New Research in Military History Conference

Call for Papers on Myth and Reality in Military History

In the year of the centenary celebrations marking the end of World War One, remembering the past is perhaps higher on the public agenda than ever. Yet attempting to accurately represent the past is always a contentious issue, and is arguably even more challenging in the context of military history. The ‘fog of war’, the psychological traumas of conflict and the ability of the winning side to influence how events are perceived all contribute to the creation enduring myths surrounding conflict. Correcting those myths, and exploring their nature, origins and impacts, are often foremost concerns of military historians.

The British Commission for Military History’s annual ‘New Research in Military History’ Conference is returning on 16th and 17th November 2018. This year’s event will be hosted at the University of Southampton on the theme of ‘Myth & Reality’.

Proposals for papers are welcomed on topics relating to any period and any aspect of military history. Whilst papers should embrace the conference’s broad theme, the organising committee are eager to consider proposals on a wide range of topics, whether they be on correcting misconceptions, factors affecting the conduct of wars, the impact of conflict, memory and memorialising war, or any other subjects related to the theme.

In keeping with the Commission’s commitment to developing high quality research from well-informed commentators, abstracts are particularly encouraged both from those of academic backgrounds and those outside of higher education. The conference organisers are particularly keen to assist new researchers, and therefore also look forward to receiving proposals from Postgraduate researchers and MA students. Undergraduate students are welcome to submit proposals for 5 minute mini-presentations, and will receive a unique opportunity to discuss their research interests in a respectful and supportive environment with experts at the forefront of their field.

Abstracts of 300 words for both 20 minute papers and 5 minute mini-presentations should be submitted to Zack White (BCMH Post-Graduate Liaison Z.White@soton.ac.uk), along with the applicant’s name, a contact email address, an indication of their presentation preference (ie full paper or mini-presentation) and a short (200 word) biography. All papers are welcomed and will be reviewed by the NRC Organising Committee.

The deadline for submissions is 19:00 on Sunday 23rd September 2018.


Image: Pictured is an Engineer from 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment who parachuted into the regiments first major exercise since their Regiment’s name was changed to reflect their airborne role heritage. 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment jumped into Exercise Eagle Sapper as it rehearsed its role providing close combat engineering to 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s rapid reaction force. The exercise placed the unit’s 400 regular and Reserve soldiers on a mission to support an ally’s army facing the threat of an insurgency back by a hotel neighbour. Photograph by Cpl Andy Reddy (Crown Copyright, 2015).