Calls for Papers and Panels

Historically Situated: History, Memory, and Place
October 16-18, 2020

Deadline for Proposals Extended to May 1, 2020

Fort Ticonderoga, in partnership with the American Battlefield Trust, seeks proposals for a special conference inspired by the bicentennial of the preservation of Fort Ticonderoga to be held Friday-Sunday, October 16-18, 2020.

In 1820, New York merchant William Ferris Pell took the remarkable step of purchasing the grounds of the former military post at Fort Ticonderoga. Pell prevented the further deterioration of the fort ruins by installing a fence, a small by powerful act that marks perhaps the first private preservation effort of an 18th-century battlefield site in American history. Throughout 2020 Fort Ticonderoga will be involved in a number of preservation efforts, the restoration of William Ferris Pell’s summer home the Pavilion, stabilization of the reconstructed fort walls, and an historical survey of the Carillon Battlefield. This focus on preserving the past bring us face-to-face with preservation efforts of our predecessors in the 19th and 20th centuries and has prompted the museum to host a conference on the subject of history, preservation, and the creation of memory at historic sites.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks proposals for new research, perspectives, and criticism on the broad history and practice of historic preservation. From an historic or contemporary point of view, what are the practical and philosophical challenges with preservation and restoration? How has the preservation and restoration of historic sites and buildings shaped history, and how will ongoing preservation efforts shape our future understanding of our past? How do monuments, writing, and memory preserve buildings, sites, and individuals that do not survive? What is the interplay between historic landscapes and the built environment? How do we manage our past with our present? How have historic landscapes, structures, and monuments been represented themselves in art, culture, and criticism?

We are interested in a wide variety of perspectives engaging a broad range of geographic and temporal examples from the United States and beyond and a range of disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to, Art History, Architecture, American Studies, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Memory Studies, Archaeology, Material Culture, and Conservation.

Sessions are 20 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Fort Ticonderoga will provide speakers with a partial travel reimbursement. Please submit a 300-word abstract and CV by email by May 1, 2020, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

The Society for Military History plans to co-sponsor a lightning round session for graduate student SMH members at the 2021 annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.  The conference will be in Chicago, 15-18 April.  Six to eight presenters will give 5-8 minute elevator-pitch talks explaining their research projects.  As part of our professional development effort, the Society will pay the registration fees for the presenters. The panel title will be “The American Democracy at War,” to fit with the conference theme of “Pathways to Democracy.”  Papers that connect strongly to that theme will be especially welcome, but any topic in American military history can be included. 

The Society also intends to sponsor an additional three-paper session on “Developments in American Military History.”  For this session the presenters will be limited to SMH members who are not tenured or tenure-track faculty members. 

If you are interested in contributing to either of these sessions, please submit a proposal of no more than 750 words and a c.v. to the chair of the Teaching and Professional Development committee, Cliff Rogers, at, by 17 April.

War for Everything
Poland versus Bolshevik Russia 1918-1920: Course, Contexts, Interpretations.
On the Centenary of Poland's Victory

The Polish war with Bolshevik Russia, the first and last war since the 17th century and the rule of King Jan III Sobieski, won by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth militarily, was an event not without influence on the fate of modern Europe. The victorious year of 1920 - the finale and the apogee of this clash of civilizations - left a huge mark on the emerging turmoil of the Second Polish Republic. The undeniably dominant position of the army in Poland in 1921-1939 and the cult of its Supreme Commander were also a legacy after the great triumphs over the Bolsheviks in 1920. This legacy was also to some extent a conflict that began to divide the victorious commanders of the Polish army and politicians a few years after the defeat suffered by the armies of the Bolshevik Western Front near Warsaw. The genesis of the conflict, its course and effects still arouse emotions and controversies, and research on them has still not exhausted the possibilities of new interpretations and in many areas requires deepening and even initiating.

Finally, it is not without significance that we live in a time when in modern Russia historical and political facts are being consciously and deliberately manipulated. In the past, Russia has already turned to the case of Bolshevik prisoners of 1920 to justify the Katyn massacre - so we can expect similar actions in the coming months and years, especially in the face of the current falsification of responsibility for the outbreak of World War II. The best weapon against lies and manipulation is the truth coming/emerging from the results of objective and multidimensional research presented by Polish and foreign historians.

The conference - to which we have the honor to invite you - is aimed at presenting the state of research on the 1918–1920 war and its consequences from the perspective of the century. We are particularly willing to hear the voice of researchers representing the scientific environment of neighboring countries, such as: Germany, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia, as well as from Great Britain and the United States. Resurging in the heat of the 1828-1920 war Poland owed a lot to France and we don’t forget about the French researchers.

We also emphasize that 1920 should not be a turning point limiting our considerations. The consequences of the 1918-1920 war reached far beyond the time when bullets and bayonets played a decisive role. We count on topics that cover the title issue synthetically, but also in terms of case study, presenting various research methods and perspectives, assessments from the widest possible angle: from socio-economic, through political, biographical and military.

The conference is going to be held on September 14-16, 2020 in Wroclaw, at the Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław, Szewska Street 49.

Submissions (paper title, abstract, and author information) should be sent in by April 1, 2020 to the organizers.
dr hab. Jerzy Kirszak, IPN, WBH:
dr Daniel Koreś, IPN, UWr:

Ohio Valley History Conference Western Kentucky University, October 15-17, 2020
“History Made Strange”

The Ohio Valley History Conference is open to historians and advanced graduate students from all time periods and specializations. This year’s theme, History Made Strange, will examine how other academic disciplines or intellectual frameworks can transform conventional wisdom about the past. Accordingly, the OVHC also invites scholars in other fields—including English, Art History, Economics, and more—to present work that engages with history from their own disciplinary vantage points. The OVHC accepts proposals for individual papers, full panels, roundtables, and volunteers to chair panels or provide comment. Traditional historical topics are welcome in addition to interdisciplinary proposals. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to attend and present.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:
• Gender and Sexuality
• Public History • War and Peace • Labor History
• Science and Technology
• Digital Humanities
• Race • Philosophy of History
• Environmental Studies
• Transnational History
• Economic History • Visual Culture Studies

Keynote Speaker: We are proud to announce the keynote speaker will be Dr. Brooke Blower, Associate Professor of History, Boston University. The dinner and keynote will be on Friday, October 16 at 5:30pm. Dr. Blower’s research focuses on modern American politics, culture, and war. Her first book, Becoming Americans in Paris: Transatlantic Politics and Culture between the World Wars (Oxford University Press, 2011) won the Gilbert Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies and the James P. Hanlan Best Book Award from the New England Historical Association. Dr. Blower is currently writing a book that traces the lives and politics of seven American noncombatants and the missions that took them across the globe during World War II. Articles related to this project have appeared in the American Historical Review, Diplomatic History, and the book she co-edited with Mark P. Bradley, The Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn (Cornell University Press, 2015). With Sarah T. Phillips, Blower co-edits Modern American History, a Cambridge University Press journal that covers all aspects of United States history since the 1890s.

Location and Accommodations: Western Kentucky University is located 70 minutes from Nashville International Airport. A block of rooms is available at the Hyatt Place adjacent to the WKU campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a reduced rate of $124/night. Registration information will be posted on the conference website:

Submission Process: For panels, roundtables, or individual papers, please submit a 200‐word abstract of each paper and a 1‐2 page CV. Volunteers to chair sessions or provide comment should submit a 1‐2 page CV indicating areas of interest and expertise. All proposals should be submitted as PDF documents. For any questions, please contact conference organizer Dr. Alexander Olson at

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020. Send proposals as a PDF attachment to Please include the name and affiliation of each participant as you would like it to appear in the program.

Society for Military History Sponsored Panels
Northern Great Plains History Conference 16–19 September 2020 Eau Claire, WI

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. Send a one-page abstract and a cv to Deadline for proposals is 1 April 2020.

For non-SMH sponsored panels, please contact the 2020 Program Chair, Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, by May 1, 2020, 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.

The North American Society For Intelligence History (NASIH) and The Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project announce a call for papers for the 2020 NASIH Conference at Trinity College at the University of Toronto from November 12–14, 2020. Both panel and paper proposals are encouraged. Topics may include, but are not limited to: election meddling, SIGINT and cyber intelligence, Soviet and Russian intelligence, economic intelligence, intelligence analysis, counter-intelligence, spies and espionage, covert operations, popular culture, whistleblowers, publishing intelligence history, the media and intelligence history, and lessons learned. Please submit a title for your panel or paper, an abstract of 250 words, and a one-page CV to by March 1, 2020.

NASIH also announces its graduate essay prize in intelligence history. Papers (20–25 pages) are to be submitted to by June 1, 2020. The top three papers will be presented at the 2020 NASIH Conference in Toronto. The prize includes up to $1000 (CND) each for travel and an additional $250 (CND) for the best paper written by a male student and $250 (CND) for the best paper written by a female student. All three papers will be published in the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies

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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