Metaphor Festival ’18: Preliminary program online!

The preliminary program for the Metaphor Festival 2018 is now available!

We are very pleased to share the preliminary program with you. Please click here to access it.

More information, including the book of abstracts, can be found here.

ps: Please note that registration for the conference is open until 25 August — see:

Metaphor Festival ’18: Book of abstracts online!

Just one month to go until the Metaphor Festival 2018 !

We are very pleased to share the book of abstracts with you. Please click here to access it.

We are also busy finetuning the conference program, which will be made available on the Metaphor Lab website soon!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Metaphor Festival!

ps: Please note that registration for the conference is open until 25 August — see:

Metaphor Festival ’18: Registration is open!

We are pleased to announce that online registation and payment for the Metaphor Festival ’18 are now open. Please visit the registration page and follow the instructions.

The deadline for registration and payment for participants whose abstract has been accepted is June 30, 2018. The deadline for registration and payment for all other participants is August 25, 2018.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam! If there are any issues or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Metaphor Festival ’18: Update

Less than 4 months to go until the Metaphor Festival 2018!

Reviews are completed and all speakers whose abstract has been accepted for a presentation at the Metaphor Festival have now received a confirmation email. We are confident that these presentations will make the 2018 Festival a great success!

We are busy working on the academic and social program, and will get back to you with more information soon. Registration will open soon as well. Check our website for updates and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for regular updates!




Deadline extended & keynotes update: Metaphor Festival 2018

The next Metaphor Festival will take place in Amsterdam from 30 August through 1 September 2018, and we have some exciting updates for you!

This year’s keynote speakers are prof. Raymond Gibbs (University of California, Santa Cruz), and prof. Margot van Mulken (Radboud University Nijmegen).

The deadline for submitting your abstracts has been extended until 1 April. The Call for Paper can be found here. Do’nt forget to submit your abstract online!

Hoe metaforen ons denken bepalen [How metaphors determine our thinking, ed.]

[Article in Dutch]

In de Correspondent verscheen onlangs een artikel over de mens als oplaadbare batterij, geschreven door Lynn Berger. Ze sprak hierover Gerard Steen.

“Opladen, bijtanken en energie opdoen, we zijn er maar druk mee. De meest surreële variant is misschien wel van Ikea, die een slapende baby toefluistert: ‘Laad, kindje, laad.’ De wetenschap leert dat zulke metaforen doorwerken in ons denken, onze beleving, en onze emoties.”

Lees hier verder.

2 PhD positions available

We currently have vacancies for two PhD positions within the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam, on the topic of contemporary political satire. These vacancies are funded through an NWO/VIDI grant awarded to Christian Burgers. The successful candidates will be based in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

You can find the text of the vacancies at:


Interested candidates can apply between 8 March 2018 and 30 April 2018.

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