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Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Full Professor by special appointment in Strategic Communication (Logeion Chair) in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of 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 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.



In the academic year 2018-19, prof. dr. Christian Burgers teaches in the courses:


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

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  • H Social Sciences
  • Strategic communication
  • Figurative framing
  • Political satire
  • Communication science
  • News satire

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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

Bye Buy? Homofonen in advertenties

Burgers, C. F., 12 Feb 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteProfessional

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


Figurative Framing in Political Discourse

Boeynaems, A., 2019, 320 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

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

Welbers, K., Konijn, E. A., Burgers, C., Bij de Vaate, A., Eden, A. & Brugman, B. C., 1 Mar 2019, In : E-Learning and Digital Media. 16, 2, p. 92-109 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Activities 2014 2018

Julien Perrez

Christian Burgers (Host)
15 Dec 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Creativity in Figurative Frames

Christian Burgers (Invited speaker)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Figurative framing in political discourse

Christian Burgers (Invited speaker)
13 Oct 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Kerk Kee

Christian Burgers (Host)
17 Nov 201727 Nov 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor


Top Competitive Paper at the International Communication Association

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


Press / Media

‘Nuchtere kijk op cartoons’

Christian Burgers


1 item of media coverage

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Die einen sagen "Schmusekatze", die anderen "Raubtier"

Christian Burgers


1 item of media coverage

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'Satire trapt tegen de macht'

Christian Burgers


1 item of media coverage

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Media coverage for "How feedback boosts motivation and play in a brain-training game"

Christian Burgers, Allison Eden, M.D. van Engelenburg & S. Buningh


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Taal als strategisch communicatiemiddel

Christian Burgers


1 item of media coverage

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