Call for Papers & 'Veterans' Book Series Launch

Editors of a University of Massachusetts Press academic book series on the postwar lives of military personnel and the consequences of war have announced a 2-day conference celebrating the series launch. "Veterans: Enduring, Surviving, Remembering War" will be held Sept. 12-13, 2019 on the campus of the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

A related call seeks individual papers and panel proposals to be presented at the conference. Work addressing veterans of all time periods and conflicts are to be considered. Deadline for proposals is June 15, 2019. Proposals should include 300-word abstract; single-page curriculum vitae for each presenter; and a statement of objectives for each session. Proposals should be submitted in Portable Document File (PDF) format.

A list of potential topics includes, but is not limited to:
  • Veterans as custodians of historical memory
  • Veterans as historians, relic collectors, and autobiographers
  • Veterans and their struggles for benefits and recognition
  • Medical and disability histories of veterans
  • Veterans and politics
  • Transitions to peacetime and civilian life
  • Veterans and post-traumatic growth
  • Veterans’ fraternal organizations and culture
  • Veterans’ relationships with families and children
  • Veterans’ relationships with other generations of veterans
  • The socioeconomics of veteranhood
  • The experiences of women veterans
  • Veteranhood and race and/or ethnicity
  • Veterans in historical memory
  • Veterans engagement in and relationship to anti-war activism
  • Methodologies for exploring veterans in history
Submissions and questions may be directed to conference and series editor J. Ross Dancy via e-mail: jeremiah.dancy AT usnwc DOT edu

According to the publisher's press materials, the veterans book series will feature "original, cutting-edge monographs that explore the lived experiences of military veterans. [… especially] interdisciplinary scholarship and studies that stress diversity among veterans, as well as work that reaches beyond the borders of the United States. The series seeks to examine veteran status as a source of identity, and hopes to illuminate the myriad ways that veterans have interacted with postwar cultures, politics, and societies throughout history."


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