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Dr Giulia Frezza has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the ACLC about 'Metaphorical Narratives in Dementia Discourse'.

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Do we mean what we say? Two main metaphorical narratives are used in dementia discourse across different contexts as journalism, clinical practice, and between people living with dementia and their caregivers: ‘decline’ and ‘plasticity’ narratives. When we say that people living with dementia are ‘zombies’ or that they can ‘rewire their brain’ what are we implying? Giulia Frezza’s project analyses which scenarios such narratives entail for the different social agents involved and with which implications, risks and responsibilities for individual and social health.

Frezza will collaborate with Prof. Gerard Steen within the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam.

About the Marie Curie Fellowship

The grants are awarded as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which forms part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The aim of the fellowship is to equip researchers with the necessary skills and international experience to pursue a successful career.