Calls for Papers and Panels

The Australian Historical Association Conference will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra from 2 to 6 July 2018. As this year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, there will be is a significant military history stream.
‘The scale of war history in Australia and the world’
Reflecting the place of Canberra as a centre of the study of war and the military, this stream offers a forum for discussion of the history of conflict, armed forces and the relationship of society to both. This stream encourages papers from scholars studying war from a variety of viewpoints – be they historians of gender, race, violence, operational military history, war and society or memory history. It seeks to question how we define war history, given the variety of terms (such as military history, war and society and conflict studies). Does war occupy too large a part of Australian history? What new and innovative approaches are being taken in the study of conflict and society in Australia, the region and around the world? 
Paper and panel proposals that explore any aspect of war, armed force, and violence, as well as the limits of military history, its controversies and omissions, its utility and successes are encouraged.  Themes include, but are not limited to:
· The environment and war
· Conflict and colonialism
· Military history at the tactical, operational and strategic levels
· Frontier conflict
· Gender and war
· The place of scholarly military history in public institutions, governments and defence forces
· Non-traditional definitions of conflict and war, such as at the sub-state level
· War, trauma, reconciliation and memory
· Regional histories of conflict, particularly Australia and the Pacific
To assist the conference organisers, panel proposals with a chairperson are preferred.
All delegates delivering papers at the AHA2018 conferences (including members of AHA affiliated associations) must be members of the AHA. You will be able to join the AHA or renew your membership when registering for the conference.
For more details regarding the conference see the conference website
For more information contact the convenors: Dr John Connor ([email protected]) and Dr Tristan Moss ([email protected]).

International Journal of Military History and Historiography
Special Issue: Women and the Second World War

The International Journal of Military History and Historiography will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the start of the Second World War with a special issue dedicated to the wartime experiences of women.

The literature of the Second World War has shifted from a narrow focus on political, military and diplomatic interpretations of the origins and management of the war to a much wider assessment of events and actors. Indeed, the global nature of what has been termed “total war” mobilized entire populations of citizens and colonial subjects. Women were very much a part of this war of movement and the events that dislocated and traumatized civilians and combatants. To date, much of the literature focuses on women on home fronts as workers, as spies and as consumers. Holocaust studies have revealed the scale of Nazi crimes against humanity as well as strategies of survival. More recently, scholars have uncovered the sexual slavery experienced by Chinese, Korean and Japanese women endorsed by the Japanese military. This special issue of the International Journal of Military History and Historiography looks to extend this literature to interrogate and foreground the wartime experiences of women beyond the home front.

The journal is particularly interested in articles that foreground women as actors in national and transnational settings in the military and as partisans; as doctors, nurses and midwives; as exiles and refugees; and as colonial subjects and occupied citizens.

Please send a 200-300 word paper abstract (or full article draft) and short CV by 1 May 2018 to Sandra Trudgen Dawson, [email protected]. Full drafts of articles are due on 1 September 2018. Articles may be up to 10,000 words, including notes. Please see for a guide for authors.



34th Ohio Valley History Conference.

The University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 2018 Ohio Valley History Conference at the Boling University Center in Martin, TN on October 18-20, 2018
The OVHC is a general conference open to all historians and advanced graduate students. We welcome proposals on all periods and specializations including public history, digital history, and teaching history. We especially invite proposals related to the centennial of U.S. participation in the Great War and the semicentennial of 1968. Proposals can be submitted as individual papers or full panels. We also welcome volunteers to chair panels or provide comment.

Submission process: For a panel, please submit the panel title, a 100-word abstract of each paper, and a 1-2 page cv for each participant. For individual papers, please submit a 250-word abstract and a 1-2 page cv. Volunteers to chair sessions or provide comment should submit a 1-2 page cv indicating areas of interest and expertise. All proposals should be in a Word document and include the affiliation and contact information of each participant. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 29, 2018. Please send proposals to Richard Garlitz at [email protected].

Other information: The conference includes a banquet on Friday night. The speaker will be Thomas Bruscino, associate professor at the U.S. Army War College, who will present “From the Old World to the New: The Meuse-Argonne Campaign and the Birth of the American Century.” The conference also includes a luncheon on Saturday. The speaker will be Rebecca Price, founder and president of Chick History, who will present “The March to the 19th,” a collaborative venture with Humanities Tennessee to document women’s history in Tennessee, especially as it relates to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Location: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in Martin (731-587-5800). Directions to the Boling University Center can be found at

Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah, KY (75 minutes from campus) offers daily flights to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport and car rental.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Garlitz, conference coordinator, at [email protected].

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]

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.

For complete information, go to

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 Chris Rein at [email protected]. If you would like to volunteer to chair a panel or comment, please contact Chris.

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 Chris Rein.

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.

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:-

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.