Military History Conference Call for Student Papers

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April 14, 2023 to April 16, 2023
United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Local History, Military History, World History / Studies

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.

This conference, which will be held in-person only, at the Quad Cities campus of Western Illinois University, April 14-16, 2023, invites papers that explore all aspects of military history, on and off the battlefield, including campaign histories; biographical analysis; material culture; cultural, social, moral, 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 Perspective.”

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 historical area.

Proposals for papers by current undergraduate and current MA students are invited. Please submit a 150-300-word proposal to present research and a cv with current address to by January 15, 2023. The conference offers free registration and full participation to students who present papers.

The conference may be affected by COVID-19 health, safety, and travel restrictions, and will abide by all COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The conference gratefully acknowledges support from the Society for Military History and the WIU College of Arts and Sciences and Centennial Honors College.

For further information about the conference contact us at or write to Professor Lee L. Brice at

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Professor Lee L. Brice, Western Illinois University Department of History

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