Call for Papers

IUS 2023: Call For Papers

The 2023 Biennial International Conference of the
Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society
The Hyatt Regency Reston
Reston, Virginia, U.S.A.
October 13-15, 2023


DEADLINE: February 15, 2021
The Biennial International Conference of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society will be held October 13-15, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, Virginia 20190. The Program Committee is Co-Chaired by Lindsay P. Cohn (Political Science) and Morten Ender (Sociology), and along with the IUS staff we are currently soliciting proposals for individual papers and for panel sessions.

2023 Conference panels will begin Friday morning, October 13, with panels both morning and afternoon and the IUS Welcome Reception and Dinner that evening. The Conference concludes Sunday, October 15, at noon. Please plan to arrive on Thursday, October 12.

The Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society was founded in 1960 by renowned sociologist Morris Janowitz, with the goal of providing a much-needed focal point for communication and criticism among those independently engaged in research on the armed forces across universities and research centers both in the United States and abroad.

Conference participants come from around the world and include academics, military officers, students, and researchers in a variety of institutional settings, both private and public, using a broad range of qualitative, quantitative, historiographical, and other methods to study the armed forces broadly defined. The IUS Conference is an interdisciplinary organization and includes political science, sociology, psychology, economics, international relations, history, geography, social work, anthropology, law, criminology, psychiatry, human relations, defense and strategic studies; veteran studies; literature/film, linguistics, and communication, among others.

Prospective participants may submit proposals on any topic within the broad international, interdisciplinary, and intellectual scope of the IUS. Comparative and cross-national research is strongly encouraged. The following list of topics is offered for consideration, but proposals are not limited to these suggestions.


  • Military (re)deployments
  • War crimes
  • Military operations and effectiveness
  • Politico-military strategy and strategic planning
  • Ethics and moral injury
  • War termination


  • Cooperation and conflict between NATO and non-NATO militaries
  • Interface of East and West with developing nations
  • New economic and military alliances
  • The military's role(s) in democratization and nation building


  • Social, cultural, medical, and institutional aftermaths of military conflicts
  • Inequality issues (sex/gender; race/ethnicity; LGBTQ+, urban/rural, etc.)
  • Psychological issues (quality of life; well-being; character development, etc.)
  • Force restructuring (active-reserve mix, conscript v. professional, recruiting and retention, etc.)
  • Impact of different cultures and religions on military operations
  • Enlisted and reserve forces
  • Military families (military spouses and partners; children; extended kin; divorce, etc.)
  • Civilianization of the military/militarization of civilians
  • Intersections of the military w/other social institutions (education, sports, etc.)


  • Economic and military impact of the Pacific Rim and Asia
  • Changing civil-military relations in EU and NATO enlargement
  • The post-modern military reconsidered
  • Militaries and national economies


  • Patriotism, anti-war/pro-war coalitions, etc.
  • Military culture and/or structure of armed forces
  • Conscription and/or national service
  • Attitudinal/Public opinion comparative research
  • Military and civilian values
  • Coup dynamics and coup-proofing
  • Politicization and polarization/democratic backsliding


  • Veterans and Social Institutions
  • Demographics of Veterans
  • National Guard and Reservist Veterans
  • Veterans and Transitions
  • Cross-National Comparisons of Veterans
  • Veteran Families
  • Veterans and Injuries
  • Women Veterans
  • Veteran Activists


  • International cooperation in counterterrorism
  • Conceptualizing "terrorists", "insurgents" and "freedom fighters"
  • Changing nature of warfare and counterterrorism
  • Home fronts in warfare and counterterrorism
  • Depictions of the military/insurgents/terrorists/counterterrorism in the media
  • New missions and roles of military forces: Blurring of military and police roles


  • The military and pandemics
  • The role of peace in military operations
  • Urban warfare
  • Roles of the UN and NATO
  • Intra-state conflict, and domestic and international military involvement
  • Technology, the armed forces, and society (drone warfare)


  • Cyber security defense issues broadly defined
  • Protection of civil liberties including privacy, monitoring, and oversight
  • International cyber security developments, cooperation, and legal prosecution
  • The use of cyber weapons in warfare and its consequences


  • Teaching and learning in the military
  • Civilian education of the military
  • Training versus education
  • Post-military education of veterans


  • Literature and the military
  • Popular culture and armed forces
  • Language and the military
  • Law and the military
  • Visual representations and the military

The Panels

Most of the Conference is devoted to concurrent panels divided into simultaneous sessions each day.

Panels will be scheduled for 90 minutes each. Please plan for three to four panelists, a chair, and/or a discussant or presenter. Individuals submitting single papers will be grouped by relevant subject matter into panels by the Committee. Panels are limited to no more than four papers.

Proposals for entire panels (4 papers maximum) must indicate: Title, Chair, Discussant or Presenter, Authors, Affiliations, and Paper Titles. Panel proposals with more than four papers will not be accepted.

Panel Formats: Discussant and Traditional Models

We are pleased to announce that we can provide AV support for every panel organized for the conference. This will facilitate panels that adopt the usual academic “discussant model”: Authors speak first, briefly summarizing their papers (10-20 minutes each). Next, a discussant may offer briefer critical comments, minding the clock to leave ample time for Q&A. Panels can also utilize the traditional IUS “presenter model”: Papers are first summarized by a presenter (15-30 minutes), next authors briefly (5-7 minutes) respond to critical questions raised by the presenter’s summary, and time is left for Q&A. Following either model, the aim is to leave as much time as possible for audience participation.

Proposal Dates and Deadlines

The Program Committee must receive proposals no later than February 15, 2023. Proposals will not be accepted after that date.

The IUS Secretariat will acknowledge receipt of each proposal via e-mail.
 As you will find on the submission portal, both paper and panel proposals must include the following information:
1. Submitter’s affiliation and contact information
2. Paper/Panel Title(s)
3. Brief paper abstract or panel proposal summary (200 words)
4. Which of the above 11 categories best fit your paper/panel (or “other”)
A panel proposal should also include:
1. Names, affiliations, e-mails, phone and addresses of all panelists (4 MAXIMUM)

Authors may submit one or more separate and distinct papers, provided they understand that IUS Conference participation is limited to one (1) sole-authored paper and no more than two (2) appearances on the final program as a sole or co-author. Panel proposals lacking all the required information will not be accepted. The Program Committee will make decisions accordingly.

IUS Portal Submission ONLY

New this year: instead of email, use the portal on the IUS website for submission of your individual paper abstract submission or panel summary submission by February 15, 2023. The portal will close after this date and no papers or panel proposals will subsequently be accepted.

Final decisions regarding the program will be made by June 1, 2023. All communications on proposal acceptance or decline, the program, hotel information, etc. will be sent electronically via e-mail.

The Program

A Preliminary Program with Conference and hotel details will be posted on the Conference website in June.

The Committee assumes your full attendance on all three days of the Conference and your paper or panel could be slotted anywhere within that timeframe. Out of fairness to the other participants, we will not be able to accept requests for panel time or date changes.
Conference Registration

All participants must register for the Conference and pay the appropriate fee. Panelists in any capacity must do this to be included on the program.

This is true without regard to the length of time participants expect to be at the Conference, or whether they are IUS Fellows. The registration fee includes certain meals and other elements; this single fee cannot be adjusted or reduced if you do not avail yourself of conference features. Registration information will be available at in June 2023.

Students are encouraged to participate actively in the Conference with discounted registration fees.

If withdrawing from the Conference after having registered, a full refund will be made up through September 15, 2023. Thereafter, 50% of the paid registration fee will be refunded.

Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Graduate Student Paper Award will be given to the best graduate student paper accepted for presentation. Papers eligible for consideration must be written solely by a graduate student or in collaboration with graduate student co-authors. The recipient(s) of the award will receive a cash prize of $1,000, to be shared equally (if applicable) among the paper authors.

The initial step for consideration is to submit a paper abstract as described above on or before February 15, 2023. The submission form will ask you to indicate whether you are a graduate student. Authors will be notified whether their paper has been accepted for conference presentation no later than June 1, 2023. To compete for the prize, completed papers must be submitted to the IUS office on or before August 1, 2023.

Conference Papers Availability

Conference papers will be made available to participants on a password-protected website accessible only by registered conference attendees.
Conference participants are required to submit an electronic copy of papers for inclusion in the Conference website on or before September 15, 2023. Papers may be submitted in .pdf or .doc format. No copyright is claimed by or granted to the IUS; it remains fully with the author(s).

Audio-Visual Equipment

We will provide a laptop, projector, and screen in each meeting room. Those making an electronic presentation must bring it on their own flash drive.


The IUS is committed to making arrangements and providing all our attendees the best and most productive conference experience. We recognize that accessibility touches all aspects of our lives and our conference. The planning committee will be conscious and practical regarding the venue, website, submission and review process, papers, presentations, meals and social events, and the conference experience as a whole. Please feel free to contact the IUS Secretariat at or the Program Chairs about specific needs.