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.

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

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’.

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