Faculty of Social Sciences researchers awarded VIDI grants

It was announced on Tuesday 20 May that Christian Burgers and Dimitris Dalakoglou have been awarded Vidi grants by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). This will enable them to develop their own innovative line of research and establish their own research group. “It’s wonderful to have been given the opportunity to conduct my Vidi research in the next five years,” said Burgers.

07/04/2017 | 3:00 PM

Christian BurgersChristian Burgers from the Communication Science department in the Faculty of Social Sciences receives an NWO Vidi grant this year for his research entitled "Satiric news: Razor-sharp wit or dull insult?" Political satire is often controversial when used to attack politicians. Burgers looks at how, in various media, language use in satire differs from more ‘regular’ genres such as news and explores how these differences in media and language shape public perceptions.

Burgers’ research focuses on indirect language, particularly figurative language, such as metaphors, hyperboles and irony. He studies the use and effect of these figures of speech in public settings, such as politics and health communication. He already received an NWO Veni grant for his project "Figurative Framing".

Dimitris DalakoglouDimitris Dalakoglou from the department of Social and Cultural Anthropology in the Faculty of Social Sciences received an NWO Vidi grant this year for his research entitled "What is the future of infrastructures?" Since the start of the debt crisis in 2008, a gulf has emerged between infrastructural requirements and what the state and market are able to achieve. Dalakoglou is researching how society plugs this gap with the help of new types of civil participation and technological innovations.

In 2015, Dalakoglou was appointed Professor of Social Anthropology, with emphasis on mobility, infrastructures, urban politics and the anthropology of development. In his research, Dalakoglou focuses primarily on the anthropology of mobility within infrastructural and urban spaces. Previously, he explored cross-border motorways in south-east Europe and his work in the field of infrastructure and anthropology is generally acknowledged as being at the cutting edge of the discipline.

The Vidi grant targets experienced researchers qualified to PhD level who are already some years into their research career. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of NWO’s efforts to boost innovation. You can find further information about NWO on nwo.nl.