, air power has increasingly become the preferred form of military power for many governments. However, the application and development of air power is controversial and often misunderstood. To remedy this, From Balloons to Drones seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power through the publication of articles, research notes, commentary and book reviews.

From Balloons to Drones welcomes and encourages potential submissions from postgraduates, academics, and practitioners involved in researching the subject of air power. Submissions can take the following forms:

  • Articles – From Balloons to Drones publishes informative articles on air power that range from historical pieces to the analysis of contemporary challenges. These well-researched articles should attempt to bridge a gap between the specialist and non-specialist reader. They should be around c.1,000 to 1,500 words, though From Balloons to Drones will accept larger pieces and we reserve the right to publish them in parts.
  • Air War Books – From Balloons to Drones publishes a series of review articles that examine the top ten books that have influenced writers on air power.
  • Commentaries – From Balloons to Drones publishes opinion pieces on recent news on either contemporary or historical subjects. These should be no longer than c.1,000 words.
  • Research Notes – From Balloons to Drones publishes research notes related to contributor’s current research projects. These take the form of more informal pieces and can be a discussion of a source or a note on a recent research theme. These should be c.500 to 1,000 words.
  • Book Reviews – From Balloons to Drones publishes occasional book reviews that aim to be an accessible collection of appraisals of recent publications about air power.

Submissions should be submitted in Word format and emailed to the address below with ‘SUBMISSION’ in the subject line. Also, please include a 50-100 word biography with your submission. References can be used, and please be careful to explain any jargon. However, if you are not sure if your idea fits our requirements, then please email us with ‘POTENTIAL SUBMISSION’ in the subject line to discuss.

If you are interested in contributing, please email our editor, Dr Ross Mahoney, at or visit our webpage here:-

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.