The Journal of Veterans Studies (ISSN 2470-4768) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal. The goals of the journal are to sustain international research in veterans studies, facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations, and narrow gaps between cultures, institutions, experiences, knowledge, and understanding.
We understand veterans studies as a multi-faceted, scholarly investigation of military veterans and their families. Topics within that investigation could include but are not limited to, combat exposure, reintegration challenges, and the complex systems and institutions (VA) that shape the veteran experience. Veterans studies, by its very nature, may analyze experiences closely tied to military studies, but the emphasis of veterans studies is the “veteran experience,” i.e., what happens after the service member departs the armed forces.
The work of veterans studies can be found in such fields as Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Student Affairs (among many others). Additionally, it can be seen in and out of formal education: by current members of the military, leaders of nonprofits, artists, activists, and students taking courses in veterans studies. Such research and work can take multiple forms. The journal is open to multimodal submissions in a variety of formats The Journal of Veterans Studies is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
Might the voices of women veterans cast a new light on the realities, ravages and aftermath of war? At a time when we have an increasing number of women in active combat, what would it mean to see war through their eyes? What might their writings and reflections have to teach us? During the Iraq War, American women made history insofar as they participated in combat on an unprecedented scale. Yet, public discourse rarely spotlighted or celebrated this achievement, but instead focused obsessively on the media’s “controversial” characterization of female veterans such as Jessica Lynch and Lyndie England. The Iraq War is groundbreaking in both historical and literary terms: first, women not only served but also fought openly as women for the first time in a full-scale war waged by the United States; second, authors have begun to feature openly female combatants as the centerpieces of war narratives (Geoffrey Wright, "I'm a Soldier, Not a Gender," 2018, p. 658). This special issue of The Journal of Veterans Studies focuses on the double bind that females face as both woman and servicemember within a hyper-masculine U.S. military culture that often casts this dual positionality as an inflexible binary, and asks contributors to reflect on the ways that the Iraq War has produced a body of literature in both fiction and first-person memoir that portrays women as active combatants and participants instead of spectators or victims. We encourage submissions that engage with or analyze one or more of the following subtopics:
September 1, 2020 Abstract submissions due
September 15, 2020 acceptance/rejections sent out
January 5, 2021 Final manuscripts due
January 31, 2021 Revision requests
March 1, 2021 Revisions submitted
Please submit abstracts to special issue editors Roger Thompson and Meghan Buckley at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and have an accompanying 50-word author bio.
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