Fighting against war: peace activism in the twentieth century

14th Biennial Labour History Conference

University of Melbourne

11-13 February 2015

Call for Papers 

Throughout the twentieth century, labour movement activists have been in the forefront of challenges to war and militarism. This conference, hosted by the Melbourne Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, seeks to restore their role to our historical memory.

Within this overarching theme of ‘fighting against war’, we invite conference papers that include, but are not restricted to, the struggles against conscription, fascism, nuclear weapons, and war in general.

We do not wish to restrict the focus to the organised labour movement. Peace activism has occurred across a broad range of fronts undertaken by a variety of concerned individuals, pacifist groups and clerical organisations, and we welcome papers dealing with their concerns and activities.

Papers on non-Australian/international dimensions are also encouraged.

We will be running a supplementary stream; we therefore welcome papers that do not address the overarching theme.

Call for Papers Timeline 

• 1 July 2014: Abstracts and Panel Proposals

• 1 October 2014: Refereed Papers*

• 1 January 2015: Non Refereed Papers 

A book of selected refereed papers will be published. Non-refereed papers will be published online, if desired by the author. Please note that if you do not wish to have your non-refereed paper published online an abstract only need be provided. A booklet of abstracts will be available at the conference.

Abstracts (due 1 July 2014) 

Maximum 200-250 words

Provide a biographical statement, which includes your name, affiliation and email contact.

Refereed Papers (due 1 October 2014) 

Maximum 8,000 words (including footnotes)

Non-Refereed Papers (due 1 January 2015)

5,000-6,000 words (including footnotes)

Style guide 

Follow the Labour History Style Guide for formatting

*Refereed papers undergo blind academic review by two independent scholars.


Abstract submission and general enquiries can be sent via the form below:

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