Calls for Papers and Panels

Italy and the Suez Canal. A global history, from the mid-19th century to the present
Turin, 23-24 May 2019

As it approaches its 150th anniversary (it was opened to navigation in 1869), and with a recent expansion doubling its capacity, the Suez Canal is receiving renewed media and historiographical interest. Innovative perspectives from global, imperial and maritime history, and from wide-ranging studies on the Mediterranean and the Middle East, have stimulated original research paths on the Canal’s history. Meanwhile international business, labor and social history has been shedding new light on the experience of the Compagnie internationale du canal maritime de Suez and its relationship with modern Egypt. These approaches have introduced new actors, topics and periodization, thus contributing to integrate and revise traditional —if not stereotyped or even mythical— narratives on the Canal.

No comprehensive account exists of the long, rich and multifaceted relationship between Italy and the Canal. The Italian side of the Canal’s story has been the object of fragmentary studies and is usually ignored by international historiography, despite Italy’s fundamental technical, labor, diplomatic and financial contribution to the construction of the Canal and to its subsequent development (e.g. up to the 1930s Italians represented the second largest national group of the Company’s workforce). Moreover, Italian communities on the isthmus were affected in many ways by the role and use of the Canal in peace and war (as during the liberal era, fascism, the two world wars, the Ethiopian war, the cold war, the 1956 crisis and post-1956 events), while Italian investment, trade, banking and maritime interests have been revolving in many ways around the Canal’s activities, from its origin to the present doubled “new Suez Canal”.

The Conference aims to overcome the fragmentary nature of existing studies on Italy and the Canal, and to propose innovative research and materials, which might improve our understanding of different moments and episodes of Italian history, of Italy’s role and presence in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and of the globalization of the Italian economy, as seen from the perspective of the Canal.

We welcome contributions based on original research that may somehow intersect both the Canal’s and Italian history, in different periods, from the mid-19th century to the present, particularly —though not exclusively— on the following subjects:

History of historiography Biography Non-governmental actors and international organizations Cultural history, representations and discourses on modernity Religious and linguistic encounters Citizenship Gender Labor and professional migration Infrastructure, ports, networks of transport and communication Banking, investment and trade Oil and other commodities War passages, strategic and military aspects Colonial connections International and maritime law and legal governance Health and medicine Tourism Ecology and the environment

Proposals (400-500 words, in English) and a short cv with main publications (max 300 words) should be sent to by 30 October 2018. Participants will be notified by late November and will be expected to hand in a foot-noted draft paper (6000 words) by 30 March 2019.

Languages of the Conference: Italian, English, French

The organization will take charge of accommodation and meals in Turin.

Scientific Committee: Nir Arielli (University of Leeds), Sven Beckert (Harvard University), Francesca Biancani (University of Bologna-CEDEJ/IFAO Cairo), Hubert Bonin (University of Bordeaux), Barbara Curli (University of Turin), Abdel Aziz Ezz El Arab (AUC Cairo), Pascal Griset (University of Paris Sorbonne-CNRS), Maurizio Isabella (University of London), Nicola Labanca (University of Siena), Lucy Riall (EUI Florence), Elisabetta Tonizzi (University of Genoa)

Society for Military History at the 2019 Missouri Valley History Conference

The 62nd Annual Missouri Valley History Conference will be held February 28-March 3, 2019 at the Hotel Magnolia in Omaha, Nebraska. The theme for 2019 is “Human & Civil Rights Throughout History.” In 1948 the United Nations in Paris, France passed a resolution known as "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights"--the most translated document in the world. Well before the passage of this critical document, historic events around the globe were filled with examples of ordinary and extraordinary individuals who strove for freedom of expression, the abolition of slavery, equality, Indigenous sovereignty, and the right to education. These issues are further complicated by issues of environmental injustice, voting, nationalism, ethnicity, religion, race, sexuality, and gender. The 2019 Missouri Valley History conference invites historical papers that explore how colonization, imperialism, empires, and the rise of nation-states have impacted global human and civil rights throughout history.

The Society for Military History sponsors a full slate of sessions at the MVHC. SMH works to have panels related to the theme, but proposals for all types of military history papers are accepted.  Individual proposals are welcome and session proposals are encouraged. For individuals, send a c.v., short one-page proposal, and contact information. For sessions, send one-page session proposal, short one-page proposal for each paper, and short c.v.’s for all participants. All proposals need to indicate A/V requirements. Send proposals, c.v.’s and inquiries to George Eaton at If you would like to volunteer to chair a panel or comment, please contact George.

***Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 30, 2018.***

For non-SMH sponsored panels, please find the overall conference call for papers at You can also contact the MVHC Coordinator, Dr. Kent Blansett, at   The deadline is also 30 November for these non-military history proposals.  

The Society for Military History and the First Division Museum Cantigny sponsors the Kevin J. Carroll award for the best graduate student paper in Military History at MVHC. This prize is valued at $800 dollars.  In addition to the graduate student prize, the Society for Military History and the First Division Museum Cantigny sponsor the Colonel Robert R. McCormick Prize for the Best Undergraduate Paper in Military History at MVHC, valued at $400. For information on competing for these prizes please send inquiries to George Eaton ( We especially encourage faculty to make your undergraduate students aware f the McCormick Prize.

2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation invite proposals for the 2019 Symposium on Cryptologic History. The Symposium will be held on October 17-18, 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, MD. The theme of the 2019 Symposium is "From Discovery to Discourse." Proposals are due February 4, 2019. For details please visit:

Intelligence Community Forum (ICF)
Intelligence Support for Decision-Makers
18-20 June 2019 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 the first annual Intelligence Community Forum (ICF). An international conference, ICF 2019 will bring together intelligence community professionals from a wide array of disciplines, including academia, government, business, and students. Paper proposals dealing with one or more of the following topics are welcome, and while "Intelligence Support for Decision-Makers" is the general focus, papers and panels covering other related topics or taking thematic approaches are equally encouraged.

National Intelligence / Business Intelligence / Cyberwarfare / Cyber Security Military Intelligence / Naval/Maritime Intelligence / Indicators and Warnings Intelligence and Alliance Politics / Inter-Agency Cooperation / Science & Technology Multi-National Intelligence Sharing / Intelligence and Security Studies History of Intelligence / Intelligence and Diplomacy / Industrial Mobilization Intelligence Methods and Data Analysis / Intelligence and Assymetric Warfare Problems of Intelligence Analysis in Early Post-War Planning Intelligence and Peacekeeping/Peacemaking / NGOs

Paper proposals must be submitted by 15 January 2019 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 will be available soon at:

Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:
Sharon von Maier E:
T: 202 875 1436 (US number)

The conference proceedings will be published by Brécourt Academic.

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.