Dr Christian Morgner

Dr Christian Morgner

Lecturer in Culture and Communication

Programme Director: BA and MA International Communication and Culture

office: 3.01 Bankfield House

e-mail: cm570@le.ac.uk

telephone: 0116 252 2440

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christian_Morgner

BA and MA in Sociology, Psychology and Media Studies (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

PhD in Sociology (Justus Liebig University Giessen)


Christian's research interests include social justice, communication, social theory and development. He also has a strong interest in social sciences methodology. His research addresses communication barriers and cultural exclusion of migrant communities in the UK. Christian currently leads a research and training project with the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service funded by the Fire Research and Training Trust to improve equality and diversity. Similarly, he has researched the inclusion and exclusion of nomadic cultural workers in global cultural industries funded by Santander UK. This research on voice and exclusion is linked to his other research on communication challenges and wellbeing in people with dementia. With support from the AHRC and ARUK, he has been spearheading novel methodologies like using video and conversation analysis to provide a better understanding of the meaningful interactions of people with dementia. He is a member of the International Health Humanities Network and the Dementia, Arts and Wellbeing Network at the University of Nottingham. Christian has also researched the role of trust-building mechanisms, communication networks and technologies (ICT) during disasters. He is involved in a project that aims to develop new methodological strategies and tools to unravel the complexities of urban development in South Africa and Colombia.

Christian joined the University of Leicester in 2014. He is a Lecturer in Culture and Communication. Christian previously held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Hitotsubashi University, Japan funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge funded by the German Academic Exchange Service. He has also held visiting fellowships at Yale University, University of Lucerne, University of Leuven and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris).


Publications (Selection)

  • Schneider, Justine; Spencer Hazel and Christian Morgner (2018) ‘Facilitation of positive social interaction through visual art in dementia: a case study using video-analysis’, Ageing & Society, [online first]: 1-21.
  • Morgner, Christian (2018) ‘Trust and Society: Suggestions for Further Development of Niklas Luhmann’s Theory of Trust’, Canadian Journal of Sociology, 55(2): 232-256.
  • Morgner, Christian (2018) ‘Governance and Policy Development of Creative and Cultural Industries in Japan’pp.43-56, in Lim, Lorraine and Hye-Kyung Lee (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia, London: Routledge.
  • Morgner, Christian (2018) ‘The Relational Meaning-Making of Riots: Narrative Logic and Network Performance of the London “Riots”’pp.579-600, in Dépelteau François (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Morgner, Christian and Michael King (eds.) (2017) Niklas Luhmann: Trust and Power, Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Morgner, Christian (2017) ‘Diversity and (In)equality in the Global Art World: Global Development and Structure of Field-Configuring Events, New Global Studies, 11(3): 165-196.

Link to Full list of Publications

Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Morgner would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Cultural Industries (Global South and Japan)
  • Social Theory (in particular on Niklas Luhmann’s system theory).
  • Race and Inequality
  • Interaction and Health
  • Disaster and Risk Communication
  • Urban development


Current PhD Students

Xihuan Hu: Translating Intangible Cultural Heritage: A Case Study of the Nüshu Culture.

Haitham Aldreabi: Meaning-Making in Arab Spring: translation and cultural representation in RT and AJE coverage of Egypt and Syria’s uprising


MA International Communication and Culture modules

Professional Activities

At Leicester, Dr Morgner serves as the Programme Director of International Communication and Culture in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology

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School of Media, Communication and Sociology

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T: +44(0)116 252 3863

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Research degrees (campus-based and distance learning courses)
T: +44(0)116 252 2785
E: MCS-Research@le.ac.uk

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