Announcements and Events

RESEARCH COMPETITION
On the occasion of the centennial of World War I, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on World War I is pleased to announce an open competition for scholars under the age of 30 to research and write a scholarly paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the United States were engaged in the World War I effort.  The focus, drawing on the NAS’s creation of the National Research Council as a response to the United States’ expected involvement in World War I, is on institutional changes (e.g., the charter of the NRC) and the research enterprise in America.  In effect, scholars should look at how the war experience shaped long-term relationships among scientists and engineers and U.S. policymakers regarding national security and public welfare.  The winner of the competition will be awarded a $10,000.00 prize.

Additional detail about the competition may be found at https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/ww1/index.htm.


UPCOMING CONFERENCE
Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty
 
An International Conference to be held at the RAF Museum London
 
Organised in conjunction with the Air Power Studies Research Group, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College
 
29 September 2017
 
Over the past two decades, airpower has become the “Western way of war” […] because it offers the prospect of military victory without large-scale destruction and loss of life.
John Andreas Olsen (2015)
 

Keynote address by Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy

 Since Operation DESERT STORM, air power has increasingly become the military tool of choice for Western governments. Air power has played a major role in conflicts since the end of the Cold War as part of state responses to violence in this period. To understand the relevance of air power in this period, this conference, organised by the RAF Museum and the Air Power Studies Research Group of King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, will explore air power developments from the late-Cold War period through to the present day. The conference will bring together practitioners, academics and wider Service, government and industry parties interested in the utility of air power with a wide-ranging line up of scholars from around the globe to explore the conference theme.
 
Speakers include Dr David Jordan (King’s London London), Dr Peter Lee (University of Portsmouth), Dr Ross Mahoney (RAF Museum), Dr Richard Mayne (Director, Royal Canadian Air Force History and Heritage), Dr Paula Thornhill (RAND Corporation).
 
A copy of the conference programme and registration form can be downloaded here.
 
Conference Organisers
Dr Ross Mahoney (RAF Museum)
Dr Bleddyn Bowen (King’s College London)
[email protected]


COLD WAR ESSAY CONTEST
For the thirteenth consecutive year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best-unpublished papers on Cold War military history. Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges.

Prizes: First place will earn a plaque and a cash award of $2,000; second place, $1,000 and a plaque; and third place, $500 and a plaque.

Procedures: Entries should be sent electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by Friday, November 10, 2017. Please make your submission as Microsoft Word document and limit your entry to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in late 2017. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication. In addition, the Adams Center would like to post the best papers, with the permission of the author, on its website.

Submissions to: [email protected]

Questions to:

Dr. Bradley Lynn Coleman
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
[email protected]
540-464-7447

or

Ms. Deneise Shafer
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
540-464-7338
Fax: 540-464-7246

Online at: http://www.vmi.edu/adamscenter

On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/acmhsa


REGISTRATION OPEN
Registration is now open for "Milestones, Memories, and Momentum," the 2017 Symposium on Cryptologic History. The Symposium will take place October 19 - 20, 2017 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. Following the Symposium, on Saturday, October 21, there will be tours, workshops, and presentations and the National Cryptologic Museum.

Agenda highlights include sessions on Cyber Conflict, Cold War cryptology, and multiple sessions on World War 2. There will be a World War 1 track on October 20th which will include a performance of the one-woman show "The Hello Girls" by Ellouise Schoettler. Other sessions of note include "Writing about Cryptology & Intelligence" (featuring Steven Aftergood, Mark Bradley, Stephen Budiansky, and Michael V. Hayden); "Breaking Engima: The Anglo-French-Polish Effort" (the panel includes Sir Dermot Turing); "Writing the History of GCHQ;" "Vietnam Re-examined;" and "Pencil-Pushing Mammas: Women in Cryptology" which will feature both oral histories as well as talks by four authors of books about female cryptologists (G. Stuart Smith, Jason Fagone, Jackie Uí Chionna, and Liza Mundy).

Please join us!  Complete information and registration links can be found at http://bit.ly/OCT2017CCH; the preliminary program can be found here: https://cryptologicfoundation.org/file_download/f539ed6b-cedd-4d0a-bd64-1c858fe4bbee


PRIZE COMPETITION
The Richard W. Leopold Prize is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians to the author or editor of the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography written by a U.S. government historian or federal contract historian. These subjects cover the concerns and the historical fields of activity of the late Professor Leopold, who was president of the OAH 1976–1977.

The prize was designed to improve contacts and interrelationships within the historical profession where an increasing number of history-trained scholars hold distinguished positions in governmental agencies. The prize recognizes the significant historical work being done by historians outside academe.

Each entry must be published during the two-year period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017. The award will be presented at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–15.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES
The winner must have been employed as a full-time historian or federal contract historian with the U.S. government for a minimum of five years prior to the submission. If the author has accepted an academic position, retired, or otherwise left federal service, the book must have been published within two years of their separation date. Verification of current or past employment with the U.S. government (in the form of a letter or e-mail sent to the publisher from the office that employs or has employed the author) must be included with each entry for the Leopold Prize.

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2018 Richard W. Leopold Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 2, 2017. Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 2, 2017 and before January 1, 2018. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be sent to each committee member postmarked no later than January 8, 2018.

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members. The final decision will be made by the Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee by February 2018. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

PRIZE COMMITTEE
Richard R. John (Committee Chair)
Columbia Journalism School Columbia University
2950 Broadway
New York NY 10027

Peter J. Kastor
Department of History
Campus Box 1062 Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis MO 63130-4899

Mary McPartland [Affiliation: Heritage Documentation Programs, National Park Service]
Please send to:
Mary McPartland, OAH Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee
Organization of American Historians
112 North Bryan Avenue
Bloomington IN 47408-4141

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 2, 2017

Verification of current or past employment with the U.S. government (in the form of a letter or e-mail sent to the publisher from the office that employs or has employed the author) must be included with each entry for the Leopold Prize.


UPCOMING CONFERENCE
1918 - 2018: An International Conference
‘The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century’
6th - 8th September 2018

Hosted by the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with the Western Front Association and the First World War Network for Early Career & Postgraduate Researchers

Keynote Contributions will include:

Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds)
Dr Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford)
Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin)
Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)
Professor Jay Winter (Yale University)

2018 represents a major milestone in the history of the First World War, not least because it marks the centenary anniversary of the end of the conflict. This encompassing conference seeks to spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significances, consequences, and legacy of this watershed year. It encourages international perspectives and seeks to encompass a wide range of historical approaches as well as cross-disciplinary insights.

The event will feature keynote addresses from some of the leading academic authorities on the First World War and what came afterwards, along with panel sessions from established and emerging academic researchers. Moreover, the event is being developed in collaboration with heritage agencies, museums, art galleries, funders, schools and community groups involved in First World War research, remembrance and events.

We ask you to ‘Save the Date’ and we invite expressions of interest from scholars (including early career and postgraduate researchers), independent researchers, organisations, groups and individuals interested in participating (as either contributor or attendee) in the conference. A formal call for papers will follow in summer 2017.

To register your interest or for any further enquires please contact: Dr Oliver Wilkinson ([email protected])

Keep up-to-date with all the latest event news at our website (www.wlv.ac.uk/1918to2018) or by following us on twitter (@1918to2018)


PAPER PRIZE
The IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize 2017 by
the International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH)

(formerly International Bibliography of Military History, IBMH) of the Bibliographical Committee of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH)

The International Journal of Military History and Historiography invites submissions for its IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize.

The International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH) has been continuously published (from 1978 to 2015 as the International Bibliography of Military HistoryIBMH), on behalf of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH), which can trace back its origins to 1938. Traditionally its main focus was on book reviews and review articles. Since the journal’s move to Brill in 2011, there has been an additional emphasis on historiographical articles, and the portfolio has been enlarged to include original research articles.

The journal thus offers its readers and authors a platform that includes original research articles on any military historical topic from antiquity to the contemporary period that can appeal to an international readership. Historiographical and review articles cover issues of major significance or deal with the state of military history in a specific ICMH member country. The short reviews (in the “Bibliographical Records” section) discuss newly published books, which are of historiographical relevance either for the international military history community or for one of ICMH’s national commissions.

The Prize will be awarded to an academic article of outstanding quality in the field of international military history written by a graduate student or an early-career scholar, which will have been published in the 2017 volume (37) or the 2018 volume (38) of IJMH. The author of the winning article will be officially announced in the journal and on the journal’s website, and receive a €1,000 cash prize. See past years’ winners below.

In line with IJMH’s general guidelines, submissions should be an original contribution to the field of military history that is of interest 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. IJMH publishes articles ranging from antiquity to the contemporary period, provided that the subject is historical and the methodology fulfills academic standards.

Submission Requirements
Articles should be based extensively on primary research, must not have been previously published in another form or outlet, and should not be currently under consideration by another journal or book series. The submitted work has to comply with the journal’s style sheet, be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes), and be thoroughly referenced. For further information on style and referencing, please visit www.brill.com/ijmh.

The prize is open to graduate students who are currently registered at a higher education institute, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2012.
Submissions for the 2017 prize should be sent by 30 September 2017. Articles should be submitted in PDF and Word Format, together with a short CV to the Scientific Editor, Dr Marco Wyss ([email protected]).

Past winners of the IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize:

2016
John V. Clune, United States Air Force Academy, for the article "UN Peacekeeping and the
International Men and Women of the Ghana Armed Forces," published in Volume 36, No. 1

2015
Kwong Chi Man, Hong Kong Baptist University, for the article “'They Are a Little Afraid of the British Admiral': The China Station of the Royal Navy during the First Sino-Japanese War, 1894–1895," published in Volume 35, No. 2


NEW PRESS
Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access press sponsored by leading liberal arts colleges, issues call for works and series
 
The Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched.

Conceived by an initiative of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of eighty liberal arts colleges across the nation, the Lever Press is made possible by funding commitments from more than forty college and university libraries within and beyond Oberlin’s membership, and run by a partnership of two established scholarly publishers—the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. Lever Press is guided by a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary editorial board of distinguished scholars: 

  • Darin Hayton, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Haverford College
  • Nicolle Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University
  • Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies, Grinnell College
  • Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Interim Director of the Denison Museum, Denison University
  • Frederick Knight, Professor and Chairman of History, Morehouse College
  • Karil Kucera, Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies and Chair, Asian Studies St. Olaf College
  • Jason Mittell, Professor of Film and Media Culture and American Studies and Faculty Director, Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, Middlebury College
  • Mary Crone Odekon, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Skidmore College
  • J. Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
  • Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History, Hamilton College
  • Josephine Wright, Professor of Music, The Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, The College of Wooster
In giving shape to its emerging editorial program, Lever Press has developed a “Guidance to Authors” signaling an interest in works characterized by three qualities:

  1. Exhibit the deep commitment to interdisciplinarity that is native to smaller academic communities where faculty members daily collaborate across field boundaries. We are particularly interested in projects that connect perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities.
  2. Engage with major social issues facing our communities. Founded on strong ethical and religious principles, liberal arts colleges are the location of important debates about the grand challenges that face our society which we hope to manifest in our publications.
  3. Blur the traditional lines between “research” and “teaching,” creating resources ideally suited for experiential learning environments. Liberal arts colleges have reinvented the pedagogy of engagement and our publications will reflect that commitment. Among other things, we are interested in projects curated by faculty members that involve undergraduates in the process of creation and highlight their contributions.
 Proposals for new works and new series are now being welcomed at the Lever Press website. Information and instructions for submissions may be found at http://www.leverpress.org/authors/.


SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT
Joint Force Quarterly seeks history submissions for its “Recall” Section
 
Joint Force Quarterly, published by the National Defense University Press, is looking for articles of 2,500 - 5,000 words or less for its Recall section.  Recall focuses on historical issues often of contemporary relevance to the joint force.   JFQ is the Chairman's joint military and security studies journal designed to inform and educate national security professionals on joint and integrated operations; whole of government contributions to national security policy and strategy; homeland security; and developments in training and joint military education to better equip America's military and security apparatus to meet tomorrow's challenges while protecting freedom today.  Instructions for submission of articles is at: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/SubmitaManuscript.aspx.  Any questions can be sent to [email protected].


WAR AND SOCIETY IN NORTH AMERICA
Several books have been published in this series at Ohio University Press.

  • Geoffrey L. Rossano’s edited Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingall’s, America’s First Naval Ace
  • Eugene D. Schmiel’s Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era
  • Steven M. Baule’s Protecting the Empire’s Frontier: Officers of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment during its North American Service, 1767-1776
  • John A. Wood’s forthcoming Veteran Narrative and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War
The series provides a venue for scholars of war and society in areas now comprising the United States and Canada from the pre-colonial period to the present. The scope is broadly conceived to include:
  • military histories of conventional and unconventional conflicts on the North American continent
  • studies of peace movements and pacifist attitudes in North America
  • biographies of individuals and groups from North America who fought around the world and returned from those wars
  • examinations of institutional, political, diplomatic, religious, cultural, economic, or environmental factors that affected warfare on the North American continent
  • comparative analyses of military conflicts in North America 
Proposals for outstanding dissertation monographs, surveys, anthologies, or edited primary source collections will be considered. Because this series originally focused on the Midwest, proposals will continue to be considered on the upper Mississippi River valley, the Ohio River valley, and the Great Lakes region.  The series is co-edited by Ingo Trauschweizer of Ohio University and David Ulbrich of Rogers State University.  The series' editorial advisory board includes Janet Bednarek, Michael Doyle, Nicole Etcheson, Joseph Fitzharris, John Grenier, John Hall, Paul Herbert, James Westheider, and Lee Windsor.  http://www.ohioswallow.com/series/War+and+Society+in+North+America


CALL FOR WRITERS
Strategies & Tactics Press

We are looking to augment our current pool of writers at Strategies & Tactics Press. Founded in 1967, Strategy & Tactics magazine is the longest continually published military history magazine. In addition to Strategy & Tactics, we also publish World at War, which specializes in the Second World War and Modern War which specializes in Cold War/Current/Future conflicts.

All of periods of military history are desired. For submissions we are looking for the analytical aspect of the certain battle/conflict, not necessarily just the story or personal aspect of the battle (i.e. we focus on the “how and why” questions).

For more information, please contact:
Strategies & Tactics Press
Kyle Lockwood, Senior Editor
[email protected]