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Published on Monday, February 12, 2018


“Bites Here and There”: Literal and Metaphorical Cannibalism across Disciplines est une conférence qui aura lieu sur le campus de l'université de Warwick, en Angleterre, le 17 novembre 2018. L'anthropophagie a fasciné l'homme depuis l'antiquité, que ce soit en littérature, histoire, archéologie ou sciences sociales. De ce fait, cet appel a contribution invite chercheurs de toutes disciplines à envoyer un abstrait (en anglais) au sujet du cannibalisme litéral ou métaphorique pour le 17 juillet 2018.


17th November 2018, University of Warwick

Funded by the Humanities Research Centre and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Keynote speaker

Professor Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds)


Since Antiquity, eating practices have helped regulate human differences, and anthropophagy served as a marker of difference across cultures in order to underline improper diets, as well as to metaphorically describe inappropriate relationships between people from the nuclear family to wider spheres of socio-political structures. This one-day interdisciplinary conference exploring the evolution and the different uses of the tropes and figures of cannibalism aims to understand and deconstruct the fascination with anthropophagy and its continued afterlife, as well as to promote discussions and connections on this subject across disciplines and institutions.

We invite abstracts on topics and disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • Survival and/or war cannibalism
  • Cannibalism as a ritual and/or a practice in archaeology, anthropology and history
  • Corpse medicine and the Eucharist as cannibalism in early modern discourse  
  • Depiction of cannibalism in art, photography, film, other media, and in popular culture
  • Literal or metaphorical cannibalism in fiction such as travel writing, horror, graphic novels, etc.
  • Cannibalism in myths, (fairy) tales, legends, and folklore
  • Cannibalism and monstrosity, and monster theory
  • Literary and cultural cannibalism in literature, (post-)colonial studies, and philosophy
  • Metaphorical cannibalism to describe otherness, abuse of power, improper relationships, etc.Cannibalism as a taboo and/or trope in socialisation, psychoanalysis, and criminology
  • Corporate and market cannibalism and economy
  • Zoological cannibalism and ecology

Submission guidelines

We invite individual proposals for 20-minute papers, as well as proposals for panels (three 20-minute papers). Please send an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biography to cannibalism.warwick@gmail.com  

by 17th July 2018.

Following the conference, delegates will be invited to submit their work for publication with the Warwick Series in the Humanities (with Routledge).

Organisation and evaluation of proposals

  • Giulia Champion


  • Coventry, Britain (CV47AL)


  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018


  • cannibalism


  • Giulia Champion
    courriel : g [dot] champion [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Giulia Champion
    courriel : g [dot] champion [at] gmail [dot] com


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