Metaphor Festival Amsterdam

We are pleased to announce a new RaAM-endorsed event!

Metaphor Festival Amsterdam

The Metaphor Festival is an annual conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression, to be held at the University of Amsterdam from 31 August through 3 September 2016.

The importance of figurative language and figurative semiotics is now generally recognized, and the Festival 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, social, textual or discourse functions.

The combination of metaphor and Amsterdam in a festival has prompted the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam to celebrate this configuration in one new way: after two days of academic work on 1 and 2 September, Saturday 3 September will be different. It will feature metaphor slams (deliberate metaphor production; resistance to metaphor battle; debating by metaphor contest), outreach activities to the non-academic community (metaphor in the real worlds of health care, marketing, organization and management, politics and so on), and metaphor-related artistic performances (poetry readings, stand-up comedy, music).

Abstracts for paper or poster presentations can be now submitted by Easychair. Deadline for submission is 31 March. Information about acceptances will be emailed by 15 April to all scholars submitting an abstract.

Information about registration, conference fees and accommodation will be announced later—please check the Metaphor Lab website for updates and further information. There is also a Facebook page: Metaphor Festival Amsterdam 2016.