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Full Title: Look Both Ways: Narrative & Metaphor in Education

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Start Date: 30-Mar-2017 - 01-Apr-2017
Contact: Anna Kaal
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Meeting Description: English (for Dutch Description see Call for Papers)

Look both ways - Narrative & Metaphor in Education:

Over the last 30 years, educationists have drawn increasingly on insights from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, cognitive science and linguistics to examine the roles played by narrative and metaphor in every domain of educational theory and practice. The narrative and metaphor perspectives have, however, mostly been used separately and opportunities for researchers and educators to meet and share their ideas are rare. This conference takes up the challenge of bringing educationists who have employed the narrative lens into conversation with those who have employed the metaphor lens. It highlights the work of those few researchers who have demonstrated 'binocular vision' (that is, employed the two perspectives in combination) in their study of education. The implications of research for teaching and policy practice will be particularly emphasized. The result should be a fuller account than has previously been attempted of the intricate relations which operate at the nexus between narrative and metaphor in and of education.

There will be 6 confirmed keynote presentations, by scholars who have undertaken outstanding work on narrative and metaphor in educational theory or practice:

Jean Clandinin, Vera Caine & Sean Lessard - University of Alberta, Canada
Martin Cortazzi - University of Warwick & Lixian Jin - De Montfort University, UK
Kieran Egan - Simon Fraser University, Canada
Michael Hanne - University of Auckland, New Zealand
Martijn Meeter - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Niklas Pramling - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Registration: 1 October 2016 - 28 February 2017

The conference will be organized from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) ( teacher training institute in Amsterdam by a team of education, narrative and metaphor specialists. Its research institute, LEARN! (, carries out both basic and applied research on learning and education. The conference is organized in collaboration with Metaphor Lab Amsterdam ( It is the fourth in a series on the role of narrative and metaphor in different disciplines. The first, relating to medicine, was held at UC Berkeley in 2010. The second, relating to politics, was held at Claremont Graduate University in 2012. The third, relating to law, was held at Stanford Law School in early 2016.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Ling & Literature
LL Issue: 28.648

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