Panel Proposal for 2020 SHAFR Conference on Military and US Foreign Relations

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September 15, 2019
Louisiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Military History

Beginning in the 1960s, the development of the “new military history” has shed light on the multiple intersections of war and society in the United States. Among the many themes that scholars have explored is the role played by the military in the making of U.S. foreign relations. There are several different ways to approach this subject, ranging from the use of military interventions abroad to expand the American empire, to the creation of overseas military bases serving as indispensable outposts of U.S. global power, to the influence of the military-industrial complex on the policy-making process. These are only some examples of the varied perspectives that scholars have brought to this topic, which can be approached both from the bottom up as well as the top down. Given the fact that military power could be applied on land as well as in the air and on water, this subject is particularly adapted to the conference theme of “gulf, seas, oceans, empires.” 

This panel aims to promote the latest scholarship on the role of the military in U.S. foreign relations from the colonial era to the present. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Submissions on all aspects of U.S. history are welcome, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, mass incarceration, the environment, sexuality, religion, labor, disability, business, and capitalism.


The 2020 Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations will be held in New Orleans at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place on June 18-20. More details about the conference are available here.


Please send proposals for papers to in Microsoft Word or PDF format by September 15, 2019. In addition to the paper description (50-100 words max.), proposals must include the following information:


  1. A complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation for each participant
  2. A short biography
Contact Info: 

Olivier Burtin

Incoming Research Fellow

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

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