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Full Title: The Political Impact of Metaphors
Location: Liege, Belgium
Start Date: 15-May-2014 - 16-May-2014
Contact: Julien Perrez
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Meeting Description: In the wake of Lakoff and Johnson's seminal work, much attention has been
devoted to the study of metaphors not as rhetoric figures but as conceptual
tools to express a complex reality in more familiar terms. While conceptual
metaphors occur in every area of life, the political domain remains one
prominent area where to find metaphors.

Though a large body of research has been devoted to the study of
(conceptual) metaphors in the political domain, it is striking to notice
that the question of the political impact of metaphors has hardly been
addressed. While metaphors are described as devices structuring our
perception of political realities and representations, and as devices
frequently used by political elite to frame particular debates, their
actual political impact has mostly been taken for granted. We therefore
suggest that the next turn in the study of political metaphors is to grasp
their political impact. This issue raises several questions: they tap on
the “production” side and on the “reception” side of the metaphor chain, as
well as on the intermediary process itself both at the individual level and
at the collective level:

- Who, why and how do we use metaphors in political discourse?

- What’s the short-term, mid-term and long-term political impact of
metaphor use?

- How do metaphors circulate from one discourse type to another?

- Do they travel across issues, languages and countries?

- What does political impact more precisely mean?

- What are the political consequences of metaphors in terms of attitudes
and behaviours?

- Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, the aim of this conference is to
offer not only conceptual insights but also real world oriented research to
explain how discourses, through metaphors, actively shape the political

The conference will include talks by Gerard Steen, Ray Gibbs, Tina
Krenmayr, Didier Caluwaerts, Emilie L’Hôte, Camille Debras, Brigitte
Nerlich, Dimitrios Karmis and Christ’l De Landstheer.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Cognitive Science
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 25.1638

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