International Conference

Metaphor and Translation

University of Toulon
1-2 juin 2017

A French-Canadian Collaboration

Plenary lectures

  • Isabelle Collombat, University Paris 3 (ESIT), France
  • Michele Prandi, University of Genoa, Italy

Call for Papers

The Research Laboratory Babel at the University of Toulon, France, is pleased to announce an international conference on Metaphor and Translation in collaboration with the University of Montreal, Canada, to be held at Toulon on 1-2 June 2017.

The conference invites proposals for papers which investigate how a metaphor may be transferred from one language to another or from one semiotic system to another, (for example, in literature or in the cinema). Metaphor may be regarded from the point of view of language, (conventional metaphors, phraseology), style (creative metaphor) or conceptual fields (cognitive metaphor). It may be in relation to a text, an author, a field of activity or a cultural aspect. Corpora may include literary texts, political discourse, technical terminology, recent creations in the media or in social networks, as well as the discussion of theories about the transmission of ideas from one language to another through the medium of metaphor.

Metaphor has been studied in stylistics, rhetoric and discourse analysis, from the point of view of linguistic structures, semantics, morphology and syntax, as well as in translation studies. It is hoped that its study through the medium of translation will offer new approaches in these different fields.

The two working languages will be French and English and any combination of European languages in translation will be welcome. The Organising Committee is planning to publish the conference proceedings.

Details on registration and the programme will be published on the conference web site at a later date.

An abstract of max. 300 words (without references), as well as your title and affiliation, should be sent by 31 December 2016 to the following address: