Veterans in Society (ViS) 2014

Veterans in Society: Humanizing the Discourse
Virginia Tech & Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
April 27–28, 2014

Registration fees range from FREE to $70, depending on which events you wish to attend.

  • Sunday night’s Theater of War event is free for all.
  • All events are free to students.
  • Other tickets start at $10.

See our registration page for more options, and feel free to contact us with any questions at Late registration will be available on-site, but for our planning purposes, we would appreciate your notifying us of your intent to attend.

Our conference theme for 2014 was Humanizing the Discourse, a title that speaks to a two-fold aim. We are seeking to foster increasingly sophisticated dialogue regarding veterans.  This requires recognizing the individual humanity of people who can sometimes be turned into one-dimensional caricatures behind headlines, statistics, and stereotypes. In particular, this year we invited contributors to draw on the tools of the arts, humanities, and social sciences in addressing veterans’ issues and shaping policy. Theatre, film, and other narrative formats present rich possibilities for helping render and explicate the complexities of veterans’ experiences — not limited to those of U.S. veterans, nor exclusively those of post-2001 veterans — across historical and cultural contexts. In keeping with our consideration of the humanity of veterans and the variety of their circumstances, we also seek to broaden our discourse with questions such as, “Who ‘counts’ as a veteran?” “How have veterans themselves found — and made — meaning of their military and civilian experiences?” and “How are mixed civilian-military communities talking about veterans issues?” To engage such questions, in addition to traditional sessions featuring up-to-date research from contemporary scholars, we are highlighting a series of featured events.


Click here to listen to a great radio broadcast about the conference and the need for veterans studies with Conference Chair Dr. James M. Dubinsky, founding committee member Dr. Bruce Pencek, and panelist Dr. Steven Salaita, which aired April 24 on on WVTF, Blackburg’s NPR affiliate.

Click here to listen to a thought-provoking discussion about the conference with some of our organizers with Andy Morikawa, host of Talk at the Table, which aired April 13 on WUTV 90.7 in Blacksburg.

You can read our official Call for Papers through the website of our host organization, the Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society.