Calls for Papers and Panels

Call for Proposals for the
135th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association
Seattle, Washington
January 7-10, 2021

The AHA’s annual meeting is the largest yearly gathering of historians in the United States.

All historians are welcome and encouraged to submit proposals. The AHA also invites historically focused proposals from colleagues in related disciplines and from AHA affiliated societies. The Program Committee will consider all proposals that advance the study, teaching, and public presentation of history.

The Association seeks submissions on the histories of all places, periods, people, and topics; on the uses of diverse sources and methods, including digital history; and on theory and the uses of history itself in a wide variety of venues.

We invite proposals for sessions in a variety of formats and encourage lively interaction among presenters and with the audience.

Electronic submission only, by midnight PST on February 15, 2020.

Learn more at

The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all historians, whatever their institutional affiliation or status, and historians working outside the United States. With the exception of foreign scholars and those from other disciplines, all person appearing on the 2021 program must be members of the AHA, although membership is not required to submit a proposal. All participants must register for the meeting when registration opens. The Association aspires to represent the full diversity of its membership at the annual meeting.

RAF Museum, London.
London, 28 September 2020.

The Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce a call for papers for its conference on ‘THE RAF in a WORLD TRANSFORMED, 1945-1949’ which will be held on 28 September 2020.

This conference will explore the RAF’s transition from war to peace. At the start of 1945 the RAF remained heavily engaged against Germany, and faced global commitments. When the Second World War ended the RAF was faced with the need to demobilise what had become a very diverse force. The RAF helped create or resurrect several air forces and engaged in international co-operation supported by a Labour government which recognised that a larger air force, and smaller army, was the most economical means of meeting its ongoing military commitments. As the RAF slowly released personnel, they returned individuals with newly learnt skills and experience into society, industry and in some case politics. Cutting edge scientific and technological developments emerged, supported by the RAF, and infrastructure created on which modern British civil aviation rests. The RAF was also involved in the process of shaping the official history and public memory of its operations during the post-war period as well as attempting to absorb the lessons of the war and convert these into subsequent strategic doctrine.

The Keynote address will be given by Martin Francis, author of The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945 and Ideas and Policies Under Labour, 1945-1951: Building a New Britain.

The Museum invites proposals for papers, short and long, and poster presentations, that examine the Royal Air Force in the period of 1945–49. It would particularly welcome proposals for papers on the RAF and subjects including, but not necessarily limited to:
• Conscription, demobilisation, personnel policy, and National Service;
• The official histories of the war, memorialisation, memory and cultural representations;
• Science and technology;
• International relations, diplomacy and co-operation;
• The Labour government, the new parliament and the role of RAF veterans in post-war politics;
• Class, gender and ethnicity in the RAF;
• Air operations in 1945 and the development of air power doctrine;
• British nuclear culture and the move towards an independent nuclear deterrent.

Submissions are welcomed from all sectors and disciplines, and we would particularly encourage postgraduate students and early career researchers to apply.
• Short papers — Individual papers of 15 minutes’ length;
• Long papers — Individual papers of 30 minutes’ length;
• Poster presentations — with accompanying 5 minute lightning talks.

All proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and a one-page CV. All proposals must be submitted by 31 January 2020. Submissions, queries and expression of interest to attend should be addressed to Dr Harry Raffal at

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

Panel Series: “War, Violence, and Urban Life” 44th German Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., from October 1-4, 2020

Organized by the German Studies Interdisciplinary Network “War and Violence Network”
Katherine Aaslestad, Professor of History, West Virginia University
Kathrin Maurer, Associate Professor of German Studies, University of Southern Denmark

The GSA interdisciplinary network “War and Violence” unites scholars engaged with any aspect of the field of war and violence studies. The network focuses on interdisciplinary approaches combining the fields of literary studies, history, and visual studies.

The call of papers from the “War and Violence” network for the forty-fourth German Studies Association Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., from October 1-4, 2020 invites contributions related to German studies and German Central Europe that address the theme “War, Violence and Urban Life.”

Cities, war and violence have a long shared history. In pre-modern times, cities were both the agents and targets of war, and early modern siege warfare transformed the design and space of German cities with their immense walls and bastions, geometric and grid patterns, and parade grounds. The specter of besieged and bombarded cities, destroyed buildings and infrastructure, homeless and desperate residents, and heroic efforts to rebuild urban life reveals aspects of modern warfare. Modern industrial cities provided the material and work force to sustain the violence and destruction of total war, yet these same vulnerable industrial cities emerged as victims of selective destruction in mass bombing raids. Paradoxically, war and its violence also brought new challenges and opportunities to urban social structures and city governance.

The theme War, Violence and Urban Life includes aesthetic representation --film, literature, and visual art--and its practices across history. The network supports a broad understanding of urban life to include infrastructure and architecture, social and political groups, commercial and industrial sectors, civil society, and urban populations. Papers can also explore the consequences of war and violence on urban life from medieval era to recent times.

Possible Approaches to War, Violence and Urban Life:
- Representations of urban wartime destruction or revival in visual culture, literature and museums
- use or manipulation of cities for wartime or post-war propaganda—from Magdeburg 1631 to Berlin 1961
- political, social or economic consequences of war on urban societies and governance
- experiences of military occupation, requisitioning, quartering, or de-housing on urban societies
- wartime population displacement, epidemic disease, or refugees in urban life and spaces
- intersection of war, violence and gender, race or age in urban spaces
- humanitarian critiques of urban warfare as uncivilized and illegitimate

Please note two important GSA rules: All panel participants, including the commentator and moderator, must be registered GSA members by February 10, 2020. No individual at the GSA Conference may give more than one paper/participate in a seminar or participate in more than two separate capacities (see the webpage

Please send 350-500 word abstracts, a brief c.v., and if applicable, AV requests, by Jan. 20, 2020 to both network coordinators Katherine Aaslestad ( and Kathrin Maurer ( who will review paper proposals. All applicants will be informed of the status of their submission by late January. This allows proposals that cannot be included in the network panels to be submitted directly to the GSA by the overall deadline of February 15 2020.

Burial of the Unknown Warrior: Military burials from Ancient to Modern
Manchester Metropolitan University
Friday 6th-Saturday 7th November 2020

Death as a result of armed conflict is an historical constant, one that transcends all cultural and chronological barriers. However, the manner in which a society chooses to process its war dead is both culturally relative, and illuminating. This conference aims to commemorate the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey with a detailed, interdisciplinary discussion of a subject that is rarely broached in its entirety.

The conference will explore the practices, rituals, and ideologies surrounding the war dead from any historical period to invigorate a discussion on the cultural significance of their treatment. We therefore welcome offers of papers of any historical period and geographical focus, as well as papers from related disciplines such as archaeology and anthropology.

We would like to invite papers of 20 minutes from postgraduates, ECRs, and established scholars, working on any historical period, which might cover such topics as (but are not restricted to):
• Deaths on the battlefield
• Handling of the war dead
• Repatriation practices
• Symbolic burials (e.g. unknown warriors, empty coffins)
• Military funerals and commemoration
• Families of the war dead
• Burial of war veterans
• Military animal burials

A title and 300 word abstract should be sent to Owen Rees at or Michala Hulme at by 31st January 2020. Postgraduate speakers and ECRs are warmly encouraged to submit a paper.

Intelligence and the Second World War
A Brécourt Academic conference held in conjunction with ICF 2020
16–18 June 2020
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 an international conference on "Intelligence and the Second World War." Held in conjunction with the Intelligence Community Forum (ICF), the conference will bring together scholars and students and will endeavor to promote an interdisciplinary and international study of intelligence and intelligence-related issues in the 1919– 1945 period (and beyond) by means of drawing upon the latest scholarship from a variety of disciplines. The conference will also serve as a forum for historians to discuss and debate the ever- expanding field of intelligence and global conflict studies. Papers dealing with one or more of the following topics are welcome and while intelligence is the focus, papers and panels covering other related topics or taking thematic approaches are equally encouraged.

Counterintelligence / Espionage / Signals Intelligence / Science & Technology Special Operations / Prisoners of War / Cryptology / Resistance Movements Alliance Politics / Intelligence and Air Power / Industry / Naval Intelligence Human Intelligence / Asymmetric Warfare / Deception Operations

Paper proposals must be submitted by 15 March 2020 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 are available at:

Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:
Sharon von Maier
t: 202 875 1436 (US number)
The conference proceedings will be published by Brécourt Academic

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.