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dhr. prof. dr. C.F. (Christian) Burgers

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Corporate Communication
Fotograaf: Dirk Gillessen, UvA

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
  • Personal information

    Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is a Full Professor by special appointment in Strategic Communication (Logeion Chair) in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam anda n Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2010, he defended his PhD dissertation in the field of Communication and Information Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University (Orange, CA, USA). 

  • Research

    His research focuses on the role of language in strategic communication, with a particular focus on figurative language such as metaphor, hyperbole and irony. He studies the use and effects of metaphor, hyperbole and irony across domains of discourse (e.g., political communication, health communication, persuasive communication, interpersonal communication). Between 2014-2018, he worked on the project “Figurative Framing” (2014-2018), for which he received a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Currently, he works on his VIDI project "Contemporary Political Satire" (2018-2024).

    Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is a member of the Management Team of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam in which he coordinates the track on Figurative Framing, and co-editor of the book series Metaphor in Language, Cognition and Communication (MiLCC), published by John Benjamins.

  • Publicaties


    • Bolognesi, M., Burgers, C. F., & Caselli, T. (Accepted/In press). On abstraction: Decoupling conceptual concreteness and categorical specificity. Cognitive Processing International Quartely of Cognitive Sciences).
    • Brugman, B., & Burgers, C. F. (Accepted/In press). Sounds like a funny joke: Effects of vocal pitch and speech rate on satire liking. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.
    • Burgers, C. F., & Ahrens, K. (2020). Change in metaphorical framing: Metaphors of TRADE in 225 years of State of the Union addresses (1790-2014). Applied Linguistics, 41, 260-279. https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amy055
    • Burgers, C. F., & Beukeboom, C. J. (Accepted/In press). How language contributes to stereotype formation: Combined effects of label types and negation use in behavior descriptions. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261927X20933320
    • Droog, E., Burgers, C. F., & Kee, K. (Accepted/In press). How journalists and experts metaphorically frame emerging information technologies: The case of cyberinfrastructure for big data. Public Understanding of Science.
    • Droog, E., Burgers, C., & Steen, G. J. (2020). How Satirists Alternate Between Discursive Modes: An Introduction of the Humoristic Metaphors in Satirical News (HMSN) Typology. International Journal of Communication : IJoC, 14, 3964-3985. [details]
    • Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C., Krennmayr, T., & Steen, G. J. (2020). The role of co-text in the analysis of potentially deliberate metaphor. In C. Di Biase-Dyson, & M. Egg (Eds.), Drawing Attention to Metaphor: Case studies across time periods, cultures and modalities (pp. 15-38). (Figurative thought and language; Vol. 5). Amsterdam: John Benjamin Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1075/ftl.5.02rei [details]
    • van den Heerik, R. A. M., Droog, E., Jong Tjien Fa, M., & Burgers, C. F. (2020). Thinking out of the box: Production of direct metaphor in a social-media context. Internet Pragmatics. https://doi.org/10.1075/ip.00049.hee


    • Beukeboom, C. J., & Burgers, C. F. (2019). How stereotypes are shared through language: A review and introduction of the social categories and stereotypes communication (SCSC) framework. Review of Communication Research, 7, 1-37. https://doi.org/10.12840/issn.2255-4165.017
    • Beukeboom, C. J., & Burgers, C. F. (2019). Seeing bias in irony: How recipients infer speakers’ stereotypes from their ironic remarks about social-category members. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430219887439
    • Beukeboom, C. J., Burgers, C., Szabó, Z. P., Cvejic, S., Lönnqvist, J. E. M., & Welbers, K. (2019). The negation bias in stereotype maintenance: A replication in five languages. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 39, 219-236. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261927X19869759
    • Brugman, B., Burgers, C. F., & Vis, B. (2019). Metaphorical framing in political discourse through words vs. concepts: A meta-analysis. Language and Cognition, 11, 41-65. https://doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2019.5
    • Burgers, C. F., Brugman, B. C., & Boeynaems, A. (2019). Systematic literature reviews: Four applications for interdisciplinary research. Journal of Pragmatics, 145, 102-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2019.04.004 [details]
    • Burgers, C., Jong Tjien Fa, M., & de Graaf, A. (2019). A tale of two swamps: Transformations of a metaphorical frame in online partisan media. Journal of Pragmatics, 141, 57-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2018.12.018 [details]
    • Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Bolognesi, M. M., & Krennmayr, T. (2019). How polysemy affects concreteness ratings: The case of metaphor. Cognitive Science, 43, [e12779]. https://doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12779
    • Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C., Krennmayr, T., & Steen, G. J. (2019). Metaphor in communication: The distribution of potentially deliberate metaphor across register and word class. Corpora, 14(3), 301-326. https://doi.org/10.3366/cor.2019.0176 [details]
    • Renardel de Lavalette, K. Y., Steen, G., & Burgers, C. (2019). How to Identify Moral Language in Presidential Speeches: A comparison between a social-psychological and a cognitive-linguistic approach to corpus analysis. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 15(2), 239-265. https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2016-0007 [details]
    • Vermeulen, I., Droog, E., & Burgers, C. (2019). Overlay ads in humorous online videos: It's a matter of timing. International Journal of Advertising, 38(7), 1046-1066. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650487.2019.1621616 [details]
    • Welbers, K., Burgers, C. F., Konijn, E., Bij de Vaate, A., Eden, A., & Brugman, B. (2019). Gamification as a tool for engaging student learning: A field experiment with a gamified app. E-Learning and Digital Media, 16, 92-109. https://doi.org/10.1177/2042753018818342


    • Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C., Krennmayr, T., & Steen, G. J. (2018). On metaphorical views, dynamite and doodlings: Functions of domain adjectives in metaphorical domain constructions. Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 16(2), 431-454. https://doi.org/10.1075/rcl.00017.rei


    • Burgers, C. F., & Steen, G. J. (2017). Introducing a 3D model of irony: Irony in language, in thought, and in communication. In Irony in language use and comunication John Benjamins.



    • Burgers, C. F. (2020). Metaphor, nation and discourse [book review]. Journal of Pragmatics, 158, 86-88.
    • Burgers, C. F. (2020). Ontmoeten. C : Magazine over Communicatie, 32(2), 9.
    • Burgers, C. F. (2020). Onzekerheid. C : Magazine over Communicatie, 32(4), 27.
    • Burgers, C. F. (2020). Open. C : Magazine over Communicatie, 32(1), 9.
    • Burgers, C. F. (2020). Thuis. C : Magazine over Communicatie, 32(3), 19.


    • Burgers, C. (2019). Nepnieuws. C : Magazine over Communicatie, 31(5), 11. [details]
    • Burgers, C. (2019). Ons vertrouwen in algoritmen. C : Magazine over Communicatie, 31(6), 9. [details]
    • Burgers, C. (2019). Opvouwen. C : Magazine over Communicatie, 31(2), 9. [details]
    • Burgers, C. (2019). Spelen. C : Magazine over Communicatie, 31(4), 9. [details]
    • Burgers, C. (2019). Verbinden stimuleert creativiteit. In A. P. van Leeuwen (Ed.), Communicatieverhaal halen 2020: Inspirerende verhalen van de Galjaardprijs 2019 en prikkelende visies op publieke communicatie (Vol. 5, pp. 16-19). Zelhem: Het Boekenschap. [details]
    • Burgers, C. (Author). (2019). Big data en het communicatievak. Web publication/site, Amsterdam: Babbage.nl. Retrieved from https://www.babbage.nl/blogs/1/8g8d8u-big-data-en-het-communicatievak [details]
    • Burgers, C. F. (Author). (2019). Bye Buy? Homofonen in advertenties. Web publication/site, Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Commerciële Communicatie (SWOCC). Retrieved from https://www.swocc.nl/kennisbank-item/bye-buy-homofonen-in-advertenties/
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  • Nevenwerkzaamheden
    • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
      UHD, Afdeling Communicatiewetenschap, Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen