MCWE 2019

MCWE 2019: The 1st International Conference on Military Culture and War Experience

Sofia, Bulgaria
11 - 12 October 2019
24 days until the conference begins

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
30th April 2018
Abstract Acceptance Notification
31st May 2019
Final Abstract / Full Paper Deadline
1st October 2019
Early Bird Deadline
1st October 2019

About MCWE 2019

New Bulgarian University and Military Technical Academy “Ferdinand I” are pleased to announce the 1st International Conference on Military Culture and War Experience.

Call for Papers


MCWE 2019: The 1st International Conference on Military Culture and War Experience 

New Bulgarian University and Military Technical Academy Ferdinand I

Sofia, Bulgaria, 11 – 12 October 2019 

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2019

War involves a cumulation of traumatic multilevel experiences with strong individual and collective implications that pass from one generation to another, being impossible to forget but also mandatory to be remembered in order not to be repeated. While the whole world is affected by it, the "soldier  above all others prays – as Gen. Douglas MacArthur says – for peace, for it is [he] who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war” (qtd in Donnithorne, 2009: 173). A military career is more than just a job. Prepared to face the danger, the men and women who serve in the armed forces of a country are constantly exposed to a unique set of pressures that derive from the responsibilities they assume, but also to a system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours and artefacts meant to help them and their families cope with the world they live in. Like any other social group, the military have a culture of their own, with deep roots and ramifications – one that may be difficult to understand by ordinary civilians; one that may raise admiration or hatred; one that cannot be ignored.

Topics and Scope

We suggest the following topics; however, papers on other aspects of the conference theme are also welcomed: 

  • War in literature, biographies and visual arts
  • Important military leaders and events
  • Types of warfare, military tactics and strategies
  • Multinational coalition operations
  • Challenges of military engineering
  • Military technical vocabulary
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Migration and globalization
  • Media coverage of war and terrorism
  • Psychological effects of war
  • Education and adjustment to military / civilian life
  • Implications of military culture and stereotypes
  • Military career field management
  • Veterans and their problems
  • Impact of deployment on military families
  • Gender, age, disability, etc in the military.

This conference aims to create a multinational and multidisciplinary forum for discussions on changes in the perception of military culture and war experience. We invite scholars as well as practitioners from different fields including military science, literature, visual arts, history, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, management, science and technology and all those interested in exchanging theoretical and practical approaches to these phenomena and processes. 

The official language of the conference is English, though presentations may also be delivered in any other language provided they are accompanied by a PowerPoint in English.

We welcome proposals for individual 20-minute papers, panel sessions where 3 or 4 speakers address a shared topic, and workshops where contributors address questions of practical activism. Please, send your abstract and a short bio-bibliography no later than 30 April 2019,by registering on  

Publishing Opportunities 

The accepted paper abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts, available to all participants. An e-Book of Proceedings will be posted to the Conference webpage. Abstract proposals should be sent no later than 30 April 2019.  

Full papers are expected by1October 2019andauthors are advised to use the following submission guidelines:

  • Language: English.
  • The page-limit for articles: no more than 12 pages, works cited included.
  • The margins: left - 25 mm, right – 25 mm, top – 25 mm, bottom – 25 mm, header and footer –15 mm.
  • Paper setup: A4, 1,15 space between lines, 20 mm margins, justified;
  • Title of the article: Caps, Times New Roman 14 Bold, Centred, at 50 mm above the text;
  • Author’s name, scientific title and academic affiliation: Times New Roman 12 Bold, under the title, at 2 lines distance;
  • Abstract: Approximately 250 words in English, Times New Roman 11, italics, at two lines distance under the author’s name, in English;
  • Five Keywords under the abstract, in English (TNR 11);
  • Text of the article: at one line bellow the abstract, in English, Times New Roman, 12, justified;
  • No endnotes (footnotes only): font size 10, numbering: continuous; No Page Breaks in the document; All graphic elements set in line with the text.
  • Bibliography / Works Cited: 2 lines distance from the end of the paper; single column format, Times New Roman 12, italics, under the bibliography, at 2 lines distance. Sources must be quoted according to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers;
  • Biodata: 2 lines distance from the end of the Bibliography; Times New Roman 12; justified.
  • Submission link:

Every submitted paper must represent original and unpublished work: it must not be under review or accepted elsewhere and there must be a significantly clear element of novelty distinguishing a submitted paper from any other prior publication or current submission. Full papers are subject to PEER REVIEW and will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the conference theme.

Accepted papers will be published in Journals with ISSN such as: Journal of Military Technology and Journal of Philology and Intercultural Communication, or in a prestigious collective volume. More information will be available as soon as possible.


The conference will be held at New Bulgarian University. Address: ul. "Montevideo" 21, 1618 g.k. Ovchakupel 2, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Registration Fee

Further information will be made available as soon as possible.   

Important Dates

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2019.

Abstract acceptance notification: 31May 2019.

Conference fee: 30 June 2019.

Submission deadline for full papers: 1 October 2019.

Conference dinner: 11 October 2019.   


For more details on submissions or conference organization, please check our website:https://mcweconference2019.wix... or contact us:

We look forward to welcoming you at the conference!



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