Young Scholars Call for Papers

87th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History
“Policy by Other Means”
April 30-May 3, 2020

Hosted by the Army Historical Foundation

The Society for Military History is pleased to call for papers for several special sessions by Young Scholars (B.A. and M.A. students) during its 87th Annual Meeting, hosted by the Army Historical Foundation in Arlington, VA.  The goal of this initiative is to highlight excellent historical research by students who are not in PhD programs and promote them and their work.

The program committee will consider proposals on all aspects of military history, especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this year’s theme, Policy by Other Means.

We invite submissions that examine war and other military operations as instruments of policy, to include topics such as grand strategy, coalition warfare, military diplomacy, humanitarian interventions, peacekeeping and nation building, military occupation and government, and “gray zone” competition, as well as the pursuit of domestic policy objectives via military means. While submissions that address the conference theme are encouraged, submissions that focus on other topics will also be entertained by the Program Committee. Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged.

Panel and paper proposals need to include the following information:
IMPORTANT NOTE: CVs should include only institutional affiliation, email address, and other professional contact information. They should not contain personal information, since CVs will be linked to the conference program on the mobile app.
  • Panel proposals must include a panel title and 300-word abstract summarizing the theme of the panel; paper title and a 300-word abstract for each paper proposed; and a one-page professional curriculum vitae for each panelist. Include CVs for faculty chairs and commentators; if no chair or commentator is noted, the program committee will assign one.
  • Individual paper proposals are also welcome and must include a paper title, 300-word abstract of the paper, and one-page vita with contact information and email address. The program committee will assign accepted papers to an appropriate panel with a chair and commentator.
  • SMH members who wish to volunteer to serve as chairs and commentators for a Young Scholars panel should send a one-page curriculum vitae to the program committee chair. Proposals will be judged according to the following criteria:
  • Proposal explains the topic, research questions, methodologies, and historiographic significance in ways that specialists and non-specialists alike can understand. (10 points)
  • Proposal presents new findings or revisions of long-held interpretations. (10 points)
  • Proposal addresses the conference theme. (5 points)
  • Proposal reflects the SMH’s diversity of various career paths and ranks, gender, race, and ethnicity. (Does not apply to individual submissions) (5 points)
Young Scholars may only submit one proposal. All submissions must be made through the 2020 SMH Submission Portal at  One person will need to gather all required information for panel submissions and enter the information in the portal in the order of panel chair (if available), papers in the order of presentation, and commentator (if available). Individual paper submissions can be made by the individual. For questions about the submission process, contact [email protected].
All proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2020. All accepted presenters must register for the conference and pay the registration fee by February 22, 2020, to be placed on the conference program.

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