"Veterans, globalized: veterans and their societies in international perspective” is the theme of the fourth Veterans in Society conference (ViS 2018).
In the decade and a half since 9/11, there has been a dramatic increase in the visibility of veterans on the streets, in the news, and in entertainment media. While Americans naturally pay most attention to how veterans who returned from recent wars, particularly combat veterans, fit (or not) in US civilian society, they may overlook insights, interpretations, and lessons from veterans’ experiences in other countries and other times as well as the contributions and needs of veterans whose service was not on battlefields.
The 2018 Veterans in Society Conference encourages research and scholarly conversations across disciplines and eras that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in transnational or international perspective. Accordingly, we will juxtapose explicitly comparative work with scholarship that delves into specific national, cultural, historical contexts, or genres. The conference specifically requests presentations addressing veterans, broadly understood, in the aftermath of the first truly global, truly total war: the Great War of 1914-18.
Our intended audience for ViS 2018 is broad:
The full call for papers, along with other information about other Veterans in Society projects, may be found online at www.veteransinsociety.org.