Calls for Papers and Panels

Material Matters: It’s In the Details October 19-20, 2019

Material Culture has increasingly been accepted by historians as a tool that widens and enriches their 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 their experiences with the military. 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.

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 the fiscal military state that was 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 and perspectives 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

Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with partial travel reimbursement. Please submit a 300 word abstract and CV by email by July 1, 2019 to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

Veterans: Enduring, Surviving, and Remembering War
An International Conference
12-13 September 2019 U.S. Naval War College

In 2018, the University of Massachusetts Press launched “Veterans,” the first academic book series devoted to the postwar lives of military personnel and the enduring human consequences of war. To celebrate its launch, series editors Brian Matthew Jordan and J. Ross Dancy invite individual paper and full panel proposals for a two-day conference, to be hosted by the U.S. Naval War College, exploring veterans in history. In keeping with the goals of the series, the conference aims to build connections and foster conversations between disparate historiographies. As such, we invite historians who work on any time period or conflict to submit proposals. Paper and panel topics may include but are not limited to:

- Veterans as custodians of historical memory
- Veterans as historians, relic collectors, and autobiographers
- Veterans and their struggles for benefits and recognition
- Medical and disability histories of veterans
- Veterans and politics
- Transitions to peacetime and civilian life
- Veterans and posttraumatic growth
- Veterans’ fraternal organizations and culture
- Veterans’ relationships with families and children
- Veterans’ relationships with other generations of veterans
- The socioeconomics of veteranhood
- The experiences of women veterans
- Veteranhood and race and/or ethnicity
- Veterans in historical memory
- Veterans engagement in and relationship to anti-war activism
- Methodologies for exploring veterans in history

Individual paper or full panel proposals must be submitted by 15 June 2019 and include an abstract of 300 words and one-page curriculum vitae for each presenter. Panel proposals should include a brief statement about the thrust of the session and must include a chair. All proposals including panel proposals should be submitted as single .pdf files.

Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. J. Ross Dancy Email:

War College of the Seven Years’ War at Fort Ticonderoga
May 15-17, 2020

In 2020 Fort Ticonderoga will open a new exhibit focusing of the institution of the militia and its development over the long 18th century. The topic prompts discussions about the role of the citizen, the subject, and the soldier in the broader Seven Years’ War. Even more than previous conflicts, the global Seven Years’ War called thousands more men into military service. The expansion of recruitment into regular, provincial, and militia service in various theatres across the globe made the impact of the war felt much more broadly as the soldiers themselves, as well as their families and communities, dealt with the impact of war. Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for papers broadly addressing the period of the Seven Years’ War for its Twenty-Fifth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War to be held May 15-17, 2020.

Fort Ticonderoga seeks out new research and perspectives on one of the most important military and political events of its era. We seek papers from established scholars in addition to graduate students and others that relate to the origins, conduct, or repercussions of the Seven Years’ War broadly speaking. We are especially interested in topics and approaches that engage the international quality of the conflict as well as representing the variety of peoples and places involved.

We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives covering the period from the 1740s to the 1760s. Papers may include or engage:

• Material Culture
• Biographical Analysis
• Campaign Histories
• Archaeological Investigations
• Cultural, Social, and Political Ramifications
• Indigenous Populations

Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with partial travel reimbursement. Please submit a 300-word abstract and CV by email by June 1, 2019, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

Theatres of War
The New Research in Military History Conference 2019
A Conference of the British Commission for Military History
8-9 November 2019
Lancaster University

Throughout history, strategists and warriors have had to fight not only their opponents but also the elements, across land, sea, and air. The operational environment has played a key role in devising and determining strategies and tactics and influenced the outcome of many battles, while war has had a dramatic impact on its physical environment. This reciprocal importance of war and its theatre has left its trace in the written sources and also in the landscape. The organisers would thus welcome proposals addressing any period that approach the theme of ‘Theatres of War’ from different perspectives with a variety of methodologies, ranging from traditional archival-based research to battlefield archaeology and digital tools. Whilst papers should ideally embrace the conference’s broad theme, the organisers will also consider paper and panel proposals on topics relating to any aspect of the history of warfare.

This year’s edition of the innovative, increasingly successful and thus acclaimed ‘New Research in Military History’ Conference will be hosted by Lancaster University, and take place from 8 to 9 November 2019. These two days will also include a tour of Lancaster Castle, a conference dinner, and a keynote speech by Professor John Gillingham FBA (LSE), ‘War and the Enslavement of the Enemy’s Women: From (the) Iliad to (the) Islamic State’.

The British Commission for Military History is committed to providing a platform for early career scholars and to fostering original, innovative, and ground-breaking research in the History of Warfare. Therefore, the organisers are particularly keen to receive proposals from PhD students, post-doctoral and early career researchers.

Proposals for papers of twenty minutes should consist of a 300 word abstract and a short biography (maximum 200 words), and contain the applicant’s full name, institutional affiliation (if any), and contact email address. Panel proposals should provide the same material for each of the three panel members, as well as an introduction of 500 words and the name and contact details of a chair. All proposals should be submitted to both Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler ( and Dr Marco Wyss ( The deadline for submissions is 19:00 on 30 June 2019. Applicants will be informed on whether or not their proposal has been accepted no later than 31 July 2019.

The Many Faces of War V: An annual interdisciplinary symposium on the experience and impact of war throughout history

October 17th-18th, 2019 at South Dakota State University

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.

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. This year we encourage a focus on veterans and associated studies or experiences.

The conference is aimed equally at postgraduate students, researchers in the early stages of their careers and established academics. 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 papers.

Proposals/abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be sent to: Graham Wrightson (

It is a self-funded conference so there will be a small $25 registration fee for all participants to cover room rental and refreshments. The fee is waived for students.

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 31st, 2019.

The 4th annual Symposium on Modern Warfare will take place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center September 20, 2019. The theme of this year’s symposium is Leadership and Modern Warfare.

Important Dates:
- Proposal submission deadline: July 15, 2019
- Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2019
- Accepted presenters must confirm presentations: August 15, 2019

Symposium organizers are accepting proposals that consider the following topics within the context of the modern era (circa 1975 to the present):
- Analyses or case studies of the personalities, decisions, triumphs, and failures of individual leaders – both famous (e.g. General Tommy Franks, General David Petraeus) and infamous (e.g. Osama bin Laden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi)
- The U.S. Department of Defense and its service branches, including tensions between the defense reform movement and the military establishment
- Leadership challenges in coalition warfare where coalition partners have competing interests, goals, strategies, and postwar expectations
- Leadership challenges in the age of privatized corporate security and military forces such as Blackwater
- Oral histories by modern war veterans detailing their experiences with leadership in the field
- Any other topic relevant to the symposium theme

Symposium organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include two to three presentations. Symposium sessions will follow a 90-minute format to include one hour for presentations (divided equally among 2-3 presenters) and 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged as are presentations by graduate students.

Submissions for individual papers and panel sessions must include:
- Paper/Session title
- Presenter’s CV/resume (maximum 2 pages)
- A summary of the proposed presentation (approximately 500 words) – This abstract will be used by the symposium organizers to evaluate your proposal.
- Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Please send submissions to If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance understanding about leadership in modern warfare. Acceptance is competitive.

War and Peace in the Age of Napoleon
Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War King’s College London
Saturday, 14 September 2019

In the wake of the bicentenary commemorations of the Napoleonic Wars, the British Commission for Military History is proud to host an all-new conference on this momentous era, presenting fresh research both on the conflict itself and its manifold repercussions for Britain, Europe and the wider world. The keynote speakers are Dr Catriona Kennedy (University of York) and Dr Edward Coss (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College).

Proposals for 20-minute papers are welcomed on topics relating to the social, economic, political or military dimensions of the epoch of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In keeping with BCMH’s commitment to supporting high- quality research from well-informed commentators, abstracts are sought from both those of academic and non-academic backgrounds. The conference organisers also look forward to receiving proposals from postgraduate researchers and MA students. Undergraduates with an interest in the period are encouraged to submit proposals for five-minute presentations to receive a unique opportunity to discuss their research in a supportive environment with experts at the forefront of their field.

Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted to along with the applicant’s name, an indication of their presentation preference (full paper or five- minute presentation) and a short (maximum 200 word) biography.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 24th May 2019.

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.