Calls for Papers and Panels

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The National Council on Public History invites proposals for its 2022 Annual Meeting, March 23-26, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. If the last few years have shown us anything, it’s that we are currently standing at a crossroads. We have all witnessed monumental changes in society that have fundamentally altered how we see one another, how we interact with each other, and how we will go forward together in the future. Being at the crossroads allows us to reckon with the past while seeking solutions for repair and contributing to a more equitable society. As public historians, our work is critical in defining turning points, meaningful direction, and inspiring movement on paths toward progress. To learn more about the conference theme, “Crossroads,” and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at Final submissions are due July 15, 2021. Please email NCPH at with any questions.

The Many Faces of War VI: An annual interdisciplinary symposium on the experience and impact of war throughout history, to be held October 14-16, 2021 at South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.

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.

This year in honour of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 we encourage a focus on terrorism and associated studies or experiences. In particular, any papers that examine underappreciated aspects of terrorism in any era or location and its human, environmental and societal impact.

We also welcome papers on any and all aspects of military history from any discipline or subfield. 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.

The conference is aimed equally at postgraduate students, researchers in the early stages of their careers and established academics. We also hope to have a session or two for undergraduate students.

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 or four papers.

Send an abstract of 300 words and a brief bio to Graham Wrightson ( BEFORE June 30th 2021.

United Nations and Korean War (1950-1953): Politics, War and Peace
22-24 October 2021, Pusan National University, Korea
(with a chance of virtual conference)

After World War II, the geopolitical tension of East Asia, especially the Korean peninsula became critical. The beginning of the Cold War between two different ideologies of Communism and Democracy was eventually visualised through the military conflict of the Korean War (1950-1953). The United Nations (UN) dispatched soldiers from sixteen countries as well as medical support from six nations. Then, what is the relationship between the United Nations and the Korean War? Which countries were involved in the war? What were the political and international issues? How was the war seen to outsiders? What kind of grassroots narratives did the soldiers, families and Koreans have?

The aim of this conference is to explore the involvement of the United Nations for ‘the Forgotten War’ through the various case studies of individual, group, or nation. The theme can be analyzed in a multidisciplinary approach of history, politics, anthropology, sociology, war strategy, human movement, medicine, refugee, POWs, Busan studies, unification policy, education, and human rights. If you are interested or your current research is on the subject or relevant to the Korean War, we invite your paper for the international conference in 2021.

Proposed streams:

  1. Policy of the UN for Korean War: The involvement of the United Nations (UN) to the Korean War was significant for South Korea (positively) and North Korea (negatively). How was the decision made so early? Who was involved in the process? How was the policy implemented internationally?
  2. Human Movements, POWs and Refugees: The war directly impacted the relocation of the local people (6.3 million). The war also caused many POWs and refugees. How was the geographical landscape of the human movements? What was the situation of refugees? Were the POWs treated fairly?
  3. War Strategy and Battles: The various war strategies were applied at the battlers of the Korean War between the army, navy (the marine corps) and air force of China, Russia, UN, North and South Koreas. How was the strategy changed? What was the turning point for each other? Which battles were significant? What about the condition of retrogression?
  4. Narratives of Victims and Casualties (Soldiers and families): The war generated many victims (death and wound) which affected the emotional and mental condition of family members. What was the story of individual involvement? How do they remember the East Asian war? What is the post-war life of soldiers? Do they have any story in relation with Korean people?
  5. Human Rights and Welfare (medicine, orphans, and education): Under the military situation of the Korea war, there were the various activities of international, public and NGO organisations in the sphere of human rights. How was the medical service provided? How were orphans managed? Was any activity of education continued?
  6. Theory and Method in Unification and Peace Process: Since the Korean War has been 70 years and remained as an unfinished war, what kind of theory or method can be adopted for the development of Korean Unification? How can the peace process take a place for the future of both Koreas?

Please send your abstract or panel proposals to David W. Kim ( including the following information:
  1. Paper title
  2. Nominated stream
  3. Name and affiliation
  4. Contact details (email)
  5. Abstract of 150-200 words
  6. Biography of 80 words highlighting teaching and research interests and publications (3-4 title and year only).

Proposals for panels of 3 or 4 papers must include the above information for all papers and a brief description of the panel itself of 100 words.

Key dates:
  • Proposal deadline: 15 June 2021
  • Notification: 30 June 2021
  • Registrations open: 14 July 2021
  • Registrations close: 10 August 2021
  • Conference: 22-24 October 2021

Registration fees:
  • Full-time scholar: $250
  • Student/ part-time and unwaged scholar/ audience: $200
  • Local Korean scholar: $200

Registration includes participation in all conference sessions, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea on each day, conference dinner, registration pack, and post-conference tour. Publisher registration includes, in addition, a display desk, an opportunity to address conference delegates, and your logo on the conference program front page.

There will be limited bursary for some accepted doctoral candidates and early career researchers ($100-$300 each) as well as award for two best papers ($500 each). The bursary and award will be given away after conference. In addition, the selected papers (in a book volume) will be published in UK or Europe.

Conference Committee:
(Chair) Asso. Prof. David William Kim (Australian National University and Kookmin University, Seoul)
(Co-Chair) Prof. Kiseob Kim (Director, Unification Korea Institute, Pusan National University)
Prof. Jihyun Kim (Unification Korea Institute, Pusan National University)

Please address all inquiries to Dr David W. Kim:

The Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the 18th Cryptologic History Symposium, May 11-13, 2022. The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. The theme for the symposium is "Icons and Innovation." Proposals are due September 7, 2021. For more information visit, or contact

Fourteenth Annual ASMEA (Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa) Conference  ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Fourteenth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or nontenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the Conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Proposals on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page summary outline of new and unpublished research. A recent C.V. with all contact data also must be included with name, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2021

In conjunction with the Fourteenth Annual Conference, the following GRANT OPPORTUNITIES are available to ASMEA Members:

ASMEA Research Grants
The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is pleased to offer research grants up to $2500 to qualified scholars and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Application deadline is April 30, 2021. 

Conference Travel Grants
ASMEA is offering travel grants up to $750 to qualified scholars and students to present their research at the Twelfth Annual Conference. Application deadline is April 30, 2021. 

Full details at

The United States, War, and the Environment in the Twentieth-Century Pacific World
University of Kansas
October 15-16, 2021

Since the Spanish-American War, the United States has had a significant military presence in the Pacific World. The environmental consequences of the U.S. military presence in the Pacific, including the outbreak of disease in the Philippines, the dropping of nuclear bombs on two cities in Japan, the testing of even more powerful nuclear weapons in South Pacific islands during the Cold War, and the use of chemical defoliants in Vietnam, have been profound. Those consequences transcended the Pacific World: in the United States, East Asia, Australasia, and Europe, the use of nuclear weapons and chemical defoliants sparked concerns about the environment. By the time of the Vietnam War, emerging concerns about the global environment resonated with critiques of the war, encouraging some to perceive the war in Vietnam as more destructive to the environment than previous wars, and others to infuse environmentalism with the urgency of the global anti-war movement.

Intersections between the Pacific wars and the environment provide a tremendous opportunity to understand both twentieth-century environmental history and the significance of the long U.S. military presence in the Pacific World. Yet, there has not been a major academic conference on the environment and war in the twentieth-century Pacific World. Current scholarship provides a valuable starting point for new ways to address the environmental context and ramifications of the Pacific wars in a way that transcends any single conflict. We will build off these early studies to analyze the intersection between environmental history and the Pacific wars, with a hope to move beyond environmental consequences, in order to write a new transnational history that draws on environmental history, military history, and scholarship in war and society. By bringing together scholars of environmental history, military history, and the Pacific World we hope to create a lively conversation about the significance of the environment and the Pacific wars and help instill an environmental sensibility to a series of conflicts usually studied through a military framework.

A two-day international workshop at the University of Kansas will explore the intersection of the environment and war in the twentieth-century Pacific World. The workshop is scheduled for October 15-16, 2021. We hope to be able to meet in person in October, but if we need to move the workshop to Spring 2022 we will make that decision by September 1, 2021. We will also make it possible for some participants to join us remotely if they cannot attend in person.

The organizers of the conference invite applications to participate in the workshop. Rather than writing a full paper to circulate in advance, we ask that participants submit a 10-page “snapshot” of their presentations in advance; at the workshop, participants will discuss their work and invite comments and questions. Our goal is to pull out shared themes and questions through discussion in order to create a coherent group of papers, because we plan to work with a publisher to produce a book based on the workshop papers.   Previous workshops at KU that adopted this method yielded edited volumes published by university presses—collections that press referees praised for their coherence and focus.
The workshop is sponsored by the University of Kansas’s Center for Military, War, and Society Studies and Center for American History.  The sponsors can support economy travel to Lawrence and lodging during the workshop; meals at the workshop will be provided.  Project coordinators Beth Bailey, Andrew Isenberg, and Paul Landsberg will help direct the workshop.

To apply for participation in the workshop, please send a cover letter, a 3-page cv, and a 2-page synopsis of your paper to The application deadline is June 1, 2021
Please feel free to contact us at or at if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Conference: The Great Strike: Slavery During the American Civil War
April 21-23, 2022
Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois asserted that American enslaved people freed themselves during the Civil War in his 1935 work, Black Reconstruction. Du Bois referred to the unprecedented scale of this rebellion as “the great strike,” a concept that historians have applied to their work since the 1980s. Most studies of slavery in the United States, however, continue to end in 1860, while most studies of Black Americans during the Civil War center upon military service, refugees’ experiences in contraband camps, or the aftermath of the war and Reconstruction. Enslaved peoples’ activities during the Civil War have only begun to emerge as central to understanding nuances surrounding politics, warfare, labor, race, gender, class, and other significant themes of the Civil War Era in the last decade.

As scholarship increasingly centers the experiences of people, places, and events often left out of traditional narratives of the period, or minimized as less important to these narratives, we must grapple with important questions such as: what did enslaved people do in various regions to navigate the contingencies of the war? How did enslaved people use their relationships and rely upon one another to survive and fight against enslavement? What choices did enslaved people have to make regarding themselves, their kin networks, and their communities? This conference will address the myriad ways in which enslaved people experienced the Civil War, and their effect upon the war itself. 

We welcome proposals for panels (which should strive for diversity among presenters), individual papers, roundtables, video content, digital projects, and other formats such as posters and exhibits covering the Civil War era. These subjects may include the ways in which enslaved people experienced the war during impressment, on the battlefields, in hospitals and military camps, and in their homes. We are particularly interested in projects that consider enslaved people as central actors in Civil War histories. We welcome applications from undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. students, as well as encourage early-stage scholars to apply.

Professors Crystal Feimster (Yale University) and Jaime A. Martinez (UNC-Pembroke) will deliver keynote presentations.

Please submit your paper proposals (max. 500 words) as well as any questions to Caroline Wood Newhall ( by June 15, 2021.  Proposals should be accompanied by a brief CV.  All presenters will be asked to submit written papers or precís of their projects in advance of the conference, and the papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume or special journal issue. This conference is sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies (  A limited amount of funding to cover lodging is available for scholars without access to departmental funds. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered.

The Society of Civil War Historians will host its biennial conference at the Double Tree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, from June 2-4, 2022. The SCWH welcomes panel proposals or individual papers on the broadly defined Civil War era—chronologically, geographically, and topically. The goal of the conference is to promote the integration of social, cultural, military, and political history, as well as the history of memory, from the period of slavery and westward expansion to the end of Reconstruction. The conference also brings into conversation academic historians, graduate students, independent scholars, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public history sites.  

The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 20, 2021. Please complete a submission form (panel proposal: or single paper proposal: and upload a single PDF file. Proposals should include a title and abstract for the papers (approximately 250-300 words) and a short curriculum vitae (1-2 pages) from each participant. Panel submissions should have an overall title and statement about the thrust of the session.

We also welcome proposals that depart from the traditional panel format and instead experiment with other forms, such as workshops, PechaKucha presentations, roundtables, or other means of engaging with the audience.

We encourage panels with diverse participants, including race, gender, career stage, and professional track. 

The 2022 conference will include some roundtables and panels from the cancelled 2020 event. These participants chose to wait until the 2022 in-person conference to make their presentations. We welcome sessions throughout the Civil War era, though because the sessions from 2020 mostly focus on the war years, we particularly encourage proposals incorporating the period of slavery and westward expansion and the period of Reconstruction.  

For more information, see the Society’s website at, or contact the Society at Final decisions on submissions will be made at the Southern Historical Association meeting in New Orleans on November 3-6, 2021.

Society for Military History Panels at the 2021 Northern Great Plains History Conference

The 56th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference will be held 22-25 September 2021 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 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 30 May 2021. 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, please send proposals to by 30 May 2021, 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. This prize is valued at $800 dollars. For information on competing for this prize please send inquiries to Mike Burns.

In addition to the panels, the SMH will again be sponsoring a reception on Wednesday evening, 22 September. On (to) Wisconsin!

Material Matters: It’s In the Details
January 22 & 23, 2022

Material Culture has increasingly been accepted by historians as a tool that widens and enriches scholarship of historical events. The survival of objects from events and individuals for which no written sources survive provides an entry into lives and experiences otherwise lost to history. From a military point of view, material culture is especially important. Despite the literacy of a surprising number of European and American soldiers from the 18th century, artifacts associated with them provide important perspectives into the military experience. Their interaction with objects that crossed from civilian to military realms as well as their engagement with items made specifically for military purposes all provide important opportunities to deepen our understanding of people’s experiences of warfare in the long 18th century.

Furthermore, artifacts created for military ends connect scholars back to the civilians that often created them. Military artifacts speak to the intersection of long-standing trade practices with the growing centralization, capitalization, and industrialization of fiscal military states that were developing in the 18th century. The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks papers relating broadly to material culture made, used, or altered in a military context. From soldier’s encounters with domestic furnishings on campaign to the weapons designed and built for battle, military history and material culture are profoundly connected.

We are seeking out new research from established scholars in addition to graduate students, professionals, and artisans that relate to material culture made, used, or altered in a military context between roughly 1609-1815.

Papers may engage but are not limited to

  • Objects made for military purposes
  • Civilian objects used in military contexts
  • Archeological research into sites of military occupation
  • Ephemeral material cultures such as food
  • Military material culture crossing cultural, national, and geographic lines
  • Construction and fabrication of material culture
  • Experimental archeology and living history perspectives on material culture
  • Art and representations of material culture in military contexts

This conference will be held online, using Zoom Webinars, the weekend of January 22 & 23, 2022. Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Traditional illustrated papers, combined with live or recorded videos of trade practice or object analysis will all be accepted for consideration. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with an honorarium. Please submit a 300 word abstract and CV by email by May 15, 2021 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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