Calls for Papers and Panels

Theatres of War
The New Research in Military History Conference 2019
A Conference of the British Commission for Military History
8-9 November 2019
Lancaster University

Throughout history, strategists and warriors have had to fight not only their opponents but also the elements, across land, sea, and air. The operational environment has played a key role in devising and determining strategies and tactics and influenced the outcome of many battles, while war has had a dramatic impact on its physical environment. This reciprocal importance of war and its theatre has left its trace in the written sources and also in the landscape. The organisers would thus welcome proposals addressing any period that approach the theme of ‘Theatres of War’ from different perspectives with a variety of methodologies, ranging from traditional archival-based research to battlefield archaeology and digital tools. Whilst papers should ideally embrace the conference’s broad theme, the organisers will also consider paper and panel proposals on topics relating to any aspect of the history of warfare.

This year’s edition of the innovative, increasingly successful and thus acclaimed ‘New Research in Military History’ Conference will be hosted by Lancaster University, and take place from 8 to 9 November 2019. These two days will also include a tour of Lancaster Castle, a conference dinner, and a keynote speech by Professor John Gillingham FBA (LSE), ‘War and the Enslavement of the Enemy’s Women: From (the) Iliad to (the) Islamic State’.

The British Commission for Military History is committed to providing a platform for early career scholars and to fostering original, innovative, and ground-breaking research in the History of Warfare. Therefore, the organisers are particularly keen to receive proposals from PhD students, post-doctoral and early career researchers.

Proposals for papers of twenty minutes should consist of a 300 word abstract and a short biography (maximum 200 words), and contain the applicant’s full name, institutional affiliation (if any), and contact email address. Panel proposals should provide the same material for each of the three panel members, as well as an introduction of 500 words and the name and contact details of a chair. All proposals should be submitted to both Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler ( and Dr Marco Wyss ( The deadline for submissions is 19:00 on 30 June 2019. Applicants will be informed on whether or not their proposal has been accepted no later than 31 July 2019.

The Many Faces of War V: An annual interdisciplinary symposium on the experience and impact of war throughout history

October 17th-18th, 2019 at South Dakota State University

The study of warfare is often restricted to the sphere of military history and rarely allowed to transcend the artificial boundaries of historical study, namely those limited by geography and periodization. Throughout the ages war has had the greatest impact, not on the political elite who declare wars but on those who fight and die and their families and friends.

This annual interdisciplinary conference aims to address both the experience and impact of war for those fighting as well as for those on the periphery of combat.

Alongside traditional avenues of military historical study, subtopics of particular interest are:
Women in war; the social stigma of retreat or cowardice; war and agriculture; the impact of scorched earth policy on populations; The depopulation of villages; war’s effect on birth or marriage rates of the loss of male citizens; prisoners of war; camp-followers and non-military personnel; displacement of populations; arms production; social security systems for war widows and orphans; the effect of training on a soldier’s mindset and actions (before, during and after combat); the social position of soldiers; peacetime relations between soldiers and civilians; wartime relations between civilians and occupying armies; war as spectacle; laughter in war; literature and poetry of war; the art and architecture of war and remembrance. This year we encourage a focus on veterans and associated studies or experiences.

The conference is aimed equally at postgraduate students, researchers in the early stages of their careers and established academics. There are no specific geographical or temporal parameters regarding the subject matter of papers, and scholars and students of ancient, medieval and modern warfare are encouraged to submit proposals. We would also encourage the proposal of panels of three papers.

Proposals/abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be sent to: Graham Wrightson (

It is a self-funded conference so there will be a small $25 registration fee for all participants to cover room rental and refreshments. The fee is waived for students.

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 31st, 2019.

The 4th annual Symposium on Modern Warfare will take place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center September 20, 2019. The theme of this year’s symposium is Leadership and Modern Warfare.

Important Dates:
- Proposal submission deadline: July 15, 2019
- Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2019
- Accepted presenters must confirm presentations: August 15, 2019

Symposium organizers are accepting proposals that consider the following topics within the context of the modern era (circa 1975 to the present):
- Analyses or case studies of the personalities, decisions, triumphs, and failures of individual leaders – both famous (e.g. General Tommy Franks, General David Petraeus) and infamous (e.g. Osama bin Laden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi)
- The U.S. Department of Defense and its service branches, including tensions between the defense reform movement and the military establishment
- Leadership challenges in coalition warfare where coalition partners have competing interests, goals, strategies, and postwar expectations
- Leadership challenges in the age of privatized corporate security and military forces such as Blackwater
- Oral histories by modern war veterans detailing their experiences with leadership in the field
- Any other topic relevant to the symposium theme

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 leadership in modern warfare. Acceptance is competitive.

Armageddon: The Second World War in Comparative Perspective

Second World War Research Group Annual Conference, 13-14 June 2019
City Campus, University of Wolverhampton

Keynotes: Prof. Jeremy Black (Exeter) and Dr Jenny Macleod (Hull)

‘The difficulties, obstacles, and ambiguities that confront anyone who tries to compare historical events or processes [are many] ... Yet, comparison is truly valuable we must not be cowards and shrink from our obligations’. (Carl Degler, 1991).

The Second World War was not a standalone conflict (or rather series of conflicts). It was part of a continuum of warfare that stretched back into the past and forward into the future. It can be seen as both the culmination of one particular type of conflict and the beginning of another one; as the central event in a short twentieth century that lasted from 1914 to 1991; as the second stage of a European-focused conflict that began at Sarajevo and ended at Potsdam 31 years later; or as the prelude to the Cold War. Moreover, the Second World War was a crucial point in the unravelling of European empires, leading to a series of ‘aftershock wars’, mostly based around insurgencies. The phrase ‘total war’, although not unproblematic, offers a vehicle for assessing the extent to which developments on the various home fronts during the Second World War built upon earlier precedents, and in turn influenced post-1945 trends and events: the debate on the impact of the war on gender is a case in point.

Most senior politicians, officials and military officers of the Second World War had served in a junior capacity in 1914-18, and for many civilians, 1939-45 was their second experience of a major war. Indeed, the responses of the belligerents to the Second World War cannot be understood without reference to their First World War. Likewise, 1939-45 was the formative experience for many in senior positions in the decades that followed. Indeed, memories and interpretations of the Second World War continue to influence discourse and politics in various ways in different countries to the present day, for good or ill. Of course, connections can be traced between the Second World War and conflicts other than the First World War. Arguably, the formulation and conduct of Anglo-American strategy was complicated by the fact that the two nations drew on very different strategic traditions, one reaching back to the American Civil War, the other to the eighteenth century.

The Second World War offers rich potential for historians to rise to Degler’s challenge, and to re-evaluate its myriad aspects in the context of earlier and later conflicts. The 2019 conference of the Second World War Research Group, hosted by the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton, has as its theme ‘The Second World War in comparative perspective’. We welcome proposals for papers on subjects including, but not necessarily limited to:

Insurgency - Legitimacy - Mobilisation - Political and social change - Alliance and coalition warfare - Propaganda and diplomacy - Neutrality and belligerence - Intelligence - Empire/Imperialism - Writing the history of Wars - Gender - Elites/Minorities - Strategy - Operations - Tactics - Global war - Experiencing war - Forgotten fronts - Resistance/Collaboration – Technological change

Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV. Panel proposals for groups of three to four speakers are also welcomed; they should, in addition to individual paper abstracts and CVs, include a brief description of the panel theme (no more than 500 words). The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday 18 March 2019. Submissions, queries and expression of interest to attend should be addressed to Neil Evans at

War and Peace in the Age of Napoleon
Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War King’s College London
Saturday, 14 September 2019

In the wake of the bicentenary commemorations of the Napoleonic Wars, the British Commission for Military History is proud to host an all-new conference on this momentous era, presenting fresh research both on the conflict itself and its manifold repercussions for Britain, Europe and the wider world. The keynote speakers are Dr Catriona Kennedy (University of York) and Dr Edward Coss (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College).

Proposals for 20-minute papers are welcomed on topics relating to the social, economic, political or military dimensions of the epoch of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In keeping with BCMH’s commitment to supporting high- quality research from well-informed commentators, abstracts are sought from both those of academic and non-academic backgrounds. The conference organisers also look forward to receiving proposals from postgraduate researchers and MA students. Undergraduates with an interest in the period are encouraged to submit proposals for five-minute presentations to receive a unique opportunity to discuss their research in a supportive environment with experts at the forefront of their field.

Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted to along with the applicant’s name, an indication of their presentation preference (full paper or five- minute presentation) and a short (maximum 200 word) biography.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 24th May 2019.

Society for Military History Panels at the 2019 Northern Great Plains History Conference

The 54th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference will be held 25-28 September 2019 in Brandon, Manitoba. 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 cv and short one-page proposal. For sessions, send a one-page session proposal, a short one-page proposal for each paper, and short cvs for all participants. Deadline for proposals is 1 April 2019. Send proposals, cvs 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 2019 Program Chair, Dr. James Naylor, by April 12, 2019, indicating “NGPHC” in the subject line.

The Society for Military History and the First Division Museum Cantigny sponsor 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 also 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.

Please note that by submitting a proposal, you are making a commitment to attend and present your paper, barring unforeseen circumstances. For US participants, this includes obtaining a passport and traveling to Brandon. If you are unsure of your ability to attend, please delay submitting your proposal until you are certain that you can meet this commitment.

In addition to the panels, the SMH will again be sponsoring a reception on Wednesday evening, 25 September. See you in Brandon!

A proposed volume titled Amphibious Operations seeks contributors. Full details (and a February submission deadline) can be found at this linked document.

The European Initiative on Security Studies is holding its 3rd annual conference on 27-28 June 2019, at Sciences Po, Paris. The linked Call for Papers explains how to apply for both open and closed panels.

Marine Corps History 2019 Call for Submissions

Marine Corp History magazine is accepting submissions for 2019 of scholarly articles focused on new and unique research into the Corps’ history, from its earliest actions to the Cold War and beyond. The editors also are interested in book reviews and in articles about how the Corps’ history is being used in the classroom or in the field to preserve it or to support lessons learned.
Articles should be 4,000 – 10,000 words long, properly footnoted, and formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition). Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are encouraged to submit.
2019 Submission Deadlines:
Summer issue: 15 January
Winter issue: 15 May
Marine Corps History, published twice per year by MCU Press, is an editorial board-reviewed magazine. For author guidelines, books available for review, or to discuss the submission and selection process, contact the managing editor:

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.