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BOOK AWARD

The Air Force Historical Foundation (AFHF) is seeking nominations for a new, nation-wide, peer-reviewed, annual book award in two categories: USAF Airpower History and USSF Spacepower History. The criteria and critical dates are listed below.

The AFHF is committed to recognizing the finest new historical works available from around the world. The competition is designed to be difficult and nominees will be reviewed by an AFHF panel including a selection of pre-eminent USAF historians, AFHF Board members, and AFHF members-at-large.

COMMITTEE:
Chair: Dik Daso (non-voting)
Senior historian: Richard P. Hallion
Senior historian: Phillip Meilinger
AFHF board member: Eileen Bjorkman
AFHF PHD: Joe Bassi
Senior Space Expert: Stu Pettis

Awardees will receive a five-hundred-dollar ($500) research grant, a modest travel stipend for the award ceremony, a commemorative neck medallion, and an AFHF life membership.

AIRPOWER HISTORY AND SPACE HISTORY BOOK AWARD SUBMISSION PACKAGE GUIDELINES

ONE AWARD MAY BE PRESENTED IN THE AIRPOWER AND THE SPACEPOWER CATAGORIES EACH YEAR.

A. BOOK TITLE, AUTHOR, and PUBLICATION INFORMATION
Only books with publication dates within the previous three calendar years will be considered (e.g., For the 2023 awards publication dates must fall in 2020-2022)

B. FIVE-HUNDRED WORD ABSTRACT that summarizes the thesis of the work and how it meets the selection criteria below.
  1. DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE (AIR OR SPACE BRANCHES), FROM THE EARLY 1900S THROUGH THE PRESENT.
  2. PROVIDES WELL DEVELOPED AND CONVINCING NEW INTERPRETATIONS OF USAF HISTORICAL TOPICS.
  3. Peer reviewed, book length publication.
  4. Readily available to the general public in printed and eBook (if identical to published form).
  5. Rich primary research and documentation.
  6. Relevance to current USAF/USSF issues and global events will be considered.

C. Nomination Packages must be received ELECTRONICALLY for review by 15 February each year. Qualified submissions received after that date will automatically role into the following year cycle. FORMAL SELECTION PROCESS WILL BEGIN ON MARCH 1st AND AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY 15 JUNE.
 
D. INCLUDE COPIES OF TWO BRIEF DUST JACKET OR SOLICITED REVIEWS OF THE WORK.

An author may receive only one award in any five-year period.

ELECTRONIC Nominations packages are welcome from publishers, authors, and AFHF members.

IF NOMINATED, publisher/author must be willing to provide five examination copies of the work in paper or electronic format to the committee.


UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM

2023 Schmidt symposium flyerThe


Register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-lcpl-benjamin-w-schmidt-symposium-featuring-thomas-a-guglielmo-tickets-507752380037.


VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
The Second World War Research Group North America’s Fourth Research Workshop on Atrocity & Excess will be held over Zoom on 17-18 February 2023. The event will feature a Friday afternoon keynote from Edward B. Westermann on Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany (Cornell 2021), and four Saturday panels and discussion on new work on massacres, POW mistreatment, sexual violence, and the legacy of atrocities. 
 
Workshop is free but attendees must pre-register.
Register for the Friday keynote (4pm Eastern) here: 
https://shsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_teFrZJxJTdmRIdxoO8GJFw
Register for the Saturday workshop (8:30am–5:15pm Eastern) here:
https://shsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__OB-Ot6aTAy_M2osURjfug
 
SWWRGNA Virtual Research Workshop Program
Saturday, 18 February 2023
9:00 Eastern—Soldiers and Killing: Massacres
Zach Fredman (Duke Kunshan University), “The Tormented Alliance: American Servicemen and the Occupation of China”
Grant Harward (United States Army Center of Military History), “Forgotten Bloodlands: The Romanian Army and the Holocaust by Bullets”
Robert Pike (Cardiff University), “'A Brutal and Lasting Strike:' Continuing Echoes of Oradour-sur-Glane”
Commentator: Daniel Brewing (RWTH Aachen University)
 
10:45am Eastern—Mistreatment of POWs
Raffael Scheck (Colby College), “The Massacres of Black French Prisoners by German Troops during the Offensive on the Somme, 5-10 June 1940”
Alex J. Kay (University of Potsdam), “The Extermination of Red Army Soldiers in German Captivity, 1941–1945”
Karen Horn (University of the Free State), “Escape from Welfare: The Zonderwater Italian Prisoner-of-War Camp in the Union of South Africa, 1941–ca.1951”
Commentator: Derek Mallett (United States Army Command and General Staff College)
  
1:00pm Eastern—Rape and Sexual Violence
Ruth Lawlor (Cornell University), “The U.S. Army and the Politics of Consent in World War II Europe”
Matthew Barrett (Wilfrid Laurier University), “Scandalous Conduct: Canadian Military Justice and Sexual Violence in the Second World War”
Vojin Majstorovic (University of North Texas), “The Role of the Soviet State and Army Leadership in Sexual Violence in Europe during World War II”
Marta Havryshko (Basel University), “Spaces of Silence: Holocaust Sexual Assault Survivors and War-Crimes Trials in Soviet Ukraine”
Commentator: Allison Abra (St John’s College, University of Manitoba)
 
3:15pm Eastern—Aftermaths and Legacies of Violence
Franziska Exeler (Free University of Berlin and University of Cambridge), “Ghosts of War: Nazi Occupation and Its Aftermath in Soviet Belarus” 
Benjamin Schneider (United States Army Command and General Staff College), “A Legacy of Forgetting: American War Crimes in the Second World War”
Łukasz Krzyżanowski (University of Warsaw and University of Ottawa), “Postwar Poland, Holocaust Survivors, and the Unwelcome Homecoming”
Jonathan Henshaw (Academia Sinica), “Towards a Nanjing Narrative of the Second World War in China: Atrocity, Occupation, and Commemoration”
Commentator: Edward Westermann (Texas A&M University-San Antonio)
 
Questions? Contact co-organizers Jadwiga Biskupska and Mary Kathryn Barbier at swwresearchgroupna@gmail.com.


DISSERTATION PRIZE
ICMH André Corvisier Prize for Ph.D. Theses in Military History
VII edition – 2023

1. The International Commission of Military History (http://www.icmh-cihm.org/en/) awards the “André Corvisier Prize for Ph.D. theses in Military History”, named after the distinguished French scholar who served for ten years as President and later as President of Honour of ICMH.

2. The Ph.D. degree can be awarded in any academic discipline and is not restricted to Military History only. However, the thesis must deal with Military History in the broadest sense: the history of warfare, military campaigns, the armed forces, military thought and philosophy, diplomatic aspects of conflicts, causes and effects of wars, defence economics, civil-military relations, military technology, military leadership, and demographics of military forces. To be eligible, applicants must come from a country where there is an ICMH National Commission or, if there isn’t one, they must apply and be accepted as ICMH Individual Affiliate Scholars.

3. For the 2023 edition, the prize will be awarded for a Ph.D. thesis approved in 2022 at a recognized university. The amount of the Prize is fixed at € 3,000 plus a maximum of € 1,500 to cover the recipient’s expenses for participation at the award ceremony during the XLVII ICMH Congress in Istanbul in early September 2023.

4. Candidates must send a scanned certificate of their Ph.D. degree, a curriculum vitae, and a PdF copy of their thesis to ICMH Vice President, Dr. Harold E. Raugh Jr. (INFFAOHER7@aol.com) before 31st Jan 2023.

5. The thesis may be in any language; however, a translation in any of the ICMH official languages (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish) is required if the language employed is different. This applies also to the scanned certification of the Ph.D. title and to the curriculum vitae.

6. The Prize will be awarded by a Jury of seven persons, chaired by the ICMH President and including the members of the ICMH Executive Board and the President and the Secretary of the ICMH Educational Committee. With the approval of the ICMH President, members of the Jury unable to participate may designate a substitute. The Jury may decide not to award the Prize if no thesis is considered worthy or may decide to award it ex aequo to two doctors, dividing the amount of money. The Jury’s decisions are taken by simple majority; in case of parity of votes the President’s vote determines the decision.

7. The winner will be required to write an article drawn from his thesis to be published in the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, after peer review.

8. Requests for any further information should be addressed to Dr. Raugh.
The President of the International Commission of Military History Massimo de Leonardis Professor (ret.) of History of International Relations and Institutions Department of Political Sciences of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy


RICHARD W. LEOPOLD PRIZE
The Richard W. Leopold Prize is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians to historical scholarship that focuses on America and the world, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography created 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. Eligible projects for the Leopold Prize can be books or edited volumes, but they can also include other forms of historical scholarship and documentation including public history projects, exhibitions, podcasts, documentary film, and digital history projects. We invite entries that explore the multiple forms of engagement in the spheres of America in the world and U.S. military history or address the diversity of federal government activities and of biographical subjects. Entries could explore, but are not limited to, high politics, the state and political economies along with social and cultural history, imperial history, Indigenous history, and transnational histories of racial formation, gender and sexuality, or labor.

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 and museums.

The prize recognizes the significant historical work being done by historians outside the academy.

Each entry must be published, uploaded, or installed during the two-year period January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023.

The prize will be presented at the 2024 OAH Conference on American History in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 11–April 14.

Submission Procedures
The winner must have been employed as a full-time historian or federal contract historian in a U.S. government agency or museum 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 submission must have been created 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 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 “2024 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 1, 2023.

For books and edited volumes, bound page proofs may be used if they are to be published after October 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2024. 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 7, 2024. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct time frame making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

For nonbook entries, appropriate documentation of the project along with evidence that it was publicly available from October 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2024, should be sent to each member of the committee. That documentation will necessarily vary by genre of entry but could, for example, include a catalog for an exhibition, a URL for a digital history project, active links to discrete episodes of a podcast, or for documentary film instructions for streaming.

The final decision will be made by the Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee by February 2024. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Conference on American History and awards presentation. By applying for this prize, you are agreeing to the OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. Read our privacy policy here.

Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee
John Worsencroft (Committee Chair)
16 Lake Forest Hills
Shreveport, LA 71109
[Affiliation: Louisiana Tech University]
Please e-mail the title(s) you are submitting for consideration so the committee can verify that all books have been received: johnw@latech.edu

Chad H. Parker
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Department of History
554 Griffin Hall
141 Rex Street
Lafayette, LA 70503

Nicole Sackley
3209 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221
[Affiliation: University of Richmond]

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2023

Please send as soon as possible to allow for any mail delays that might occur.

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.


NARA RESEARCH ROOM OPERATIONS
The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, has announced the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA's) plan (https://historycoalition.org/letter-from-the-archivist-reopening-research-rooms-11-8-21/) for resuming research room operations. In-person access to research rooms is dependent on local health conditions and several requirements are in place to ensure the safety of both staff and patrons. Research room visits will be by appointment only. The new requirements are detailed below. The most up-to-date information about NARA's reopening can be found at https://www.archives.gov/Coronavirus.

NARA is utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission levels (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7030e2.htm#T1_down) to determine when research rooms can be fully reopened while ensuring maximum safety for customers and employees. County transmission levels are available on the CDC website at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.

To summarize:

  • At high transmission levels, a limited number of staff may volunteer to be on-site to complete certain work that must be done on-site. No research rooms will be open.
  • At substantial or moderate transmission levels, staff will be on-site to complete core work and research rooms will open at a limited capacity by appointment only.
  • At low transmission levels, staff will be on-site to complete all types of work, and research rooms are expected to remain open by appointment only. 


SEEKING TRANSCRIBERS
Project CHECO: The Air Force Experience in Vietnam" (https://airforcehistory.net) seeks to textually digitize a semi-curated collection of documents held at the Air Force archive. It also supports research into the correlation between demographics and crowdsourcing effectiveness.

The Air Force created Project CHECO (Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations) in 1962 to analyze issues of immediate concern to various echelons of the service. Over the course of fifteen years, authors completed more than 250 reports on topics that included special operations, conventional air operations, rules of engagement, training, air base defense, and many others. Arguably, the Project CHECO reports represent the single-most comprehensive collection of Air Force-produced documents detailing its activities in the Vietnam War. The vast majority of these have been declassified and approved for public release, and only the publicly-available studies are being used for this project.

For the volunteer, this is a trifecta of opportunities: A chance to learn about U.S. Air Force history in Southeast Asia from the perspective of the service itself; contribute to digital history through the textual digitization of a portion of the USAF archive (similar to efforts by NARA, LOC, and the Smithsonian); and, last but not least, help me gather data for my dissertation!

The process is simple:
1. Fill out a demographic form (individual identities will not be associated with performance)
2. Review some directions for the site.
3. Correct or transcribe a document from the Air Force archive.
4. Take a survey.

THAT'S IT! If you have any questions, please contact me at dabyrd4@gmail.com. Thanks, Dave

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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 JFQ1@ndu.edu.


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
klockwood@strategyandtacticspress.com

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