War and Disease: When Pathogens and Humanity come into Conflict

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Call for Publications
United States
Subject Fields: 
Military History, Public Health, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Recent years have brought with them the powerful reminder that pathogens dictate human life. Microorganisms owe their mass proliferation to the high speed with which humans travel and interact with others. Diseases are further aided by filth, open wounds, trauma, and deficiencies in medical resources and understanding. War has historically created ideal circumstances for diseases to proliferate. The proposed volume invites global perspectives on war and disease in the broadest possible terms, to include disease, medicine, physical health, and mental health. The planned anthology to be published by Schöningh/Brill is a contribution to the series War (Hi) Stories and will highlight disease's respective relationship to war. Young scholars early in their career are particularly encouraged to apply.

Proposed chapters may consider (but are not limited to) any of the following areas of interest: 

The environment's role in the proliferation of disease, as well as shaping attitudes of service members and society.
Local outbreaks, the relationship between returning service members, disease, and society in war or a postwar environment.
International cooperation and evolving medicine in war and postwar settings.
New perspectives in mental health in war and postwar.
Disease, medicine, and convalescence in war and postwar.
Battlefield medicine and the role of the combat medic.
Comparative histories of militaries, disease, and approaches to combat medicine and hospital treatment. 
The intersection between private-public health in war and postwar settings.
The military use of diseases and biological warfare.
The relationship between military medicine, sexually transmitted diseases, and camp followers.

The deadline for submitting a proposal (short paper-abstract, max. 300 words with a reference to at least one of the three categories, a CV, and a short bio) is November 1, 2021. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Michael Doidge, doidge.michael@gmail.com

A first response about acceptance will be sent by December 1, 2021.

Final papers ranging between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes, excluding works cited) should be submitted by July 1, 2022.

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