Dr. C.J. (Charles) Forceville:
Charles Forceville was born in Heemstede, the Netherlands, in 1959. He studied English at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where after graduating he taught in the English, comparative literature, and Word & Image departments. From 1996-1998 he did a post-doc "Narration in Fiction and Film" at the University of Leyden. Currently he works in the Media Studies department of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, where he is associate professor. He serves as member of the advisory boards of Metaphor and Symbol, Journal of Pragmatics, Public Journal of Semiotics, and Atlantis, and coordinates the Research Master Media Studies as well as the ASCA project Structure and Rhetoric in Multimodal Discourse. From 2005-2008 he was external examiner of the MPhil Text and Visual Studies (TVS) at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Apart from publishing scholarly articles and book chapters, he has written some 200 reviews of English-language fiction for the Dutch national newspaper Trouw (1987-2007); he also occasionally contributed to the now extinct film magazine Skrien. The volume Multimodal Metaphor (Mouton De Gruyter), co-edited with Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, appeared in September 2009. The publisher's website provides free access to the table of contents and the introductory chapter. On 4-5 June 2009, Forceville chaired the Researching and Applying Metaphor Workshop 2009, called "Metaphor, Metonymy & Multimodality."