Metaphoring back in the climate crisis

Notes toward encouraging student engineer agency through metaphoring


  • Edmund Nolan York University and The University of Toronto



In this work-in-progress, I consider the impacts of generative metaphor, metaphoring, and framing on student engineers’ developing positioning relative to ecological issues in engineering. I consider how engineering, as a symbolic community, is impacted by metaphors and narratives that provide frameworks by which to understand engineering’s relationship to the Earth and ecology. I consider the historical framing of engineering as a “socially captive” practice and consider challenges to that framing. Finally, I consider how knowledge and comprehension of metaphors and metaphoring can inform engineering education, and in particular students’ ongoing interaction with ecologically-related metaphors that frame the agency they have access to in both their education and their future professional practice.


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How to Cite

Nolan, E. (2021). Metaphoring back in the climate crisis: Notes toward encouraging student engineer agency through metaphoring . Working Papers in Applied Linguistics and Linguistics at York, 1.