an initiative at Virginia Tech
Veterans in Society Conferences:
Apply for a travel grant to attend a ViS conference.
The Veterans Studies Association (VSA) offers competitive grants to offset some travel costs of student and non-tenured faculty members' attending Veterans in Society Conferences. Read the rules for the 2022 VSA conference travel grant program.
Prepare your presentation for the conference proceedings.
VSA is committed to making scholarship about veterans in society available to the widest possible audience, at no cost to you as an author nor to readers around the world. Stake out your claim to your research areas by presenting at a ViS conference, depositing your paper and supplemental materials for date-stamping and permanent curation in a university repository, and then sending completed work to the Journal of Veterans Studies, VSA's peer-reviewed journal, whose publication costs are underwritten by Virginia Tech Publishing.
These guidelines for authors who presented the 2022 conference will carry over substantially into later editions of the proceedings.
Does your institution want to host a ViS conference?
Despite disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, ViS conferences are back on track to move around North America in the spring of even-numbered years -- so much so that VSA has received inquiries about hosting future conferences from universities around the US. VSA's first request for proposals offers a general sense of how the association expects to collaborate with local hosts going forward.
Suggest a ViS conference theme.
Conference themes provide points of intersection and conversation among scholars who approach veterans in society, whether they emphasize what veterans do or how civilians receive and perceive veterans. Members and prospective hosts can suggest themes for ViS conferences, consistent with VSA's statement of the scope of veterans studies as an intellectual enterprise. Read VSA's draft template to propose, compare, and flesh out themes for conferences.