New affiliation: ABC

We are more than happy to announce our new affiliation: the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC) center. The center serves as a platform and community for cognitive scientists interested in a wide range of Cognitive Science topics, ranging from perception to memory, decision-making, language and logic.

The first of June, ABC organizes Brain Day, where Gerard Steen will give a talk, introducing the Metaphor Lab to the ABC center and viceversa.

Colin Macilwain about metaphor in the cancer conversation

Colin Macilwain has written an interesting article on the importance of changing the ‘war on cancer’ metaphor. Read his article ‘Change the cancer conversation‘ and let us know what you think.

Cagliari (post)graduate special course

From Monday 11 to Friday 15 May 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 Cagliari, Italy.

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

RaAM Seminar

We are happy to announce the 5th specialised seminar of the International Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM), which will take place on 10-12 June 2015 in Leiden, the Netherlands.

At this seminar, various Metaphor Lab members will present their work:

Britta Brugman & Kiki Renardel de Lavalette will give a posterpresentation about their Hyperbole Identification Procedure.

Gudrun Reijnierse & Tina Krennmayr will give a workshop “MIP(VU) in translation”.

The seminar will be hosted by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL).

Plenary speakers

  • Jean Boase-Beier, University of East Anglia (UK)
  • Christina Schäffner, Aston University (UK)
  • Dimitri Psurtsev, Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia)

Metaphors in/and/of Translation

The theme of the 2015 seminar is “Metaphors in/and/of Translation”. The goal of the seminar is to advance the study of metaphor (and other forms of figurative language) through the analysis of metaphors in and of translation.

For more information, see the RaAM website.

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.

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