Cannibalism in Colonial Congo

Anders Lindholm, Laurent Gehin, Marie Bliddal, Josefine Christensen & Alexandra Mauritzen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The aim of the project is to view the different concepts of cannibalism seen in colonial Congo. By analyzing the meaning of cannibalism in Congo in the time span between 1890-1905, we have tried to find a coherence between cannibalism in its definitive and metaphorical form. Additionally we have attempted to determine whether cannibalism was more a myth than fact, and what impact it had on the natives. We have furthermore tried to put cannibalism in relation to contemporary fiction of the time, more specifically Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Through the novel we have tried to analyze the impression given of life during colonial Congo in relation to cannibalism, and Joseph Conrad's reliability as a source for describing the period.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 dec. 2009
VejledereMichael Harbsmeier


  • Colonialism
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Cannibalism
  • Congo