Calls for Papers and Panels

Veteran Politics and Memory: A Global Perspective

Department of History, University of Warwick 16 to 17 April 2021

From the fields of Gettysburg to the beaches of Normandy, the participation and presence of former soldiers has been an integral part of the memorial culture of many conflicts. As survivors of war, veterans are often portrayed a group imbued with a unique knowledge whose experiences should not be forgotten. Yet while public commemorations have sought to establish consensus about the meaning of the past, veterans’ memories have also been a source of conflict and contestation, engaged in struggles over rights, recognition, and the authority to remember the past and speak for the future.

In a recent article in War & History, Grace Huxford et al. note that the historically unprecedented number of veterans across the world during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries has ensured not just that veterans ‘occupy a significant place in modern history but that they are also a vital lens through which to analyse the changing relationship between war and society’. Veterans, however, are no modern phenomenon—estimates suggest that a larger proportion of the English population fought in the Civil Wars of the mid-seventeenth century than in World War One. Moreover, though veteran studies has become a rich field of interdisciplinary enquiry, studies tend to be embedded in their own geographic and historical contexts: the transtemporal and transnational study of veterans remains in its infancy.

This conference seeks to bring together scholars from across time and space to explore the experience of veterans, and particularly the politics of veteran memory and commemoration, from a global, comparative perspective. We hope to publish the resulting papers in an edited collection that will approach veteran memory from a range of different disciplinary, temporal, and geographic perspective.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers (presented in-person or remotely) that discuss any aspect of veteran politics and memory, from the ancient world to the present. Complete panel proposals are also very welcome (panels/papers which seek to explore different conflicts/countries/periods are especially encouraged). Possible themes include, but are by no means limited to:
Commemoration and memory
Veteran social movements and associations
Veteran cultural contributions (documentary evidence, art, etc.)
Political power of veterans
Veteran trauma, health and emotions
Veteran protest and dissent
(Inter)national veteran networks
Monuments, statues, and re-enactments
Travel and battlefield tourism
Museums and heritage

This conference will blend physical and virtual presentations, both to accommodate scholars from around the world who are unable to attend in person and to provide a safe conference environment with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please submit paper abstracts (max. 300 words) and brief bio(s) to both and by 29 November 2020. Participants will be notified of decisions by the end of December 2020. 


For four decades, the Trafalgar Chronicle has been the flagship scholarly publication of the 1805 Club, a non-profit organisation with an international membership. The mission of the 1805 Club is to preserve the history, heritage, memorials, and monuments of the Royal Navy during the Georgian Era (sometimes called Nelson’s Navy) from approximately 1775 to 1830. The Trafalgar Chronicle is an essential component of that mission. It is published annually by Seaforth Publications, which maintains a global readership.

For the 2021 edition, the editors seek carefully-researched articles on ‘Georgian Navy Encounters with Indigenous Cultures and Enslaved Populations’. We want research and analysis of how the Georgian Navy interacted with, influenced, and was influenced by native populations and enslaved people. Contributors are invited to address and analyse encounters among and between individuals and groups and to consider the long term effects of these encounters, positive and negative.

Additional Topics: We are also interested in general interest articles with some unique perspective on the Georgian Navy. We invite biographical articles, articles about major wars, battles at sea, and technological advances in the Age of Sail. We also welcome reports on preservations efforts regarding the artefacts, graves, memorials, and monuments of the Nelson era.

Proposal Submission Guidelines: Please submit a proposal/abstract of no more than 500 words and a biographical synopsis (your background) of no longer than 150 words. Proposals are due by 1 September 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by 1 October 2020. Submit all proposals and inquiries to Detailed author guidelines are available upon request and will be sent to each author in any case when a proposal is accepted.

Article Guidelines: Articles should be 2000 to 6000 words long in MSWORD (unprotected). Authors are advised to use Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) format. Accepted articles are due 1 February 2021, at which point they will be edited and, in some cases, submitted to peer review. Articles will be returned to authors for revisions by 1 March 2021. Revised articles are due 1 May 2021. Publication will be Fall 2021.

All contributors should provide at least 1(preferably 3 or 4) high resolution illustration (photos, charts, graphs, reproductions of drawings and paintings). If possible, at least one illustration should be in colour and sufficiently high-res to be used in a centre colour block. Submit each image in an individual file, not embedded in the text. In the text, do indicate where each illustration should go. All illustrations should be accompanied by a caption, date, originator, and source. Captions should be in a single separate file. We have a small budget if you need to pay an archive for the rights to an illustration. Be sure you have permission if your reproductions are not in public domain.

Our Contributors: We welcome articles from members of The 1805 Club and anyone with an interest in the history of the Georgian Navy and other navies of the period. Our articles have come from writers of varied backgrounds: historians, journalists, university students, military personnel, preservationists, and novelists. Please contact us with for additional information.

Journal: Trafalgar Chronicle
Sponsoring Organization: The 1805 Club, London, UK
Publisher: Seaforth Publications, Barnesly, UK
Readership: International – Historians of the Georgian Era of the Royal Navy

Dr. Judith E. Pearson, freelance writer and copyeditor, Virginia
Dr. Sean Heuvel, Christopher Newport University, Virginia
Captain John Rodgaard, US Navy, Retired, Florida


"Armies in Retreat"
Chapter Proposals for an Edited Volume

What? We are accepting chapter proposals for an upcoming edited and peer reviewed volume. We're already in tentative discussions with a military press about publishing the volume. The theme and tentative title is "Armies in Retreat." We are interested in case studies and scholarly work related to retreats, evacuations and withdrawals by armies and large units across history. Some are orderly. Others are chaotic. Think Napoleon in Russia, Hitler in Russia, Dunkirk, Mao in the 1930s, the British leaving Kabul, or the American withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir. We do not have a geographic or time period requirement.

Why? As the United States pivots to 'Great Power Competition' and 'Peer Competition' there has been a significant increase in literature surrounding high-intensity, conventional warfare, and large-scale combat operations. However, much of the literature paints an overly rosy picture, ignoring the retreats, withdrawls, and evacuations that are the inevitable consequence of large-scale conflict with peers. Afterall, someone has to lose. We aim to inject more balance into the renewed study of large-scale combat operations and we believe that there remains much to be learned at the tactical, operational, and strategic level from retreats, withdrawals, and evacuation. Questions to be considered include:
• Why did one unit break while another remained cohesive despite being in retreat?
• How was a force successfully withdrawn and reconstituted to fight another day?
• How was the decision to retreat, withdraw or evacuate made?
• Was the retreat, withdrawal or evacuation a tactical, operational or strategic victory?
• How was intelligence used to screen or detect an army's retreat?
• What were the consequences of the retreat or withdrawal?
• How does the culture of a particular military institution impact its ability to retreat or withdraw successfully?

How? Each chapter will provide commentary and analysis of a historical withdrawal, retreat or evacuation; or related theme. We welcome both the examination of well-known battles from the losing side and of lesser known examples. Writing must be based on documented and sourced research. Applying sound scholarship, each chapter's analysis will apply an operational idea, academic theory, or experience-based lens with which to analyze its subject. Lastly, in some way, the author will describe how and why this topic is relevant to today and helps us understand current and future conflict. We anticipate submissions between 3,000 and 5,000 words (approximately 10-20 pages) with citations and endnotes as required but not included in the word count. All chapters will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind system by at least two reviewers.

Who? Contributors and reviewers will come from across the spectrum of those who study conflict and war. We seek a diversity of inputs from different nations and backgrounds. We welcome both practitioners in government and the military as well as scholars and academics outside it. We welcome and encourage undergraduate and graduate students to participate as well as non-native English speakers. Despite our background and previous work, the intent is not to create a volume focused on the United States Marines or amphibious operations.

Those unable to submit chapters but interested in serving as peer-reviewers, please contact the editors with your availability, interest, and CV.

April/May 2020: Invitation to Participate
June 30, 2020: Chapter Proposals Due From Prospective Authors
Mid-July 2020: Accepted Authors Notified
December 31, 2020: Chapters Due for Editing

Where? The book's development will take place in a distributed fashion and collaboration will be primarily digital. Google Documents and Google Drive are preferred.


Chapter Proposal: Each chapter proposal should be 1-2 pages covering the topic, intended area of analysis, and discussion of the source base in a common format (Google Doc/MS Word/PDF). Authors should also include a CV. By submitting a proposal you agree to work on the timeline above.

Note: It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that their chapters receive a proper security review through their respective organization and to ensure security is not compromised. For American authors, please follow the clearance requirements as outlined in Army Regulation 360-1, Chapter 5, Paragraph 5-3. Appropriate clearance is required if your article meets any of the criteria listed there. Article clearance is further covered in Paragraph 6-6, with procedures on how to do so outlined in Paragraph 6-9. The bottom line on most article clearance is discussed in Paragraph 6-6. Information that appears in open sources does not constitute declassification. Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, is not allowed and all chapters will be screened for digitally.

Editor Bios
Walker D. Mills is a Marine Corps infantry officer currently assigned as an exchange officer in Colombia. He is finishing his MA in the Department of War Studies at King's College London and is an Associate Editor at the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). He has previously published commentary and fiction on expeditionary and amphibious warfare for the CIMSEC, West Point's Modern War Institute, the Marine Corps Gazette and Proceedings. He has also published chapters in Army University Press' Into the Breach: Historical Case Studies of Mobility Operations in Large-Scale Combat Operations and Marine Corps University Press' Amphibious Operations: An Edited Volume (forthcoming).

Timothy G. Heck is a Marine Corps artillery officer and co-editor of Amphibious Operations: An Edited Volume (Marine Corps University Press, forthcoming). He is finishing his MA in the Department of War Studies at King's College London and is the graduate of several military command and staff schools. His work has largely focused on the Red Army during and after the Second World War and NATO doctrinal developments in the late Cold War. He published a chapter in Deep Maneuver: Historical Case Studies of Maneuver in Large-Scale Combat Operations by Army University Press.

Contact Information:
Walker D. Mills
WhatsApp: (+57) 323 209 2342

Timothy G. Heck
WhatsApp: (+52) 81 1027 8573
Skype: theck343

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:

Information also available on:

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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