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Cun Zhang, PhD candidate at Northeast Normal University and guest researcher at the ACLC in 2019-2020, and Charles Forceville, Associate Professor at the UvA, are the guest speakers at this ACLC seminar with the lecture 'Metaphor and Metonymy in Chinese and American Political Cartoons (2018-2019) about the Sino-US Trade Conflict'.

Detail Summary
Date 22 January 2021
Time 16:15 -17:30


Political cartoons make meaning by drawing on scenarios that must be immediately recognizable by their intended audience. Crucial meaning-making mechanisms in these scenarios are verbo-visual ensembles of metaphors and metonymies. In this paper we investigate 69 Chinese and 60 American political cartoons published in 2018 and 2019 that pertain to the two nations’ trade conflict. By examining the cross-cultural similarities and differences between metaphors and metonymies, we chart how Chinese and American cartoonists portray this trade conflict. We end by showing how a complete interpretation of the cartoons requires enrichment with insights provided by yet other analytical instruments.

About the ACLC seminar series

The ACLC seminar series is a two weekly lecture series organized by the ACLC, research school for linguistics of the Faculty of Humanities.