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CFP: The Many Faces of War - Changing Perspectives on Armed Conflict

Submission deadline: September 1, 2017

Conference date(s):
November 17, 2017 - November 18, 2017

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Conference Venue:

British Commission for Military History (BCMH)
Cambridge, United Kingdom


Since ancient times war has been conceived of not only as a means of destruction but also as a generative process that demands expertise and innovation. This ambivalence is exemplified by the Greek goddess Pallas Athene, who represented not only war but also the arts and sciences. This complex goddess reflects the theme of this year’s New Research in Military History Conference, which is concerned with exploring multi-dimensional perceptions of warfare.

We invite historians in many fields, from those interested in the study of military technique to those more concerned with depiction and art, to present their research on the different perspectives on war over the centuries. Possible themes might include:

  • The role of war in international relations
  • War as a means or as a failure of politics
  • The difference between pre- and post-Enlightenment perceptions of warfare
  • The difference between victory and defeat, in the perception of soldiers and civilians, or in terms of remembrance culture
  • Ways to cope with a “lost cause;” for instance by the armed forces and the political leadership
  • Intelligence, understanding and war
  • War as a means of social change
  • Insurgency, resistance and de-colonisation
  • Tactical and technological change
  • War and the history of science
  • Gender, war and identity

This is the 8th conference organised by the British Commission for Military History. Its purpose is to bring together current research by postgraduate and early career scholars in the field of military history and related disciplines. Its philosophy is to offer an open and supportive forum for people with a broad range of interests – from material culture to those interested in intelligence or military technique – to meet up and share their research.

Keynote speakers have yet to be defined but the conference convenors will host a conference dinner on the evening of Friday 17th November at Clare College.


Proposals (c.300 words) for papers of 20 minutes should be submitted, along with a current CV, to the organisers at bcmhnrc@gmail.comby the deadline of 1st September 2017.

Proposals for panels would be very welcome but please include a panel rationale of c.250 words.

Publication Opportunities

Speakers may consider publishing their papers in the peer-reviewed, British Journal for Military History.

Registration Fee

Fee for Speakers attending both days: £30

Fee for Speakers attending 1 day: £20

The conference is being underwritten by the British Commission for Military History and is being organised on a not-for-profit basis.

Registration will be taken via Eventbrite and will start later on in the year.

Conference Dinner

The conference convenors will host a conference dinner on the evening of Friday 17th November at Clare College. Details to be confirmed.


Adam Storring (University of Cambridge), Arthur Kuhle (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Tobias Roeder (University of Cambridge), Lucia Staiano-Daniels (UCLA), Matthew Ford (University of Sussex)

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