Calls for Papers and Panels

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The Hungary in Medieval Europe Research Group at the Department of History, University of Debrecen, the Centre for the History of Society and Culture (CHSC) of the University of Coimbra and the Histoire et Cultures de l’Antiquité et du Moyen Âge (HiscAnt-MA) Laboratoire of the University of Lorraine are pleased to announce that the interdisciplinary conference on Mercenaries and Crusaders (1202-1480s) will take place June 22–24 2022, at the University of Debrecen, Hungary.

We extended the deadline for submission of sessions and papers until the end of January.
Please find the Call for papers at the conference website:

All interested lecturers, researchers, independent scholars and PhD-students are invited to submit an abstract on our website using the conference abstract template:

In the light of further developments of the pandemic and travel restrictions, we might consider applications for online participation, and make the conference a hybrid one.

There is no registration fee, the organizers will provide accommodation, light lunch and coffee breaks between the conference sessions. The organization board will consider to cover the air/rail travel costs for some of the sessions chairs or key-note speakers.

With all the best wishes,

Attila Bárány

Society for Military History Panels at the 2022 Northern Great Plains History Conference

The 57th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference will be held 21–24 September 2022 in Fargo, North Dakota. 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 5 April 2022. Send proposals, cvs and inquiries to Mike Burns at If you would like to volunteer to chair a panel or comment, please contact Mike.

For non-SMH sponsored panels, you can send proposals to Dr. Mark Harvey at by 12 April 2022, indicating “NGPHC” in the subject line. For additional information on the conference, you can visit

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. For information on competing for this prize please send inquiries to Mike Burns.

In addition to the panels, the conference will hold a luncheon for SMH participants and attendees on Thursday, 22 September and the SMH will again be sponsoring a reception tentatively scheduled for Friday evening, 23 September. On to Fargo!

The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare

B.A. Friedman and Timothy Heck (co-editors) Marine Corps University Press

The second volume of On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare (Marine Corps University Press, 2020) will be an edited volume featuring expert strategic analysis, historical analysis, and commentary on the past, present, and future of amphibious operations across the range of military operations. Building on the success of the first volume, approximately twenty scholars will engage subjects ranging from the history of amphibious operations, doctrinal and national perspectives, and the future of amphibious operations. Each essay will not only shed light on the past but also illuminate critical methods for understanding current and coming conflicts.

We are actively seeking chapters that address topics related to the DOTMLPF-I (TEPID OIL) needed to conduct or defend against amphibious operations as well as those that address specific warfighting functions. We are also looking for chapters that address emerging or enduring security issues such as climate change, non-state actors, and special operations.

Each contributor will provide commentary or analysis on an amphibious operations topic. Writing must be based on documented and sourced research. Chapters will address how and why this particular event or topic helps us understand amphibious operations today and in the future. We anticipate submissions should be between 3,500-6,000 words with citations and endnotes as necessary. Images are also welcome, including maps and graphics, as are tables. Citations and endnotes should be in the Chicago Manual of Style ‘Notes and Bibliography’ format. If possible, maps and images should come from the public domain.

Contributors will come from across the spectrum of those who study conflict and war. We seek inputs from across nations and backgrounds. Despite our background, our intent is not to create a collection of essays by US Marines for US Marines but rather by a wide variety of experts for the use of all in the discussions surrounding amphibious operations. Strategic theorists, policy advisors, diplomats, historians, and ground-level practitioners are invited to submit. We are particularly interested in a diversity of voices and experiences.

Those unable to submit chapters but interested in serving as peer-reviewers, please contact the editors with your availability, interest, and CV.

Submission Instructions:
Interested applicants should email a 500-word abstract and a one-page CV (per participant) no later than 15 February 2022 to the editors at, and include “OCS 2 Chapter Proposal” in the email subject line. Selected participants will be notified by late-March 2022 and will be asked to submit a full draft by 1 August 2022.

It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that their chapters are not based in whole or part on classified data or could be compiled with other data to create a potential spillage. Authors are responsible for submitting their work in advance for a proper security review through their respective organizations and ensuring security is not compromised. At the time of submission to the editors, each author will provide documentation from their security officer stating that the submitted work has been reviewed and approved for public release.

Academic rigor and integrity:
All chapters will undergo double-blind peer review by at least two subject matter experts. Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, does not conform to standards for academic rigor or scholarly best practices and all chapters will be submitted to Turnitin.

15 February 2022: Chapter proposals due
Late March 2022: Chapters selected by editors, authors notified 1 August 2022: Chapters submitted
Fall 2022: Editorial and peer review
Early 2023: Submission to Marine Corps University Press

Co-editors: Timothy Heck Brett Friedman
Amphibopsbook at gmail dot com  

Seapower by Other Means: Naval Contributions to National Objectives Beyond Sea Control and Power Projection

Seeking chapter proposals for an upcoming edited volume of historical essays on the theme of the many means by which naval forces are employed outside of, or on the fringes of, the usually-accepted roles of sea control and power projection. An academic book publisher has expressed interest in the topic, and requires a list of chapters and authors before proceeding.

Why? Naval forces, from those of ancient Athens to the fleets and personnel of modern America, exist to control the seas and project power, frequently through the use of violence. This reason for being, however, does not include everything they have done or can do. In December 2020 U.S. Navy medical personnel deployed to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico, very far from contested shores or sea lines of communication, to vaccinate Native Americans against COVID 19. And last summer several U.S. Navy commands hosted STEM education camps for school children, and Navy musicians played hundreds of concerts for civilian communities and at ceremonial functions. And of course the most-recent highest-profile uses of contemporary U.S. Navy platforms are its bases housing thousands of refugees from Afghanistan and U.S. Navy ships and aircraft providing humanitarian assistance to Haiti…soft power projection, certainly, but somewhere to the left of the Battle of Midway on the ROMO chart.

This is not a new phenomenon. Throughout U.S. history, the U.S. Navy has spent a significant part of its time and resources doing what Samuel Huntington called a Navy’s “ subordinate and collateral responsibilities…” – something they do, but not what they were actually provided and maintained to do.  Those responsibilities have at times may have contributed more to American security, prosperity, and identity than more traditional roles, and also at times have perhaps been due to what a recent critical report called the Navy’s “lack of emphasis on actually fighting and winning wars.” Whatever the reason, these activities and units are more common and persistent than grand battles and great ships, but they receive far less attention than their frequency merits. This collection shall help correct that oversight, serve as a catalyst and stepping stone for further exploration in this aspect of naval history, and inform what may be planned or expected for the future.  

Who? Contributors will come from across the spectrum of those who study or work in naval or maritime operations. We seek inputs from across nations and backgrounds, from professional scholars to naval practitioners to amateur historians.

How? For chapter proposals, please submit an approximately 250-word abstract and a one-page resume or CV, highlighting your experience and/or expertise with the subject on which you wish to write. Subjects should be related naval forces - in whatever form, from any point in history - being used effectively either in a non-combat/kinetic role or in that way apart from the maritime domain. Ideally, they should also explore the broader global context of their use – rise and decline of states and empires, revolutions in military affairs, great power competition - and inform decision making. Send CV and abstract in Word Documents attachments, subject line reading “SUBMISSION – [Title or Subject you’re proposing] – to by Jan. 15, 2022.

What’s next? Authors will be notified of their proposal’s status by Mar. 9, 2022, at which time the editor will submit the full work’s proposal, with chapters and author list, to the potential publisher. Once that holistic proposal is accepted, authors will be notified of their essay submission deadline and all other requirements. Expect final works to be between 2,500-5,000 words, Chicago Manual of Style, with open-source imagery submitted by the author, due sometime in late Spring 2022.   

“Global and Local Perspectives on Military History”
A Scholarly Conference October 14-16, 2022
Western Illinois University, Moline, IL

Does the transnational turn in historical scholarship suggest that all warfare is actually derivative of larger global patterns, or are there local, regional, or national “ways of war” that differentiate conflict within that certain geographical space, which historians should acknowledge? The new military history of the last several decades shifted attention away from traditional narratives that focused on generalship and troop movements on the battlefield towards the perspective of ordinary soldiers, and more recently, towards even broader social and cultural perspectives on warfare. How does the transnational turn in history affect the new military history?
This conference, to be held in-person at the Quad Cities campus of Western Illinois University, October 14-16, 2022, invites paper and panel proposals that explore intersections between global and local perspectives on warfare, on and off the battlefield, including campaign histories; biographical analysis; material culture; cultural, social, and political implications; and indigenous populations.
Confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Lisa Brady, Professor of History at Boise State University, specialist on environmental and military history, especially of Asia and the United States, who will speak on “The Global Nature of a Local War: An Environmental Analysis of United Nations Logistics in the Korean War.”
  • Stephen Morillo, Professor of History at Wabash College, specialist on medieval military and world history, who will speak on “Medieval Warfare from a Global Perspective.”
Given the conference’s location near the historic Rock Island Arsenal, the only active U.S. Army foundry, the conference particularly welcomes papers exploring the role of military manufacturing and supply in warfare, ancient and modern. Conference participation includes a visit to the Rock Island Arsenal Museum.

Proposals for panels or individual papers are welcome. In addition to scholars of all fields, Secondary Education Teachers and Museum and Public History professionals are encouraged to submit proposals.  

Please submit panel proposals of no more than 300 words, which will, ideally, identify topics of 2-4 papers (each with an abstract of 150-200 words and a one-page cv) with a commentator and/or chair.

Individual paper proposals are also welcome. These should include a 150-200 word abstract and a one-page cv with current address.
The firm deadline for panel proposals is February 1, 2022.

The firm deadline for individual paper proposals is February 28, 2022.

A call for students’ proposals (current BA and MA students) will be circulated in March 2022.

All proposals should be sent to All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee, whose decisions will be final. Selected proposals will be announced before April 30, 2022.

The conference hotel is the Radisson on John Deere Commons–Moline.

The conference may be affected by COVID-19 health, safety, and travel restrictions, and will abide by all COVID-19 safety guidelines.

For further information about the conference contact us at or write to Professor Lee L. Brice at

The conference is sponsored by the Department of History and College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University.

Call for Papers:  Society for Military History, Great Plains Region, Virtual Conference 12 March 2022, around the time of the Missouri Valley History Conference

In 2021 the Great Plains Region hosted a small virtual conference to maintain connections while the Missouri Valley History Conference was in a COVID hiatus. We will conduct another larger virtual conference in 2022 due to MVHC being again postponed.

The second virtual SMH Great Plains Region Conference will be held on Saturday 12 March 2022. There will be a virtual mixer on Friday evening 11 March. The conference is free to all participants. This year we intend to be larger with up to 10 panels.

Proposals for all types of military history papers will be accepted.  Individual proposals are welcome and session proposals are encouraged. For individuals, send a c.v. and short one-page proposal. For sessions, send one-page session proposal, short one-page proposal for each paper, and short c.v.’s for all participants. Deadline for proposals is January 15, 2022. Send proposals, c.v.’s and inquiries to George Eaton at If you would like to volunteer to chair a panel or comment, please contact George.

We encourage graduate and undergraduate students to present as well as faculty and independent historian. The best graduate and undergraduate papers will be recognized.

International Ancient Warfare Conference 2022 - June 23-24 

Announcing an annual hybrid conference where all researchers on ancient warfare from around the world can get together in the same conference setting to share research and ideas.  

This conference is the new annual reimagining of the prior International Ancient Warfare Conference (IAWC) series of conferences held previously in Wales and Gothenburg and run by Geoff Lee. The proceedings for the first of these came out in 2015: G. Lee, H. Whittaker, & G. Wrightson eds. Ancient Warfare: Introducing Current Research (International Ancient Warfare Conference vol. 1). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015. 

The organisers intend to publish proceedings of this conference as an ongoing book series.  

Papers on any aspect, era or global location of Ancient Warfare and any relevant discipline are sought to facilitate a multi-disciplinary discussion.

The conference is aimed equally at postgraduate students, early career researchers and established academics. 

Participants once approved, would submit a pre-recorded video of under 20 minutes of their presentation (with or without slides) and could then choose to join the conference on Zoom for 10 minutes of questions and discussion afterwards. This will mitigate for any failure in technology or internet connection. Participants gathered in a location can present live over zoom. 

International papers will present between 7am-12pm US Central time and US scholars will present 12pm-5pm Central, with another international section from 5-9pm Central if applicable. Scholars in all time zones will have a chance to present and answer live questions on Zoom. 

An in person component will see scholars gather in a room to watch zoom or prerecorded videos and join in zoom question periods together.

The current hosts are in the US Midwest but encourage other scholars to coordinate similar gatherings in other locations around the world as a part of the same conference.

This conference will be environmentally friendly and cheaper since no one has to fly internationally to attend while still preserving the excitement of gathering in person.

Send an abstract of 300 words and a brief bio to Graham Wrightson ( BEFORE March 31st 2022.

First Division Museum and The Great War Institute Symposium

The symposium, hosted by the First Division Museum ( and sponsored by The Great War Institute at Park University (, will be held May 13-14, 2022, at the First Division Museum, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL., 60189.

Paper and panel proposals in all fields of history related to “Lesser-Known Stories of the Great War: Women, Minorities, Civilians, and the Untold” are invited. The symposium is particularly interested in proposals for complete sessions, including panelists, chairs, and commentators. All proposals should be submitted no later than March 1, 2022, at

In addition to established scholars, the symposium highly encourages aspiring and young scholars, including graduate students, to present their work. For questions about submitting a proposal, please contact us at

Registration shall be available starting January 3, 2022.

Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution
September 23-25, 2022

Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for the Eighteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2022.

Many states, as well as national entities, are already beginning the process of planning for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of American Independence. Current events, from the end of America’s longest war of Afghanistan, to fundamental questions about the democracy that was created nearly 250 years ago provide new context to explorations of one of the longest, bitterest, and most consequential conflicts in American history.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks proposals for new research on this critical period of the 18th century from a variety of perspectives, participants, and methodologies. Established scholars, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers broadly addressing the origins, conduct, or repercussions of the War for American Independence. We are especially interested in topics and approaches that engage the international nature of the conflict, representing the variety of peoples and places involved.

We welcome interdisciplinary backgrounds and approaches roughly covering the period from the 1760s to the 1780s. Papers may include or engage:

• Material Culture
• Biographical Analysis
• Social and Cultural Histories
• Global Theatres of War
• Archaeological Studies
• Indigenous Perspectives

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 January 31, 2022, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

New Series – Vernon Press Series in Classical Studies

Vernon Press invites proposals on the history, literature, art, philosophy, political or social structures, religion, languages, or archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations for its new Series in Classical Studies.

The classics are the earliest branch of the humanities, with a long history of scholarly value, but the field continues to evolve. The past two decades have seen exciting developments in key research areas, especially material culture, reception studies and gender studies. The books in this series will examine such growth areas, while also being open to more traditional approaches.

Comprising edited volumes, co-authored books and single-author monographs, the series will be useful for senior researchers, scholars and practitioners with an interest in this field of study, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

To receive more information about submitting a proposal or to discuss your idea, please contact James McGovern:

Information also available on:

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.

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