Some of the colleagues who participated in our discussions:
Aleksandra Biela-Woloncej. Doctoral candidate, University of Warsaw. Empirical research on axiological aspects (valuing) of concepts, especially complex and "difficult" ones, focusing on figurative senses; cognitive semantics approach, using Conceptual Metaphor Theory and other (including the concepts of langauge mask and profiling). My survey concerned axiological aspects of linguistic expressions (mostly figurative, metaphoric/metonymic) referring to the concepts of death/smierc (English-Polish cross-linguistic study). Other interests: humour (also as a pragmatic masking tool), gesture, nonverbal communication.
Ana María García Álvarez. Lecturer, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Cognitive research on student’s mental processes and operations during the translation process, in order to develop methodologies mainly based on imagination and perception that may help students to improve their metacognition and procedural knowledge when translating. Interests in every topic related with cognitive methods by text interpretation, text production or acquisition of knowledge, for instance the blending spaces theory.
Cristina Gatti. Assistant Professor, University of Verona. My research interests are in the fields of Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Linguistics, Business Discourse and Communication, Multimodality and Discourse for the Web. I am currently analysing spatiotemporality with a particular interest in timelines. Specifically, I am investigating (a) how different concepts interrelate (Gatti 2011, Peter Lang), and (b) the ways in which different meanings such as time and space are contructed in multimodal artifacts used in corporate discourses for the webpages (Gatti 2011, Journal of Business Communication).
Husna Jamal. Doctoral candidate, Freie Universität Berlin, Excellence Cluster "Languages of Emotion." My project investigates the Malay conceptualization of emotion, as reflected in songs and poems. Seeking a framework that offers explicit source domain criteria for an empirically valid metaphor analysis, I’m turning to approaches other than CMT. Hopefully this workshop will show if/how CIT methods can be applied to advance my work.
María Dolores López Maestre. Professor, Universidad de Murcia. I am interested in the empirical application of CIT to literary and cultural studies. In particular I would like to assess the possibilities this methodological approach has for the analysis and comparison of literary texts and cultural data from a corpus linguistics perspective. I am also interested in empirical studies that explore the ideological dimension of figurative language (esp. the discursive construction of gender).
Steffen Madsen. PhD candidate, University of Tübingen. I am interested in the workshop because metaphors continue to be a developing and intriguing field. I studied metaphor theory during my Linguistics studies in Aarhus University, but I would really benefit from working with some of the more up-to-date insights on the field. I am writing a paper on 'metaphor theory' in Germany as well so it would be a good opportunity for me to get some knowledge of the most recent directions of metaphor research.
Benjamin Riise. Doctoral candidate, University of Aarhus. My interest in the CFP workshop stems from my courses in Cognitive Semiotics at the University of Aarhus. Through my participation, I expect to broaden my view of Conceptual Integration Theory.
Marta Silvera Roig. Doctoral candidate, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She is writing a dissertation in cognitive poetics. Some of her recent work combines CIT, Conceptual Metaphor Theory and cognitive poetic approaches to analyze the construction of fictional worlds in narrative.