Calls for Papers and Panels

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.

Great Powers and Grand Strategies in the Asia Pacific, 1900-1954
Dept. of History, National University of Singapore
December 2019

The first half of the 20th Century represented both the pinnacle and nadir of Great Power involvement in reordering the Asia Pacific, a region defined here as ranging from Burma to Vladivostok. From the multilateral military intervention to quell the so-called Boxer Rebellion through the Geneva Conference of mid-1954, the Great Powers sought to impose political order on an Asia Pacific they saw as chaotic and conflict-prone. But implicit within this attempt at reordering were the relationships amongst and between Great Powers themselves. This period in international history was ultimately defined by the combination of Chinese weakness and instability and Great Power attempts to ‘manage’ that situation. From that starting point, this conference aims to evaluate grand strategies pursued by Great Powers—including the British Empire, France, the United States of America, Russia/Soviet Union, and especially China and Japan—to try to manage not only the region but also each other, and to consider the impact this all had on regional and global states systems and order. Papers related to the following topics are of particular interest: the Great Powers in China; Russia/Soviet Union and East Asia; Wartime alliance building and coalition warfare; Domestic politics and grand strategy in the Asia Pacific; The Great War and grand strategy in the Asia Pacific; Multilateral conferences and managing Great Power relations in the Asia Pacific; Grand strategies for Southeast Asia; Grand strategies and political decolonization; Cold War demarcations, containment, and grand strategies in the Asia Pacific.

Please submit a 400-word abstract and title of your proposed paper, by 31 January 2019, to:

Professor Brian P. Farrell
Dept. of History, National University of Singapore
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2019 McMullen Naval History Symposium
19-20 September 2019 U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

The year 2019 marks numerous anniversaries in naval history. It is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the 50th anniversary of the North Korean shootdown of Deep Sea 129, the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal, the 150th anniversary of the Japanese Battle of Hakodate during the Meji Restoration, and the 200th anniversary of U.S. Congress giving the Secretary of the Navy sole responsibility for the naming of ships. From operational history, to social history, to political history, and every approach in between, the naval and maritime history of the United States and the wider world remain rich areas of research and scholarship.

The History Department of the United States Naval Academy invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2019 McMullen Naval History Symposium on any topics related to American or world, naval and maritime history.

Proposals should include a one page vita and an abstract of no more than 250 words which summarizes the research and its contribution to historical knowledge, collated in a single PDF or Microsoft Word file. Panel proposals (made up of three presenters, a chair, and a commenter) are highly encouraged, and should include all relevant material on the presenters, as well as a one page vita for the chair and commenter.

Proposal deadline: 15 February 2019. Email proposals to by midnight. The program committee anticipates announcing a draft program by the end of April 2019; papers are due to the committee and to panel chairs/commenters by 16 August 2019.

On-line registration for the conference will begin in the spring of 2019. A small number of modest travel stipends are available to graduate students and recent PhDs who do not hold a tenure-track position or full-time employment. Support for these grants comes from the generosity of the McMullen Sea Power Fund established in honor of Dr. John McMullen, USNA Class of 1940. The committee will prioritize graduate students for these funds. Please indicate your desire to apply for a travel stipend with your proposal. The committee will publish a volume of proceedings in the New Interpretations of Naval History Series, containing a selection of the best papers presented, at a future date.

Further information on the 2019 McMullen Naval History Symposium will be available online at Specific inquiries may be directed to the Symposium Director, Commander Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong, via the email address listed above.

Imperial Legacies of 1919
Conference Date: April 19-20, 2019

Roundtable participant proposal deadline: 31 January 2019
Undergraduate Student Poster competition proposal deadline: 15 February 2019

Journalist and author Shrabani Basu will provide a distinguished lecture on Indian soldiers related to her recent work: For King and Another Country (2015). Prior to the conference, she will also host a screening of Victoria and Abdul, a film based on her book of the same name. Historian of the British Empire Dr. Susan Kingsley Kent will provide the keynote address. Her esteemed works include Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931 (2009); The Women's War of 1929: Gender and Violence in Colonial Nigeria (2011) and The Global Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (2012).

Conference Description
The year 2019 is the perfect opportunity to analyze the global consequences of war and peace. That year marks the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, which set the terms for peace after the First World War. Unfortunately, the meaning of “peace” was dictated largely by European Empires with limited visions for avoiding future conflict, not only in Europe but around the world. This conference will commemorate the 1919 centenary by hosting an international 2-day conference that explores the on-going legacies of war and imperialism.

Shifting our lens to colonial spaces and debates, “Imperial Legacies of 1919” explores the multiple and contending meanings of 1919. In South Asia, for example, the year 1919 was not known for international peace treaties but rather the 1919 Amritsar Massacre during which a British officer commanded troops to open fire on an unarmed crowd. This gave leading figures such as Mohandas Gandhi the moral imperative to fight against colonialism. At the same time, the year 1919 connotes important moments in anti-colonial revolutions in places like Ireland and Egypt. Meanwhile, strikes and labor activism intensified around the world in response to the Bolshevik revolution (1917) and the return of soldiers to the home front. Soldiers, veterans, and civilians coped with wartime traumas, postwar disabilities and demobilization well beyond 1919.

The terms of peace and creation of the League of Nations mandates led to the dismantling of the German, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires. This meant redrawing international borders, including in the Near East, in what became known as the “Middle East” in the United States. Aerial warfare in the League of Nations mandates and during the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919) targeted civilians with ongoing violence across the imperial world. Pan-Asian, Pan-African, Pan-Islamic and anti-colonial activists attempted to find alternative sources of unity to challenge European imperialism.

While the year 1919 holds an important place in world history, issues such as economic inequality, unstable border relations, religious and linguistic identities, veteran and civilian relations, gender inequality, and the long-term traumas of war remain harsh realities for people around the world. This conference will be a timely reflection on pressing global issues that link past and present.

Paper and Panel CFP (Deadline December 31, 2018):
The conference organizers welcome individual paper or full panel submissions from junior and senior scholars at any stage of their academic career. We welcome proposals for both conventional 3-4 person panels and those that offer an unconventional approach to panel organization. Papers and panels may be on any region, theme, and topic related to “imperial legacies of 1919” but we especially welcome reflections on the following themes:

- Borderlands, Labor, and Migration
- Gendering War and Peace
- War Psychology, Health, and Trauma
- The League of Nations Mandate System
- Crypto-Colonialism
- Environment and Empire
- Capitalism and Imperialism
- Language and Identity
- Anti-colonial and peace movements
- Food, war, and empire
- War Reporting, Media, and Memory
Those interested in presenting an individual paper should send a 250-word abstract and current CV by December 31, 2018 to

Prospective panels should send a 200-word panel abstract, 150 word abstracts for each paper, CVs for each panelist, and, if available, names of prospective chairs and commentators. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Graduate Student Roundtable CFP (Deadline January 31, 2019): We will also accept proposals for graduate students who would prefer to be considered for inclusion on one or more graduate student roundtable(s) on any time period or theme related to empire (Deadline January 31). We especially recommend this for MA students, pre-ABD PhD students, or PhD students who are exploring a new part of their research. Priority will be given to roundtable participants who engage with the themes of “identity and empire” or “war and empire.”

Graduate students who wish to be considered for the graduate student roundtable session should send a 100-200 word abstract for a 5-10 minute presentation that gives a general outline of what the scholar would like to contribute to a roundtable on war and empire. According to the AHA “The roundtable format—which can be used for the presentation of original research, work-in-progress, or discussion of professional concerns—offers short presentations, a fluid organization (not limited to the chair/presenter/commentator structure), and ample time for discussion with the audience. Roundtables foster a congenial exchange between audience and discussants.”
Graduate Student Ambassador: Kevin Broucke, UNT History, Military History Center Fellow

Undergraduate Poster Prize (Proposal deadline February 15, 2019):
Undergraduate students from all universities are encouraged to apply for a place in the undergraduate poster prize competition on any topic related to war and empire. All accepted and completed posters will be displayed at the conference.

Undergraduate students who wish to be considered for the undergraduate poster prize should send a 100-200 word description of their poster, with 1 to 3 sample images, related to any theme or topic relevant to this conference. For further guidelines on poster sessions please see: presentations Deadline for consideration: February 15, 2018
Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Savannah Donnelly, UNT History
About UNT
The conference will be hosted in the new, state-of-the-art, Union facilities at the University of North Texas. UNT is a tier-1 research university of over 35,000 students in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metropolitan area. We are conveniently located in Denton, about 30-45 minutes from the DFW airport. Denton is center of arts and music with a growing independent restaurant scene in North Texas. The conference organizers welcome and encourage the participation of LGBTQIA+ presenters.

We will also host a screening of Victoria & Abdul and a Q&A with the original book’s author, Shrabani Basu, on the evening of April 18, 2019, for UNT and interested conference participants and members of the public.

Registration Fees:
Thanks to the generous support of the Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, UNT-International the UNT departments of History, Linguistics, Anthropology, Political Science, English, Communications Studies, World Languages and Literatures, and Women’s and Gender Studies, and the School of Journalism, we will be able to offer discounted registration to all presenters and participants. Travel assistance is not available.

- UNT undergraduate and graduate students: Free registration for panels, film screening and keynote (registration required, meals not included)
- UNT Faculty in History, Anthropology, Political Science, English, Linguistics, WGST: Free registration for panels, film screening, and keynote (registration required, meals not included)
- Non-UNT undergraduate and graduate students: $25 (includes all panels, invited talks, and conference meals)
- Under-employed researchers/post-doc/early career: $40 (includes all panels, invited talks, and conference meals)
- Tenured associate professors or equivalent: $60 (includes all panels, invited talks, and conference meals)
- Full professors: $75 (includes all panels, invited talks, and conference meals)

“Conference meals” include one lunch and one dinner and are included with paid registration. Please send all questions, inquiries, and proposals to

Conference Organizers:
Kate Imy, UNT History (Principal Organizer)
Shobhana Chelliah, UNT Linguistics
Andy Nelson, UNT Anthropology
Nancy Stockdale, UNT History
Sadaf Munshi, UNT Linguistics
Geoffrey Wawro, UNT History, Director of UNT Military History Center
Waquar Ahmed, UNT Geography
Graduate Student Ambassador: Kevin Broucke, UNT History, Military History Center Fellow
Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Savannah Donnelly, UNT History

Special thanks to Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Information, UNT-International, the UNT Military History Center and departments of History, Linguistics, Anthropology, Political Science, English, Women’s and Gender Studies, Communications Studies, and World Languages and Literatures and the School of Journalism for sponsoring this event.

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:

2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation invite proposals for the 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History. The Symposium will be held on October 17-18, 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, MD. The theme of the 2019 Symposium is "From Discovery to Discourse." Proposals are due February 4, 2019. For details please visit:

Intelligence Community Forum (ICF)
Intelligence Support for Decision-Makers
18-20 June 2019 Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA

Brécourt Academic and Mercyhurst University's Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, in association with Global War Studies, are pleased to announce the first annual Intelligence Community Forum (ICF). An international conference, ICF 2019 will bring together intelligence community professionals from a wide array of disciplines, including academia, government, business, and students. Paper proposals dealing with one or more of the following topics are welcome, and while "Intelligence Support for Decision-Makers" is the general focus, papers and panels covering other related topics or taking thematic approaches are equally encouraged.

National Intelligence / Business Intelligence / Cyberwarfare / Cyber Security Military Intelligence / Naval/Maritime Intelligence / Indicators and Warnings Intelligence and Alliance Politics / Inter-Agency Cooperation / Science & Technology Multi-National Intelligence Sharing / Intelligence and Security Studies History of Intelligence / Intelligence and Diplomacy / Industrial Mobilization Intelligence Methods and Data Analysis / Intelligence and Assymetric Warfare Problems of Intelligence Analysis in Early Post-War Planning Intelligence and Peacekeeping/Peacemaking / NGOs

Paper proposals must be submitted by 15 January 2019 and must include a brief (200 words or less) one-paragraph abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Panel proposals are welcome and should include a brief description of the panel's theme. Additional conference details and registration information will be available soon at:

Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:
Sharon von Maier E:
T: 202 875 1436 (US number)

The conference proceedings will be published by Brécourt Academic.

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.