Appel à contribution – New Voices in the History of War: II

All Souls College, University of Oxford

Friday 12 July 2019

‘War does not determine who is right – only who is left.’

Bertrand Russell

Existing scholarship on the history of war has often suffered from the self-limiting scope of past military historians. Frequently monopolised by a Eurocentric fixation on the hyper-masculine battlefield, this entrenched modus operandi of military history has long stifled alternative insights into the wider repercussions of war and violence. The inaugural ‘New Voices in the History of War’ conference held in July 2018 demonstrated that we have much to gain from opening the field to fresh outlooks, innovative approaches, and new understandings of how histories of war can be (re-)defined. This new one-day conference seeks to build upon the encouraging success of last year’s event by bringing together diverse representatives of this exciting new research. The conference aims to stimulate discussions regarding the future of the history of war as a broad interdisciplinary enterprise, and ultimately intends to facilitate the official establishment of a new ‘Society for the History of War’. We invite doctoral students and early career researchers to submit papers on any aspect of warfare across all periods and places. Non-historians who have an interdisciplinary connection to the study of war are also warmly encouraged.

Potential themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Past and future developments in the historiography of war
  • Cultural and artistic depictions of warfare, including popular culture
  • Comparative global approaches to conflict and conflict studies
  • War on all fronts: land, sea, and air
  • Intersectional histories (including race, gender, sexuality, disability)
  • The medical history of warfare
  • Previously under-studied conflict events
  • War, affect, and emotions
  • Destruction and reconstruction
  • Terrorist warfare and the War on Terror
  • Fiscal-military states
  • Memory studies and the ‘narrativizing’ of war
  • Military technologies, their representation and their impact on war and society
  • Conflict resolution and conflict prevention

The conference will be held at All Souls College (University of Oxford) on Friday 12 July 2019. Registration fee of £25 for members of the Society for the History of War, and of £35 for non-members.

Anonymised abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted by March 12th to newvoicesconference2019@gmail.com.

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