Revenge Conference

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Dr Ben Parsons/ University of Leicester
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Reflections for Revenge Conference at the University of Leicester – only two weeks left to submit your abstract!
Please can I remind you all of the exciting new conference we are holding in September at the University of Leicester. The Call for Papers is open but will close on the 2nd April. For more details about the conference, and the wider collaboration into the study of revenge, please visit our website: or contact us on
Please forward this email and Call for Papers to anyone you think may be interested, and feel free to post the information on any network forums etc. to which you may be involved.

Many thanks
Dr Sarah Hodgkinson
Senior Lecturer and Lead 'Revenge' Conference Co-Ordinator
Department of Criminology
University of Leicester
Tel: 0116 252577

Call for Papers
Reflections on Revenge: an International Conference on the Culture and Politics of Vengeance.
2/3/4 September 2015, University of Leicester
Confirmed keynote speakers: Philippe Sands QC and Professor Ervin Staub (Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts).
'...the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell'
The taste for revenge, whether morsel or dish served cold, is something people, groups and nations, and even animals desire. Since time immemorial, individuals and communities have done justice by harming those who have harmed them, despite the costs, and the avengers immortalised as heroes and villains. While the hurts and methods for addressing them may differ, blood feuds, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and revenge porn are all motivated by the need to get even.
This interdisciplinary conference will ask who seeks revenge and why, how it is done, how it is justified, how it is represented, how it feels to get revenge or be on the receiving end. This includes revenge starting with the smallest workplace slights, through family disputes and lynch mobs, to political violence, war and terrorism. We invite contributions, including those not in the academic paper format, from any area of biological, human and social sciences, arts and humanities, and more, that are related to topics including but not limited to:
• interpersonal revenge, state revenge, collective punishment
• technologies of revenge
• revenge cultures, blood feuds, and informal justice
• revenge, politics and world history
• revenge, terrorism, armed conflict and retaliation
• the personal and social costs of revenge
• revenge, justice and injustice
• revenge in art, literature and media
This is a multimedia event, and will be contributing to the production of a documentary on revenge by Rex Bloomstein and Justin Temple (RexEntertainment) as well as traditional academic outputs.
Please submit a 250 word abstract via email to by April 2nd, 2015