Report Metaphor Festival 2017

From August 31th to September 2nd, the second edition of the Metaphor Festival Amsterdam was organised by the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam. Almost a hundred participants from thirty countries (such as Germany, Spain, Poland, Russia, Japan and India) attended these three days of inspiring talks and workshops. The program explored a wide variety of topics and research methods like experiments on the effects of metaphors on political opinions and corpus studies on issues related to health, education and religion across many different languages. Prof. dr. Kathleen Ahrens (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong) and prof. dr. Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands; Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia) were the plenary speakers. Ksenja Bogetic was awarded the Christina Alm-Arvius Award (for best presentation by a PhD student) with her paper on Direct metaphors as corrective framing devices. As the closing event, the participants were taken on a canal cruise through the beautiful canals of Amsterdam.

We would like to thank the participants for making the Metaphor Festival 2017 such a big success and hope to see many people (again) next year!

We would also like to thank our partners ABC – Amsterdam Brain and Cognition, Network Institute, and John Benjamins Publishing Company for supporting us.

The photos of Metaphor Festival 2017 are now online. Check them out via this link:

Metaphor Lab • October 9, 2017

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