Military Service, Citizenship and Political Culture: Militia Studies in Atlantic Canada, 1700-2000
Proposal Deadline, 31 August 2019

Introduction: The Institut d'études acadiennes at the Université de Moncton, the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick, and the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick including the Network for the Study of Civilians, Soldiers and Society are creating a new bilingual research network with the support of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant (2019-2022). This research network centres on historical study of Atlantic Canadian militias. By asking new questions about militias over decades of peace, as well as periods of war, we are seeking to complement -- and at times challenge -- the more common analysis of the impact of war and military culture on civilian culture. It is our contention that militia service and the legislative and local debates around it are a neglected aspect of our collective history that was fundamental to the emergence of Canada and civil governance. The tradition of militia service is particularly strong in Atlantic Canada, where a specific institutional and political culture dating back to before Confederation fostered close ties with Great Britain, but also sparked intense local debates about loyalty, obligation, and order. With its collection of cultural communities including Acadians and Indigenous peoples, as well as its patchwork of rural and urban landscapes, this region is home to a variety of local identities.
Call: We are searching for researchers interested in contributing a paper to our forthcoming collection of essays to be submitted to the Atlantic Canada Studies series of the University of Toronto Press. An initial workshop will feature discussion of preliminary, pre-circulated texts submitted by contributors. Works might include early research results, historiographical analysis, and proposed methodological approaches. A second workshop will consider updated papers to further refine the analysis and advance larger discussions about the project’s central themes. The essays will then be submitted for peer review and go through a final round of revisions before publication. Selected contributors can expect some support with travel expenses.
• First Workshop: 17-19 June 2020 at the Université de Moncton, Moncton
• Second Workshop: June 2021 at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
• Submission of essays followed by peer review: September 2021
• Final submission of revised essays: April 2022
• Publication: Anticipated for late 2022 or early 2023
Project Themes: Any proposals related to the broad subject of the history of militias and communities in Atlantic Canada will be considered. Comparative or interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.
Proposals: Interested researchers should submit a title, a 350-500 word proposal and a 300-word biographical note no later than 31 August 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The project organizers will communicate the results no later than 30 September 2019.

Gregory Kennedy 

Associate Professor
Institut d’études acadiennes
Université de Moncton
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Lee Windsor
Associate Professor
Deputy Director
Milton F. Gregg Centre
University of New Brunswick
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Elizabeth Mancke
Department of History
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