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Marianna Marcella Bolognesi

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-LIN/01 Historical and General Linguistics

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

2019- Senior Assistant Professor at University of Bologna, Italy.

2017-2019 Research Associate at University of Oxford, UK.

2015-2017 EU-awarded Marie Curie Postdoctoral researcher, University of Amsterdam, NL.

2008-2011 Ph.D. Linguistics, Università di Torino, IT.

2004-2007 MA, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Università di Pavia, IT.

1999-2003 BA, Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Università di Pisa, IT.

OTHER POSITIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

2019-ongoing LILEC Experimental Lab member, University of Bologna, IT.

2019-2021 External staff - University of Birmingham, Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics MA supervisor for distance MA programmes in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

2018-2019 Junior Research Fellow - Jesus College, University of Oxford, UK.

2018-pres. Executive Committee - RaAM Research and Applying Metaphor.

2015-pres. Research Area coordinator - Metaphor Lab Amsterdam

(Research Area: Metaphor and Multimodality)

2012-2018 PI - Metaphor Geeks Lab, Siena, IT.

2008/2015 Faculty member, Intercultural Education and Research Center SIS, Siena, IT

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

2019 Jesus College Major Grant Scheme Funds ~ 3000 EUR

2015-2017 Marie Curie individual research fellowship (IEF) ~ 187,000 EUR

2016 KNAW Royal Dutch Academy of Science symposium grant - 3200 EUR

2016 ABC Amsterdam Brain and Cognition symposium grant - 2500 EUR

2016 Network Institute Amsterdam symposium sponsorship - 500

2014 Network Institute Amsterdam research sponsorship - 2000 EUR

2013 Network Institute travel grant - 1000 EUR

2008-2011 PhD fellowship - Università di Torino, Italy ~ 36,000 EUR

2009 Italian Ministry of Research visiting PhD fellowship (UCL London, UK) - 1500 EUR

2006 EDiSU scholarship (Universität Konstanz, Germany) -1500 EUR

2005-2006 European Commission Erasmus scholarship ~ 1200 EUR

2005 EILC European Commission scholarship, Jagellonsky University, Krakow -500 EUR

ORGANIZATION OF CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS, AND INVOLVEMENT IN SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES

2021 Program committee – CLiC-it 8th Italian conference of Computational Linguistics, Milano, IT.

2021 Organizer - LILEC Summer School 2021 Catching Language Data, University of Bologna, Italy.

2021 Scientific Committee - 134h RaAM Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2021 Scientific Committee – 6th MedCom conference 2021. Media and mass communication. Communication and cultural change. University of Cagliari, Italy.

2020 Program committee – StarSem 2020: The Ninth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics. Barcelona, Spain.

2020 Program committee – CLiC-it 7th Italian conference of Computational Linguistics, Bologna, IT.

2020 Program Committee - 7th UK Cognitive Linguistics Association Conference. University of Birmingham, UK.

2020 Scientific Committee - 13th RaAM Conference, Hamar, Norway, June 2020.

2019 Organizer and co-chair – The Creative Power of Metaphor international conference, University of Oxford, UK (March 2019).

2020 Program committee – StarSem 20219 The Ninth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics. Minneapolis, USA.

2019 Program committee – CLiC-it 6th Italian conference of Computational Linguistics, Bari, IT.

2019 Organizer - Performing Languages 2019 (annual Creative Multilingualism conference), Birmingham City University, UK (February 2019).

2018 Scientific Committee – Metaphor Festival 2018 international conference.

UvA University Amsterdam, NL (August 2018).

2018 Organizer and chair: Metaphor, Emotion, and Multilingualism.

Knowledge exchange seminar with international speaker. University of Oxford, UK (May 2018).

2018 Organizer: Sweet voice and round taste: Cross-sensory metaphors and linguistic variability. Knowledge exchange seminar with international keynote speaker. University of Oxford, UK (May 2018).

2018 Organizer and chair: Figurative Frames in Political Communication.

Knowledge exchange seminar with international speaker. University of Oxford, UK (May 2018).

2018 Organizer and chair: Metaphors, Linguistic Diversity and Foreign Language Learning.

Knowledge exchange seminar with invited speakers, University of Oxford, UK (May 2018).

2018 Organizer Creative Multilingualism Metaphor Workshop for professionals, University of Oxford, UK (February 2018).

2018 Scientific committee– RaAM 12 Researching and Applying Metaphor Polytechnic University Hong Kong, HK.

2017 Scientific Committee- AISC 2017 Associazione Italiana Scienze Cognitive, IT.

2017 Organizing Committee– Brain Day 2017.

ABC- Amsterdam Brain and Cognition, UvA University, Amsterdam NL.

2017 Program committee- CREOL@JOWO2017 (Contextual Representation of Objects and Events in Language), Bozen, IT.

2017 Program committee- Metaphor Festival 2017 international conference.

UvA University Amsterdam, NL.

2016 Organizer and coordinator: Abstract Concepts: Structure, processing and modeling. International Symposium and Debate, UvA University Amsterdam, NL.

2016 Organizing committee- Metaphor Festival 2016 international conference,

UvA University Amsterdam, NL.

2015 Organizer and chair: The importance of Event Knowledge in the Organization and Structure of Semantic Memory. Seminar with international keynote speaker. UvA University Amsterdam, NL.

2013 Scientific committee: 3rd international conference Intercultural Horizons, Cagliari, IT.

2011 Organizing committee: International Symposium IPSL (Reed College, Portland, Oregon USA).

ORGANISATION AND INVOLVEMENT IN PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EVENTS WITH PLANNED OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

2019 Babel exhibition: Library Lates (Creative Multilingualism activity organized at this public event), Oxford, UK (March 2019).

2018 Being Human Festival (Creative Multilingualism activity organized at this public event), Oxford, UK (November 2018).

2017 Curiosity Carnival (Creative Multilingualism activity organized at this public event), Oxford, UK (October 2017).

EDITORIAL SERVICE

2020-pres. Review Editor for the journals Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Communication.

2020- pres. Book Review Editor for the journal Metaphor and Symbol.

2020-pres. Editorial board member – book series Metaphor in Language, Cognition, Communication (Benjamins Publishers).

2017-2018 Topic Editor, Topics in Cognitive Science international journal.

2011-pres. Reviewer for: Acta Psychologica, Applied Linguistics, Applied Ontology, Applied Pycholinguistics, Behavior Research Methods, Cognitive Processing, Frontiers in Psychology, Intercultural Pragmatics, Journal of Pragmatics, Language and Cognition, Memory and Cognition, Metaphor and Symbol, Metaphor and the Social World, Public Journal of Semiotics, Visual Cognition, Visual Communication

MEMBERSHIP OF INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

2021 APA Society (American Psych. Association).

2020-2021 Cognitive Science Society

2018-2020 BAAL (British Association of Applied Linguistics)

2017-2019 Psychonomic Society, USA.

2017-ongoing SALC (Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition)

2016-ongoing UK-CLA (UK Cognitive Linguistics Association)

2016-ongoing RaAM (International Research and Applied Metaphor Association)

2016-ongoing Language and Mind Research Network, University of Edinburgh.

INVITED TALKS AND SEMINARS

2021 Invited keynote speaker at International conference Neuromania, Torun, Poland, November 2021.

2021 Invited plenary speaker at International conference The building blocks of information transfer in language processing , Zagreb, Croatia, October 2021.

2021 Invited keynote speaker to Croatian Applied Linguistics Society 35th conference. Language in the Digital Environment. Osijek, Croatia, September 2021.

2021 Invited speaker to MA program excellence track in Linguistics, seminar at University of Firenze, Italy (virtual). May 2021.

2021 Invited speaker at IANUA - ISSUGE Scuola Superiore dell'Università di Genova Winter school Critical Thinking, (virtual). February 2021.

2021 Invited lecture for doctoral programme at Loránd Eötvös University, Hungary. (virtual). February 2021.

2021 Invited speaker to The Bremen-Groningen Online Workshops on Multimodality. Bremen University (virtual). January 2021.

2021 Invited speaker to International Multimodal Communication Centre. University of Oxford. (virtual). January 2021.

2020 Invited speaker to CARLA2020: Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning and Application. University of Bolzano, Italy (virtual). September 2020.

2020 Invited keynote speaker to 13th RaAM Conference, Hamar, Norway, (virtual) June 2020.

2020 Invited speaker at IANUA - ISSUGE Scuola Superiore dell'Università di Genova Winter school Critical Thinking, February 2020.

2020 CIRM seminars Research at the Metaphor Lab – Metaphor and Multimodality, January 2020.

2019 Invited Mini-Lab Leader EMCL 2019 (Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics Summer School) Tartu, Estonia, July 2019.

2019 Invited Workshop “Fantastic Visual Metaphors and where to find them: An introduction to the identification of visual metaphors” – 7th specialised RaAM seminar in Liège, Belgium, May 2019.

2018 Invited keynote speaker – Tricolore 2018: Creativity, Cognition, Computation, University of Bozen, Italy, December 2018.

2018 Invited keynote speaker – 5th International Conference Metaphor and Discourse, University Jaume I, Spain, November 2018.

2017 Invited plenary speaker – Intertext and Intermedia international conference, University of Torino, IT, November 2017.

2017 Invited speaker – Vismet 1.0 Corpus of visual metaphors. Seminar and Workshop, Lund University, Dep. Cognitive Semiotics, Sweden, November 2017.

2017 Invited speaker – Everyday creativity in Communication – University of Birmingham, UK, September 2017.

2017 Invited discussant and chair – Metaphors of the mind, international workshop and round table, ISR Rome, Italy, May 2017.

2017 Invited Speaker – Distributional similarity beyond linguistic contexts: modeling metaphorical similarity in visual vs. verbal metaphors. Seminar, University of Stuttgart, Germany, Institute for Natural Language Processing, May 2017.

2017 Invited Speaker – Metaphorical similarity in visual metaphors and linguistic metaphors: A distributional approach. Seminar, at University of Pisa, Computational Linguistics Lab, May 2017.

2017 Invited Speaker – Visual metaphors and abstract concepts. Seminar, at University of Bologna, Philosophy and Communication Department, April 2017.

2017 Invited Speaker – High concepts Low downs. Workshop at University College Dublin, Ireland, Creative Language System Group, Fac. Computer Sciences, March 2017.

2017 Invited Speaker – Linguistic Metaphors and Visual Metaphors: a distributional approach. Seminar at University of Firenze, LABLITA Lab for computational linguistics and lexicography, Firenze, Italy, February 2017.

2016 Invited Speaker – at OAP (Senior Researchers Day, at ACLC, UvA University, talk: “Distributional similarity beyond linguistic occurrences: the strange case of metaphor similarity in images and texts”), UvA, Amsterdam, December 2016.

2016 Invited Plenary Speaker - Symposium Building Figurative Language Repositories: Methods, Risks and Challenges. Zagreb, Croatia, May 2016.

2016 Invited speaker – Flickr Distributional Tagspace. Seminar at CompSem Lab, Computer Science Dep., University of Colorado, USA, January 2016.

2016 Invited Plenary Speaker Better write it or draw it? Academy for text and image, Amsterdam, June 2016.

2016 Invited speaker COGVIM project: First Results. Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Research colloquia, April 2016.

2015 Invited speaker COGVIM: cognitive grounding of visual metaphor, ACLC group Research meeting, October 2015.

2015 Invited speaker - Visual metaphors and migration. Workshop at IH 2015 international conference, Cagliari, IT, September 2015.

2015 Invited speaker Visual metaphors, verbal metaphors, and dangerous things, Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Research meeting, March 2015.

2013 Invited speaker Visual Metaphors: where the mappings come from, Metaphor Lab, VU University Amsterdam, October 2013.

2013 Invited speaker Distributional semantics: a study on foreign language acquisition and a comparison between corpora of linguistic data and corpora of annotated images. Dep. Language and Communication, Università di Torino, Italy, September 2013.

2013 Invited speaker Visual Metaphors, Dep. Language and Communication, Università di Torino, Italy, March 2013.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED ABSTRACTS)

2020 Concreteness and Specificity for AI.

AAAI Fall Symposium Series on Conceptual Abstraction and Analogy in Natural and Artificial Systems. Online, November 2020.

2020 The linguistic dimensions of abstract concepts.

UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, UK CLC, July 2020.

2020 Creativity is a toaster: Experimental evidence on how monolinguals vs. multilinguals process novel metaphors

UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, UK CLC, July 2020.

2020 ‘That’s some passionate-ass blue!’ Feeling-colour associations across languages

UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, UK CLC, July 2020.

2019 Demolishing walls and myths: Cognitive salience of literal and metaphorical meanings in L1 and L2 speakers.

Conference on Multilingualism 2019, Leiden, NL, September 2019.

2019 Demolishing walls and myths: Cognitive salience of literal and metaphorical meanings in L1 and L2 speakers.

Metaphor Festival 2019, Amsterdam, NL, August 2019.

2019 Demolishing walls and myths: Cognitive salience of literal and metaphorical meanings in L1 and L2 speakers.

International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC), Nishinomiya, Japan, August.

2018 Taking Metaphors back on the Streets: The case of Greek Street Art

4th International Conference on Figurative Thought and Language, Braga, PT, October 2018.

2018 Selling the untouchable: how are abstract concepts represented in visual metaphors? Metaphor Festival 2018, Amsterdam, NL, August 2018.

2018 A method for metaphor identification in moving pictures

Metaphor Festival 2018, Amsterdam, NL, August 2018.

2017 Concreteness ratings meet Metaphoricity

Metaphor Festival 2017, Amsterdam, NL, August 2017.

2017 Concreteness ratings meet Metaphoricity

ICLC International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Tartu, ESTONIA, July 2017.

2017 Flickr Distributional Tagspace: Modeling the semantic information encoded in Flickr tags.

Int. Conf. Multimodal Communication: Developing New Theories and Methods, Osnabruek, DE, July 2017.

2017 Concreteness ratings meet Metaphoricity

SALC 6, Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition Conference, Lund, SWEDEN, April 2016.

2016 Visual synaesthesia in print advertising

Perception Metaphor 2016. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, NL, November 2016.

2016 Similarity is Closeness: Distributional Semantic Spaces, Visual and Linguistic Metaphors. Metaphor Festival 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 2016.

2016 Exploring visual synaesthesia in print advertising

Metaphor Festival 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 2016.

2016 Metaphor similarity in visual vs verbal metaphors through semantic features norms

6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Bangor UK, July 2016.

2016 Visual Metaphor: an online corpus and a model of analysis.

RaAM 11 Researching and Applying Metaphor international conference, Berlin, Germany, July 2016.

2015 The cognitive operations between domains in visual metaphors

IV International conference on Metaphor and Discourse. Castelló de la Plana, Spain, December 2015.

2015 Conceptual metaphors & metaphoric expressions in images

2nd International Symposium on Figurative thought and language. Pavia, Italy, October 2015.

2015 Visual metaphor: an online corpus and a model of analysis.

Metaphor Festival 2015. Stockholm, Sweden, August 2015.

2013 Metaphors for Power: a cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective

Intercultural Horizons 2013, ICIE Italy.

2013 The behavior of source and target domains of verbal and visual metaphors in corpora of texts and corpora images: where the mappings come from.

International conference Metaphor Festival 2013, University of Stockholm, Sweden.

2013 The behavior of source and target domains in corpora of text and images: where the mappings come from.

CRAL 3rd International conference on Meaning Construction and Meaning Interpretation. Finalist for the award of best post-doc presentation.

2013 Visual metaphors: properties and distributions of source and target domains

Winter school Metaphor Lab: the next level. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2012 Distributional semantics meets embodied cognition: Mining Flickr tags distribution

4th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, London, UK.

2011 Supporting language acquisition in Service contexts

International Symposium IPSL, Siena, Italy.

2011 Cognitive metaphors and motion verbs in L1 and L2

Metaphor Festival, Stockholm.

2011 Cognitive metaphors and motion verbs in Italian and English

Metaphor and Communication, International Conference, Cagliari, Italy.

2010 Full Immersion: Culture, Content, and Service. Siena Italian Studies Didactic Approach

IPSL International Conference, Portland, OR, USA.

2010 The Bilingual Lexicon: Semantic Links in L1 versus Episodic Links in L2

Poster presentation. 3rd UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, London, UK.

2010 Semantic memory and Episodic memory in the Bilingual mental lexicon

Young Linguists Meeting in Poznan, Poland.

2008 Social Networking and Language Teaching

AAIS, AATI International conference, Taormina, Italy.

RESEARCH TRAINING

2013 Invited talk and participation at Metaphor Lab Winter school: The Next level, VU University, NL.

2011 Summer School Language and Speech Technologies participation, Tarragona, Spain.

2011 Awarded participation to Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics (EMCL5), Freiburg, Germany.

2010 Collecting experimental data for VALICO corpus, University of Torino Italy.

2009 Awarded participation to TRIPLE (Research Desk on Word and Lexicon), Rome, Italy.

2009 Collecting experimental data (for PhD dissertation) with bilinguals at UCL, London, UK.

2006 Collecting experimental data (MA thesis) with bilingual children in Konstanz, DE.

ACADEMIC ADVISING, SUPERVISION, STUDENT-LED COLLABORATIONS AND PARTICIPATION IN PHD COMMITTEES

2020-ongoing Supervising (as co-promotor) PhD candidate Jie Fu at UvA University of Amsterdam, PhD programme in Linguistics.

2020-ongoing Supervising 6 BA students at University of Bologna, faculty of Modern languages, Literatures and Cultures.

2020 Supervising 3 MA students at University of Birmingham, enrolled at Distance MA programmes in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

2019 External advisor for student-led project with PhD fellow Phillip Wicke @Computer Science Dep., UCD Dublin).

Outcome: co-authored paper: Wicke, P., Bolognesi, M. (2020). Emoji-based semantic representations for abstract and concrete concepts.

2018 1 MA thesis co-supervision with Prof. Alan Cienki (VU University, dep. Language and Communication).

Outcome: student graduated and her thesis was awarded the Christina Alm-Arvius Award at metaphor festival 2018.

2018 Advising visiting PhD fellow Alessandro Cavazzana @Oxford University.

Outcome: co-authored paper: Cavazzana, A., Bolognesi, M. (2020). Uncanny Resemblance. Words, pictures, and conceptual representations in the field of metaphor. Cognitive Linguistic Studies.

2017 Advising visiting PhD fellow Lorena Bort Mir @Metaphor Geeks Lab, Siena.

Outcome: co-authored paper Bort-Mir L., Bolognesi, M., Ghaffaryan, S. (2020). Cross-cultural interpretation of filmic metaphors: A think-aloud experiment.

2017 PhD reading and defense committee:

Geoffrey Ventalon, PhD in Cognitive Psychology at University Paris 8, FR.

2017 Advising MA student’s research project @UvA University.

Outcome: publication: Bolognesi M., Aina L. (2019). Similarity is Closeness: Using Distributional Semantic Spaces to model Similarity in Visual and Linguistic Metaphors. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.

2016 PhD reading and defense committee:

Floor De Groot, PhD in Cognitive Psychology at VU University Amsterdam, NL.

2016 PhD reading and defense committee:

Patricia Pineda, PhD in Linguistics at VU University Amsterdam, NL.

2016 1 MA thesis co-supervision with Prof. Alan Cienki (VU University, dep. Language and Communication).

2014 Advising MA student’s research project @Allameh Tabataba'i University, Iran.

Outcome: publication: Bolognesi M., Ghaffaryan S. (2015). The concept of power in Iran and U.S.A.: Metaphors and mental images from a cross-cultural perspective. Proceedings of the 3rd int. conference Intercultural Horizons 2013. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

NON-ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2018-2019 Consultant for Yum! [http://www.yum.com/] Brands, Inc., in collaboration with Collider Lab [http://www.thecolliderlab.com/] .

2018-2019 Consultant and Communication Strategist for Rosati [https://www.rosati.club/] Cork Extractor.

2014-2017 Co-author for an Italian Grammar for Highschool students, within the major Italian Publisher Mondadori.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Italian – native

English – proficient

Russian – intermediate

Spanish – intermediate

Dutch – beginner