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Submissions Now Being Accepted for Symposium on Modern Warfare

Glenys Young

March 29, 2018

The third annual event will focus on “Modern Warfare through the Arts & Humanities.”

Texas Tech University's Archive of Modern American Warfare and Institute for Peace & Conflict are now accepting proposals for the third annual Symposium on Modern Warfare, which will take place on Oct. 6 at Texas Tech's International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave. The theme of this year's symposium is “Modern Warfare through the Arts & Humanities.”

Organizers are accepting proposals that consider the following topics within the modern era, circa 1975 to the present:

  • The ways in which arts and humanities can help us understand modern warfare and the veteran experience
  • The ways in which arts and humanities can foster peace and reconciliation
  • The arts and humanities and veterans' mental health and healing
  • The effect of modern warfare on the arts and/or humanities output of war-torn nations (for instance, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan)
  • Analyses or case studies of particular conflicts from a humanities perspective
  • Presentations of arts and/or humanities projects by modern war veterans (including performance)
  • Any other topic relevant to the study of modern warfare through an arts and/or humanities lens

Symposium organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include two to three presentations. Symposium sessions will follow a 90-minute format to include one hour for presentations, divided equally among two to three presenters, and 30 minutes for questions and discussion.

Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged, as are presentations by graduate students.

Submission for individual papers and panel sessions must include:

  • Paper/Session title
  • Presenter's CV/resume, two pages maximum
  • A summary of the proposed presentation, approximately 500 words, which will be used by the symposium organizers to evaluate proposals
  • Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Submissions should be emailed to andrew.hinton@ttu.edu. If submitting a panel proposal, include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance understanding about modern warfare through an arts or humanities lens. Acceptance is competitive.

Proposals must be submitted by Aug. 1. Selected presenters will be notified of their acceptance by Aug. 15 and must confirm their presentations by Aug. 31.

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