Conference Program

85th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

 Landscapes of War and Peace

April 5 - 8, 2018, Louisville, Kentucky

Conference Program


Please find the preliminary conference program by clicking on the link above or below. We have a terrific program this year and we are excited to welcome all of you to Louisville.

Please allow me personally to thank Kara Vuic, Chair of the Program Committee, and the entire Program Committee for selecting terrific sessions. I want to give them a big shout-out! They have put a tremendous amount of work into this program and spent many hours reading your submissions.

As for the schedule, please understand that we could not fulfill all individual requests for particular times slots. There are simply too many variables in play. After all, without the Young Scholars Sessions (TBA), we already have 83 sessions on our schedule.

A few key events from the program:

  • Opening Reception at the Frazier History Museum on Thursday, 6pm (all registered conference attendees welcome)
  • Award Winners Dinner on Thursday, 8pm (invitation only)
  • Chinese Military History Conference on Thursday (separate CFP)
  • Book Exhibit with 25+ exhibitors on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning
  • Editorial Breakfast on Friday (Invitation only)
  • SMH Membership Meeting on Friday, 5pm
  • Robert Harry Berlin Student Reception at Patrick O'Shea's Whiskey Cellar on Friday, 6pm (students only - others by invitation only)
  • Young Scholars (B.A. and M.A. Students) on Saturday, 8.30am
  • Poster Session on Saturday, 8.30am
  • SMH and McConnell Center Teacher Day Lunch & Learn Lecture for K-12 teachers on Saturday, noon (registered K-12 teachers only)
  • Keynote Address by Dr. Christopher Phillips, University of Cincinnati, on the history of the Ohio Valley during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction on Saturday, 6pm (all registered conference attendees welcome)
  • Evening Reception following the Keynote Address on Saturday, April 7 (all registered conference attendees welcome)

Thanks to the new software for our submissions, we can now provide more features in the online program. We believe this added information will be of considerable value to all conference attendees:

  • The program this year is searchable by name or session title
  • You can also sort by day
  • When you click on the session title, a new page will open with the session abstract and individual paper abstracts

Our apologies, however, for the order in which the panel/roundtable participants are listed in the online program. The software simply goes by the order in which participants were entered in the submission portal. This is something we cannot fix in the online program this year but we will work on a solution for next year. Please bear with us. Our goal is to have the printed program and the mobile app display each panel/roundtable in the traditional order.

Over the next few weeks, we will add more information and detail to the online program. We've decided to release this version now to allow folks to make their travel arrangements. Again, please bear with us as we are filling in the details of the program.


Daniel Krebs (2018 SMH Conference Coordinator) & Kara Vuic (2018 SMH Program Chair)


Conference Program