Conference on the War of 1812

13 06 2012

12-14 July 2012, Senate House, University of London

2012 will be the bicentennial of the beginning of the War of 1812-14. Once described as the ‘forgotten’ war, there are already indications that there will be widespread commemoration ceremonies across North America, mostly sponsored and organized by national, state and provincial governments, by tourist organizations, and by local historical societies. We have therefore decided that it would be an appropriate time to hold an international conference that revisits the scholarly literature and scholarly debates over the causes, conflicts and consequences of the War as well as the way in which the War has been remembered and commemorated in Britain, Canada and the United States over the past two centuries. The conference on ‘The War of 1812: Memory and Myth, History and Historiography’, organized by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and Canterbury Christ Church University in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, will be held in the Senate House of the University of London, beginning on the afternoon of Thursday, 12 July 2012 and running until the early evening on Saturday, 14 July 2012. A detailed timetable will not be issued until a few weeks before the programme but we are attaching below a list of the confirmed contributors If you would like more information please contact either Phillip Buckner ( or Tony McCulloch ( If you would like to pre-register for the conference, a registration form is also attached.





Matthew J. Bellamy (Carleton University): ‘At War with Beer: The War of 1812 and the Canadian Brewing Industry’.


Troy Bickam (Texas A&M University): ‘Contesting the American Revolution during the War of 1812’.


Brittney-Anne Bos (PhD student, Queen’s University, Canada): ‘Deconstructing the Myth Behind the Man: Sir Isaac Brock and Monuments to the “British Gentleman Hero”’.


Thomas A. Chambers, (Niagara University): ‘”American Antiquities Are So Rare”: Remembering the War of 1812 on the Niagara Frontier’.


Michael Patrick Cullinane (Northumbria University): ‘Sulgrave Manor and 100 Years of Peace Among English-Speaking Peoples’.


James G. Cusack (University of Florida): ‘The War of 1812 and the Spanish Floridas: Seige, Terror and Looting in Neurtral Territory’.


William S. Dudley (formerly Director, Naval Historical Centre, Washington): ‘The American Navy In Adversity: Logistics in the War of 1812’.


R. David Edmunds (University of Texas at Dallas): ‘Tecumseh’s Confederacy:  Who Joined, Who Didn’t, and Why.’


Ralph Eshelman (Independent Scholar, USA): ‘What Theater of War In the United States Suffered More: A Case for the Chesapeake’.


Nicole Eustace (New York University): ‘The “Beauty and Booty” Scandal of 1812: Sexual Passions, Patriotic Myths, and the Mantle of Liberty’.


Charles H. Fithian (Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs): ‘“For the common defense”,“Infernals” and a “Maraudering Species of War: Delaware and the War of 1812′.


Alan Gordon (University of Guelph): ‘Marshalling Memory: An Historiographical Biography of Brigadier-General Ernest Alexander Cruikshank’.


Donald Graves (Independent Scholar, Canada): re military history of war


John Grenier (US Air Force Academy): ‘The Frontier Wars of 1812-1814:  The War of 1812 as Americans’ Final Conquest of the Transappalachian West.’


John Grodzinski (Royal Military College, Canada): ‘The Constraints of Strategy: Lieutenant-General Sir George Prevost as Commander-in-Chief of British North America during the War of 1812’.


Ricardo A. Herrara (Combat Studies Institute, Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas):

‘Toward an American Army: American Soldiers, the War of 1812, and National Identity’.


Donald R. Hickey (Wayne State College, Nebraska): ‘Myth and Memory:  How

Americans, Canadians, and Brits Have Mis-remembered the War of 1812.’


Gary Hughes (New Brnuswick Museum): ‘Myth, Fact and Circumstance: Looking Back at the History of the 104th Regiment of Foot’.


Susan Jerome (University of Rhode Island): ‘A Symbol of Patriotism – The Stonington Battle Flag’.


Faye Kert (Independent Scholar, Canada): ‘“True, publick and notorious”: The Privateering War of 1812’.


Renée Lafferty (Brock University): ‘”The Account We Must Render to God:” Luck, Prayer, and Providence in the Winning and Losing of the War of 1812’.


Andrew Lambert (King’s College London): ‘The War of 1812 and the evolution of American Culture’.


Paul La Violette (Independent Scholar, USA): ‘Myths surrounding the Battle of New Orleans’.


Roch Legault (Royal Military College, Canada): ‘The Key Ally: French Canada and the War of 1812’.


Doug Leighton (Huron College, University of Western Ontario): ‘After Moraviantown: Guerrilla Warfare in the Thames River Valley, 1813-1814’.


Sarah Lentz (Hamburg University): ‘The American Government Loan of 1813: The Role of Nationality, Patriotism, and Public Opinion in Transatlantic Financial Networks in Times of War’


Thomas Malcomson (George Brown College, Toronto) : ‘For “…the Want of a sufficient Number of able Seamen…repeatedly and earnestly requested…”: The British Navy’s Efforts at Manning the Great Lakes during the War of 1812 and its Impact’.


Magdalena Marczuk-Karbownik (University of Łódź, Poland):  ‘Was the Monroe Doctrine a Consequence of the Treaty of Ghent?’


Edward J. Martin (PhD student, University of Maine):  ‘Maine’s Mode of Privateering: A Tale of Fraud, Collusion and Vigilante Violence in the Northeastern Borderlands, 1812-1815’.


Keith Mercer (Saint Mary’s University): ‘Paradoxes of Patriotism: The British Navy in Nova Scotia during the War of 1812’.


Maria Moncur (Phd student, Queen’s University, Canada): ‘Battles Fought and Forgotten: Historical Storytelling and the War of 1812 in New York and Ontario, 1815 to 1915’.


Lisa R. Morales (North Central Texas College): ‘”War Cannot Be Carried on Without Money”:

The Strange Financial History of the War of 1812’.


Cecilia Morgan (University of Toronto): ‘The War of 1812 in Upper Canada and its Afterlife: Gender, Commemoration and memory in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Ontario’.


Daniel S. Murphree (University of Central Florida): ‘A View from the Southern Borderlands: Reinterpreting the War of 1812 from a Florida Perspective’.


Charles Neimeyer (Director, United States Marine Corps History): ‘War Comes to Washington: The Chesapeake Campaigns of 1813-1814’.


James Paxton (Moravian College): ‘The Farmers’ War:
The Canadian Militia in the War of 1812’.


James Piecuch (Kennesaw State University, Georgia):  ‘Allies No More: The Southern Natives’ Response to the War of 1812′.


Justin Reay (Oxford University): ‘”With a lone ship he swept the oceans”: David Porter and the cruise of the Essex in the Pacific 1813-1814′.


John Reid (St. Mary’s University, Halifax): ‘”In the Midst of Three Fires, a French one, an American one, and an Indian one”:  Imperial-Indigenous Negotiations during the War of 1812 in Eastern British America’.


Jonathon Riley (Director-General & Master of the Armouries, United Kingdom): ‘In the Shadow of Vienna: the peace negotiations in Ghent, 1814-1815’.


Julia Roberts (University of Waterloo): ‘Captain Wilson, George Jones, and Versions of the History of 1812’.


James Tyler Robertson (PhD student, McMaster Divinity College): ‘Expel the Faithless Foe:

British North American Churches and the Role of Religion in the War of 1812’.


J. Simon Rofe (University of Leicester): ‘Theodore Roosevelt: The Historian of the War of 1812?’


Jeff Seiken (Historian, U.S. Air Force): ‘“It is Victories We Want”: American Naval Planning and Operations in 1812 Revisited’.


Scott S. Sheads (Historian, Fort McHenry National Monument/National Park Service): ‘September Glory: A Flag Hoisted – An Anthem Born, September 14, 1814’.


Donald G. Shomette (Independent Scholar): ‘American Naval Weapons Innovations during the War of 1812’.


David Skaggs (Bowling Green State University): ‘Invading Canada: William Henry Harrison, Oliver Hazard Perry and the Campaign into Southwestern Upper Canada, 1813’.


Gene Smith (Texas Christian University): ‘Fighting for Freedom:  Race, Liberty, and Power during the War of 1812’.


Joseph Stoltz (PhD student, Texas Christian University): ‘Hiding Behind the Cotton Bales: The Persisting Myths and Historical Memory of the Battle of New Orleans’.


John Sugden (Independent Scholar, United Kingdom): ‘Tecumseh and the Revolt in the West, 1805-1818’.


Alan Taylor (University of California, Davis): ‘Tales of Freedom and Slavery in the War of 1812’.


Guillaume Teasdale (University of Ottawa): ‘“The Frenchman was only shot and scalped”: French, Indians, British-American Imperial Rivalries and the War of 1812 in the Great Lakes’.


Jean-René Thuot (Université du Québec à Rimouski): ‘Loyalty to the Regime: Prominent Men, Militia and French Canadian Identity through the 1812 War’.


Len Travers (University of Massachusetts): ‘Embracing Mr. Madison’s War: New England Accepts “Victory”’.


Wes Turner (Brock University): ‘The Life, Death and Legacy of Major General Sir Isaac Brock’.


Steven Watts (University of Missouri): ‘Crisis and Sanctification: The War of 1812 and American Culture’.


John McNish Weiss (Independent Scholar, United Kingdom): ‘Cochrane and his Proclamation: Liberator or  Scaremonger’.


Harvey Armani Whitfield (University of Vermont): ‘Black Refugees, the War of 1812, and the Role of Dislocation and Migration’.


Glenn F. Williams (National Museum of the U.S. Army): ‘Defending the New Nation, 1784-1811: Fact and Fiction about the U.S. Army on the Eve of the War of 1812’.


Elaine Young (PhD student, University of Guelph): ‘Bloody Battles to Baseball Diamonds: Tourism and Leisure on the battlefields of the Niagara Frontier’.




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