Call for Submissions: The Journal of Military Experience, Vol. 3
By sharing your research with other military scholars from around the country and for readers around the world, you are expanding the public conversation surrounding the reality of military experience.
We provide veterans with a cathartic, creative outlet to actively help them narrate their pasts in a healing way, educating non-veterans about military service in the process. Veterans write to be understood. As they reach out to the country and the academic community, it is our job to respond in kind.
Therefore, the JME's third volume will offer a forum for scholars and supporters of the veteran community, sustaining the conversations about veteran culture started in our first two volumes. Our editors have work closely with both our veterans' creative submissions. We do the same for our scholarly submissions from those in higher education.
Telling one's story is only the first step in fully comprehending self and society; veterans must critically examine their military experience within the greater context of their life narratives to gain some semblance of control over who they were, who they are, and who they want to be. To facilitate your brainstorming, consider the following starter ideas:
•Literary, historical, anthropological, ethnographic, or psychological analysis of war art literature, and culture
•Theoretical engagements with the transition from soldier to civilian, soldier to academic
•Unconventional approaches to post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans, spouses/partners, families, and support networks
•Candid analysis of veteran support groups and efforts
•Case studies of local veteran support efforts
Our goal in pairing scholarship, art, activism, and academic research is to encourage readers to reflect critically on both their own experiences as well as those shared in the journal; we hope to do that by providing our readership with essays which articulate provocative and useful theories and research for an audience as diverse as JME's readership is: academics, soldiers, families of soldiers, and those affiliated with neither academia nor the military. Publishing all of this information in one place fulfills the practical purpose of allowing scholars to interact directly with the selfsame subjects they're writing about, to allow a more transparent flow of communication among scholars, soldiers, veterans, and academics. This assures that veterans and soldiers have a say in the scholarship being written about them.
To propose a scholarly essay for the next volume, send a 1-page CV/resume and a 500-word abstract to the scholarship editor, Ami Blue (firstname.lastname@example.org).