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Mon Mar 03 18:45:05 GMT 2003


An Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Glasgow Crichton Campus, Dumfries, 14th-15th July 2003

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS (apologies for cross-posting)

Prospective speakers are reminded that they have until Monday 24 March 2003 
to submit proposals for the first international conference on the film THE 
WICKER MAN (1973), which will be held at the University of Glasgow Crichton 
Campus, Dumfries, on the 14th and 15th of July 2003.

Robin Hardys film THE WICKER MAN (1973), which was written by Anthony 
Shaffer and stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland, 
continues to have audiences, critics and theorists intrigued.   Although 
set on a fictional Scottish island, the majority of THE WICKER MAN was 
filmed on location in Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland.  The 
University of Glasgow Crichton Campus is situated some 85 miles south of 
Glasgow, in the town of Dumfries.  It is therefore in the unique position 
of being able to host an academic conference on THE WICKER MAN in the very 
region in which much of this cult British film was shot.  Moreover, this 
conference will coincide with the 30th anniversary year of the films release.

In accordance with the cross-disciplinary ethos of the Crichton Campus 
degree structure, and the multi-faceted nature of the film itself, the 
conference will embrace a variety of disciplines.  We therefore invite 
participants to submit papers on subjects including:

Anthropology                      Archaeology 
Cultural Studies                  Ethnology

Film Practice                      Film 
Studies                        Identity 
Local History

Political Theory                 Theology                             Tourism

Submissions on other themes relevant to THE WICKER MAN are of course most 
welcome. The University of Glasgow Crichton Campus press is planning to 
publish a selection of conference papers in book format.  Please send 
abstracts (400 words maximum) to Dr Benjamin Franks, by Monday 24th March 

Dr Benjamin Franks

University of Glasgow

Rutherford-McCowan Building

Crichton Campus


Tel: (01387) 702055

Email: <mailto:(b.franks /at/>(b.franks /at/

The Wicker Man conference website: 

University of Glasgow Crichton Campus website: 

On Tuesday 15th July, Robin Hardy, the director of THE WICKER MAN, will 
deliver the keynote address.   He will be interviewed by broadcaster Jonny 
Murray, and filmmaker Professor Rex Pyke.  Other participants include Dr. 
Tanya Krzywinska (Brunel University) and Dr. Stephen Harper (University of 
Glasgow).   Moreover, although primarily an academic conference, speakers 
will also include participants in the original film.

Delegates will be able to attend an evening concert featuring musicians who 
participated in the recording of the original Wicker Man soundtrack. This 
event is being planned in conjunction with Silva Screen and Simply Vinyl, 
who have recently re-released the film soundtrack.

On the evening of Sunday 13th July conference delegates may attend a 
screening of THE WICKER MAN at the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in 
Dumfries.  This cinema will be running a themed film season in tandem with 
the conference.

On the 18th, 19th and 20th July the Wickerman music festival will be taking 
place in the nearby village of Dundrennan.


The cost, inclusive of two lunches, teas/coffees will be £110 (£65 for 

Day fees will be £60 (£40 for students)

Accommodation can be booked on-line through the Dumfries and Galloway 
Tourist Board website: 

Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board, 64 Whitesands, Dumfries, DG1 2RS. Tel: 
(01387) 245550

If you require any assistance with accommodation or would like a copy of 
the regions accommodation brochure please contact: Margaret Hollinger

Please return the Booking Form before May 14, 2003 to:

Margaret Hollinger,

Browne House,

University of Glasgow Crichton Campus,

Email: (cpdadmin /at/
Tel: (01387) 702273                                       Late applications 
may be subject to a £20 surcharge

Carpentier Nico (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University Brussels
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