Call for Papers – academic conference: Cannibals, Cannibalism, Consumption and Culture

“Cannibals, Cannibalism, Consumption and Culture” is an academic conference being held from 25 – 26 April 2013 in Manchester.

From contemporary horror film to medieval Eucharistic devotions, from Freudian theory to science fiction, cannibals and cannibalism continue to repel and intrigue us in equal measure. This two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore humanity’s relationships with, and attitudes towards, cannibalism, whether fascination, horror or purely practical considerations.

Papers are sought from all disciplines, including but not limited to literature, film studies, history, anthropology, archaeology, psychology and medicine.

Proposals are sought for 20 minute papers. Possible topics may include:

  • Cannibalism in popular culture
  • Cannibalism as cultural metaphor
  • Theorizations of cannibalism
  • Taboos, socialization and psychoanalysis
  • Survival and necessity
  • Maternal infanticide
  • Vampires, werewolves and zombies – a question of species?
  • Eating the enemy
  • Rites, rituals and sacrifice
  • Serial killers (in life and in fiction)

Please send 300 word abstracts to the conference convenors at by 31 December 2012.

For more information, please see the website HERE