Call for papers: Cognitive approaches to metaphors of power

Jaakko Leino jaleino at
Fri Aug 18 13:06:39 UTC 2006

Second call for papers:

"Cognitive approaches to metaphors of power"

Therefore, the Finnish Cognitive Linguistic Association (FiCLA) and the 
Finnish graduate school in Language Studies Langnet will organize a 
symposium "Cognitive approaches to metaphors of power" on 12-13 October 
2006 at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The plenary speakers will 
- Zoltán Kövecses from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
- Riikka Kuusisto from the University of Helsinki
- Elena Semino from Lancaster University
- Gerard Steen from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Aim and themes

The aim of this symposium is to focus on a theme which despite its 
centrality has not yet been discussed in FiCLA symposiums, i.e. 
metaphor, especially with respect to political and ideological language, 
and to bring together both advanced and postgraduate researchers in the 
fields of cognitive metaphor theory and critical discourse analysis.

Suggested themes for discussion include (but are not limited to) the 

- Mind and language in the context of power: the functions of metaphor 
in it (semantic interaction, analogies, substituting one metaphor for 
another); conscious creativity in metaphor uses as against less 
conscious uses; source domains for political metaphors; metaphors and 
values (do non-metaphorical values exist?); is it possible to define a 
finite set of acceptable ideological metaphors? how are these metaphors 
(mentally) motivated and how are they understood?; emotions, paradoxes, 
incongruencies; semantic models and their interpretations, constructions

- Ideology: its language and conventions, ideological representations, 
intentions, and metaphors; the power of ideological language (how do 
metaphors spread and how do they influence our lives?, how do they 
create identities?); the relationship of ideological metaphors to 
everyday metaphors and metaphors of science, their identification; 
beliefs, how ideological metaphors relate to the "real world", their 
possibly hypothetical nature, their social and psychological reception

- Is it possible to neutrally analyze and evaluate metaphors (of power)?


To participate, please send a one-page Word- or RTF-abstract to Michaela 
Pörn < at> by 3 September 2006. Acceptance will be 
notified personally via e-mail by 8 September 2006, and a fully detailed 
schedule published on the FiCLA home page on later in September 2006. 
The language of the symposium is English.


The registration fee is 30 euros (15 euros for postgraduate students, 
free for undergratuate students and members of FiCLA). It includes 
participation in the symposium and all that is served during coffee 
breaks. Lunches and dinners are not included. A symposium dinner will be 
organized on Thursday 12 October.

Please send your payment to the FiCLA account before 6 October 2006.

Account number Sampo 800012-70761654
IBAN FI2380001270761654


The conference will take place at the University of Helsinki main 
building, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd and 4th floor.

Any further questions or enquiries concerning the symposium should be 
directed to Jaakko Leino <jaleino at>. Questions concerning 
the registration fee and payment should be directed to Anni Jääskeläinen 
<anni.m.jaaskelainen at>

More information can also be found on the Internet:

FiCLA home page <>
Langnet <>
Accommodation in Helsinki: see a former FiCLA symposium page:
Gerard Steen <>
Elena Semino <>

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