Invited talk by Vladimir Kush

Wednesday 17 June, 15.30 – 17.45, Metaphor Lab Amsterdam and the CogVim project (Marie Curie Fellowship) organize an invited talk by guest speaker Vladimir Kush. This talk is embedded in the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Summer School program but is open for everyone who is interested in art and metaphor.

Vladimir Kush is an artist and founder of ‘metaphorical realism’: “To reflect the world in the mirror of the metaphor —­ this is the goal of the artist”. You can already view his work online on and find more information on his talk in the flyer.

Doelenzaal, University Library
Singel 421-427
1012 WP Amsterdam

If you would like to attend, please register by sending an e-mail to

There will be a Q&A session and refreshments after the presentation.

Narrative and Metaphor in the Law Symposium

Saturday, January 30, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Stanford Law School, Crown Quadrangle
Room 180

The role of narrative in every dimension of legal theory and practice of the law has been much explored in recent years. Examination of the role of metaphor in the law has been almost as vigorous. The symposium “Narrative and Metaphor in the Law” will bring together outstanding scholars from different dimensions of legal research, with thinkers from anthropology, cognitive psychology, creative writing, the media and public policy for a series of conversations designed to bridge the gap between narrative research and metaphor research in the law. Papers for the symposium will be distributed to attendees for reading in advance, so early registration is advised.

Visit the symposium website for more information.

Debate between Steen and Gibbs in Journal of Pragmatics

In a recent exchange between psychologist Ray Gibbs and Gerard Steen, Gibbs wonders whether Deliberate Metaphor Theory has a future. Gibbs (2015b) raises this question as a result of Steen’s critique (Steen 2015) of an allegedly failed test of Deliberate Metaphor Theory reported in Gibbs (2015a). Steen’s critique of Gibbs’s experiment argues that the test fails because it is an inadequate conceptualization and operationalization of Deliberate Metaphor Theory. Gibbs replies that in general there is no empirical foundation for Steen’s theoretical claims about deliberate metaphor use and that Steen ignores empirical evidence that goes against DMT. In addition, Gibbs retorts, Steen’s critique of Gibbs’s experimental study fails to explain how it should have been conducted. This leads Gibbs to wonder whether DMT has a future.

You can find the articles of this debate here:

Gibbs, R.W., jr. (2015a). Do pragmatic signals affect conventional metaphor understanding? A failed test of deliberate metaphor theory. Journal of Pragmatics.

Gibbs, R.W., jr. (2015b). Does deliberate metaphor theory have a future? Journal of Pragmatics.

Steen, G.J. (2015). Developing, testing and interpreting deliberate metaphor theory. Journal of Pragmatics.

Live stream Cagliari graduate course

You can follow the Cagliari graduate course ‘A Model for Metaphoron all days, from Monday 11 to Friday 25 May, via a livestream!

During this course Gerard Steen will present an encompassing view of the way in which metaphor in language can be identified and analyzed.

NWO visitor grant for Valentina Cuccio

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam was awarded a four month visitor grant by NWO for a joint project between Valentina Cuccio, University of Palermo, and Gerard Steen. The objective of the visit, from September through December 2015, is to bring together Steen’s three-dimensional theory of metaphor with innovative insights about the embodied nature of figurative language processing from cognitive neuro science developed by visiting researcher Cuccio. The project aims to develop a novel definition of Embodied Simulation that shows how the body plays a direct role in the initial stages of language comprehension, with a special focus on the area of metaphor comprehension. It also aims to review contrasting findings in embodied language processing research on metaphor comprehension from this new Embodied Simulation perspective and explain apparent incongruities by exploiting Steen’s distinction between deliberate and non-deliberate metaphor.

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.

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