Cornelia Müller is Professor of Language Use and Multimodal Communication at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder. Invited to develop and host the program of the first year of Cinepoetics, she brings her expertise in gesture as a mode of linguistic expression and in metaphor dynamics to the exploration of cinematic metaphor.
As founding member of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS), she launched and edited the international journal ‘Gesture’, as well as the book series ‘Gesture Studies’ (until 2010, in collaboration with Adam Kendon). She is editor-in-chief of the recently published Handbook ‘Body-Language-Communication’ (Mouton De Gruyter 2013, 2014). Together with Alan Cienki, she edited ‘Metaphor and Gesture’ (Benjamins 2008) and has written several articles on metaphor and gesture. In 2008 she published the monograph ‘Metaphors, Dead and Alive, Sleeping and Waking: A Dynamic View’. Other publications include a range of articles and book chapters on multimodal metaphor and co-speech gestures.
Building on her work as co-director of a research project ‘Multimodal Metaphor and Expressive Movement’ in the context of ‘Languages of Emotion’ (Cluster of Excellence, FU Berlin) she is now directing the collaborative production of the transdisciplinary book “Cinematic Metaphor”.