Candyman and the Whole Damn Swarm is a hybrid 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 on Friday 7 – Sunday 9 October 2022. You can view the full CFP here and also visit our FAQ page for more information. To find out more about the conference organisers, keep on reading.
Dr. Maisha Wester is a British Academy Global Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her home institution is Indiana University where she is an Associate Professor in American Studies, and African American and African Diaspora Studies. Her research focuses on racial representations in Gothic literature and Horror film, Black Diasporic Gothic literature and Horror Film, and sociopolitical appropriations of Gothic tropes in racial discourses. Wester’s 2012 monograph African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places (Palgrave) was shortlisted for the Allan Lloyd Smith memorial prize for the best book published on the Gothic in 2013. She is also co-editor of the collection Twenty-First-Century Gothic with Xavier Aldana Reyes, and has authored numerous essays, including “Gothic In and As Race Theory” (in The Gothic and Theory: An Edinburgh Companion) and “Nineteenth-Century British and American Gothic and the History of Slavery” (in The Cambridge History of the Gothic: Volume 2, Gothic in the Nineteenth Century).
John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of the Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art, and co-author of Parable of the Sower, the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s novel of the same name which was nominated for the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Work. Jennings is also a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Jennings’ recent projects include the horror anthology Box of Bones, the coffee table book Black Comix Returns (with Damian Duffy), and the Eisner-winning, Bram Stoker Award-winning, New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel Kindred. Jennings is also founder and curator of the ABRAMS Megascope line of graphic novels.
Dr. Mary Going is a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield working with Dr. Maisha Wester on a project exploring the ways that Gothic fiction influences discussions of race. Her own research focuses on constructions of Jewishness as well as the intersections of religion and the Gothic. She is the web officer for the International Gothic Association and co-lead of the Gothic Bible project. She is author of The Wandering Jew: Protestant Negotiations in the Gothic Mode, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, and has published chapters and journal articles including “The Blood is the Life: An Exploration of the Vampire’s Jewish Shadow” (in Horror and Religion, UWP) and “Sexual Violence and Jewish Persecution in Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe” (in the journal Bible And Critical Theory). She has also been a regular co-host of the online shows ‘Sundays with Dracula’, ‘Sundays with Frankenstein’, and ‘Sundays with Jane Eyre’ for the Rosenbach Museum, Philadelphia.