*Update* Registration Open: The Wizard of Oz and the Cultural Imagination (Brighton, UK) - Nov 21-22, 2014

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Brighton University's College of Arts and Bath Spa University are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the international and interdisciplinary conference, The Wizard of Oz and the Cultural Imagination. The conference takes place from Friday 21st November to Saturday 22nd November at Grand Parade, Brighton (UK). We are especially pleased to announce our keynote speakers;

Professor Peter Franklin (University of Oxford): ' "Once in a Lullaby": The Art of The Utopian Fantasy Song circa 1900-1940.
Dr Pamela Karantonis (Bath Spa University): 'The Land of Oz: Lost and Found in the Colonial Imaginarium of The Wizard of Oz.
Dr Tommy J. Curry (Texas A & M University): The Black Aesthetic Aspiration: Black Fantasy as the Fracturing of Urban Realism in Lumet's The Wiz (1978)

We are also pleased to announce that Keith Lodwick, the curator of the Hollywood Costumes exhibition at the V&A will be talking on 'The Wizard of Oz at the V&A' and that Graham Rawle, writer and collage artist will be discussing his reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz and displaying some of his original artwork at the conference. The conference also welcomes Lucy Norris, a lecturer and fashion historian who was selected by the Guardian as one of the ten most influential creatives working in the fashion industry. Lucy will be presenting a short film and talking about 'Dorothy's Nightmare Within the 21st Century Fashion Dream'. This two-day cross-disciplinary conference will also feature presentations by academics and practitioners covering areas such as the iconography of Oz, Intertextuality and adaptation; Soundscape; identity politics; contexts and paratexts; performance; costume; Baum and his philosophy; literature; film marketing practices; technology and Oz.

Since this conference has been organized in recognition of the 75 year legacy of The Wizard of Oz, the conference organisers are also inviting delegates to a special sing-along screening of the film and cabaret to be held at the Sallis Benny Theatre at Grand Parade on the Friday evening. We are pleased to announce that the cost of this night of celebration is covered in the conference fee.

For full details of the conference programme and to register please follow the link below:


Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Louise Fitzgerald, Frank Gray