Calls for Papers and Panels

‘New Thinking in Air Power’
The Royal Air Force Museum Conference 2021
16-17 September 2021. RAF Museum, London

The Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce a call for papers for its conference on ‘New Thinking in Air Power’, which will be held on 16-17 September 2021.

The conference aims to present research which challenges the accepted historical consensus in studies of Air Power. Works of historical revision change our historical understanding by adding to our knowledge, changing how we frame that history, and challenging the conclusions of previous studies. It thus involves close engagement with existing arguments, and endeavours to take our understanding further, and in a different direction perhaps, than offered by existing studies.

The Museum is keen to encourage submissions from a wide-range of academic fields including but not limited to:
  • Business and Economic History
  • Gender Studies
  • International Relations
  • Law and Ethics
  • Military History
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social History
  • Strategic Studies

The organisers welcome proposals, addressing any period, that approach the conference’s broad theme of ‘New Thinking in Air Power’. Proposals should demonstrate how their paper does at least one of the following:
  • Challenges received views, as opposed to reinforcing the current consensus
  • Tests established explanations with methodologies not previously applied to the topic
  • Creates new interpretations of previously studied historical events
  • Studies Air Power from non-traditional perspectives, producing novel interpretations
  • Analyses the development of established Air Power thought or historiography
  • Represents ‘post-revisionism’ by either contesting or succeeding previous ‘revisionist’ views

If you are unsure whether your topic would fit the Conference theme, or would like further details, you are encouraged to contact the Museum’s historian for an informal discussion.
The conference will be held on-site at the RAF Museum, London. Proposals are also welcome from those unable to attend the conference in-person and would need to present their research remotely by video. The conference will be live-streamed. If circumstances permit, the Conference will also have an audience.

Proposals for short papers (of 15 minutes) and long papers (of 30 minutes) should consist of a title, 300-word abstract, and a short biography (maximum 200 words). Proposals are also welcome for Poster Presentations (with accompanying 5-minute talks).

Proposals should be addressed to the Museum’s historian, Dr Harry Raffal, at Please indicate in your email whether you will be able to attend the conference in person or would need to deliver your paper remotely.

The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2021.

2021 McMullen Naval History Symposium
23-24 September 2021
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

The approaching new year, 2021, marks the 100 year anniversary of the Washington Naval Conference. This event, the first multilateral naval disarmament conference in modern history, brought delegations from nine different nations to Washington D.C. to discuss naval armament reductions and interests in the Far East. The conference resulted in multiple treaties that affected the future of naval warfare and international relations. Arguably, the most influential agreement signed was the Five-Power treaty which limited the warship tonnage of the five most powerful signatories, the United States, Great Britain, Japan, France, and Italy. 200 years ago, the US Navy was actively engaged in counter-piracy operations in the West Indies. The actions of the swashbuckling crews onboard ships such as the brig Enterprise and sloop of war Hornet, would cement a heroic legacy of the early 19th-century American naval forces as they fought to clean up the pirate-infested waters of the Caribbean Sea. And 300 years ago, in 1720, Russian and Swedish naval forces were embroiled in the Battle of Grengam in the Baltic Sea. This battle, the final guerre d'escadre of the Great Northern War, led to the signing of the Treaty of Nystad in 1721, effectively shifting the balance of power in Europe for decades to come.

Like the open sea, naval and maritime history has no defined boundaries on its influence on society. From operational history, to social history, to political history, and every approach in between, the naval and maritime history of the United States and the wider world remain rich areas of research and scholarship.

The History Department of the United States Naval Academy invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2021 McMullen Naval History Symposium on ‚Äčany topics related to American or world naval and maritime history.

Proposals should include a one page vita and an abstract of no more than 250 words which summarizes the research and its contribution to historical knowledge, ‚Äčcollated in a single PDF or Microsoft Word file. Panel proposals (made up of three presenters, a chair, and a commenter) are highly encouraged, and should include all relevant material on the presenters, as well as a one page vita for the chair and commenter.

Proposal deadline: 16 February 2021. Email proposals to by midnight. The program committee anticipates this year’s conference may be presented in an all-virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions. A policy on travel stipends will be announced following a final decision on format. The USNA History Department will make an announcement confirming the format of the conference by May 2021 and will announce a draft program by mid-June; papers are due to the committee and to panel chairs/commenters by 16 August 2021.

On-line registration for the conference will begin in late May of 2021. There will be no travel stipends available due to the virtual format of the conference. Financial support for this conference comes from the generosity of the McMullen Sea Power Fund established in honor of Dr. John McMullen, USNA Class of 1940. The committee will publish a volume of proceedings in the New Interpretations of Naval History Series, containing a selection of the best papers presented, at a future date.

Further information on the 2021 McMullen Naval History Symposium will be available online at Specific inquiries may be directed to the Symposium Director, Dr. Virginia Lunsford, PhD, or the Deputy Director, Commander Stan Fisher, USN, PhD via the email address listed above.

Preliminary book title: "Ramifications of War on Society"
Deadline for abstract submission: March 29, 2021
Acceptances of abstracts sent out: May 13, 2021
Manuscript submission: January 2022
To submit an essay for publication in the compilation book “Ramifications of War on Society” please email Anna Rindfleisch at with an abstract (max 300 words) and brief bio.
This is a book that will be a compilation of articles/essays/book chapters which deal with the relationship between war and society, military science and performance theory, military history and remembrance studies. It is very much an interdisciplinary endeavor, it is a call for early-career researchers, historians, military science professionals, and others with an interest in parsing the lasting effects times of attrition have on societies. As a compilation book each chapter will be an essay which deals with the legacy of warfare. In its entirety, this work seeks to incorporate drama and the performing arts into the scholarly discourse surrounding healing from veteran and civilian war trauma. There are traceable moments throughout Antiquity where we can see war trauma filtering into modes of performance. Archetypes of what it means to be both a soldier, and a traumatized veteran often reinforce by representations of these figures in Films, Dramatic works, Poetry, Embodied Performances, and Live Reenactments.
Some guiding questions: How have civilians and veterans have reinforced the Western ideal of a Homeric warrior, and in what ways has that iconic figure been replicated throughout history?
How does that reveal a tension between the ideal of a valorous soldier and ex-combatant anti-war narratives?
The cracks of stoicism recorded in Homer’s Iliad, the First World War’s les heroes sans glorie, 21st century cinematic representations of drone-operators all show moments where civilians and veterans are presenting a more fragmented warrior-figure. What I mean is there is an unlooked history of authors, playwrights, and performers inserting character flaws and trauma into their warriors. Scenes of unnecessary cruelty, a soldier’s remorse, notions like a soldier’s heart and Shellshock all exist in these so-called ‘heroic epics’. Scholars often place war-praise works in opposition to complex anti-heroic soldier figures and call those works anti-war. However, if we look closely at the ‘heroic-warrior’ the same character flaws exist just the same.
Why does there seem to be a transtemporal desire to keep an image of soldierhood as a stoic warrior, able to separate his/her humanity?
Is the state of veternhood the process of attempting to fuse the ‘human’ back into their existence? This book is also interested in how veterans attempt to exit wars, unearthing the flaws in the heroic-warrior figure throughout history, and attempts to see plays that show a morally aware soldier as something other than an anti-war critical condemnation of attrition.
The aspects of soldierhood that complicate the stoic figure of a detached warrior are timeless, the same way trauma is. I propose we re-look at the archetypes of a glorious warrior in Antiquity and the ways we can unpack what makes up a soldier to reveal the flaws. For instance, the Christmas Truce of 1914 lifted the veil between the solider and the boy; is there a mirror occurrence in antiquity where the gaze of the warrior slips? In antiquity, Achilles who after having his war prize taken from him goes AWOL and plays the lyre. 100 Years War mercenaries and US soldiers' diaries recorded the same thing during the First and Second World War. This suggests that soldiers have for centuries been carving out moments of at-ease, moments where while in war they create peace.
Scholars often link the history of performance and theatre to the expression of trauma:
Aeschylus — The Oresteia (Generational Transmission of Trauma)
Anouilh, Jean — Traveller Without Luggage (Mental Dissonance)
Beckett, Samuel — Waiting on Godot (Waiting in Grief)
Coward, Noel — Post-Mortem (Mother/Lover Mourning)
Federici, Mario — Long March Back (Survivor Guilt, War Trauma)
Homer — Odyssey (Survivor Grief); Iliad (Combat Trauma)
Kane, Sarah — 4.48 Psychosis (Mental Dissonance)
O’Neill, Eugene — Long Day's Journey into Night (Denial/Lament)
The Laramie Project
Tomholt, Sydney — Searchlights (Lover/Sister Mourning)
Sophocles — Antigone (Mourning Death)
Shakespeare, William — Henry IV Part I (PTSD within the Family)
The transmission of war trauma into modes of performance is relevant for understanding our present-day state of conflict and the new emerging figure of a distanced killing soldier who operates drones and does not engage in hand-to-hand combat. Often the most singularly used phrase I hear from veterans I talk with is that they have killed no one, and war is not what it was like before. They talk about how their war is not the same as the First or Second World War, and I wonder why that is when they are expressing the same sentiments their forefathers have been expressing for a millennium. Matt Young, who just recently published a memoir “Eat the Apple” speaks on this seemingly unmet expectation of being a soldier.
If we show veterans today that soldiers have always been complex, morally and emotionally conflicted, and disillusioned by what they thought war would be like; we might remove some guilt and isolation they feel. Or at the very least, reconcile who they are as a veteran to who they were as a soldier.
Essays written on any of the following topics are greatly encouraged but all essays on the general topic of military history and the ramifications of war on societies are considered:
Defining Veteran-hood and Soldier-hood
Experiences of ex-combatants in war
Instances of warfare translated into the performing arts
The figure of ‘les heroes sans glorie’
The lasting literary tradition of the Homeric stoic warrior
Instances of transmitting war trauma into the performing arts
Oral History recording of veteran remembrance
Drone operators and the emergence of distanced killing
Soft power and the evolution of weaponized information
Historiography of the soldier’s heart, shellshock, psychological trauma of war
Tracing the advancements warfare has led to in industry, economy, and entertainment
The legacy of grieving the war dead
Historiography of performing grief for the war dead on an individual/national level
To submit an essay for publication in the compilation book “Ramifications of War on Society” please email Anna Rindfleisch at with an abstract (max 300 words) and brief bio.

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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