War and Animals

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Call for Publications
May 31, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Animal Studies, Military History, Cultural History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Wars have not only caused human losses, but often involved animals that were killed during the conflict. Animals have been used as military resources, as weapons, for scientific tests and in many other regards to “support” the human war effort. Only recently have animals become part of war commemorations and the discussion about animal rights will indeed intensify the debate about the role played by non-human war participants in the past. For a volume in Brill/Schöningh’s series War (Hi)Stories this call is directed towards scholars at any career level who work on animals in war related contexts, including, but not limited to, the following aspects and questions:


  • Animals as weapons. How and why were animals trained to be used in violent conflicts?
  • Animals and the war effort. In which capacities did animals support the war effort or were exploited for the latter?
  • Animals and strategy? Were animals considered a particular assed or “resource” that was calculated with for the establishment of war related strategies?
  • Animal semiotics in war. In how far were animals used as images to diminish the enemy in war propaganda?


Short proposals (ca. 250-300 words) and a short bio should be sent to frank.jacob@nord.no until May 31, 2022. Final papers, ranging from 7,500-10,000 words, including footnotes (following the latest Chicago Manual of Style), but excluding refrences are expected by November 30, 2022.

Contact Info: 

Frank Jacob, Professor of Global History, Nord Universitet, Bodø, Norway

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