Call for Papers

Please note that the deadline to submit abstracts for RaAM 9 has now closed and the abstract review process has now been completed.


The ninth conference on Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM 9) will be held in Lancaster, UK, from 4-7 July 2012.

The theme for 2012 is “Metaphor in Mind and Society”.

The International Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor welcomes researchers from various theoretical approaches studying metaphor and metonymy in different forms of expression (not just language but also, for example, designed artefacts or performed works) and in different realms of use in society (e.g., educational, political, commercial, artistic). Contributors to the 2012 conference may approach metaphor and metonymy from a variety of perspectives (including cognitive, discursive, cultural, pedagogical, social, ideological, etc.) and by applying a variety of methods (including discourse analytical methods, corpus-based methods, experimental methods, etc.)

We are inviting abstracts for:

  • 20-minute papers
  • Poster presentations
  • Themed panels (including between 5 and 8 papers).

Prizes will be awarded for the best paper by a PhD student (thanks to John Benjamins publishers) and for the best poster. Abstracts for papers and posters should be no more than 300 words (excluding references). Proposals for themed panels should be no more than 800 words (excluding references) and comprise abstracts for each paper included within them. The deadline for abstracts and proposals has been extended to midnight (GMT) Sunday 8 January 2012. We will notify all colleagues who have submitted an abstract or proposal by 31 March 2012 to let them know whether their submission has been accepted or not.

Abstracts should be submitted via the online submission system Conftool. Please follow the instructions on how to create a new user account. Once you are registered, you will be able to log on to Conftool, create your abstract, modify it as necessary, and submit it.

For further information please email