The research group for Rhetoric, Democracy and Public Culture teaches and researches the media's genres and roles in relation to influence, democracy and public discourse. In short: We examine the rhetoric of the media.
We work with rhetoric in a broad sense and our research examines media genres (e.g. debate, humor, political advertising, press photography and social media); strategic communication; credibility, trust and ethos; the rhetorical possibilities of the media; gender and identity; reception of rhetoric; visual communication and argumentation; everyday rhetoric and rhetorical citizenship; influence in the public; fraudulent communication as well as political communication.
We are particularly interested in public and democracy issues. In our work we combine traditional humanistic and text-analytical approaches with sociological and social science perspectives and methods.
Read about a selection of our research projects