Dr. Christian Burgers, associate professor at the Department of Communication Studies at VU University Amsterdam

Figurative Framing in Political Discourse

13Oct2017 15:15 - 16:30


Christian Burgers is the guest speaker at this ACLC seminar. Title and abstract are now available.


From conceptualizing Brexit as a metaphorical divorce between the UK and the EU to US President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp”, many social actors use figurative language (metaphor, hyperbole, irony) to frame and talk about political issues. In the current talk, I give an overview of research from my NWO/VENI project “Figurative Framing” (2014-2018). I first place figurative framing within general communication theories on framing. Subsequently, I discuss empirical research on the questions of how figurative frames are used in public discourse, affect their recipients and change over time.


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