Call for Papers: Engagements and Debate in Canada’s Second World War

by | Sep 21, 2023 | Announcements, War and Society

The Second World War was pivotal for Canada. The country was an important part of the fight against Nazism, and the experience of the war – the losses, political changes, social transformation, and technological advances – meant a country that was irrevocably changed by the conflict’s close. It is a subject that all those looking to understand the twentieth century need to comprehend. Analysis of Canada’s role in the conflict, however, especially the fighting overseas, is often highly focused and specialized. This collection aims at bringing together scholarly but more broadly-conceived studies that are accessible for undergraduates and non-specialists. In doing so, it hopes to animate discussion and debate, engaging academics   but also especially students and the wider public.  To this end, the collection aims at highlighting new scholarship, in English and French, and encourages submissions that break new ground, ask new questions, interrogate existing historiography, and/or deal with groups or issues underrepresented in the existing literature. 

 Nous recherchons du travail en français ainsi qu’en anglais, ou en traduction. 

Possible subjects include but are not limited to: 

    • Indigenous and minority experiences
    • Memory, commemoration
    • French Canadian perspectives and experiences
    • Public history, museums, battlefield tourism
    • Popular culture on the home front
    • Soldiers’ culture
    • Sexuality, bodies
    • Emotional responses to war
    • Medicine, war trauma
    • Religion and spirituality
    • Industry, military production, and technology
    • Military operations
    • Material culture, artefacts
    • Politics and political leadership
    • Biographies

 Interested scholars should send a short (250-500 words) abstract of their proposed paper and a one- page CV to either of the editors by November 15 2023.  

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 15, 2023.  

Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit a completed essay of 5,000-7,000 words aimed at a 1st or 2nd year university level, formatted in Chicago style, by May 15, 2024.   


Questions, enquiries, and submissions may be sent to either Graham Broad at King’s University College or Amy Shaw at the University of Lethbridge .