Metaphor Festival ’18

CALL FOR PAPERS – EXTENDED DEADLINE (1 APRIL)                                   

Amsterdam, 30 August – 1 September 2018

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam is delighted to announce the next Metaphor Festival Amsterdam!

The conference starts on Wednesday 29 August with a social gathering (evening, optional) and formally opens on Thursday 30 August at 9.00 a.m. The conference closes on Saturday 1 September at the end of the afternoon.

This year’s keynote speakers are:

  • prof. Raymond Gibbs (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • prof. Margot van Mulken (Radboud University Nijmegen)

The Metaphor Festival is an annual conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression. It 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, political, social, textual or discourse functions and effects. Contributions to the general session of the Festival can address the linguistic and/or literary character and use of tropes – metaphor, metonymy, simile, oxymoron, hyperbole, litotes, punning, and irony – or the character and use of rhyme schemes, various types of parallelism and other formal poetic constructions, as well as the nature of figurative signs and devices in multi-modal or non-verbal communication.


Abstracts should be 300 words maximum and should be written in English (please provide glosses or translations for examples in other languages).

Abstracts reporting on empirical data should have four sections: introduction, methods, findings, and conclusions. Abstracts providing a purely theoretical or philosophical contribution should have three sections: introduction, main argument, and conclusions.

All abstracts should end with a one-sentence take-home-message. Authors need to make sure that their identities cannot be retrieved from the abstract itself, and should include blind reference to their work that is not yet publicly available (i.e., papers in press, under review and. or in preparation).



All abstracts can now be submitted via the submission website. The deadline for submission has been extended until 1 April 2018.



The conference takes place at the P.C Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam.


Please keep an eye on our website www.metaphorlab.org for any updates. You are welcome to contact the organizing committee at metaphorfestivalamsterdam@gmail.com in case of any enquiries.