Dr Christian Morgner

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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)


My research addresses the creation, transformation and transmission of meaning. Going beyond more traditional conceptions of meaning as a cognitive quality or object, I consider meaning as the continuous request to create specific shapes, which acquire meaning only in light of other meaningful possibilities. Exploring meaning-making from the perspectives of culture, communication and globality, my research has taken three main directions. The first of these strands explores diffusion and localisation of mediated meaning in global events (terrorist attacks, natural catastrophes, media events). A second strand explores meaning-making in situations of high uncertainty—for instance, communication breakdowns and high-risk situations. Finally, a third strand looks at the invention and transformation of meaning in creative and artistic practices.

Christian has previously held research positions and visiting fellowships at the University of Cambridge, Yale University, Hitotsubashi University (Toyko), University of Leuven and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). His current projects relate to globalisation of the arts, risk communication and cultural diversity and disaster prevention in the Global South.

Link to Publications

Postgraduate Supervision

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

  • Transnational Media
  • Social Theory (in particular on Niklas Luhmann’s system theory).
  • Politics and Power
  • Culture and Intercultural
  • Communication Processes

Current PhD Students

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 Director of Enterprise for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Director of International Communication and Culture in the School of Media and Communication.

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Contact Details

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Campus based courses
E: mcs-enquiries@le.ac.uk
T: +44(0)116 252 3863

Distance Learning Courses
E: css-dl@le.ac.uk
T: 0116 252 3755

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

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