Calls for Papers and Panels

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Cryptologic History Symposium
April 30 - May 2, 2025

The Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) invite proposals for papers and posters to be presented at the 19th Cryptologic History Symposium on April 30 - May 2, 2025. The Symposium will be held in-person at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland on Wednesday, April 30 - Thursday, May 1, 2025. Following the Symposium, attendees will be given an opportunity to tour the recently renovated National Cryptologic Museum on Friday, May 2, 2025 and learn about resources available through the National Cryptologic Museum Library. Attendees may also want to consider attending the NCF general membership meeting which will precede the Symposium at the Kossiakoff Center on Tuesday, April 29, 2025.

CCH and the NCF reserve the right to modify or cancel the Cryptologic History Symposium, including a hybrid in-person/virtual event, or an all-virtual platform with a potentially abbreviated program fi warranted.

The theme for the 2025 Cryptologic History Symposium is "Engage the Past - Educate the Future." From antiquity to the present, rigorous scholarship and technological innovation have advanced the science and art of cryptology. This rich heritage is told through stories of the people, technology, and events that have propelled cryptologic history and catalyzed innovation. Their stories can provide context to past events, a better understanding of the present, and a path toward a more secure future.

All topics relevant to the history and application of cryptology are welcome, and in particular its
intersection with signals intelligence, cybersecurity, technological innovation, and national security. An
interdisciplinary approach si encouraged, as are submissions from those who are new to the field, including students. Abroad perspective will ensure the variety and diversity of exchange that has been a tradition of this symposium.

Since 1990, the Cryptologic History Symposium has served as an opportunity to present historical scholarship found in unclassified and declassified cryptologic records and engage in discussion about their significance to history. The event is an occasion for historians and those interested in history to gather for reflection and debate on relevant and important topics from the cryptologic past. Regular speakers include historians from CCH, the Intelligence Community, the defense establishment, the military services, scholars from American and international academic institutions, veterans of the cryptologic profession, graduate and undergraduate students, and noted authors. Past symposia have featured scholarship that sets out new ways to consider our cryptologic heritage. The conference provides many opportunities to interact with leading historians and other experts. The mix of practitioners, scholars, and interested observers guarantees a lively debate that promotes an enhanced appreciation for past events and their applicability to current and future issues.

Proposals MUST be unclassified. Those who have a lifetime obligation of prepublication review are responsible for ensuring their proposals and associated presentations/posters have had the appropriate reviews. Proposals for single presentations or full panels (two to four speakers) are welcome. CCH staff will form panels from single presentations with the goal of putting like topics together. Presenters should be prepared to speak for approximately 15-20 minutes; proposals for a longer time slot should include a strong justification and will be considered, but not guaranteed.

Proposal packages should include the following:
  • A title
  • An abstract of no more than 500 words
  • The amount of time required for the presentation; fi longer than 20 minutes, please provide a justification (not applicable for poster presentations)
  • A150-word biographical sketch for each speaker, which wil be used ni the published program Ful contact details of the speakers) (address, email, telephone number)
  • Optional: ACV or resume for the speakers) that includes relevant publications and presentations
Please submit your proposals by September 5, 2024 to CH via email or mail:


Center for Cryptologic History (CCH)
Suite 6886, ATTN: Symposium Committee 9800 Savage Road
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Proposals received after September 5, 2024 wil be considered on a space-available basis. CCH will notify you about the final status of your proposal by December 12, 2024, but may contact you for discussion before that date. fI accepted, all slide decks and other technology requirements must be submitted to CCH by April 21, 2025.

Estimated Costs
Registration fees for the 2025 Symposium have not been finalized at this time, but for planning purposes the fees in 2019 (the most recent in-person event) were as follows. A modest increase is anticipated for 2025. Speakers and attendees may register for only one day or both days (April 30 - May 1, 2025):

Registration Rate Category
Standard: $70/day
Student (with student ID): $35/day
Speaker - Non-US Government Employee: $0 on speaking day; Standard or Student rate on additional day
Speaker - US Government Employee: Standard or Student Rate each day

The daily registration fee includes lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments on April 30 - May 1, 2025. Admission to the National Cryptologic Museum on May 2, 2025 is free to al attendees, but no lunch or refreshments will be provided on that day.

Registration for the NCF general meeting on April 29, 2025 is handled separately through the NCF. See for details of their meeting.

There is no sponsored event hotel and CH cannot make lodging or transportation recommendations for out-of-town attendees. Lodging and transportation arrangements are the responsibility of each attendee. Questions should be directed to Melissa Mann or John Tokar at or 301- 688-2336.

About the Center for Cryptologic History (CCH)
The National Security Agency (NSA) established the Center for Cryptologic History in 1989. CCH keeps history alive by enhancing the knowledge and decision-making abilities of the Intelligence Community (IC). A critical asset, the CCH provides a historical and objective account of cryptologic history for the NSA, IC, Department of Defense, other government agencies, academia, and the general public. At the CCH, we believe learning from the past can help improve future decision making and strengthen the public's understanding of cryptology's role in national security.

‘Rethinking Concepts, Terms and Topics’
The 4th International Conference of the Military Welfare History Network
July 9-11, 2025 at the University of Graz, Austria
Approaches to military history and the history of war welfare have changed fundamentally in recent decades. They shifted from a focus on event history, the depiction of predominantly operational levels, the monopolisation of military meanings or discourses of legitimation to innovative approaches to a cultural history of armed conflicts, which are particularly influenced by Social History, the History of Mentalities, Body or Gender history. This also applies in particular to the analysis of military welfare and care practices from a historical and social science perspective, which has undergone a fundamental reorientation in recent years, not least as a result of current care ethics debates.
The fourth international conference of the Military Welfare History Network, which will take place for the first time at the University of Graz (Austria) in 2025, aims to explicitly focus on the theoretical, conceptual and research-practical dynamics associated with this reorientation. The conference aims to reflect about these changes in studies of care and welfare practices in military contexts and to discuss older and new concepts and their implementation in research. Referring to a problem-orientated approach, an explicitly interdisciplinary and trans-epochal orientation will be taken.
The aim of the MWHN conference is therefore to critically examine the effects of theoretical and conceptual perspectives as well as the productive applicability of (new) methods and concepts on different dimensions:
·      the macro-level (state-national, transnational or global relations and networks, civil society and corresponding symbols, norms and orders etc.)
·      the meso-level (such as the history of institutions and organisations as well as interdependencies between economic, political, societal, cultural and military issues)
·      the micro-historical relationships (self-testimonies, personal identities, biographies etc.) in war care and welfare practices
Discourses, socio-cultural negotiation processes, the distribution of and access to socio-cultural resources, covert or overt power relations and hegemonies that form their background should be addressed as well as dimensions of experience and, in general, research desiderata and gaps in previous scientific approaches.
Submissions with either a theoretical-methodological or conceptual focus or empirical case studies are welcome. In both cases, the submitted contributions should address both levels (albeit with different emphases). In this way, the exchange of concepts and perspectives, mutual interaction possibilities and the intended discursive character of the conference should be promoted.
In particular, the following topics can be addressed:
·      Vulnerability | Trauma | Violence
·      Belongings | Identities | Interdependencies | Diversity | Social entanglement
·      Spaces | Boundaries | Transgression
·      Body | Sexuality | Gender
We request submissions to by November 30, 2024. Individual papers or panels of three papers plus commentary can be submitted. Each paper abstract should be a maximum of 250 words and should be accompanied by a 50-word biography. Panels should also include an additional ‘panel abstract’ of up to 250 words.
Travel and accommodation costs cannot be covered, but travel grants for Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers can be awarded subject to available funds. The Graz organisation team will also assist with travel and accommodation arrangements.
Conference Team
Heidrun Zettelbauer (Graz / History – Cultural and Gender History)
Viktoria Wind (Graz / History – Cultural and Gender History)
Sabine Haring- Mosbacher (Graz / Sociology – Archive for the History of Sociology in Austria)
Sabine Jesner (Vienna / Military History Institute – Military History Museum)
Paul Huddie (MWHN Co-ordinator)

The Cold War Midwest
The journal Middle West Review seeks proposals for articles and essays for a special symposium exploring the various dimensions of the Cold War era Midwest. Topics may include, but are not limited to, Midwestern attitudes toward extensive American involvement in foreign affairs during the Cold War decades; the development of military bases and the installation of nuclear weapons in the Midwest; the role of ethnic groups from the captive nations in domestic politics (Poles, Hungarians, Ukrainians, etc); the experience of Midwesterners in the US military who served in Cold War zones; Midwestern heavy industry and the creation of the American arsenal; the influence of Cold War imperatives on the Civil Rights movement (i.e. the Brown decision); the role Midwestern diplomats such as George Kennan; political leaders skeptical of Cold War interventionism such as Robert Taft and John Bricker; the Vietnam war and the Midwest; Midwestern patriotism in a Cold War context; Midwestern conservatism and its role in American anti-Communism; campus protests and the Midwest; the role of Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin and similar anti-Communist political leaders; the role of groups on the progressive left and opposition to Cold War policies; the culture of the Cold War and domesticity; civil defense and bomb shelter construction; anti-Communist churches and religious leaders in the Midwest; the movement of Southeast Asian refugees to Iowa and Wisconsin and other Midwestern places; how the Cold War was experienced differently in the Midwest than other regions; the influence of religion in the Midwest during the Cold War era; films and literature which connect the Cold War and the Midwest.
300-word proposals along with a vita should be sent to Middle West Review at by October 15, 2024. If a proposal is accepted for inclusion in the special symposium, final articles would be due by October 15, 2025.

The Kansas State University Department of History and the Fort Riley Museums announce a conference on War and Technology to be held October 18-19, 2024. It will take place in the beautiful Flint Hills at the Fort Riley Museum Complex and the Kansas State University campus. In addition to the usual conference agenda, there will also be recreational activities.

Topics include but are not limited to War and Technology and The Year of Victory. Technological innovations have greatly influenced both warfare and civilian life throughout history. From M&Ms and duct tape to helicopters and GPS, this innovation corridor has changed both worlds. The strategic environment now facing the world spurs a new round of innovation and inquiry into past adaptations. The term “Year of Victory” refers to the focus of celebration for the First Infantry Division during this calendar year. There is not a specific year denoted. Division leadership chose this theme to commemorate the accomplishments of the Big Red One during its 117 years of service to the United States. As such, proposals do not need to directly relate to the First Infantry Division or its history.

Papers dealing with all wars in all historical periods around the world are welcome as is subject matter on all branches of the military. A special interest, however, is placed on twentieth and twenty-first century wars.

Please submit abstracts or panel proposals by August 1, 2024 via email to Damon Penner at Full paper submissions will be due by October 4, 2024. For any questions contact Damon Penner at

No registration fee required. List of available lodging will be provided, along with other information, to those selected.

Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution
September 19-21, 2025

In 2025, Fort Ticonderoga continues our multi-year commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. Fort Ticonderoga seeks to explore both the local and global events of the Revolutionary War, through new exhibits, programs, and our innovative REAL TIME REVOLUTION™ interpretive experience.

In 2025, the museum’s rotating exhibition, A Revolutionary Anthology, will display more material from Fort Ticonderoga’s unparalleled collection to explore the breadth of the revolutionary experience through its material culture. Begun in 2024, the contents of this exhibition change annually to reflect a series of interpretive themes focusing on aspects of the Revolutionary era, its participants, events, and repercussions.

The 2025 installation explores the theme of Subjects, Citizens, Service. The Revolutionary War was the longest armed conflict in American history until the 20th century, and war shaped all the nations involved. Existing armies expanded and new armies sprung into being, calling thousands directly into military service. People on both sides of the Atlantic made decisions when, and if, to enter the military, and many millions of others had loved ones, friends, or family members who served on all sides of the conflict in various ways. Terms of service varied based on culture and politics and evolved during the war in ways that shaped how nations and individuals understood and interacted with military service in ways that still have meaning today.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks proposals for our 21st annual Seminar on the American Revolution. We encourage papers from established scholars, graduate students, and others related to the theme Subjects, Citizens, Service, and are especially interested in papers that engage with the variety of interactions between people and military institutions across the Revolutionary world.

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 September 30, 2024, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

The Second World War Research Group, North America (SWWRGNA) is dedicated to promoting scholarly work on the long global Second World War. We have some slots open for chapter- or article-length (unpublished) work to present at our monthly Zoom reading group in 2024-2025. Those who are interested in presenting or who would like to join the SWWRGNA should contact the co-directors Mary Kathryn Barbier and Jadwiga Biskupska at All topics and methodologies on the history of the war, and graduate students, independent, and military-affiliated scholars are always welcome.


War College of the Seven Years’ War at Fort Ticonderoga
May 16-18, 2025

2025 marks the 250th anniversary of the year when war broke out once again across North America, eventually evolving into the American War of Independence. Twenty Years earlier another conflict had begun, also beginning in America that led directly to the war for American independence. The global Seven Years’ War reshaped political geographies, military practice, and alliances from Massachusetts to Manila. To explore the events of that conflict, and their repercussions including the later American Revolution, Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for papers broadly addressing the period the Seven Years’ War for its Twenty-Ninth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War to be held May 16-18, 2025.

We seek new research and perspectives of one of the most important military and political events of its era, covering a diverse range of topics and perspectives from across the global Seven Years’ War. We welcome paper proposals from established scholars in addition to graduate students, museum professionals, and others that relate to the origins, conduct, and legacy of the Seven Years’ War. 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 at least 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 July 31, 2024 to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

Home Front Studies is calling for article submissions. Published by the University of Nebraska Press, this interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal explores the concept of the home front, broadly considered, in times of war, civil war, and similar conflicts from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Its interests include the roles of art, discrimination, finance, gender, identity, literature, music, morale, propaganda, race, and/or sexuality as experienced by civilians on home fronts in locations around the world. Its interdisciplinary editorial board is open to submissions from across the humanities.

All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not under review elsewhere. HFS welcomes manuscripts of up to 9,000 words, inclusive of endnotes. Prepare contributions in accordance with the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, using humanities-style endnote citations.

HFS uses Editorial Manager to process submissions at this page: Please direct any questions about manuscripts in development to the journal’s editor, James J. Kimble (

Occupation Studies Research Network – members’ conference:
Themes, Approaches, and Future Possibilities

10-11 July 2025, King’s College, London, United Kingdom
Organisers: Dr Christopher Knowles (King’s College London), Dr Camilo Erlichman (Maastricht University), Dr Christopher Dillon (King’s College London)

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2024

The first in-person conference of the Occupation Studies Research Network will be held on 10-11 July 2025 in central London at King’s College London.

The Occupation Studies Research Network was launched in September 2021. The Network currently has over 140 members including PhD students, postdoctoral and early career academics, senior staff and full professors from universities, museums and archives and other higher education institutions across the world. It acts as a hub for the global community of scholars actively researching the phenomenon of military occupation and, in doing so, facilitates the exchange of ideas and encourages a more systematic, comprehensive and interdisciplinary conceptual understanding of the subject. The Network runs an academic Blog that now includes 36 articles, and has so far also organised two seminars and two workshops.

The Network’s first-in person conference is intended to give members the opportunity to present their research, discuss their research agendas, and obtain feedback from an expert audience.

The keynote presentation will be given by Professor Ismee Tames (Utrecht University and NIOD, the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies) on ‘Who decides what an occupation is? Reflections on territories, regimes and experiences.’ Professor Tames is the author of Fighters across Frontiers: Global Resistance in Europe 1936-1938 and Global War, Global Catastrophe: Neutrals, Belligerents and the Transformation of the First World War.

Panel sessions will be structured with up to four 15-minute presentations, selected from responses to this CfP. Additional time will be provided for open discussion, the exchange of ideas, and networking. To give as many members as possible the opportunity to present papers and receive feedback, panel sessions will run in parallel.

Proposals are invited from Network members:

  • to organise a panel with several speakers or
  • to submit an individual paper, which, if selected, the organisers will allocate to a relevant panel.
Panel proposals with up to four presentations, organised around a theme that cuts across different cases of military occupation. are particularly encouraged by the conference organisers.

Proposals from academic scholars who are not currently Network members are also welcome, provided they join the Network before participating in the conference. Membership is free of charge and open to academic scholars working at PhD level or above in any relevant discipline.

The conference organisers will select proposals that in their view make the best overall contribution to the objectives of the Network.

Suggested themes for panels include:
1. Occupation and Empire
Occupation and empire are both forms of foreign rule, generally if not exclusively imposed and maintained by force or the threat thereof. Ruling techniques, experiences gained, and lessons learned may be transferred and applied from one case to another. Military occupation may be implemented during a ‘state of emergency’ in an imperial territory or adopted as an alternative to the incorporation of a territory in a more formal imperial structure. Occupation by a former imperial power, or by its allies, or by rivals for global or regional hegemony, may also follow decolonisation and independence, in which case occupation may form part of informal empire and soft power structures. Yet the historiography of empire is currently quite separate from the historiography of occupation. Can the categories of analysis that are most used in cases of occupation also be applied to the study of imperial projects, and vice versa? Topics and themes that potentially apply to both occupation and empire include, inter alia, ruling techniques, legal and constitutional structures, sovereignty, cultural transfer, violent and transgressive actions, resistance and collaboration, economic exploitation or ‘development’, social interactions, reconciliation, re-education, transitional justice, coming to terms with the past, memories and legacies.
2. Occupation and humanitarian aid  
Occupation is often associated with forced migration and population displacement, economic disruption, and sometimes widespread and severe famine and starvation. Many international, public and private organisations have been established to provide humanitarian aid to alleviate suffering, but the provision of aid can be especially difficult in conditions of occupation. How has the provision of humanitarian aid developed over time, can specific cases be usefully compared, and what are the prospects for the future?
3. The lived experience of occupation
How did the local civilian population experience and perceive occupation and how did it affect their daily lives at home, work and in public or semi-public spaces, such as shops, marketplaces and streets? Can similarities be identified across otherwise very different cases of occupation, for example in the implementation of requisitioning and the loss of living space, in forced labour, in shortages of food and essential supplies, or in restrictions on movement? How did occupation affect personal and family relationships? What was the nature of the encounters and interactions that took place between occupiers and occupied, both in the course of their work and socially? How did both occupiers and occupied describe and make sense of their experiences both at the time and later? What stories did they tell about their own and other’s experiences? How did they perceive the transition from war to occupation? And how did they perceive liberation or the end of occupation and the withdrawal of occupying troops? 
4. Occupation and International Law          
Occupation is a historical phenomenon that can be explored by studying what happened in specific cases, how these compare with each other and through identifying cross-cutting themes that illustrate how policies and practices changed and developed over time. Occupation is also a condition that is recognised and regulated by international law, interpreted in national and international courts of law, and discussed and analysed by legal scholars. What can historians, political scientists and international lawyers who are actively researching the subject usefully learn from each other? How has the law of occupation developed over time, how has it been applied in practice, and is it still fit for purpose?              
5. Unrecognised or forgotten occupations
There are many cases that have been described as occupations by scholars, but that the occupying state claimed at the time were not actually cases of occupation: because the occupier was actually the legitimate sovereign of the territory; because a puppet government installed by the occupier was legitimate and did not depend for its survival on the occupying power; or because the occupiers’ armed services were present in the territory for other reasons, such as ‘liberation’, ‘peace-keeping’, ‘regime change’, or to protect against a real or imagined external threat. In other instances, occupations have disappeared from collective memory after their conclusion, often for political reasons. What can we learn from cases of ‘unrecognised’ or ‘forgotten’ occupations and what insights do they provide for Occupation Studies more generally?
6. Violent occupations
Some cases of occupation have been especially violent. Why have some cases of occupation been more violent than others? How should violence by armed forces, and by civilian authorities during a time of occupation, be studied and interpreted? How have the issues of retribution, compensation, reparation and justice for victims been addressed following the end of occupation and what were the outcomes? Can any general conclusions be drawn from studying different cases, or were they so context dependent that it is better to examine each case separately? 
7. Occupation as transformation
Occupation is often associated with significant changes that, it is claimed, could not have occurred in other circumstances. In some cases, one of the occupier’s principal aims may have been to remove the existing government and impose ‘regime change’ on the occupied state. To achieve this, they may conduct a political purge of former government ministers, leading officials and their supporters. Occupiers may also apply deliberate ‘re-education’ policies to promote social and cultural change. In other cases, one or more local political parties or social groups may achieve sufficient power during an occupation, perhaps with the support of the occupier, to secure long-standing aims that they had not been able to achieve earlier. Some social and economic groups may have emerged from occupation with enhanced power and status, whereas others found that their status within society had been diminished. On the other hand, such changes during an occupation period may be reversed when the occupier leaves and former elites return to power. To what extent has occupation influenced the future political, economic, social and cultural trajectory of a territory, a state or a region?  
8. Occupation as a catalyst for national, cultural or personal identity
Occupiers may attempt to exploit regional, ethnic, social or religious differences within an occupied state or territory to ‘divide and rule’ and maintain their own authority as the ruling power. Those resisting an occupation, on the other hand, may appeal to a sense of national identity to justify their actions and attract support from the wider population. Following liberation, those who resisted occupation are often feted as patriotic heroes, while collaborators may be branded as traitors. How has the experience and memory of occupation, from the nineteenth century to the present day, influenced the construction and projection of national, cultural and personal identities, in literature, in film, and in the subsequent historiography? 
9. Occupation during Civil War
Occupation is often understood as foreign rule and the international laws of war, as codified at the Hague Conventions, apply to conflicts between nation states, not to internal conflicts within a state. During the course of a civil war, however, both sides may occupy territory over which they exercise de facto control, while their claim to sovereignty over that territory is not recognised by the other side, nor by the local civilian population. There are also cases where a former sovereign has renounced their claim to act as the legitimate supreme authority, but there is no obvious successor, and different factions fight each other to gain control over parts of the country. To what extent should such cases be considered as military occupation, and discussed and analysed in similar ways to occupation during and after conflicts between nation states? 
If you wish to organise a panel on one of these themes, or on another theme that you consider to be important and relevant to Occupation Studies (such as ‘New Research Methodologies and Approaches to Occupation Studies’, ‘Occupation and the Environment’, ‘Occupation and Gender’), please submit a proposal including a brief rationale for the panel (max. 300 words), the name of the proposed chair/discussant and a short CV, together with the proposed contributors’ names and affiliation and the titles and abstracts (max. 300 words) for no more than four papers. Panel organisers may contribute a paper and/or act as chair/discussant themselves. Joint proposals are welcome from members who would like to work together to organise and contribute to a panel.
If you wish to propose an individual paper, please submit a title and abstract (max. 300 words) as well as a brief CV.
All submissions should be sent to Dr Christopher Knowles ( who is acting as the conference administrator.
The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2024. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of September 2024. Any enquiries should be directed to the conference administrator.
There is no conference fee and refreshments will be provided free of charge to participants on both conference days. We regret that the Network does not have sufficient funds to pay travel expenses or the cost of accommodation in London. Contributors will therefore have to either pay travel and accommodation costs themselves or obtain funding for this from other sources (such as from their own institution).
The conference is organised by the Occupation Studies Research Network and supported by the Arts and Humanities faculty of Kings College, London.

Theme issue for American Behavioral Scientist titled:
 "A Sampling of Pre-Internet Networked Operations"

We are soliciting essays for a survey of 1960s military operations such as: COINTELPRO (US); CHAOS (US); Phoenix (Vietnam); Condor (in South America); ORDEN (El Salvador); Jakarta (Indonesia); OBAN (Brazil) and other operations, both inside and outside the US. These operations networked societies prior to the advent of the Internet. Authors are requested to include whatever information they can cite regarding how evident or non-evident the communication equipment was that supported these operations; what the operations consisted of in terms of staffing and hardware; what the operations were used for; and, how much the operations contributed to social and financial inequality and political polarization, in the populations they monitored.

Research article proposals are requested for an issue of American Behavioral Scientist guest edited by Noel Packard Ph.D. and Dr. Bradley Simpson, professor of history and author of Economists with Guns: Authoritarian Development and U.S.-Indonesian Relations, 1960-1968. The issue is entitled: "A Sampling of Pre-Internet Networked Operations"

The full Call for Papers can be found at
If interested, please submit an abstract of 250 words describing your longer essay (5,000-10,000) words and a brief bio to Noel Packard, by 1 October 2024. Full drafts of accepted papers will be due by November 1, 2024.

Tentative Timeline:

  • November 1, 2024: Deadline for submission of draft essays.
  • December 1, 2024: Authors of selected articles are notified of acceptance.
  • March 1, 2025: Authors receive peer reviews.
  • Early September 2025: Authors submit revised manuscripts
  • December 2025: American Behavioral Scientist publishes issue entitled "A Sampling of Pre-Internet Networked Operations"
Please send two copies of the draft essay to lead editor Noel Packard at

For more information, please send questions to Noel Packard at .

Material Matters: It’s in the Details
January 25, 2025

The vast majority of participants in the military events of the long 18th century left no written traces of themselves. Fortunately for scholars, and the public, evidence of their presence survives in material form. From the arms they carried, to the archaeological evidence of their presence, the material experience of soldiering extensively survives if we look carefully. Often seen as mementos or souvenirs of war, or as distinct areas of avocational collecting, military material culture is pervasive, yet understudied, as a rich body of material culture.

However, “military material culture” is not limited to the weapons men wielded or the uniforms they wore. The dense networks of manufacturing supporting early modern militaries connected civilians across the world and expands our definition of this area of study. Furthermore, militaries left their impact on societies through the appropriation and re-use of materials, as well as physically on landscapes shaped by the presence, or absence, of soldiers. Thus, material culture provides a unique and compelling way to engage with topics and individuals for which no written sources survive.

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. We are seeking new research 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 or fuel
  • Military material culture crossing cultural, national, and geographic lines
  • Construction and fabrication of material culture
  • Craft, trade, experimental archeology, or living history perspectives on material culture
  • Art and representations of material culture in military contexts
This conference takes place online, using Zoom Webinars, on Saturday, January 25, 2025. Sessions are 30 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Traditional illustrated papers, combined with live or recorded videos of trade practice or object analysis, will all be accepted for consideration. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with an honorarium. Please submit a 300 word abstract and CV by email by July 1, 2024 to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

Announcing a New Series from Naval Institute Press
Studies in Marine Corps History and Amphibious Warfare
William A. Taylor, Series Editor
This series advances understanding of Marine Corps history and amphibious warfare by publishing original scholarship across a broad spectrum of innovative studies. The series analyzes an extensive array of vital aspects of the Marine Corps, amphibious warfare, and their collective role in global security, including battles, leaders, strategy, operations, tactics, doctrine, technology, personnel, organization, and culture. Incorporating both historical and contemporary perspectives, this series publishes important literature about the Marine Corps and significant works relevant to amphibious warfare that span the globe, feature diverse methodologies, and reach general audiences. As a result, the series provides a professional home, central venue, and premier destination for the best and newest research on Marine Corps history and amphibious warfare.

William A. Taylor is the holder of the Lee Drain Endowed University Professorship, previous department chair, and award-winning professor of global security studies at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he holds an MA degree in history from the University of Maryland, an MA degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, and MPhil and PhD degrees in history from George Washington University. Taylor is the author or editor of four books, including Military Service and American Democracy (University Press of Kansas) and Every Citizen a Soldier (Texas A&M University Press).

Send inquiries and proposals to

New Series – Vernon Press Series in Classical Studies

Vernon Press invites proposals on the history, literature, art, philosophy, political or social structures, religion, languages, or archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations for its new Series in Classical Studies.

The classics are the earliest branch of the humanities, with a long history of scholarly value, but the field continues to evolve. The past two decades have seen exciting developments in key research areas, especially material culture, reception studies and gender studies. The books in this series will examine such growth areas, while also being open to more traditional approaches.

Comprising edited volumes, co-authored books and single-author monographs, the series will be useful for senior researchers, scholars and practitioners with an interest in this field of study, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

To receive more information about submitting a proposal or to discuss your idea, please contact James McGovern:

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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.

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