Calls for Papers and Panels


The Society of Civil War Historians will host its biennial conference at Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, from May 31 through June 2, 2018. The SCWH welcomes panel proposals or individual papers on the Civil War era, broadly defined.  The goal of the conference is to promote the integration of social, military, political, and other forms of history on the Civil War era among historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public facilities. 
The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 15, 2017. Please complete a submission form (panel proposal:; 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 from each participant. Panel submissions should have an overall title and statement about the thrust of the session.
For more information, see the Society’s website at, or contact the Richards Center at (814) 863-0151. Final decisions on submissions will be made at the Southern Historical Association meeting in Dallas, Texas on November 9-12, 2017.

Beyond Combat: History and the military's other tasks
University of New South Wales, Canberra, 13 - 14 July 2017

Fighting is a military’s core business, but it is far from its only activity. Militaries are often huge employers, control vast tracts of public land, and can operate at the forefront of social change. They have formed the basis of colonial rule, governed and punished conquered people, and played a role in domestic politics and industrial disputes. During wartime, militaries also recruit, train, publicise and influence strategy and diplomacy. Yet, many of these activities are written about only intermittently because the traditional focus on militaries at war has obscured their role as cultural and social institutions.

Histories of the ‘frontline’ continue to overshadow the study of ‘other’ vital military tasks. Activities such as ‘aid to the civil power’, oceanographic research, aerial surveillance as well as those tasks considered ‘new’, such as training foreign militaries and combating transnational crime, have traditionally received little historical attention. Similarly, activities such as the interaction between the military and service families, or the involvement of soldiers in diplomatic or other government activities, are often excluded from the study of armed forces. As such, these activities sit at the intersection of ‘traditional’ military history and the application of more varied historical approaches, such as those focussing on gender, race and economic imperatives. This conference addresses this gap by exploring military tasks beyond the battlefield. In particular, it examines issues such as the range of activities undertaken by militaries beyond combat operations, how these tasks are perceived by uniformed personnel and depicted by civilian commentators, and finally the significance of these issues for the broader study of uniformed services and armed conflict.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:
- Embedding and advising,
- The integration or exclusion of minorities and attention to cross-cultural interaction,
- The management of military demography,
- Military education and training,
- Militaries and colonialism,
- Engagement with communities as - part of ‘aid to the civil power’,
- Commemoration and heritage,
- Logistics and administration,
- Service families,
- Medical, psychological, and legal issues
- Civil-military relations,
- Militaries and the environment
- Peacetime domestic and international deployments

The organisers invite proposals for 20-minute (2,000 word) papers that engage with these issues and consider related themes. Proposals should be no more than 300 words, should include a short biography, and be sent to Dr Tristan Moss, [email protected] or Dr Tom Richardson, [email protected] by 15 April 2017.

Winning the Western Approaches: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland, 1917-18
University College Cork
5-7 July 2017

Industrial warfare during the First World War extended underwater, as submarines destroyed up to 5,000 vessels and altered the course of the conflict. Germany’s resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare in early 1917 brought the United States into the war and created severe Allied shipping loses and dangerous food shortages. A transatlantic convoy system introduced that year relied heavily on US Navy vessels based in Ireland and France. These American escorts helped bring Allied shipping losses under control and protect troop ships packed with American soldiers bound for France. The American naval presence in Europe contributed to the final defeat of the Central Powers and announced the arrival of a new military power.

This multi-disciplinary conference will explore the consequences of underwater warfare during the First World War, with special emphasis on the US Navy’s deployment to Irish waters. We invite papers on all aspects of the First World War underwater campaign including: submarines, convoying, food control, naval aviation, shipwrecks, dirigibles, blockades, troop transportation, mines, merchant sailors, anti-submarine warfare, coastal communities, propaganda, and military/civilian relations.

Please submit paper proposals not exceeding 250 words along with a brief biographical note by 12 March 2017. Proposal should be sent to:
[email protected].


The United States Commission on Military History
invites proposals for the
XLIII Congress of International Commission of Military History Douala, Cameroon, September 2 ~ 8, 2017

The United States Commission on Military History invites U.S. historians to submit papers for the 2017 Congress of the ICMH to be held in Douala, Cameroon, 2 - 8 September 2017. The theme of the congress will be “World Wars and Colonies in History.” The Cameroonian Commission on Military History welcomes presentations exploring a variety of subthemes such as:

• Great military figures in colonies
• Local authorities and the World Wars
• War efforts in colonies
• Colonial possessions and the World Wars
• Women and the World Wars in colonies
• Colonial prisoners and deportees during the World Wars
• International Conventions and the World Wars in colonies
• The World Wars and migration in colonies
• The World Wars and decolonization
• The Cold War and post-independence revolutions
• Alliances during the World Wars
• Intervention strategies during the World Wars
• The World Wars and Civil Society

For more information visit the conference website at

Papers for regular sessions will be selected and submitted by the U.S. Commission. To promote the participation of junior scholars new to the ICMH, the US Commission is offering a travel subvention of up to $1,500. Those historians selected will present their papers before an international audience of military historians from around the world and their papers will be published as part of the conference proceedings. Send a two page draft proposal, a CV, and a short bio statement (300 words) by email not later than 15 February 2017 to Bianka Adams, Vice President of the US Commission, at [email protected].

To encourage participation of emerging scholars, the US Commission is offering a travel subvention of up to $1,500, and the hosting Cameroonian Commission has agreed to substantially lower registration and lodging expenses of those graduate students who are selected for the congress. The successful candidate will submit an original piece of research, such as a seminar paper. Selected students will present their papers before an international audience of military historians from around the world and their papers will be published as part of the conference proceedings. Send copies of a one page description of the project, draft copy of the paper, a CV, and a short bio statement (300 words) by email not later than 22 February 2017 to Bianka Adams, Vice President of the US Commission, at [email protected].

The 2017 Ohio Valley History Conference will be hosted by The Department of History, Murray State University in Murray, KY October 19-21, 2017.

We invite proposals related to the centennial of US entry into World War I, broadly understood to include the debate over entry and the home front as well as papers addressing military topics, and the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses and the events that flowed from that. We also welcome papers and panels on topics before 1500 CE, public history programs and activities, digital history, and teaching history. Papers and panels on any other aspect of history from any time period are, of course, also welcome. The OVHC is a general conference for all historians. We will continue the OVHC tradition of welcoming papers by advanced graduate students.

Proposals can be submitted for full panels or individual papers. Offers to chair sessions or comment on papers are welcome.

Submission Process:
For a panel, please submit a title and 100-word summary of each paper and 1-2-page cv for each participant. For individual papers, please submit a 250-word abstract and 1-2-page cv. Session chairs and commentators should submit a 1-2 page cv indicating areas of interest and expertise. All proposals should include affiliation and contact information. Submit proposals as attachments in Word to: [email protected]

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: June 15, 2017. We anticipate notifying those who submit proposals of decisions by August 1.

Other Information:
The conference includes a banquet on Friday night with a speaker. The banquet speaker will be Lesley J. Gordon, Professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at the University of Alabama, and immediate past editor of Civil War History. She will discuss her current research on cowardice and courage in the American Civil War.

The conference website will have more details and will be launched in February and updated as new information is available.

Murray is in southwest Kentucky readily accessible by car from Nashville and Paducah (through Chicago) by air. Driving directions to MSU:

If you have any questions contact: Conference Chair [email protected].

Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference
The Middle East and Africa: Assessing the Regions Ten Years On

October 19 - 21, 2017 
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Tenth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or untenured 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. Submit your paper proposals at and panel proposals at The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2016.  In conjunction with the Tenth Annual Conference, several 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 March 31, 2017. Find out more information at

Conference Travel Grant
ASMEA is offering travel grants up to $750 to qualified scholars and students to present their research at the Tenth Annual Conference. Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Find out more information at

19th Annual Conference on Illinois History
October 5 & 6, 2017
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The Conference on Illinois History is accepting paper or panel proposals on any aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.
Proposals are also being accepted for teacher workshops. If you are a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on an aspect of Illinois’s history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology, please share your expertise with other teachers at the conference.
The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2017.
To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, please send: 
• A one-page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used. 
• A one-page resume for each participant.

Send proposals to: Christian McWhirter, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701, or [email protected]. For more information, call 217-785-9132.

Remembering Muted Voices:
Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today
October 19-22, 2017 National World War I Museum and Memorial Kansas City, MO, USA

On April 6, 1917 the USA entered World War I. A hundred years later in 2017 this Symposium remembers the muted voices of those who resisted the Great War and the implications of these stories for today. We are now inviting paper proposals for the World War I Symposium. Details of the Call for Papers can be found at The deadline for paper proposals is March 20, 2017. Please send proposals to John Roth - [email protected].

Event Information
An overview of the whole project is available at:

A draft program, with keynote speakers, is also available at

Further information: Andrew Bolton [email protected] Cell: (+1 USA) 816 739 4986


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently announced that the number of displaced persons caused by wars and other conflicts, estimated at more than 65 million, has reached “the highest level ever recorded”. In light of this historical and current reality, the Spanish Association of Military History (ASEHISMI) will convene an interdisciplinary academic conference to study the essence and characteristics of population displacements caused by war throughout history.

  1. ASEHISMI convenes its IV International Conference, dedicated to the study of mass population displacements originated by war throughout history.
  2. The Conference will be held in Madrid, Spain, June 20-23, 2017, at the Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado (Princesa, 36, 28008 Madrid, Spain).
  3. The Conference will be organized in five panels or sessions, corresponding to Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Modern Age, Contemporary History, and the Present.
  4. ASEHISMI welcomes the submission of proposals of original and unpublished papers, preferably written in Spanish or English, that analyze the essence and transcendence of mass population displacements caused by wars or conflicts from antiquity to the present or that contribute to our understanding of their causes, circumstances, and consequences.
  5. We will also welcome proposals focused on any other cross-disciplinary theme (anthropological, archeological, cultural, economic, statistic, literary, juridical, political, psychological, sanitary, sociological, technological, etc.) as long as it is directly related to the main aim of the conference.
  6. Those who propose papers shall commit themselves to personally present a brief draft of the paper at the corresponding conference session. Otherwise, their papers, even if accepted and scheduled for presentation, will not be presented or published.
  7. Proposals must be sent to [email protected] before the date indicated below, with the subject line “Paper proposal IV ASEHISMI Conference” and an indication of the session in which the paper will be presented. The Organizing Committee will acknowledge receipt of all proposals submitted, but will accept only those proposals that pertain directly to the conference theme and are evaluated positively by the Conference Program Committee. If no reply has been received within a week, proposal authors should resend their proposals.
  8. Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: (a) Intrinsic quality: the committee will give preference to proposals that make good use of primary and secondary sources and make factual or interpretative contributions to the existing historiography; (b) Thematic relevance and originality: preference will be given to proposals highlighting the close relationship between war and its aftermath on the general population; (c) Global perspective: the committee will give preference top proposals that offer a broad vision of the historical period of the corresponding session.
  9. Once a proposal is accepted, non-members of ASEHISMI must pay a 50-euro conference fee before April 15, 2017. Otherwise, the proposal will be rejected. The conference fee is waived for ASEHISMI members.
  10. All proposals presented at the conference and evaluated positively will be published in 2018, provided that the complete, final text is submitted before the date indicated below, that it is approved by the review committee, and that it is formatted according to ASEHISMI Norms of Format and Style. The evaluation process will have two phases: (1) The Program Committee will ensure that the paper meets the established criteria: theme, originality, quality of the documentary sources, format and style. (2) After passing phase 1, the paper will be subject to double-blind peer review.
  11. Information about the Conference will be regularly updated at ASEHISMI web (
  12. Endlines:
March 1, 2017: receipt of an abstract of the proposal (300 words in Word format), including three to six key words, organization to which the author belongs, postal address, telephone and email address.
April 1, 2017: acceptance of approved proposals, whose authors will then receive the ASEHISMI Norms of Format and Style.
April 15, 2017: submission of receipts showing payment of conference fee or the proposal author’s application for ASEHISMI membership.
May 30, 2017: submission of draft papers to be read personally at the Conference (1500 words/20 minutes).
September 15, 2017: submission of the complete text of the paper for publication (9000 words in Word format, notes and bibliography included), formatted according to ASEHISMI Norms of Format and Style.

International Workshop
War Veterans and the World after 1945: Social Movements, Cold War Politics, and Decolonization
Chair of Modern European History
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany
6-8 July 2017

The history of war veterans movements and politics around the world is a growing and fertile historiographical field. War veterans have often formed political lobbies, conducted protest campaigns for pensions and benefits, and kept alive the memory of war, in very different countries of the world. A number of recent contributions by historians have focused on the organizations and activities of veterans and war invalids of the First World War. Comparative and transnational perspectives have been introduced to examine inter-war veteran politics. As for the world after 1945, historians have analysed the role of veterans in different nation-states such as the Soviet Union, the United States, Germany, Italy, and China. However, introducing an innovative global perspective on the history of war veterans after the Second World War can provide further insights into the topic, while contributing to filling important historiographical gaps in the field. This conference aims to bring together historians working on the history of war veterans of any armed conflict between the Second World War and 1989, with a view to advancing towards a global history of veterans’ movements and politics in the twentieth century.

We seek contributions that re-examine the history of the most influential veterans organizations in western and eastern European countries during the period after 1945, as well as contributions focusing on less-known veterans movements from Asian, African and Latin American countries. We would specially welcome papers on the following topics:

  • The role of American Legion, the British Legion, and the Canadian Legion in shaping foreign policy in their countries after the Second World War.
  • War veterans from countries of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.
  • The history of native veterans from the colonies of the main powers that participated in the Second World War. This might include not only those veterans who remained loyal to the Empire and supported organizations such as the British Empire Service League, but also those who joined movements for national independence (for example: veterans from the Algerian war of independence).
  • Veterans from the main armed conflicts of the 1950s, particularly the Korean War and the Indochina war.
  • Japanese veterans from the Second World War.
  • Indian and Pakistani veterans during and after Partition, and after the Indo-Pakistani wars.
  • Veterans from the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • International organizations of veterans such as the World Veterans Federation.
  • Veterans’ movements against war and nuclear weapons.
  • Organizations and movements of Resistance fighters in Europe after 1944.
  • The history of combatants from the Cuban revolution.
  • Veteran politics and race relations, particularly in countries such as South Africa and the United States.
  • Veterans from the Vietnam war, particularly from the Vietnamese, Chinese and North Korean forces.
  • The activities of war veterans from Third World countries in the field of development and their participation in national politics.
  • Comparative analyses on disabled veterans’ legislation, rehabilitation programmes and pension schemes.
Proposals for papers must include a title and a 350-400 words abstract, plus a one-page CV. Please send your proposal by 23 December 2016 to [email protected]. The organizers will select papers based on 1) the scientific quality of the proposal, 2) the originality and novelty of the topic, 3) the objective of composing balanced, diverse yet coherent panels for discussion. In order to assess the quality and interest of the papers the organizers may require the expert opinion of external reviewers. Selected papers (5,000-6,000 words) must be submitted in pdf or word file by 31 May 2017.

After the workshop, the organizers will consider to publish an edited volume or a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal with a selection of the contributions.

he workshop will take place in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Germany) between 6 and 8 July 2017, and it is organized by the Chair of Modern European History at LMU, with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Organizers: Dr. Ángel Alcalde (LMU Munich)
[email protected]

Prof. Dr. Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas (LMU Munich)
[email protected]

Air Force Advising and Assistance

Donald Stoker of the U.S. Naval War College’s Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and Edward Westermann of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, are editing a book on air force advising and assistance for British publisher Helion & Company. They are looking for historical studies of air force advisory missions, first-hand accounts of advisors, analytical “lessons learned” pieces, and any other interesting material that will help chart the history, development, and effects of air force advising or air force-related aspects of Foreign Internal Defense (FID). We will also consider previously published material if the author or authors obtain permission to reprint these works. We are also looking for contributors who will deliver their work in a timely fashion.

Interested parties should email a one paragraph description of the proposed work, a one paragraph biographical sketch, and a CV or description of education and/or relevant military experience of no more than two pages in length to Donald Stoker at: [email protected] and Edward Westermann at: [email protected] Please include the submission material in the body of the email with “Air Force Advising Volume” in the subject line.

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 ([email protected]), 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 [email protected].

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.