Saturday, November 23, 2013

More Conferencing! Chinese Military History Society/Society for Military History, Kansas City, April

More conference news! This week I received my notice of acceptance to the Chinese Military History Society's annual conference next April, in Kansas City, Missouri. Once again they've opened their conference to the larger Asian military history community, and once again they've graciously allowed me to participate. Last year, the theme was "Demythologizing Asian Warfare", and so I presented on the historiography of Nagashino. This year, the theme is "Military Deception and the Art of the Stratagem." The title of my proposal is "Tactical Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Deception in 16th Century Japan: The Battle of Nagashino (1575)." I am really grateful to have this opportunity again. There are very few people doing Japanese military history, even fewer working premodern topics, and almost none of them come to SMH. Last year I felt like I'd found kindred academic cousins, if you will, and it was a very rewarding experience.

Between now and March/April will be a busy time, as I get ready for the Fields of Conflict conference in March and then this soon after, but I'm very excited. The CMH conference will again be held concurrently with the annual conference of the Society for Military History, the premier academic organization for military historians. This year I will not be presenting a paper at the main conference, but I'm excited to attend and hear papers, meet people, and all that fun stuff. The value of these is really the networking, as I've found at every conference I have been to so far. It will also be interesting to compare the SMH conference to the Fields of Conflict conference, as they represent two related but different approaches to military history. Of course, this is all assuming work doesn't come up with reasons I can't go, but such is life.

Last year I had wonderful discussions at the CMHS/SMH with some really fantastic people, and there was interest in my work from a few professors with influence in the publishing industry. My goal this year is to continue working with them, and have ready a book proposal on Nagashino for review. I also learned some good lessons and got valuable feedback on my work, so I'm excited to keep getting that going.

In the next few days I'll get the next installment of the Fields of Conflict presentation draft up, and will get some more things worked up. 


  1. Hi Nate, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can read a bit more about what it's all about here.

    If you'd like to pass it along, write a new post answering the questions I pose in my post here, and nominate 11 other bloggers, asking your own 11 questions. (And if you'd rather not bother, that's fine too!)

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Hello,

    I am looking for a contact in Japan for a PhD thesis about "modernization of the Imperial Japanese army through German officers". Could you help me? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Modelmaker. Sorry for the delayed response.

      I'll see if I can find someone through contacts, but have you tried posting about it on H-Asia, H-Japan, or H-War? Those would be the best three H-Net lists to get information, I'd think. Definitely someone on one of those would be able to point you in the right direction. If I come up with anything separately, I'll let you know.