Call for Papers

The capture and confinement of human beings has been-and remains-a central feature of warfare and periods of mass violence both within and between nation-states and among non-state actors. Prisoners apprehended and held during times of conflict-whether military or political-have been both blessing and curse to their keepers. While often valued as cheap labor and lucrative bargaining chips, the high costs-economic, social, political, and environmental-associated with mass imprisonment continue to challenge even the best organized bureaucratic states.

Chinese Military History Society 2018 Conference

The theme of this year's conference is “War, Peace, and the Chinese Landscape”, focusing on how the geography, environment, and spaces of conflict have influenced both the waging of war and the maintenance or restoration of peace.

If you are interested in presenting at the CMHS conference, please send your name and contact information, a paper abstract of no more than 250 words, and a brief C.V. to David Graff (

A century after the First World War, this conference wants to reflect on international relations and entanglements during the global conflict. The aim is to bring together an international group of scholars working on transnational and international fields and aspects of the war, such as diplomacy, rivalry between war partners, secret diplomacy or commemoration.

Core topics:

-   International Relations

-   Cooperation and Rivalry between War Partners

-   Alliances

-   Networks, NGOs, Red Cross, Transnational companies

The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne not only epitomizes the formal peace settlement between Turkey and the Entente, but also the actual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and thus the transition from empire into diverse nation-states.

The phenomenon of people choosing to leave their own country and fight in a foreign conflict is once again on the increase, as the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria remind us.

Among various human interventions in landscape, war has left one of the most lasting and eloquent records, literally inscribed in the face of the earth. Military landscapes can assume different forms and functions: vertical, as the Great Wall of China, or horizontal, as the Federal Interstate Highway System; overground and geometrically controlled, as the earthworks of the Renaissance trace italienne, or sunken and disguised by local topography, as the trenches of World War I.

During the Carolingian period, war represented an important and integral part of the exercise of power, rule and everyday life. Numerous written sources provide an idea of the equipment, composition and supply of the Carolingian army, the campaigns and the opponents of the Frankish empire. However, as is often the case, there is a lack of detailed insights into the specific contexts: equipment details, weapon technologies, strategies or even organizational questions of military logistics.

In den Jahren nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg (1918-1923) verdichteten sich im östlichen Europa politische, militärische, kulturelle, soziale und wirtschaftliche Entwicklungen in besonderem Maße.

This conference, organised by the Military Academy at ETH Zurich, will explore various issues relating to captivity in war in the 19th and 20th centuries. In recent years, the study of prisoners of war has increasingly attracted scholarly attention. However, it remains a neglected topic when it comes to research on wars, which often focuses either on the conduct of war itself or on the home front, with prisoners of war fitting in neither of those categories.

Das Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr – vertreten durch den wissenschaftlichen Beirat des Förderpreises für Militärgeschichte und Militärtechnikgeschichte – veranstaltet in Kooperation mit der Universität Potsdam, dem ZMSBw Potsdam, dem Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte und dem Arbeitskreis Militär und Gesellschaft der Frühen Neuzeit ein Kolloquium zur Militärgeschichte, das sich gezielt an Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden wendet.