Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in May 2019

Researching Metaphor – cognitive and other
Genova, Italy, 13-15 May 2019
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2019

Following the conference Metaphor: retrospect and prospects organised in Genoa in May 2016, the research group won a PRIN (Progetto di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale) award from the Italian government to further our work in the area of Cognitive Metaphor and the intense debate surrounding it, regarding the nature of metaphor, types of metaphor, classification of metaphors, metaphor and psychological theory, modes of research into metaphor, including corpus-based methodologies, concrete applications of metaphor theory to text and multimedial analysis. Just as the theoretical domains are extremely wide-ranging, so are the domains of application, with every area of language having been treated − literary, conversation, advertising, politics, classroom, art, medicine, law, economics, the world-wide web and other modes of multimedial communication, to name but a few.

Papers are therefore invited from all disciplines, including literature, linguistics, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, communication studies, medicine, the hard and soft sciences, on any aspect of metaphor theory and its applications. Papers are also welcome which trace the development of metaphor theory and how developments in metaphor theory are related to more general developments in the field of scientific discovery.

Work in progress which is already under way and which is at a stage where progress made can provide valuable insights will also be given due consideration.

The conference languages are English and French. Publication(s) will follow, details of which will be announced at the end of the conference. When submitting their proposal, authors should indicate which of the two conference languages they will be delivering their paper in.

Scholars who have accepted to give a keynote lecture are:
Marc Bonhomme
Jonathan Charteris-Black
Monika Fludernik
Ray Gibbs
Zoltan Kovecses
Gerard Steen
Rita Temmerman

Submitting proposals:
We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations (followed by 10 minutes for discussion). Please note that all the rooms will be equipped with computer, DVD player and overhead projector so you can project all supported documents, spreadsheets, presentations and films. Should you require any special equipment beyond these standard applications, please specify these requirements in your abstract.

Please send an abstract of no more than 400 words to the Conference email address:

Abstracts should be sent as email attachments in .doc format and should be named ‘Surname_Abstract_Metaphor 2019’. They should contain the following structural elements: (a) your full name, academic position, academic affiliation, email address, postal address, (b) a recognisable thesis/statement or research question, (c) an explanation of the methodology, (d) a short reference to emerging results (if applicable), (e) a list of keywords, (f) a short list of key references (max. 5).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st January 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent within two weeks of receipt of a proposal.

Detailed information on the conference, travel, accommodation etc. may be found at the conference website at

The standard information and an automatic enrolment system will be running ASAP.

The Organising Committee: Michele Prandi, John Douthwaite, Micaela Rossi, Elisabetta Zurru, Ilaria Rizzato

(posted 6 August 2018)

Monuments, Museums and Murals: Preservation, Commemoration and American Identity: 39th Conference of the American Studies Association of Turkey (ASAT)
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çannakale, Turkey, 15-17 May 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2018

The American Civil War may have ended in 1865, but in many respects it is still being fought today, over 150 years later. Ongoing battles over the Confederate flag and the recent Confederate monument controversy suggest that many of the wounds of the war, especially those related to race, class and gender, are still far from being healed. Clearly, what led to the Civil War is still dividing the nation: Americans are not only grappling with a future vision for the country, but are also struggling with the past. What are considered by some to be markers of cultural heritage are for many others painful symbols of the violent history of the United States, a nation that was built on the exploitation of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and other minority groups. As William Faulkner expresses in his 1951 novel Requiem for a Nun, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” It lingers like a ghost over the present and the future, haunting Americans and urging them to come to terms with its countless meanings and manifestations.

If “we are what we remember” then who are Americans exactly? Is what we remember just as important as how we remember it? American identity is closely invested in commemoration; national holidays, for example, construct a common past in a country of immigrants without a common past. They help make sense out of distant events, reinforce collective “values” in the present, and theoretically map out a shared future. Yet, those aspects of “history” that are (or are not) chosen for display in a museum, preservation in an archive, depiction in a work of art, or narration in a work of literature also speak volumes about a nation and its people. They remind us that there are always many competing, and often contradictory, histories, and that the past is truly never dead.

ASAT invites the submission of individual abstracts, panels, and workshop/ roundtable proposals that explore all aspects of this theme. Possible subthemes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Museums, monuments and murals in American literature
  • Preservation and commemoration in American literature
  • (Re)membering, revising, (re)writing, (re)enacting and (re)creating
  • Life writing, (self)documentation, archives
  • The politics of commemoration and memory preservation
  • Public history, art history, museology, archeology
  • Living museums, virtual museums, open-air museums
  • Cultural heritage sites, village restorations, museum shops
  • Fairs, expositions, installations and exhibits
  • Travel, tourism, leisure and cuisine
  • Creators, narrators and interpreters
  • Educators, activists, curators and benefactors
  • Audience (encoding, decoding, re/presenting)
  • (un)intentional forgetting, cultural/historical amnesia
  • “Authenticity,” (in)accuracy, perception and reality
  • Alternative sites, countermonuments, cemeteries, thanatourism
  • The sacred and profane; myth and legend; memorial culture
  • Ekphrasis, words and images, semiotics, symbols
  • (Social) media, film and visual culture
  • Rituals, rites of passage, holidays and celebrations
  • Material culture, objects, artifacts, antiques
  • Race, class, ethnicity, gender and identity politics
  • Controversy, protest and confrontation
  • Transnational, transcultural and comparative approaches

Proposals should be sent to the American Studies Association of Turkey ( and should consist of a 250–300 word abstract, five keywords, and a short (200 word) biography for each participant. The time allowance for presentations is 20 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be provided for discussion.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2018

Selected papers will be included in a special issue of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) based on the conference theme.

More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available:

(posted 20 April 2018)