Call for papers RaAM14

We are happy to announce the 14th conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM), which will take place 23-26 June 2021 both online and at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Its theme is “Metaphor and space”


Bids for conference hosts now being accepted

Are you interested in hosting a future Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) annual conference at your institution?

The RaAM Executive Committee (EC) invites bids to host the 2022 RaAM15 conference.

The Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) is an international, non-political, and independent educational association that is now accepting bids to host the 2022 RaAM15 conference (deadline November 30, 2020). Past conference themes include: RaAM11 Metaphor in the arts, in media and communication, RaAM12 Metaphor across contexts and domains: From description to application, and RaAM13 Metaphorical creativity in a multilingual world. RaAM encourages organisers to consider formats such as hands-on workshops and training sessions to allow for in-depth discussion and practical or applied work.

The conference should be held between May and July and organised by a Local Organising Committee (LOC) led by at least one member of RaAM. The event will be expected to further the aims of the RaAM Association as laid out in its constitution. LOC’s normally consist of a team of 2-4 researchers, plus student volunteers. LOC’s are asked to review the Proposals for hosting a RaAM conference document.

In order to be held under the auspices of the Association, organisers must have their proposals approved by the RaAM Executive Committee. For more detailed information, refer to the Guidelines for prospective hosts. Advice and support will be available throughout the process of submitting your bid and preparation for the conference.

Contact Allison Creed (Conference Secretary) at RaAM ( to express your interest and request further information on preparing a successful proposal. RaAM is also accepting bids for RaAM 2023, RaAM 2024, and RaAM 2025.

2020 EC elections: results

At the 13th RaAM conference, which took place online in June 2020 instead of at Hamar (Norway) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several positions on the RaAM Executive Committee (EC) were up for election.


RaAM 2020 will be held online!

We are pleased to announce the first-ever on-line RaAM conference (RaAM 13) to be held from  18-21 June 2020! Susan Nacey and the local organizers in Hamar are planning a great on-line event with all the plenary speakers and workshops and talks…as well as social events! While this means we will not get to visit Norway at the summer solstice, we are all looking forward to this opportunity to try something new while staying safe and maintaining a low carbon footprint!

The technology the local organizers will be using is user-friendly (and free) and there will be many chances to meet up in informal virtual sessions prior to the conference so everyone can become comfortable with the platform. And of course, at RaAM, everyone is among friends, so mistakes are allowed! This will be a friendly, creative environment in which to explore the theme of metaphorical creativity in a multilingual world. 

Please see the Conference FAQ page for more details ( and follow the conference on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@raamconf). Also, the conference organizers will be looking for virtual assistants to help facilitate the sessions — please check out the FAQ page for more information and volunteer!

We’re looking forward to a great conference! See you there!