Candyman FAQ

Candyman and the Whole Damn Swarm is an online conference celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Candyman (1992) – a film created and released by director Bernard Rose. The conference – a collaboration between the Centre for the History of the Gothic at the University of Sheffield and the University of California, Riverside – will take place online on  Friday 7 – Sunday 9 October 2022. You can view the full CFP here and find out more about the organisers here.

How will this conference take place?

While we had intended for this conference to be hybrid, we have made the decision to move the conference fully online. This will allow the conference to be fully accessible and international as it will take place across different time zones online via zoom and other virtual platforms.

We will try as much as possible to accommodate different time zones although it may not be possible to schedule everything at a reasonable time for everyone. If you are presenting, please let us know what timezone you will be presenting from so that we can make sure you are presenting at a reasonable time, and let us know if you intend to attend the conference in person or online. Attendees will also be able to catch up on papers afterwards. 

Will papers be recorded or live streamed?

Yes: we will be live streaming the conference to make it accessible to everyone attending from around the world. Papers will also be recorded and available to watch afterwards for conference delegates. 

Registration

Registration is now live! To register, visit the Candyman and the Whole Damn Swarm registration page here and select the ticket that you want.

To buy a full price conference ticket – which will give you access to the entire conference over the three days including panels, the keynote roundtable, and both “In Conversation” events – select Online Registration. The price of this ticket is £25.

To buy a concession conference ticket – which will give you access to the entire conference over the three days including panels, the keynote roundtable, and both “In Conversation” events – select Online Concession. The price of this ticket is £20. [If you think that you are entitled to concession prices then please do buy a concession ticket! This includes students, precariously or underemployed ECRs, and pensioners.]

If you are a speaker or contributor only please select Speaker Registration. This will give you access to the entire conference over the three days including panels, the keynote roundtable, and both “In Conversation” events – select Online Concession. The price of this ticket is £20.

You can also buy individual tickets to the “In Conversation” events. These are £10 each and will only give you access to the one event that you select – either “In conversation with Bernard Rose and Tony Todd ONLY” which will take place on Friday 7 October or “In conversation with Win Rosenfeld & Sherwin Ovid ONLY” which will take place on 8 October.

Creative Submissions

As well as traditional academic papers, we also welcome creative submissions to be included as part of an online virtual gallery. This gallery will be launched as part of the conference’s opening session and will be available for free to the public. The online gallery will remain publicly available for viewing after the conference. 

We invite submissions of photographs, drawings, paintings, digital artwork, poetry, and short videos. Unfortunately we will not have the capacity for sculpture but do get in touch if you have a creative piece that you would like to be included that we have not already mentioned. Submissions to be sent as a digital file such as jpeg, png, mp4, word doc, pdf, or as a link to a youtube video to thewholedamnswarm@gmail.com by 23 August 2022. We will let you know if your work has been accepted prior to the conference. 

Who can attend, submit an abstract for the conference, or submit a creative piece for the virtual gallery?

Candyman and the Whole Damn Swarm is an inclusive event and everyone is welcome. Researchers of all levels and fields of study, including undergraduates, early career researchers not currently attached to an institution, independent scholars and members of the public are invited to attend. 

We will be operating a Code of Conduct throughout the event, which will be sent to all attendees before the conference starts. This is to ensure everyone is safe, comfortable, and respected during the conference. You can view the current Code of Conduct used by the Centre for the History of the Gothic here.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions feel free to email us at thewholedamnswarm@gmail.com


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