The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently announced that the number of displaced persons caused by wars and other conflicts, estimated at more than 65 million, has reached “the highest level ever recorded”. In light of this historical and current reality, the Spanish Association of Military History (ASEHISMI) will convene an interdisciplinary academic conference to study the essence and characteristics of population displacements caused by war throughout history.
The Conference will be organized in five panels or sessions, corresponding to Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Modern Age, Contemporary History, and the Present.
ASEHISMI welcomes the submission of proposals of original and unpublished papers, preferably written in Spanish or English, that analyze the essence and transcendence of mass population displacements caused by wars or conflicts from antiquity to the present or that contribute to our understanding of their causes, circumstances, and consequences.
The organisers will also welcome proposals focused on any other cross-disciplinary theme (anthropological, archeological, cultural, economic, statistic, literary, juridical, political, psychological, sanitary, sociological, technological, etc.) as long as it is directly related to the main aim of the conference.
Proposals (300 words in Word format including three to six key words, organization to which the author belongs, postal address, telephone and email address) must be sent to congreso[at]asehismi[dot]es with the subject line “Paper proposal IV ASEHISMI Conference” and an indication of the session in which the paper will be presented.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 1. Intrinsic quality: the committee will give preference to proposals that make good use of primary and secondary sources and make factual or interpretative contributions to the existing historiography. 2. Thematic relevance and originality: preference will be given to proposals highlighting the close relationship between war and its aftermath on the general population. 3. Global perspective: the committee will give preference to proposals that offer a broad vision of the historical period of the corresponding session.
Once a proposal is accepted, non-members of ASEHISMI must pay a 50-euro conference fee before April 15, 2017. Otherwise, the proposal will be rejected.
All proposals presented at the conference and evaluated positively (double-blind peer review) will be published in 2018.
Conference Venue: Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado, Princesa 36, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Dr Fernando Puell
Spanish Association of Military History