Prof. Gerard Steen

Universiteit van Amsterdam

Visiting Professor at the University of Genoa


Lecture series

Deliberate Metaphor Theory:

An introduction

9th-15th January 2020



All lectures take place 10 – 12 a.m.
Aula Magna della Scuola di Scienze Umanistiche
Via Balbi 2, 16126 Genova

Thursday, 9th January 2020 Lecture one: THE PARADOX OF METAPHOR
Metaphorical thinking, fast and slow
Metaphorical meaning, first and second order
Attention to metaphor, automatic and voluntary
Friday, 10th January 2020 Lecture two: RESOLVING THE PARADOX OF METAPHOR
Intentions and metaphor 
Reference and metaphor
Analogy and metaphor
Language and metaphor
Monday, 13th January 2020 Lecture three: THEORY (1)
Mental models for metaphor comprehension
Metaphor comprehension and domains
Tuesday, 14th January 2020 Lecture four: THEORY (2)
Domains and cross-domain mapping
Comprehension and understanding, fast and slow
Wednesday, 15th January 2020 Lecture five: RESEARCH
Behavioural research on metaphor
Document analysis on metaphor
A research agenda for DMT


Attendance is open to all and free of charge but registration is required by emailing

This event is hosted by CIRM (Centro Interateneo di Ricerca sulle Metafore – Inter-University Centre for Metaphor Research)
as part of the research project Nuove prospettive di ricerca sulle metafore – PRIN BANDO 2015 PROT. 2015YHYWSH