History Department

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Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
K7K 7B4

Tel: 613-541-6000 extension 6607

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Email: Suzanne.Robertson@rmc.ca

Call for Papers - History Symposium

The Education of an Air Force, 1914-2014
Royal Military College of Canada
Kingston, Ontario
2-4 November 2016


Air forces have found that the answer to narrow, technically-focused understandings of air power has been, and continues to be, through education: the developing of a mastery of air power along with a broader of understanding of how and where it can best serve the needs of parent societies. Higher education for commanders and staffs develops critical thinking, creativity, and reasoning skills which better prepare individuals to think, to cope with unexpected problems and situations, and to anticipate military requirements.  The 2016 Royal Military College History Symposium, ‘The Education of an Air Force, 1914-2014’, will look at the development of air power thought and education, and how learning has shaped the application of air warfare.  Papers will deal both with the evolution of the concepts and at the same time the creation and evolution of the institutions that have taught these ideas over the first century of military flight.

The following speakers have accepted invitations to speak: Dr Allan English (Queen’s University); Dr Peter Gray (University of Birmingham); Dr Harold Winton (USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies); Professor Williamson Murray; Dr Christopher Cain (USAF Air University); Dr Mark Wells (former head of History at USAFA); Mr Martin James (RAAF Air Power Development Centre); Dr Richard Goette (RMCC); Dr Christina Goulter (King’s College London); Dr Mark Clodfelter (U.S. National War College); Dr Wray Johnson (Marine Corps University).

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Royal Canadian Air Force and will include a visit to the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre in Trenton Ontario.

In addition the conference organizing committee solicits proposals for papers on all aspects of air force learning over the past century.  Topics may include such themes as: civilian control of military education, the introduction of or reforms to air power education policies and programmes, the conduct of education courses, and the impact of conflict and technology on air power education.  Papers considering air forces other than those of Western Europe, Australia, the US and Canada are particularly welcome.  Proposals should include a 200-300 word abstract accompanied by a one-page CV and should be emailed to symposium16@rmc.ca no later than 30 May 2016.

The proceedings of the conference will be published in an edited volume by the University of British Columbia Press.

Call for Papers History of Peacekeeping

History of Peacekeeping: New perspectives
Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario
November 3rd and 4th  2017


The History Department, of the Royal Military College of Canada will be hosting its annual Military History Symposium November 3rd and 4th 2017. The main theme of this bilingual symposium is History of Peacekeeping: New Perspectives. Only sixty years ago Canadians in their “blue helmets” were at the forefront of one of the first UN peacekeeping missions to resolve the Suez crisis; an enterprise that won its sponsor Lester B. Pearson the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957. Since that time peacekeeping has undergone great changes both in Canada and worldwide. New historical studies are beginning to focus on this changing history and perspectives regarding peacekeeping’s origins, chronology, as well as its successes and failures. Current challenges to peacekeeping must lead us to rethink the place of peacekeeping in the military and political history of Canada and other nations in this distinct military and diplomatic endeavour. 

The organizing committee solicits proposals from researchers and graduate students for both individual presentations or panel sessions on the following aspects:

  •  Various peacekeeping missions
  •  The role of Non-Governmental Organizations in peacekeeping and peace support missions
  •  Leadership of peacekeeping missions
  •  Peacekeeping and Diplomacy
  •  Military training/Doctrine of peacekeeping 
  •  Peacekeeping and strategy
  •  Public opinion and cultural representation of peacekeeping 
  •  Technology and peacekeeping 

or any other topic related to the principal theme.

Preference will be given to historical studies highlighting new perspectives or new fields of study. Proposals in French or English should include a 200 or 300 word abstract accompanied by a one-page cv. should be sent to Dr Magali Deleuze (magali.deleuze@rmc.ca) or Dr Howard Coombs (howard.coombs@rmc.ca) no later than November 26, 2016. For more information, please contact Dr. Deleuze or Dr. Coombs.

History Symposium poster

The Education of an Air Force, 1914-2014

2-4 November 2016

Royal Military College of Canada

Confirmed speakers include

  • Dr. Allan English (Queen’s University, Kingston)
  • Air Commodore (retired) Dr. Peter Gray (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Emeritus Harold Winton (USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies)
  • Professor Emeritus Williamson Murray (Ohio State University)
  • LCL Jérôme de Lespinois (Institut de recherche stratégique de l’école militaire)
  • Associate Professor Emeritus Mark Grandstaff (Brigham Young University)
  • Dr. Richard Goette (Canadian Forces College
  • Martin James (RAAF Air Power Development Centre)
  • Professor Wray Johnson (Marine Corps University)

Registration rate: $120
Fees include banquet, lunches and coffee breaks

Further information about the History Symposium

Supported by the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre

Download the History Symposium poster (pdf 282 Kb) 

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