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Playing with metaphor: new ways of knowing

Naomi de la Tour

Playing with metaphor: new ways of knowing

The metaphors we use to talk about a topic can shape the way we imagine the reality of the world around us and what we believe it is possible to change in the world. If we are to develop new ways of knowing and new behaviour then considering the power of metaphor and the strength of the stories they contain is essential.

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Naomi de la Tour

Playing with metaphor: new ways of knowing

The metaphors we use to talk about a topic can shape the way we imagine the reality of the world around us and what we believe it is possible to change in the world. If we are to develop new ways of knowing and new behaviour then considering the power of metaphor and the strength of the stories they contain is essential.

In this interactive workshop we will play with ideas of metaphor, revealing metaphors which have become ‘naturalised’ and invisible to us and the way we can unexpectedly find ourselves enacting the ideas embedded within them in our behaviour, our relationships, our institutions and even our architecture. Using theatre techniques and creative writing methods in a workshop which will be accessible to all, we will experiment with how we can identify and rewrite metaphors, thereby developing ways to actively shape the way we imagine and talk about climate change.

This workshop has been developed by Naomi de la Tour as part of the transdisciplinary module Applied Imagination in the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning at the University of Warwick.

Naomi de la Tour is a writer and Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick specialising in the imagination and transdisciplinarity.

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