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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

Open Access

Metaphor in communication: The distribution of potentially deliberate metaphor across register and word class

Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Krennmayr, T. & Steen, G. J. 2019 (Accepted/In press) In : Corpora. 14, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DMIP: A method for identifying potentially deliberate metaphor in language use

Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Krennmayr, T. & Steen, G. J. 2018 In : Corpus Pragmatics. 2, 2, p. 129-147

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Identifying sustainable population segments using a multi-domain questionnaire: A five factor sustainability scale

Haan, M., Konijn, E. A., Burgers, C. F., Eden, A. L., Brugman, B. C. & Verheggen, P. P. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Social Marketing Quarterly.

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Activities 2014 2018

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

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

Activity: ScientificMembership

Pauline Heyvaert

Burgers, C. (Host)
Jan 2017Jun 2017

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

Kerk Kee

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

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

Kathleen Ahrens

Burgers, C. (Host)
Dec 2017

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

Figurative Framing in Political Communication

Burgers, C. (Chair)
15 Dec 2017

Activity: ScientificSeminar


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

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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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