George Lakoff speaking at VU University Amsterdam

This is a lecture in the Graduate Lecture series of the VU Graduate School of Humanities

George Lakoff, a world renowned linguist for his work on metaphors in language and psychology will be speaking at the VU on Friday, March 13 from 14:00-15:00 in the screening room (Filmzaal)  on the 1st floor of the VU main building. His work on linguistic metaphors and their influence on our lives dates back to his 1980 book “Metaphors we live by”.

His talk is entitled “Why linguists are needed: The severe limitations of big data analysis of linguistic corpora”.

The lecture is organized by the Language Use and Cognition chair group of the VU Faculty of Humanities and was sponsored by the Network Institute and the Spinoza Prize project “Understanding Language by Machines” in the Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab of the VU Faculty of Humanities.

Those planning to attend need to register by emailing graduate.school.fgw@vu.nl 

Guangzhou graduate and post graduate special course

From Monday 16 to Friday 20 March 2015, Professor Gerard Steen will give a special graduate and post graduate course ‘A Model for Metaphor: Metaphor in Language, Thought and Communication’, at the University of Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China.

This course aims to present an encompassing view of the way in which metaphor in language can be identified and analyzed.

Second Neuro Humanities Dialogue “Metaphors as source of creative thought”

After an inspiring and groundbreaking First Neuro Humanities Dialogue about “Neuroaesthetics and Cognitive Poetics” at the University of Catania in 2014, the Neuro Humanities Research Group of the Department of Human Sciences in Catania will organize a second Dialogue between neuroscientists and humanists. It will take place from the 4th to the 6th June 2015 at the Benedictine Monastery in Catania.

The topic of the 2015-Dialogue is: Metaphors as source of creative thought.
Keynote speakers of the “Dialogue” 2015 are Neurologist Anjan Chatterjee from the University of Pennsylvania and Humanities Scholar Gerard Steen, Director of the Metaphor Lab and Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Amsterdam.

For more information, see the Neuro Humanities Studies website.

Gerard Steen joins the Neuro Humanities Network International Board

Gerard Steen joins the Neuro Humanities Network international boardconsisting of Michael Burke, Anjan Chatterjee, Vittorio Gallese, Maria Teresa Giaveri, Patrick Colm Hogan, Marco Iacoboni, Albert Meier, David S.  Miall, Corrado Sinigaglia, Peter Stockwell, Mark Turner, Sigrid Weigel, Hanna C. Wojciehowski 

The Neuro Humanities Studies Network aims at creating a multidisciplinary research community in order to develop and structure a linking platform for neuro-scientific, cognitive topics and humanities.

The Metaphor Festival

Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 August

Keynotes:
Christian Burgers, VU University Amsterdam
Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University

Call for papers
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 April 2015

The Stockholm Metaphor Festival is an annual conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression, arranged by the Department of English at Stockholm University. It brings together researchers from a broad range of academic disciplines, working within different theoretical and methodological paradigms in a creative, internationally oriented, and friendly atmosphere. The importance of figurative language and figurative semiotics is now generally recognized, and the Festival offers an opportunity to present and learn about research findings concerning figurative uses in different types of human communication, and their cognitive, cultural, narrative, poetic, rhetorical, social, textual or discourse functions.

For more information, visit the Metaphor Festival website.

Metaphor Lab Research Meetings

Metaphor Lab Amsterdam starts with a new cycle of research meetings.  In this meetings, members of the Metaphor Lab and other scholars interested in metaphor give presentations about their current research. Every other week, Metaphor Lab Amsterdam organizes a research meeting, starting February 17 with a presentation by Gerard Steen about ‘Resistance to Metaphor’.

International Conference on Metaphor in Language and Thought

In its fifth edition, the International Conference on Metaphor in Language and Thought will take place on 7th, 8th and 9th October 2015, at the Faculty of Letters of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The V CIMLP is regarded as an important event for the community of researchers interested in metaphor and its role in language and thought. It is also important for the international community of Cognitive Linguistics in general. In its latest edition in 2011, the conference was attended by more than 200 researchers from around the world.

The event will cover several relevant aspects to Cognitive Linguistics, especially the theme “Metaphor and Language Teaching”. Papers can be submitted within the following topics: metaphor/metonymy and teaching, metaphor/metonymy and discourse, metaphor/ metonymy and multimodality, metaphor/metonymy and culture, as well as theoretical and methodological perspectives on metaphor/metonymy research.

The call for submissions is open until March 15th, 2015 on the conference website. The conference languages are English and Portuguese, and the submissions should be in one of the two languages. Abstracs should have until three authors (maximum). 

For more information, see the congress website

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