8 / 9 November 2018 at the University of Basel

Finding Metaphor in Discourse. An Intensive Training for Manual and Algorithmic Approaches to Metaphor

The intensive training introduces the empirically valid annotation of metaphorical language use across different genres of discourse.
Day 1 introduces the manual annotation procedure Metaphor Identification Procedure VU Amsterdam (MIPVU), supplanted by a hands-on report on a vector-based detection method. Day 2 introduces a collaborative annotation environment for qualitative and quantitative text analysis, CATMA 5.0.
Two key note panels feature experts from Metaphor Research, Digital Humanities, and Cognitive Science.

Are you an MA or PhD student interested in metaphor? Is your work text-based – from linguistics or literary studies, communication and media studies, history, religious studies, law, political science, sociology – or from medicine, psychology, cognitive science, or digital humanities? Are you a metaphor-novice – or looking for new methodologies?
Apply for the intensive training with a short letter of motivation by 10 October (

Participants will receive feedback on their research topics in an intercultural and interdisciplinary framework. Depending on availability, the training is also open to postdocs. Main language is English.

Venue Kollegienhaus (Main Building, Petersplatz 1) and Deutsches Seminar (German Department, Nadelberg 4), University of Basel.

The workshop is free of charge. Main meals, accommodation, or travel expenses are not included.

Organized by J. Berenike Herrmann, Digital Humanities Lab, University of Basel.

Featuring experts from Metaphor Studies, Digital Humanities, and Cognitive Science
A.G. (Lettie) Dorst (Leiden)
Jan-Christoph Meister (Hamburg)
Nils Reiter (Stuttgart)
Lars Konieczny (Freiburg im Breisgau)

Thursday 8 November 2018

9.00 – 12.00 | Metaphor Tutorial (→ Kollegienhaus Room 103)
«Valid Manual Metaphor Identification with MIPVU»
J. Berenike Herrmann, Basel & A.G. (Lettie) Dorst, Leiden

12.00 – 13.00 | Lunch

13.00 – 15.00 | Metaphor Tutorial (→ Kollegienhaus Room 103)
«Valid Manual Metaphor Identification with MIPVU»
J. Berenike Herrmann, Basel & A.G. (Lettie) Dorst, Leiden

15.30 – 17.00 | Hands-On Report (→ Kollegienhaus Room 103)
«Exploring Vector-Space for Automatic Metaphors Detection»
Elena Rogleva, Vanessa Schach, Amelie Wührl & Nils Reiter, Stuttgart

18.00 | Evening Lecture (→ Deutsches Seminar Room 3)
«How hard can it be? A Closer Look at How Human Translators and Machine Translation Software Handle Metaphor in Translation»
A.G. (Lettie) Dorst, Leiden | Chair: Nils Reiter, Stuttgart

Friday 9 November 2018

9.00– 12.00 | Tutorial (→ Deutsches Seminar Room 3)
«Computer Assisted Text Markup and Analysis (CATMA 5.0) in Practice»
Jan Christoph Meister, Marco Petris & Jan Horstmann, Hamburg

12.30 – 13.30 | Lunch Lecture (→ Deutsches Seminar Room 3)
«Empiricising Hermeneutics: The Methodological Scope of Digital Text Annotation»
Jan Christoph Meister, Hamburg | Chair: Lars Konieczny, Freiburg i. Br.

13.30 – 14.00 | Closing and Farewell