I thought these questions from the Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology looked really interesting…
Warring with Words:
Narrative and Metaphor in Domestic and International Politics
Saturday, March 24, 2012
8:45 AM to 4:30 PM; Reception to follow
- Is it true that much communal and international hostility is generated, at least in part, by the fact that opposing groups hold to conflicting religious and historical narratives?
- Does each culture depend on a distinct cluster of metaphors for viewing the world?
- To what extent are domestic and international policies shaped by the metaphors employed to frame the problems they are designed to resolve?
- How effectively are the candidates in the upcoming US elections wielding stories and metaphors as campaigning weapons?
- How may dysfunctional political narratives and metaphors be critiqued and effectively amended?
- To what extent do political theorists depend on metaphor and political historians on narrative to conceptualize their fields and articulate their findings?
The annual Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology will bring an international cast of prominent researchers to address these and other important questions.