Metaphors are indispensable tools for making sense of reality, including the ongoing reality of systemic colonial relations—or to obfuscate it (to deflect the need to enact substantive decolonisation agendas, for example). In times of crisis they perform a crucial role in translating and interpreting a rapidly changing world.
Viral phenomena have multiplied recently, literally and metaphorically. But all crises generate metaphorical languages. Terrorism was not a virus, it was a bacterial formation; the GFC was a fierce and incontrollable storm… The ‘Canberra bubble’ – a bad thing – has become the ‘family bubble’ – a good thing. To understand what is at stake in the metaphors we use and the ways they are deployed, we need a critical engagement with their underlying assumptions, their rhetorical operation, their ideological effects, and their real-world implications.
Out of the bubble?
Friday 6 November
Remaking our World, one metaphor at a time…
Danish Sheikh and Andre Dao (Melbourne Law School), ‘Metaphors for and beyond critique’.
Kevin Murray (Garland Magazine), ‘Verticalism’.
Lee-Anne Sim (Law, Australian National University), ‘Playing musical chairs – must we keep dancing through financial crises?’
Date: 6 November 2020
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Location: IPCS Online
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