Abstract submission deadline MF17 extended until 15 April

The abstract submission deadline is extended until 15 April. For further details: see the call for papers Metaphor Festival 2017.

New Resistance to Metaphor website

The Resistance to Metaphor website is online!! Read more about this new research program, the different projects and the people involved on http://resistancetometaphor.org/

Christian Burgers interviewed for Dutch newspaper

Christian Burgers was interviewed for the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad about the use of metaphors for political campaigns. The article was published in the newspaper on Wednesday March 15 (see image). Did you miss it? The article is also published online: https://fd.nl/economie-politiek/1191761/waarom-heeft-rutte-het-toch-altijd-over-die-tocht-door-de-woestijn.

Deliberate Metaphor Theory: Basic assumptions, main tenets, urgent issues

Gerard Steen published a new article on Deliberate Metaphor Theory in Intercultural Pragmatics, entitled ‘Deliberate Metaphor Theory: Basic assumptions, main tenets, urgent issues.

Full reference:
Steen, G.J. (2017). Deliberate Metaphor Theory: Basic assumptions, main tenets, urgent issues. Intercultural Pragmatics, 14(1), 1-24. doi: 10.1515/ip-2017-0001

Review of Mixing Metaphor

Eyal Segal, post-doc at the Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics (Tel Aviv University, Israel), reviewed Mixing Metaphor (2016), edited by Raymond W. Gibbs Jr.. This book is part of the book series Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication.

You can read the review here!

Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Winter School 2017: a report

From Sunday evening 22 January until Friday evening 27 January, 27 Master students, PhD students and post doc researchers from 16 different countries attended the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Winter School “Metaphor Identification and Analysis”. Under the supervision of Gerard Steen, Susan Nacey, Tina Krennmayr, Jean Wagemans and Marianna Bolognesi the students followed courses on visual metaphor or metaphor and argumentation in the morning and learned about MIPVU in the afternoon. Students could also attend plenary talks by Gerard Steen. This way, the teachers trained the participants in various methods of metaphor identification and analysis that the students can now apply in their own work. At the end of the week the participants gave a presentation about what they learned during the winter school. Since the school also included lunch, dinner, drinks, bowling and sightseeing, the students not only learned a lot about metaphor in language, image and argumentation, but also got the chance to meet new people and a new city!

We want to thank the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication and the CogVim project for sponsoring this unique event.

 “It was a beneficial workshop that gave me a hands-on practical experience in addition to that it answered a lot of the questions I had”

  “This school allows me to make new friends and potential future colleagues so it was a really good experience”

CfP Metaphor Festival 2017 out now!


Amsterdam, 31 August – 2 September 2017

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam is delighted to announce that the next Metaphor Festival will take place in Amsterdam from 31 August through 2 September 2017. The Metaphor Festival is an annual conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression. It used to be arranged by the Department of English at Stockholm University. From 2006 through 2015, a series of ten successful conferences was held in Stockholm bringing 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 Metaphor Lab Amsterdam continues this tradition and last year’s first Metaphor Festival in Amsterdam was a great success. Read more

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