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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Public lecture - The Understanding of Metaphor and Creativity, 23th Oct, St. Mary's University College, London, UK


For all queries, please contact Dr Stephen Rainey :

Public Lecture

The Understanding of Metaphor and Creativity

Prof. John Barnden, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, the University of Birmingham
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
5.15pm - 6.45pm, followed by a drinks reception
Senior Common Room, St Marys University College, Twickenham

Metaphors can provide insight into situations and creative descriptions of them. I will discuss 
respects in which metaphors can be creative, drawing insights from an account I have been 
developing of how the subtleties of metaphorical language--and other, non-linguistic, forms of 
metaphorical expression--arise and can be understood. Another, very different side to the talk 
(or is it?) will be a brief discussion of metaphors used in describing creativity. Both sides of 
the talk may contribute something to the task of settling on what creativity and related things 
such as originality are, or at least temporarily perching on an ever-shifting mass of ideas about 

About the Speaker:

John Barnden has been Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Birmingham since 
1997. He is a previous chair and current vice-chair of the Society for the Study of Artificial 
Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. His main research interest is in metaphor,
including not only its importance in natural language technology in AI but also its 
multidisciplinary vibrancy in linguistics, psychology and philosophy. He is on the edges of the 
computational creativity community (people who are in the question of creative computational 
artefacts). He also has a long-time interest in consciousness that he would like to develop 
further, and in particular has written on the question of the possible fundamental metaphoricity 
of self-consciousness.


All lectures are free and open to the public without registration. Lectures start at 5:15 and last 
for 50 minutes, with 40 minutes for questions. This is then followed by a wine reception.

Senior Common Room, St Marys University College, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, 
TW1 4SX, UK.

Directions to the university:

For further information, please contact Dr Stephen Rainey :