Calls for Papers and Panels

The Peoples’ Wars? The Second World War in Socio-Political Perspective
Second World War Research Group Annual Conference, 14-15 June 2018.
Strand Campus, King’s College, London.

Keynotes: Prof. Nicholas Stargardt (Oxford) and Dr. Daniel Todman (Queen Mary)

For the major Allied powers, the Second World War has long been seen as a ‘good’ war. This has led to a mythologised version of the conflict developing in the public consciousness. The war is often remembered as a ‘Finest Hour’, when ‘both the “ordinary people” and the privileged put aside their everyday involvements and individual concerns, joined hands, and came to the nation’s defence’. The narrative of a ‘good’ war has much less relevance for the Axis powers, for those countries whose experience of the war was defined by occupation and repression and for the many small nations that found themselves caught in the middle. For these countries, the challenge of coming to terms with war crimes, collaboration and subjugation split the nation at the time, and continues to do so today.

Indeed, it is easy to forget how deeply divided (socially, economically and ethnically) belligerent nations were in the era of the Second World War and the manner in which the shadow of the First World War and the Depression shaped the terms of the interaction between the state and its citizens. Even in those countries where the trials of the period were better managed, there was often a distinct disconnect between rhetoric and reality; the war was a contested and deeply divisive experience, a far cry in many ways from a ‘People’s War’.

The conference aims to explore these dynamics and the changes in perspective that emerge from a socio-political rather than a military-organisational approach to studying the Second World War. With that aim in mind, we invite paper proposals on themes including, but not limited to:

Legitimacy - Mobilisation - Political and social change - Alliance and coalition warfare - Grand strategy - Propaganda and diplomacy - Neutrality and belligerence - Intelligence - Empire/Imperialism - Writing the history of the Second World War - Gender - Elites/Minorities - Operations - Global war - Experiencing war - Forgotten fronts – Resistance/Collaboration

Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV. Panel proposals for groups of three to four speakers are also welcomed; they should, in addition to individual paper abstracts and CVs, include a brief description of the panel theme (no more than 500 words). The deadline for proposal submissions is 31 January 2018. Submissions, queries and expression of interest to attend should be addressed to [email protected].

The Military Revolution in Portugal and its Empire (15th-18th Centuries)
Host institution: CIDEHUS, University of Évora – Portugal
Date: 29th-30th May 2018

In 2018, thirty years will have passed since the release of the first edition of Geoffrey Parker´s ground-breaking work The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 (2nd edition in 1996). It is somehow surprising that, after three decades, most historiography on Portugal and its early modern overseas empire has by and large ignored the Military Revolution debate, especially if one regards the state of existent scholarship on other countries. Likewise, there were few attempts to include the Portuguese case in more general and comparative discussions on the Military Revolution. In order to overcome this situation, the objective of this congress is to debate the subject of Military Revolution applied to early modern Portugal and its empire. Thus, we welcome papers relating to the following topics:
– The Military Revolution: theoretical and methodological perspectives
– Changes in military architecture
– Increase of the size of armies: implications and consequences
– War and its relation with the rise of fiscal state
– Development of military tactics
– Cultural exchange and dissemination of military knowledge

Additionally, papers that aim for a comparative history between Portugal and other European or non-European powers will be highly encouraged, as it is also intended to debate the Portuguese case within a wider European and global frame. Papers not related to the central theme or the subtopics listed above will be not considered for the event. The official language will be English. All proposals (max. 300 words), together with a short CV (one page) and an additional sheet with author´s ID and affiliations, should be sent in Word format by 31 January 2018 to [email protected]. Proposals sent after this deadline will not be accepted. The same address can be used to inquire about any questions regarding the congress. More information about the event is available in

The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University's graduate student history organization, is pleased to announce the Twenty-Third Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference.

The Barnes Club Conference will be held Friday evening March 23 and Saturday March 24, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Temple's Center City Campus in downtown Philadelphia. The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world.

Proposals from graduate students for individual papers or panels are welcome on any topic, time period, or approach to history. We welcome proposals that foreground public history and digital humanities, and are eager to work with applicants in these fields to facilitate their participation. Panels will include three or four paper presentations, running between fifteen and twenty minutes each, with comment and questions to follow. At the conclusion of the conference, cash prizes will be awarded to the best papers in multiple scholarly categories. Of particular note is the Russell F. Weigley – U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation Award, a substantial award offered through the U.S. Army Heritage Center to the best paper in military history presented at the conference.

Please submit a 250 word abstract that outlines your original research and a current C.V. to [email protected] no later than Friday, January 19, 2018.

The registration fee is $45 for presenters and attendees. A continental breakfast, lunch, and pre- and post-conference receptions are included. Registration is free for all Barnes Club Members.

The Liberty University History Department and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation will be hosting a conference on June 5, 2018. While the conference will have a focus on World War II in Film, we welcome a wide array of paper topics and/or panel proposals on World War II topics and aim to create a forum for collegial discourse with scholars and students from various perspectives and academic disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals as well. The conference will feature Dr. Don Miller of Lafayette College as its keynote speaker. He is the author of numerous books including Masters of the Air: American Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany, D-Days in the Pacific, and The Story of World War II. He has also worked as a historical consultant on numerous film and television productions including The Pacific, WWII in HD, The Air War, and He Has Seen War. He is currently working with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg on a HBO miniseries based on his Masters of the Air. The conference will be held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. At the close of the conference on June 5, there will be a showing of “Saving Private Ryan” in recognition of the 20th anniversary of its release. A commemorative celebration honoring the 74th Anniversary of D-Day will be held at the National D-Day Memorial ( in Bedford, VA on Wednesday, June 6.

Scholars interested in presenting papers should electronically submit a title, brief abstract, and a brief vita to [email protected]. Those interested in forming a panel should submit a title of the proposed panel along with each presenter’s paper title, abstract, and vita. Please include the name and vita of a chair and/or paper commenter as well. All proposals should be received no later than March 15, 2018. The conference organizers will notify of participation status by April 1, 2018. For inquiries about the conference or to submit an individual or panel proposal in a non-electronic format, please write to:

Dr. David L. Snead
Department of History
MSC Box 710050
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515
[email protected]

Young Scholars (B.A. & M.A. Students)

The Society for Military History (SMH) is pleased to call for papers for several special sessions by Young Scholars (B.A. and M.A. students) during the 85th Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of Louisville’s College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of History in Louisville, Kentucky.

For the 2018 meeting, the SMH hopes to present several panels or posters by B.A. and M.A. students. The goal of this new initiative is to highlight excellent research by students below the Ph.D.-level and promote them and their work for a future career in our field.

The program committee will consider proposals on all aspects of military history, especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this year’s theme, Landscapes of War and Peace.

We will mark two particularly important anniversaries in 2018, the centennial of the end of the First World War and four hundred years since the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War, one of the most destructive conflicts in history. The program committee invites submissions that explore the outbreak of warfare and the difficult ways out of fighting and towards peace. Because the conference will be hosted in the heart of the Ohio country, locale of many early American conflicts, the program committee is also interested in submissions that focus on the geography, environment, and spaces of warfare.

Submissions of pre-organized panels (three paper presenters plus chair and commenter) are strongly encouraged and will be given preference in the selection process. The Program Committee also accepts panel submissions without chair and commenter. In that case, if accepted, chair and commenter will be assigned by the conference organizers. The Program Committee will organize panels from excellent individual paper submissions. Posters will be presented in a separate poster session during the conference. M.A. students whose submissions have been rejected in the regular CFP are welcome to re-apply for the Young Scholars Sessions.

Excellent panel, paper, and poster submissions will clearly explain their topics and questions in ways that will be understandable to the broad membership of the SMH, not only to those interested in the specific topics in question.

  • Panel proposals must include a panel title and 300-word abstract summarizing the theme of the panel; paper title and a 300-word abstract for each paper proposed; and a one-page curriculum vitae for each panelist (including the chair and commenter) that includes institutional affiliation, email address, and other contact information.
  • Poster proposals allow military historians to share their research through visual materials. Proposals should clearly explain (in no more than 300 words) the poster’s topics and arguments, as well as how the information will be presented visually.
  • Individual paper proposals are also welcome and must include a 300-word abstract of the paper, and one-page vita with contact information and email address. If accepted, individual papers will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and commenter.
Young Scholars may show one poster, or present one paper on a panel. They may not present twice. All submissions must be made through the 2018 SMH Submission Portal. One person on an organized panel will need to gather all required information for the submission and enter the information in the portal. Individual paper and poster submissions can be made by the individual. For questions about the submission process, please contact [email protected].

All proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2018. All accepted presenters must be members of the Society for Military History by February 23, 2018 to be placed on the conference program.

2018 SMH Young Scholars Submission Portal

Fifth ASEHISMI International Conference: Call for Papers
Women at War and in the Military

Since remote times, women have played significant roles in war, even if on the battlefield they have often been eclipsed by men. From a historical perspective, only very recently have women been incorporated into the ranks, initially only in logistics but later also in combat units. War has also had relevant collateral effects, among them and perhaps most significantly, the integration of women into the workforce and a move toward social equality with men, as well as specific kinds of gender violence.

In light of these historical and current realities, the Spanish Association of Military History (ASEHISMI) will convene an interdisciplinary academic conference to study the roles played by women in armed conflicts; the influence of war on their position in society, and their presence and relevance in the armed forces. Submission deadline is March 1, 2018.

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Society for Military History at the 2018 Northern Great Plains History Conference

The 53rd Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference will be held 20-22 September 2018* in Mankato, Minnesota. 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. For individuals, send a c.v. and short one-page proposal. For sessions, send one-page session proposal, a short one-page proposal for each paper, and short c.v.s for all participants. Deadline for proposals is 1 April 2018. Send proposals, c.v.s and inquiries to Joe Fitzharris at [email protected]. If you would like to volunteer to chair a panel or comment, please contact Joe.

For non-SMH sponsored panels, please contact the 2018 Program Chair, Dr. Lori Lahlum, at the Department of History, 10B Armstrong Hall, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN 56001, or [email protected].

The Society for Military History and the First Division Museum Cantigny sponsors the SMH–FDMC award for the best graduate student paper in Military History at NGPHC. 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 SMH–FDMC Prize for the Best Undergraduate Paper in History at NGPHC, valued at $400. For information on competing for these prizes please send inquiries to Joe Fitzharris.

In addition to the panels the SMH will again be sponsoring a reception on Saturday evening*, 22 September, following the closing session.

*Conference begins on Thursday morning, 20 Sept. at 0830 and ends on Saturday evening, 22 Sept. with the SMH reception to avoid conflicting with the observance of Yom Kippur on 19 Sept.

Centre for History of Sciences Po, Paris
Thursday 28 June 2018

The phenomenon of people choosing to leave their own country and fight in a foreign conflict is once again on the increase, as the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria remind us. The conference aims to examine this transnational trend by comparing the experiences in different countries and during different wars from the Revolutions of 1848 to the Yugoslav Wars. This period is rich with examples of foreign volunteers participating in civil wars, revolutions and inter-state conflicts. We will seek to explore the interactions between the foreigner and the host under several principal themes:

Volunteering: what were the motives behind the volunteers’ personal decision to join a foreign conflict? How were they received by the host country’s government, military, media and civil population? Were the volunteers helped or obstructed in their effort to reach the conflict?

Training: what were the challenges in training foreign volunteers from both the host’s and the volunteers’ perspectives? How were the volunteers affected by the host army’s regulations concerning religion, language, hobbies, etc. and were these regulations relaxed for them? Were there prejudices and tensions? What were the factors influencing decisions on the equipping and deployment of foreign volunteers?

Combat: how did foreign volunteers perform in battle? How complete was their integration in the host’s combat formations? How were they treated and perceived by both the host’s high command and frontline troops, and, when taken prisoners, by the enemy? To what extent were host and guest divided (or not) on the battlefield by language, customs, food and other cultural differences? What was the role, if any, of liaison officers?

Post-war: was the contribution of the foreign volunteers officially recognised and rewarded by the host government? Did volunteers settle in the host country? Do they have a place in the public memory of the conflict in the host country and/or their homeland?

Contributions should address one of the above themes. The conference also encompasses those who participated in the war effort but were not always considered part of the military, such as, for example, civilian nurses and ambulance drivers, members of labour corps or of the merchant marine, and journalists.

We welcome proposals from all disciplines and approaches to the study of war. Proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to [email protected]. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 31 December 2017. Conference presentations and discussions will be English. Limited funds are available to help pay for the travel expenses of participants coming from afar, such as North and South America and Asia.

The University of Wolverhampton in association with the Western Front Association
International Conference
1918 - 2018: The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century
6th - 8th September 2018

This conference, hosted by the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton in association with the WFA and the FWW Network for Early Career & Postgraduate Researchers, seeks to spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significances, consequences, and legacy of this watershed year.
Keynotes: Professor Alison Fell (Leeds), Professor Peter Frankopan (Oxford), Professor John Horne (TCD), Professor Gary Sheffield (Wolverhampton), Professor Sir Hew Strachan (St Andrews), Professor Laura Ugolini (Wolverhampton) & Professor Jay Winter (Yale).

We invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations fitting within the conference topic. Therein we encourage international perspectives and seek a range of historical approaches together with cross-disciplinary insights. Suggested themes may include but are not limited to:

Warfare in 1918
The War in 1918
Women in 1918
Strategy, Tactics & Technology
Victory & Defeat
Winners & Losers
Peace & (Ongoing) Conflict
Aftermaths, Legacies & Impacts
Veterans (Male & Female)
Civilians & Consequences
Gender, Class, Race & Ethnicity
Ends & Beginnings
Learning/Understanding the War
Commemoration & Memory
The Centenary

Abstracts of 250 words should be accompanied by your name, affiliation (if applicable) and a brief biographical statement (c. 100 words). Panel submissions will also be considered.

We welcome submissions from scholars, including ECRs & PGRs, as well as independent researchers, organisations, and community projects. We hope (subject to funding) to offer a limited number of bursaries to assist ECRs/PGRs & community groups to participate.

Submissions should be sent to Dr Oliver Wilkinson ([email protected]) by 3rd January 2018

Conference registration is expected to open in spring 2018
Keep up to date at our website ( and follow us on Twitter (@1918to2018)

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 [email protected] or visit our webpage here:-

The Tenth Biennial Fields of Conflict Conference will take place at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center from September 26-30, 2018. It will showcase new perspectives, approaches, and research in conflict archaeology. Projects regarding Indigenous conflict, battlefield research, and new methods in conflict archaeology are encouraged to apply. Paper and poster submissions are now being accepted.

Keynote speaker Robert T. Ballard, USN, ret. and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and Maritime Archaeologist, will speak about discovering and interpreting the wrecks of the Titanic, Bismarck, USS Yorktown and PT-109.

Abstract submission deadline is February 1, 2018.

Potential topics may include:
Indigenous Conflict & Fortifications
New Methods in Conflict Archaeology
Underwater & Maritime Conflict Archaeology
Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture Studies Collaborations with Local Stakeholders & Indigenous Communities
Cultural Preservation & Commemoration

Abstract Requirements:
Name of author(s); title of presentation or poster
Institutional affiliation if applicable
Contact information (mailing address, phone, email)
Short biographical profile
250-word proposal
(Send electronically in Microsoft Word .doc or PDF formats)

Paper Length: Papers for presentation should be approximately 10 double-spaced pages (20 minutes duration). Please note: Completed papers must be submitted electronically by August 1, 2018 to be included. It is intended that a peer-reviewed publication will follow the conference.

Notification: You will receive an email notification no later than March 1, 2018 notifying you if your abstract has been accepted. Abstracts highlighting international indigenous conflict are encouraged.

Submission: Email abstracts and poster ideas by February 1, 2018 to Dr. Ashley Bissonnette, Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, at [email protected]. Include “Abstract Submission, September 2018 FOC Conference” 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.