Metaphor in the Arts, in Media and Communication

Event title (long): 
11th Conference of RaAM – the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor: Metaphor in the Arts, in Media and Communication
Hermann Kappelhoff (Freie Universität Berlin) and Cornelia Müller (European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Closing date for submissions: 
3 January, 2016
Event dates: 
01.07.2016 - 04.07.2016

We are pleased to announce the 11th conference of RaAM – the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor which will be held at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 1 – 4 July, 2016.

RaAM is committed to the study of metaphor, metonymy and other forms of figurative expression in all domains of life and with a particular focus on the application of metaphor research to real-life issues. With the 2016 theme “Metaphor in the Arts, in Media and Communication”, the conference RaAM 11 will embrace this central thought by putting the spotlight on ways of metaphorical communication – often beyond the scope of solely language-based discourse – in some of the most prominent areas of metaphor usage.

RaAM 11 wants to provide a platform for research from various fields that regard metaphor as a fundamental principle of communication in the realm of the arts as well as in different forms of media and every-day communication. The conference aims to explore metaphor and metaphor usage in contexts that operate on a broad range of sensory data and different levels of imagery. This includes film and other audio-visual media, literature, poetry, architecture, theatre, painting, music and dance as well as production design, social media and face-to-face communication. We especially invite contributions that explore and discuss the link between these realms: a particular experiential, embodied, sensory dimension of metaphor that grounds understanding and the emergence of meaning.

The conference will feature plenary lectures by:

  • Jennifer M. Barker Georgia State University

  • Petra Gehring Technische Universität Darmstadt

  • José Mario Gutierrez Marquez Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

  • Irene Mittelberg RWTH Aachen

    We invite researchers from different disciplines, theoretical and methodological backgrounds to submit abstracts of papers, themed panels or poster presentations addressing topics within the broad range of the conference theme. These may include (but are not restricted to):

  • Metaphor and aesthetics

  • Metaphor and performance

  • Metaphor and affect

  • Metaphor and embodiment

  • Perceiving and understanding metaphor

  • Metaphoric meaning making

  • Narrativity, figuration and metaphor

  • Metaphor and expression

  • Metaphor and representation

  • Metaphor and temporality

  • Motifs, representations and metaphor

  • Rhetorics and metaphor (sketching out a family picture of metaphor: metaphor, metonymy,

    oxymoron, synecdoche, simile etc.)

  • Actions, applications and metaphor (e.g. art therapy, media pedagogy)

  • Metaphor and creativity

  • Multimodal metaphor (advertisement, comics, music, face-to-face communication including

    gesture with speech, film, television, video games etc.)

  • Conceptual metaphor in media and the arts

    Submission of Abstracts
  • Abstracts for 20-minute papers and posters should be no longer than 400 words (excluding references). Proposals for themed panels (2-4 papers of 20 minutes) should add a panel description of no more than 300 words. All abstracts have to be submitted via ConfTool (


    Deadline for abstract submission: Notification of abstract acceptance: Registration for conference participation:

    December 15, 2015 March 15, 2016
    March 15 – May 4, 2016

    Please note that you will have to be a member of the RaAM association in order to attend the conference. (For further information visit: You do not have to be a RaAM-member to submit an abstract but will need to be registered as an association member in order to complete the conference registration process in spring 2016.