Candyman schedule

The conference was organised by the Centre for the History of the Gothic at the University of Sheffield and University of California, Riverside.


Asynchronous projects

(available to conference delegates throughout the conference)

  • Andrew Ferguson, University of Virginia – Contextualizing Can-D-Man (2021) and the editing collecting Racer Trash

  • Ava M Fields, The Horror Advocate – APT HORROR PRESENTS From Rumor to Flesh: How Candyman Treats Tragedy in Villainy

  • Karrȧ Shimabukuro, Elizabeth City State University – Say His Name: Teaching Candyman

Friday 7 October

11.00-11.15am BST | 06.00-06.15am EASTERN | 03.00-03.15am PACIFIC

Opening Remarks – Maisha Wester

11.15am-12.30pm | 06.15-07.30am | 03.15-04.30am

Panel 1 – Candyman’s Swarm: Exploring the Film Franchise

Chair: Sorcha Ni Fhlainn (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Reece Goodall, University of Warwick – Untold stories: positioning Candyman through its unmade sequels

Gabriel Hankins, Clemson UniversityCandyman (2021), Care Work, and Candyman (1992): Race, Repetition, and the Reparative Horror Aesthetic

Shane Hesketh, Bowling Green State University – Slashing Genre Lines: Viewing Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman 3: Day of the Dead as Crime Noir

12.30-1.30pm | 07.30-08.30am | 04.30-05.30am

Break / Lunch

1.30-2.45pm | 08.30-09.45am | 5.30-6.45am

Panel 2 – From Toxeth to Cabrini Green: Haunted Urban Neighborhoods

Chair: Kate E Taylor-Jones (University of Sheffield)

Sam Solnick, University of Liverpool – “Monstrous Sweetness”: Candyman, Merseyside and the Horrorcene

Ross Dawson, Liverpool John Moores University – Haunted Wastelands of “The Forbidden” and Candyman (1992)

Josephine Maria Yanasak-Leszczynski, Art Institute of Chicago – Four Walls and a Curse: Candyman’s Chicago and Art in Conflict

2.45-3.15pm | 09.45-10.15am | 06.45-07.15am


3.15-4.30pm | 10.15-11.30am | 7.15-8.30am

Panel 3 – The First Time that I Saw Fear: Depicting the Traumatized Subject

Chair: Sasha Weiss (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Marisa Williams, Oregon State University – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: De-Possessing Candyman as a Figure of the Past

Melody Blackmore, Leeds Beckett University – “I am the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom!”: Urban Legends and Inter-Racial Repression in the Unconscious Landscape of Helen’s Psyche in Bernard Rose’s Candyman (1992)

Li Zeng, Illinois State University – Representing Trauma in Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman (2021)

4.30-5.00pm | 11.30am-12.00pm | 08.30-09.00am


5.00-5.55pm | 12-12.55pm | 09.00-09.55am

Panel 4 – Not Just a Story: Soundscape as Narrative

Chair: Jennifer Coates (University of Sheffield)

Christy Tidwell, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology – Clipping’s “Say the Name”: What the Story of Candyman Demands from the Audience

Sean Woodard, University of Texas at Arlington – “Rearranging the Lullaby: Perpetuating Racial Themes via the Candyman Franchise’s Film Scores”

6.00-7.00 pm | 1.00-2.00pm | 10.00-11.00am


7.00-8.20pm | 2.00-3.20pm | 11.00am-12.00pm

In Conversation with Bernard Rose and Tony Todd

Interviewer and Chair: Jon Towlson (film critic, University of Leeds)

Saturday 8 October

11.00-12.15 am/pm | 06.00-07.15 am | 03.00-04.15 am

Panel 5 – “What you gonna study”: Candyman’s Theoretical Grounding

Chair: Xavier Aldana Reyes (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Jack Black, Sheffield Hallam University – The Object of Horror: Gaze and Voice in Candyman

Andy McCormack, University of Cambridge – ‘Our Names Will Be Written On a Thousand Walls’: The ‘Thousand Faces’ of an Archetype

Victoria Santamaría Ibor, University of Zaragoza – From Female Abjection to Social Abjection: Race, Monstrosity and Sequelisation in Candyman

12.15-1.15pm | 07.15-08.15am | 04.15-05.15am

Break / Lunch

1.15-2.30pm | 08.15-09.30am | 05.15-06.30am

Panel 6 – Writing on the Wall: the Dynamics of Authorship

Chair: Agnieszka Monnet (University of Lausanne)

Matt Melia, Kingston University – Authoring Candyman

Marco Petrelli, University of Turin and University of Bologna – Which Story is it? Narratives of Violence and Narratives of Redemption in Candyman

Kristen Leer, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor – The Hive Lives On: Exploring Racial Revisitation in the Candyman Franchise

2.30-3.00pm | 09.30-10.00am | 06.30-07.00am


3.00-4.15pm | 10.00-11.15am | 07.00-08.15am

Panel 7 – These Things Happened to Us: Speaking Black Horror

Chair: Maisha Wester (Indiana University / University of Sheffield)

Giuseppe Previtali, University of Bergamo – “Our names will be written on a thousand walls”: Narratives of Blackness and Subalternity in the Candyman Franchise

Lisa Wood, Shenandoah University – Blaxploitation, Black Gothic, and Black Agency in Horror

Britton Seese, Bowling Green State University – Candid Conversations About Candyman (Nia DaCosta, 2021)

4.15-4.45pm | 11.15-11.45am | 08.15-08.45am


4.45-6.00pm| 11.45am-1.00pm | 08.45-10.00am

Panel 8 – “Candyman ain’t a he”: Exploring Gender and Subjectivity

Chair: Sam Hirst (University of Liverpool/ Oxford Brookes University)

Tracey M. Salisbury, California State University – Black Women Be Knowing: The Invisibility of Black Women in The Candyman Movie Series (1992-1999) and their (re)centering in Nia DaCosta’s Candyman (2021)

Martin Jones, Liverpool John Moores University – Candyman ain’t a He’: Gendered Folklore and the Limits of Progressivity in Candyman (DaCosta, 2021)

Tajanae Barnes, University of Central Oklahoma – Her Eyes They Swarm: Black Women, Bearing Witness, and Reclaiming Power

6.00-7.00pm | 1.00-2.00pm | 10.00-11.00am


7.00-8.20pm | 2.00-3.20pm | 11.00am-12.20pm

In Conversation with Win Rosenfeld and Sherwin Ovid

Interviewer and Chair: Novotny Lawrence (Iowa State University)

9.00-10.15pm | 4.00-5.15pm | 1.00-2.15pm

Panel 9 – Urban Legends and Daily Horrors: Metaphorizing Sociopolitical Nightmare

Chair: Alicia Christina Edwards (York University)

Christopher Pizzino, University of Georgia and George Mason University – Nia DaCosta’s Candyman and the Long 1980s: Refraction and Reproduction

Melissa C. Macero, University of Illinois ChicagoCandyman, Race, and Class

Chris Lanier, University of Nevada – Told and Retold: Candyman and Films of Social Transition

Sunday 9 October

12.00am-1.15pm | 07.00-08.15am | 04.00-5.15am

Panel 10 – Say the Name: Campfire Stories, Bedtime Narratives, and Folk Metaphor

Chair: Mary Going (University of Sheffield)

Douglas Clarke, Independent scholar – Don’t Forget to Tell the Bees

Ellesse Patterson, University of Sheffield – “To a Peopled Kingdom”: Community, Wrath, and Honeybees in Bernard Rose’s Candyman (1992) and Nia DaCosta’s Candyman (2021)

Rhonda Jackson Garcia, Lone Star College – Urban Legend Begetting Folk Horror Begetting Black Legacies: Circles of Black Experiences through the Candyman (1992 and 2021)

1.15-2.15pm | 08.15-09.15am | 05.15-06.15am

Break / Lunch

2.15-3.30pm | 09.15-10.30am | 06.15-07.30am

Panel 11 – “They will say I have shed innocent blood”: the Face of the Monster

Chair: Kelsey Shawgo (University of Sheffield)

Mo Moshaty, AuthorCandyman: A Study of the Urban Phantom

Eric Wesselmann, Illinois State University – Candyman as Cinematic Bogeyman?

Britt Rhuart, Bowling Green State University – Scream, Candyman, Scream!: Forbidden, Sympathetic Black Monsters on Film

3.30-4.00pm | 10.30-11.00am | 07.30-08.00am


4.00-5.30pm | 11.00am-12.30pm | 08.00-09.30am

Keynote Panel

Featuring: Kinitra Brooks, Tananarive Due, Robin R. Means Coleman, and Jon Towlson

Chair: Desiree Reynolds (author)

5.30-6.30pm | 12.30-1.30pm | 09.30-10.30am


6.30-7.15pm | 1.30-2.15pm | 10.30-11.15am

Panel 12 – Scared of something?: Candyman’s Ghosts

Chair: Jamie Coates (University of Sheffield)

Emily Hammerton-Barry, University of Sheffield – Spectral Realities: The Politics of Ghosting and The Spectre of Race in Nia DaCosta’s Candyman (2021)

Jasmine A. Moore, University of California, Riverside – “Who Can Take Tomorrow, Dip it in a Dream?” Dark Time and Reclamation in Nia DaCosta’s Candyman

Laura Thorp, University of South Carolina – An Absent Presence and a Present Absence: Ghosts, Haunting, and the Anti-Blackness of Capitalism in Candyman

7.15-7.45pm | 2.15-2.45pm | 11.15-11.45pm

Closing remarks – John Jennings

8.00-9.00pm BST | 3.00-4.00pm EASTERN | 12.00-1.00pm PACIFIC

PANEL 13 – The Art of Rumor: Final Thoughts on Candyman’s Legacy

Roundtable discussion premiering on YouTube featuring:

John Jennings (University of California, Riverside)

Keith Harris (University of California, Riverside)

Courtney Baker (University of California, Riverside)

Watch on YouTube.