10 - 11 September

Civil Wars in History

Call for Papers

The Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin (, in collaboration with the Society for the History of War (, invites proposals for a conference on the global history of civil wars (c. 1500-2020). We are hoping to hold this event as a face-to-face conference in Dublin in September 2021. If circumstances prevent a face-to-face meeting, the conference will be held as an online event.

Preference will be given to papers that either have a thematic focus and/or a comparative dimension (rather than being focused on one particular national case study). Confirmed keynote speakers include Stathis Kalyvas (Oxford), Penny Roberts (Warwick) and Kirsten Weld (Harvard).

The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2021. Please send all the relevant paperwork to: making it clear that you are responding to this particular CfP. The conference organizers will make a decision on the final programme by the end of March 2021.

Any questions about the Call for Papers can be directed to

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4 September 2020

Wonder Women & Rebel Girls: Women Warriors in the Media, 18th-21st Centuries

Call for Papers

The explosive popularity of recent films such as Wonder Woman (2017) and initiatives like Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (2016; 2018) reflects a growing appetite in today’s media for depictions of women on the front lines. At the same time, the waging of war off-screen continues to test the limits of policies of gender equality, with women’s admission to combat positions in the military only granted in the last few years in many countries and opposition to it remaining widespread. This online workshop aims to explore the complex interaction between media representation and reality in women’s war experience, from the early 18th century to the present day.

Proposals for papers should be sent to by 5 June 2020, containing a 300-word abstract and a short biographical note.

This workshop is convened by the UCD Centre for War Studies and will take place online on Dublin local time (GMT+1). Papers will be pre-recorded with the support of a video editor, and shared online after the event.

This event is made possible by funding from the Irish Research Council and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), and is organised in collaboration with the War Through Other Stuff society.

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18 – 19 May 2020

Why fight? Ideology and politics in militaries and paramilitary organisations, 1916-2001

Call for Papers

War was ubiquitous in the short 20th century. From the great theatres of the World Wars to the smaller in scale conflicts of decolonisation and the Cold War, military clashes between state and non-state actors played a central role in shaping the world’s recent past and present. Beyond the obvious geopolitical implications, the wars of the past century left a lasting imprint on the politics and cultures of the populations they involved. These non-directly military aspects and consequences of warfare have been the subject of much historical research in recent years, leading to a fruitful cross-fertilisation of military history with social, cultural and political historical approaches.

Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the conference are invited to submit an abstract of 300 words accompanied by a short biographical note to:

The deadline for submissions is 30 January 2020.

The conference is convened by the UCD Centre for War Studies and will be held at the premises of the National University of Ireland in Dublin.

It is organised as part of a Marie Skłodowska Curie Action.

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5 – 6 September 2019

Humanitarianism and the Greater War, 1912 – 1923

The CWS is pleased to host a 2-day international conference on humanitarianism in the era of the Great War, 1912-1923. The conference aims to appraise the impact of the First World War on the making of ‘modern’ humanitarianism but also to assess how humanitarian concerns can alter our understand of the First World War.

5 – 6 September 2019 at NovaUCD

Papers will broadly deal with the following themes:

  • the role of individuals and organizations in humanitarian work
  • the global dimension of suffering and efforts to ameliorate it
  • the emergence of humanitarian norms, organizational forms, and practices, and (where applicable) their long-term impact
  • the place of humanitarian concerns in home front mobilizations and demobilizations
  • the actions and agency of relief beneficiaries
  • ruptures and continuities between the war and the post-war period
  • the relationship between humanitarianism and international politics


Humanitarianism and the Greater War, 1912–1923

The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council

28-30 March

Post-War Transitions in Europe: Politics, States and Veterans (1918-1923)

The CWS is pleased to host a 2-day international conference to commemorate the end of the centenary of the First World War. The conference aims to appraise how European WWI ex-service men and officers contributed to the creation of new states in Europe and participated through associative or political activism to the peace process.

28 - 30 March 2019

Papers will broadly deal with the following themes:

  • WWI ex-service men and transnational networks in Europe
  • WWI ex-service men and the peace process
  • WWI ex-service men and politics
  • WWI ex-servicemen and paramilitary violence in Europe
  • WWI ex-service men and the creation of nation states throughout Europe

Click here to see the full Programme - March 2019.

This conference is entirely funded by the Irish Research Council.