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Political discourse is rich in figurative language that serves to frame political topics. Consider politicians describing immigration as a “flood”, Brexit as a “divorce” or political institutions as a “swamp”. Such figurative frames can have important implications for political communication.

The talk will consider how figurative frames structure and colour political communication. Following an overview of current theory and research on figurative framing, it will present  theories of framing from the field of political communication and discuss how figurative frames are used in political discourse, affect voters’ political attitudes, and change over time.

About the speaker

Christian Burgers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands). His research focuses on the use and effects of metaphor, hyperbole and irony across domains of discourse. He is a member of the management team of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam. 

The event is organised and hosted by Creative Multilingualism, a research programme led by the University of Oxford and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Open World Research Initiative.

Participation is free and open to the public.

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