CFP: FiCLA: Metaphors of power

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Tue Jun 20 10:03:29 UTC 2006

Dear All,

forwarded, with usual apologies for cross-postings, the CFP of a
general-linguistic but Finno-Ugristically relevant ;-) symposium.

Best, JL
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Abteilung für Finno-Ugristik
Universitätscampus AAKH, Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43019 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at |

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Von: Anni Jääskeläinen <anni.m.jaaskelainen at>
Datum: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 11:36:02 +0300
An: <ficla at>, <cogling-l at>, <kitu at>
Betreff: [Kitu] Call for Papers: Symposium „Cognitive approaches to
metaphors of power‰

Call for papers:

“Cognitive approaches to metaphors of power”

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 include
- Zoltán Kövecses from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
- Riikka Kuusisto from the University of Helsinki
- 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 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

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 <>

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