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Veterans, globalized: veterans and their societies in international perspective.

26-28 March 2018

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center 

Roanoke, Virginia, USA


Arguably, the First World War established narratives and practices about veterans that continue to dominate both discourse and policy.  The 2018 Veterans in Society Conference takes issues raised by world wars and their legacies as its point of departure to generate scholarly conversations and engagement across eras and disciplines that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in trans- or international perspective. 


See the complete call for proposals

Click on map for PDF or view conference floorplan in HRCC "mobile concierge."


Monday, 26 March 2018


Onsite registration.  3-7 pm.

Lower conference foyer (conference level)

Online registration has closed. Phone registration available until noon, Friday, 23 March; call Teresa McCoy, Virginia Tech continuing & professional education: (540) 231-8220.

*Reception (light dinner/substantial hors d'oeuvres).   6-7:30 pm

Welcome and keynote panel. 7:30-9 pm

Moral injury, women, and the aftermath of war

  • Fayeza Hasanat, University of Central Florida

  • Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, Georgia Southern University

  • Rita Nakashima Brock, Volunteers of America

Open to public with no-charge event registration.

Washington Lecture Hall.



Onsite registration. 7:30-9 am

Art display.  All day.

Lower conference foyer

*Continental breakfast. 7:30-9 am

Concurrent research panel sessions 1-2. 9-10:15 am

*Refreshment break. 10:15 am

Concurrent research panel sessions 3-4. 10:30-11:45 am

*Luncheon with speaker. Noon-1:45 pm

Veterans' activism in Canada

Capt (retd-RCAF) Medric Cousineau, SC, CD, KStG

Author, Further than yesterday: That's all that counts.

Concurrent research panel sessions 5-6. 2-3:15 pm


*Refreshment break. 3:15 pm

Concurrent research panel sessions 7-8. 3:30-4: 45 pm

Dinner on your own. 5-7:15 pm (restaurant directory)

Public arts performance.  7:30-9:00 pm

Ready to Serve: Remember the Nurses

Part II of a trilogy on women serving in World War I.

Ellouise Schoettler

Open to public with no-charge event registration.

Washington Lecture Hall.

Tuesday, 27 March

Wednesday, 28 March


Onsite registration. 7:30-9 am

*Continental breakfast. 7:30-9 am

Forum 1: Arts and veterans. 9-10:15 am

Photography and poetry as unique, powerful ways to convey -- and make -- meaning.

  • Devin Mitchell, photographer. Veteran Vision Project

  • Rashaad Thomas, poet and essayist. "The war with/in: I am not an American until America sees me"

Open to public with no-charge event registration.

Washington Lecture Hall.

*Refreshment break. 10:15 am

Forum 2: Communicating and advancing veterans studies. 10:30-11:45 am

Roundtable on opportunities and impediments for our emerging academic field, featuring a discussion of publishing  with Mariana Grohowski and David Albright

Closing remarks/announcements. 11:45 am

Depart. Noon.  (ROA flight information)

Informal meetings within the ViS network. Noon-onward

*Reception, continental breakfasts, luncheon, and morning and afternoon coffee breaks are included with registration fee for the research conference.  The conference does not provide food or beverages for its free public events.

Archived program: links go to other pages in the conference site while proceedings are being edited.

This Veterans in Society Conference is based at
in collaboration with 
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