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Dr. Christian Burgers is an 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. Since 2009, he has worked at the Department of Communication Science, first as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor and currently as an Associate Professor. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University (Orange, CA, USA).



His research focuses on indirect language, in particular 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) and currently works on his project “Figurative Framing” (2014-2018), for which he received a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In February 2018, he will start working on his VIDI project "Contemporary Political Satire" (2018-2023).

Dr. Christian Burgers is a member of the Management Team of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam in which he coordinates the track on Figurative Framing.



In the academic year 2017-18, Dr. Christian Burgers teaches in the courses:

  • Gezondheidsvoorlichting (Health Communication, Master Communication Science)
  • New Media Challenges (Bachelor Communication Science)


Dr. Christian Burgers is the chair of the Opleidingscommissie Communicatiewetenschap Bachelor and of the Opleidingscommissie Communicatiewetenschap Master.

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  • H Social Sciences
  • Figurative framing
  • Political satire
  • Communication

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Research Output 2010 2019

A tale of two swamps: Transformations of a metaphorical frame in online partisan media

Burgers, C. F., Jong Tjien Fa, M. & de Graaf, A., 2019, In : Journal of Pragmatics. 141, p. 57-66

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

online media
political agenda
political actor

Change in metaphorical framing over time: Metaphors of TRADE in 225 years of State of the Union addresses (1790-2014)

Burgers, C. F. & Ahrens, K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Applied Linguistics.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Gamification as a tool for engaging student learning: A field experiment with a gamified app

Welbers, K., Konijn, E. A., Burgers, C. F., Bij de Vaate, A. J. D., Eden, A. L. & Brugman, B. C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : E-Learning and Digital Media.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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How to identify moral language in presidential speeches: A comparison between a social-psychological and a cognitive-linguistic approach to corpus analysis

Renardel de Lavalette, K. Y., Steen, G. J. & Burgers, C. F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2014 2018

12th conference of RaAM – the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (Event)

Burgers, C. F. (Member)
27 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Metaphor Festival

Burgers, C. F. (Organiser)
31 Aug 20172 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Pauline Heyvaert

Burgers, C. F. (Host)
Jan 2017Jun 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Kerk Kee

Burgers, C. F. (Host)
17 Nov 201727 Nov 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Andreas Musolff

Burgers, C. F. (Host)
15 Dec 2017

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Top Competitive Paper at the International Communication Association

C.J. Beukeboom (Recipient), C. Finkenauer (Recipient), D.H.J. Wigboldus (Recipient) & C.F. Burgers (Recipient), 22 Jun 2010

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Press / Media

Het nieuwe serieus: geen ruimte meer voor ironie?

C.F. Burgers


1 media contribution

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De metafoor zet niet altijd door

C.F. Burgers


1 media contribution

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