The Centre for the History of the Gothic at the University of Sheffield and University of California, Riverside are delighted to announce that registration for our online conference Candyman and the Whole Damn Swarm is now live!
Taking place on 7-9 October 2022, this conference will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bernard Rose’s cult horror film Candyman (1992) and explore the legacy of the franchise. Join us as we delve into the film as an initial adaptation of Clive Barker’s short story ‘The Forbidden’, discuss the film itself along with its sequels Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman 3: Day of the Dead, and also consider Nia DaCosta’s recent Candyman (2021) as well as much more. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Registration includes full price and concessionary tickets at either £25.00 or £20.00, as well as individual tickets for each of the special In Conversation events if you can’t make the whole conference. To be a part of the conversation you can register here. Registration closes on 30 September 2022.
Candyman and the Whole Damn Swarm will take place on zoom and will include over 30 academic papers and online projects exploring the film in relation to genre, folklore, gender, race, capitalism and class, adaptation, monstrosity, authorship, trauma and so much more.
The conference will also include a keynote panel featuring Dr Kinitra Brooks, Tananarive Due, Dr Robin R Means Coleman, and Jon Towlson as well as two special In Conversation events featuring Bernard Rose, writer and director of the 1992 slasher Candyman, Tony Todd, acclaimed actor best known for his chilling performance as ‘Candyman’, Win Rosenfeld, producer and co-writer of Nia DaCosta’s 2021 Candyman, and Sherwin Ovid whose artwork is featured in Candyman (2021). Alongside the conference, we will also be publishing an online gallery featuring pieces inspired by Candyman including artwork, embroidery, poetry, and short videos. The gallery will be hosted on UCR’s website and stay tuned for more information.
You can find the full schedule and more information about the conference on the Centre for the History of the Gothic website here.
We look forward to welcoming you to the conference, and in the meantime to stay up to date with Candyman and the Whole Damn Swarm you can follow us on twitter at @WholeDamnSwarm or instagram at thewholedamnswarm.