CfP Winter School 2017

The deadline has been extended until 12 pm DST, on Sunday 30 October 2016!

The call for participants for the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Winter School 2017 is out: CfP Winter School 2017.

Application deadline: Sunday 23 October 2016, 12 pm DST.

Narrative Metaphor Nexus

Mike Hanne has helped to convene a series of conferences over many years, collectively entitled The Narrative/Metaphor Nexus. They have explored from every angle the combined role of narrative and metaphor in disciplines as diverse as: Medicine (Berkeley, 2010), Politics (Claremont Graduate University, 2013), Law (Stanford, 2016), with a major publication following from each event. A website which encompasses the whole Narrative/Metaphor Nexus project has just been launched, with writings Mike Hanne has contributed to it accessible directly:

Metaphor Festival 2016!

From Wednesday 31 August until Saturday afternoon 3 September, the Metaphor Festival took place in Amsterdam for the first time. The previous Swedish hosts of the Metaphor Festival, David Minugh and Nils-Lennart Johannesson, were there to make the transition from Stockholm to Amsterdam official. Almost a hundred attendees from all over the world (Australia, China, (Hong Kong and Taiwan), Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungaria, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK) visited the Metaphor Festival 2016. On Thursday and Friday they presented and listened to inspiring scientific talks, and on Saturday they were able to attend different interesting workshops. The festival ended with a sociable canal boat tour through the canals of the city. It was an unforgettable first Metaphor Festival Amsterdam and we hope to see a lot of people (again!) next year.

We want to thank the Network Institute, the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication and John Benjamins Publishing Company for sponsoring this the first edition of the Metaphor Festival Amsterdam.

We have created an album with the pictures of the Metaphor Festival Amsterdam 2016.

Narrative and Metaphor in Education: submit your abstract!

From 30 March to 1 April 2017  the “Look Both Ways” – Narrative and Metaphor in Education Conference 2017 will be held at Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam.

Abstracts can now be submitted until the 31st of October.

See the conference website for more information!

Last call Symposium ‘Abstract Concepts’

Abstract Concepts: Debating Their Structure, Processing, and Modeling.

Date: 18-Nov-2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

On which dimensions of meaning do abstract and concrete concepts differ? How does perceptual experience affect abstract concept processing and representation? What is the role of language in shaping and indexing the content of concrete vs. abstract concepts? How and in which contexts are abstract concepts understood through metaphors? Abstract concepts are a controversial and widely debated topic, within the theoretical discussion about the embodied vs symbolic nature of language and meaning. The aim of this project is to bring together current views about the structure, processing, and modeling of abstract concepts.

8 eminent scholars have been invited to Amsterdam to discuss the nature, structure, processing, and modeling of abstract concepts in various disciplines. During the symposium the panelists will present in turn their view and will receive structured comments (prepared in advance) from their peers. A general discussion among all panelists and the audience will follow.

Invited Keynote Speakers and 
Provisional titles
Prof. Friedemann Pulvermueller – Concrete mechanisms for abstract meaning
Prof. Gun Semin – The place of metaphors in the order of things
Prof. Piek Vossen – Granularity and identity of event descriptions
Dr. Diane Pecher – Curb your embodiment
Prof. Max Louwerse – Language statistics explain conceptual processing
Prof. Alessandro Lenci – The Emotions of Abstracts: A Distributional Semantic Analysis Prof.
Ken McRae – Situations, perceptual information and abstract concepts
Prof. Gabriella Vigliocco – Learning and processing abstract concepts: the role of language and the role of emotion

Call for Papers
Given the structure and program of the symposium, with 8 keynote speakers, submissions are welcome (and encouraged!) for poster presentations. Posters will be displayed on the conference venue for the whole day and actively discussed over the lunch break, which will take place at the conference venue.

Applicants are asked to submit (max.) 250 words abstracts to

Registration info can be found on the symposium website:

Submission deadline (extended): 30th September
Notification of acceptance: 3rd  October
Symposium date: 18th November

The event is organized by the COGVIM project team (EU Marie Curie IEF, awarded to Dr. Marianna Bolognesi – n° 629076) and sponsored by ABC Amsterdam Brain and Cognition, Network Institute, and KNAW Dutch Royal Academy of Science.

Identify comparisons and similes online!

The Informatics Laboratory of Paris 6 and The Observatory for Literary Life invite you to participate in their crowdsourcing research project.

Read and identify comparisons and similes in 19th and early 20th century
literary texts. Have fun and help researchers’ work in digital humanities!

Get Started!

Review of Metaphor in Specialist Discourse

Nina Julich, Research Associate at Universität Leipzig (Germany), reviewed Metaphor in Specialist Discourse (2015) by Berenike Herrmann and Tony Berber Sardinha. This book is part of the book series Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication.

You can read the review here!

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