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Call for Papers - SMH

Published on May 8, 2015

83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History 

“Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries” 

April 14–17, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


The Society for Military History is pleased to call for papers for its 83rd Annual Meeting, to be hosted by the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History.

“Geography as history” is one of the Canadian War Museum’s overarching themes, reflected throughout its permanent galleries in discussions of topography and its influence on battle, and the gradual conquest of distance by technology, population movement and communications. Wars are now fought on and over the surface of the earth, on and under its adjacent oceans, in space, in the electromagnetic spectrum and on the Internet. Traditional boundaries are regularly transgressed, imperfectly administered and unevenly acknowledged. Moreover, fighting forces can blend with civilians in asymmetric warfare, blurring the lines between combatants and non-combatants. Borders and boundaries — geographic, political or conceptual — remain important to the study of military history. For the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Military History, the program committee will consider paper and panel proposals on all aspects of military history, while especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this theme.

Panel proposals must include a panel title (along with the full names and institutional affiliations of each participant and the full title of each paper), a one-page abstract summarizing the theme of the panel, a one-page abstract for each paper proposed and a one-page résumé for each panelist (including the chair and commentator), with email addresses and other contact information provided for all participants. Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given preference in the selection process. Individual paper proposals are also welcome and must include a one‑page abstract of the paper, a one-page résumé and contact information, including email. If accepted, individual papers will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and commentator. All submissions should be sent in a single PDF document that includes all elements (abstracts, résumés and contact information). Submissions sent in other formats will not be accepted.

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, nor should they propose to do so to the Program Committee. Members who act only as panel chairs for one session may deliver a paper, serve on a roundtable or offer comments in a different session. Members who serve as both the chair and commentator of a single session may not present in another session.

All proposals must be submitted electronically by October 1, 2015 to the program committee at All presenters, chairs and commentators must be members of the Society for Military History as of December 31, 2015.

The meeting will be held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, which is located near the Canadian War Museum and Canada’s Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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