Call for papers
2016 SMH Panel
We are seeking a third panelist and a commentator for a panel proposal on “Trauma, Disease and Disablement in WWI: The (British) Body Across Fronts” for the upcoming 2016 Society for Military History (SMH) annual meeting that will be held April 14-17 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and hosted by the Canadian War Museum. The conference theme is “Geography as History” and we propose to address the theme with a panel that speaks to the importance of location in determining the bodily experience of warfare. Currently we have papers addressing 1) the physical manifestations of “shell shock” as an expression of the body’s relationship to the technological and environmental specificities of the Western Front (Julie M. Powell, The Ohio State University) and 2) how disease impacted British soldiers, and how they were viewed, in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean theaters (Justin Fantauzzo, Memorial University of Newfoundland). Bruno Cabanes (The Ohio State University) will serve as panel chair.
Papers that complement the other two geographically (examining the bodily experience of the home front is also an option) are especially welcome. Analyses of the British body in World War I are preferred, though papers that examine other national experiences and are otherwise a strong fit with the other papers will certainly be considered. Potential panelists should forward a one-page abstract and a one-page CV by September 21 to Julie M. Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are planning on attending the conference and would be interested in serving as commentator, please forward a one-page CV to the same address. The final panel proposal must be submitted by October 1.