Global and Local Perspectives
on Military History
A Scholarly Conference
October 14-16, 2022
Western Illinois University, Moline, IL
Call for Submissions
Does the transnational turn in historical scholarship suggest that all warfare is
actually derivative of larger global patterns, or are there local, regional, or national
“ways of war” that differentiate conflict within that certain geographical space, which
historians should acknowledge? The new military history of the last several decades
shifted attention away from traditional narratives that focused on generalship and
troop movements on the battlefield towards the perspective of ordinary soldiers, and
more recently, towards even broader social and cultural perspectives on warfare.
How does the transnational turn in history affect the new military history?
This conference, to be held in-person at the Quad Cities campus of Western Illinois
University, October 14-16, 2022, invites paper and panel proposals that explore
intersections between global and local perspectives on warfare, on and off the
battlefield, including campaign histories; biographical analysis; material culture;
cultural, social, and political implications; and indigenous populations.
Confirmed keynote speakers are:
Lisa Brady, Professor of History at Boise State University, specialist on
environmental and military history, especially of Asia and the United States, who
will speak on “The Global Nature of a Local War: An Environmental Analysis of
United Nations Logistics in the Korean War.”
Stephen Morillo, Professor of History at Wabash College, specialist on medieval
military and world history, who will speak on “Medieval Warfare from a Global
Given the conference’s location near the historic Rock Island Arsenal, the only active
U.S. Army foundry, the conference particularly welcomes papers exploring the role
of military manufacturing and supply in warfare, ancient and modern. Conference
participation includes a visit to the Rock Island Arsenal Museum.
Proposals for panels or individual papers are welcome. In addition to scholars of all
fields, Secondary Education Teachers and Museum and Public History professionals
are encouraged to submit proposals.
Please submit panel proposals of no more than 300 words, which will, ideally,
identify topics of 2-4 papers (each with an abstract of 150-200 words and a one-page
cv) with a commentator and/or chair.
Individual paper proposals are also welcome. These should include a 150-200 word
abstract and a one-page cv with current address.
The firm deadline for panel proposals is February 1, 2022.
The firm deadline for individual paper proposals is February 28, 2022.
A call for students’ proposals (current BA and MA students) will be circulated in
All proposals should be sent to History-Conf@wiu.edu. All submissions will be
reviewed by the program committee, whose decisions will be final. Selected
proposals will be announced before April 30, 2022.
The conference hotel is the Radisson on John Deere Commons–Moline.
The conference may be affected by COVID-19 health, safety, and travel restrictions,
and will abide by all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The conference is sponsored by the Department of History and College of Arts and
Sciences at Western Illinois University.