Call for Papers

86th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History
“Soldiers and Civilians in the Cauldron of War”
May 9–12, 2019, Columbus, Ohio

The Society for Military History is pleased to call for papers for its 86th Annual Meeting, hosted by the Ohio State University’s College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of History in Columbus, Ohio.

For the 2019 meeting, the program committee will consider proposals on all aspects of military history, especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this year’s theme, Soldiers and Civilians in the Cauldron of War.

We invite submissions that examine the experience of war for combatants and civilians in comparative perspective, from any period and region. We particularly welcome proposals that adopt a “symmetrical” historical approach that examines both sides in a given conflict, and panels on the experience of occupation – an aspect of war often neglected despite the fact that war creates or deepens fissures in civil society that persist long after the fighting ends. While submissions that address the conference theme will be prioritized, submissions that focus on other topics will also be entertained by the Program Committee. Submissions of pre-organized panels and roundtables are strongly encouraged.

Panel, roundtable, and paper proposals will include the following information: 

IMPORTANT NOTE: CVs must include 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 (including the chair and commentator). 
  • Roundtable proposals must include a roundtable title, a 300-word abstract summarizing the roundtable’s themes and points of discussion, and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant (including the moderator, if any).
  • 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. If accepted, individual papers will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and commentator.
Those who wish to volunteer to serve as chairs and commentators should send a one-page curriculum vitae to the program committee chair (Molly Dorsey, [email protected]). 

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 institutional affiliations, various career paths and ranks, gender, race, and ethnicity. (Does not apply to individual submissions) (5 points)

Participants may present one paper, serve on a roundtable, or provide panel comments. They may not fill more than one of these roles during the conference, with the following exception: Members who act as panel chairs may deliver a paper, serve on a roundtable, or offer comments in another session. Members who serve as both the chair and commentator of a single session may not present in another session. If members attach themselves to more than one proposal in violation of the above rules, then the first proposal that arrives will be considered by the program committee and any subsequent proposals that include that member will be rejected.

All submissions must be made through the 2019 SMH Submission Portal at One person will need to gather all required information for panel and roundtable submissions and enter the information in the portal in the order of panel chair, papers in the order of presentation, and commentator. Individual paper submissions can be made by the individual. For questions about the submission process, contact [email protected] 
All proposals must be submitted by October 1, 2018. All accepted presenters, chairs, and commentators must be members of the Society for Military History by December 31, 2018, to be placed on the conference program.

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