The Creative Power of Metaphor

CfP deadline: EXTENDED to 7th November 2018

The Creative Power of Metaphor


29th – 30th March 2019 at Worcester College, Oxford, UK

Join us for a 2-day conference on the nexus between Metaphor, Linguistic Diversity, and Creativity.

The conference will be structured around four themes. Each theme will be introduced in a keynote lecture, and developed in a plenary round-table discussion featuring selected panelists. Panelists will address general questions as well as questions raised by the audience. Moreover, 4 extensive Poster sessions will be dedicated to present specific studies related to the four themes.

The output of the conference will consist of a series of edited videoclips featuring the debates, which will be broadcasted on the Creative Multilingualism website and disseminated on relevant video channels and social media.

For queries and clarifications please contact the organisers.


1. Metaphor and Linguistic Diversity

Keynote speaker: Lera Boroditsky

2. Metaphor and Emotion

Keynote speaker: Zoltán Kövecses

3. Metaphor and Communication

Keynote speaker: Gerard Steen

4. Metaphor and Creativity

Keynote speaker: Rachel Giora


Conference fee: £90
Reduced fee for students: £50

Registration will open in early December.

The Organisers

Professor Katrin Kohl
Dr Marianna Bolognesi
Dr Ana Werkmann Horvat

The conference is part of the multi-institutional research programme Creative Multilingualism (, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Our research group is a large cross-disciplinary team of academics working on the nexus between linguistic diversity and creativity. The conference is being organised by Strand 1 of Creative Multilingualism: Embodying Ideas – the Creative Power of Metaphor:
The event is also endorsed by RaAM, the international Network for Researching and Applying Metaphor.

We look forward to welcoming you in Oxford!