CFP: Reporting World War II: American Correspondents on the Front-Lines

The Contemporary History Institute (Ohio University), the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience (Florida State University), and Stars and Stripes are inviting papers for a symposium at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on April 23–24, 2020, titled: “Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines.” We are especially interested in newspaper reporting, magazines, and soldiers’ newspapers, but we would also consider scholarship on radio reporting and other forms of media. Participants should be prepared to present a paper at the symposium and provide a roughly 8,000-word chapter contribution for a planned book volume with Fordham University Press by the end of summer 2020 (jointly edited by G. Kurt Piehler and Ingo Trauschweizer). Themes and issues can be comparative in nature but some aspect of every paper/chapter should focus on American media.

If interested in being considered for the symposium, please submit a 500–750 word abstract and a CV by October 15, 2019, to Professor G. Kurt Piehler at

Please place in the title line: Reporting World War II Conference. Conference conveners will provide hotel accommodations for those presenting papers. When submitting your proposal, please indicate whether you request a stipend to help defray travel costs. The organizers will be able to provide limited grants for travel with first preference going to those who lack any institutional support. The Reporting World War II conference is funded in part by Iron Mountain, which is undertaking the digitization of the Cornelius Ryan Collection at Ohio University’s Vernon R. Alden Library. Cornelius Ryan was a journalist and the author of the Longest Day, which documented the history of Operation Overlord (D-Day), the opening of the Second Front in France on June 6, 1944. The Ryan Collection contains an extensive range of first-hand accounts from military and civilian participants in D-Day and other pivotal events.

The Institute on World War II and Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University maintains one of the largest archives documenting the human dimension of World War II. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming, and the foremost collection of aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history and ground breaking technology. Fordham University Press currently publishes seventy interdisciplinary books annually, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, including the World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension series edited by G. Kurt Piehler. Stars and Stripes is an independent and first-amendment protected U.S. Department of Defense media organization composed of military and civilian reporters whose mission is to provide unique and military-centric news and information to the U.S. military community.

Contact Professors G. Kurt Piehler (; 850-644-9541) or Ingo Trauschweizer (; 740-593-4349) with questions or requests for more information.

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Posted: September 11, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers