Metaphor Festival ’18


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)

Book of abstracts

The book of abstracts is now available!

Preliminary program

The preliminary program is now available!

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.


To register for the Metaphor Festival 2018, please visit the registration page and follow the instructions. The deadline for registration and payment for participants whose abstract has been accepted is June 30, 2018. The deadline for registration and payment for all other participants is August 25, 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.