Call for papers! 

RaAM 2021: Metaphor and Space

Vilnius, Lithuania. June 23-26 2021  


In view of social distancing measures and to accommodate a wide range of participants from local and overseas, #RaAM14 in 2021 will be held on campus and online supporting greater access, equity, and sustainability in the #NewNormal.

We welcome contributions focusing on any aspect of metaphor, metonymy and/or other forms of figurative language and thought, including but not restricted to the following:

  • Theoretical and methodological aspects of metaphor

  • Metaphor in cross-cultural communication

  • Metaphor and Mental Space Theory

  • Metaphor in discourse

  • Multimodal metaphor

  • Metaphor in gesture and other modes/spaces of expression

  • Metaphor and translation

  • Metaphor in learner language and education


Abstracts for oral presentations, colloquia presentations and poster presentations should be no longer than 400 words (excluding references) and should include:

  • Title

  • Clearly articulated research question(s) and their relevance to the conference theme

  • Essential details about research framework, data and methods

  • If possible, (preliminary) results and their interpretation.


You are welcome to submit more than one contribution, but please note that you can only be first author for one contribution. All abstracts, as well as conference presentations/colloquia/ posters, if accepted, should be written/conducted in English. Please also note that while you do not have to be a RaAM member to submit an abstract, paid-up membership of RaAM is mandatory in order to register and present at the conference.

Important deadlines:

  • Colloquium proposal submission deadline: 5 October 2020. Send them to

    • Notification of acceptance: 26 October 2020

  • Abstract (paper, poster) submission deadline: 18 November 2020 [extended]

    • Notification of acceptance: 15 January 2021


Abstracts should be submitted through EasyChair. If you have not already done so, you will be prompted to set up an EasyChair account. Our submission link:


Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by our Scientific Committee.

While the conference proper will begin in the early afternoon of June 23, we will also host hands-on pre-conference workshops in the morning. There is a separate call for anyone interested in holding such a workshop (deadline 7 September 2020).

Further information

Please consult our website: We are also on Facebook and Twitter: @RaAMconfVilnius. Feel free to contact us via email at