Intersections of Academic and Military Cultures (11/15/08; collection)
Call for Papers Date:
While studies of the military and military culture have proliferated in recent years, and the culture of academic institutions has been a subject of perennial interest, there has been comparatively little written on the multiple ways in which military and academic cultures intersect. Focusing on this subject offers an opportunity to explore the various ways the personal and professional converge in the lives of those with such cross-cultural experience.
For those whose personal and professional identities were formed in part in military cultures, what are the adjustments and challenges you face working in academe? For those at home in academic culture, what are the adjustments and challenges you face while working and teaching in a military institution? Do different disciplines in the humanities present different kinds of intersections with military culture? Do different branches of the military mesh differently with academe?
Of particular interest will be essays that discuss and interrogate both the personal and institutional issues faced by those with experience in both academic and military cultures. Pieces informed by historical context and cultural theory are welcome.
Optimally, the resulting collection will provide a cogent overview of the intersections between academic and military cultures.
Here are few starting points, not meant to be exhaustive:
*College teachers/scholars who are military veterans and those who grew up as members of military families: How does your military experience/identity mesh with your academic life?
*College teachers/scholars who work at military institutions: How does your role in a military institution relate to your pedagogical and scholarly roles as an academic?
*College teachers/scholars who work with student-veterans: What challenges do you notice in student-veterans (re)adjusting to academic life? How do you attempt to address them?
*College teachers/scholars who work at institutions with ROTC programs: How does the ROTC program mesh with the overall mission and culture of the institution?
*College teachers/scholars who have been connected to the military and who have worked at different levels of the academy (eg., community colleges; baccalaureate, comprehensive, and research universities): Do different levels of the academy mesh differently with your military identity/experience? For instance, are research universities more or less compatible with your identity/experience?
1-2 page abstracts (single spaced), along with a brief CV, should be emailed to email@example.com by 15 November 2008. Following acceptance, full essays should be completed by 1 July 2009. Questions welcome.
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