About Prof Mariekie Burger
Mariekie Burger currently lectures courses in global communication and social change in the Communication Studies at the University of Johannesburg. Her research interest falls on identity expressions in a range of communicative instances. In line with the participatory turn, much of her research focuses on how people express, or agentically engage with their identity online, offline and in the mass media. This interest she has extended to health communication (especial HIV/Aids communication) by arguing that instead of instead of campaign-based persuasion a key point of curbing the spread of the virus could be to strengthen existing community-based efforts ‘from below’. Similarly she has made a case for companies’ social engagement and universities’ social engagement ‘from below’. She has guest edited a special issue for Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research on the participatory turn and public self-expression and extended this trajectory by guest editing a special issue for Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa on performing local identities. She is currently editor of Communicare. She has supervised postgraduate studies self-expression in various contexts such as online journalism, graffiti, urban informal settlements, and through engaging with sensational celebrity culture.
Research interests: global communication, communication for development, bots in communication/media fields
Burger, M. 2017. Participations: rethinking public universities’ community engagement. Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa, 37(2):1-24.
Rabiega, P.R. & Burger, M. 2017. Commercial graffiti: self-expression, the allure of danger, or graffiti made ‘pretty’? Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research, 43(1):37-57. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2017.1297323
Burger, M. 2016. Participation in the digital age: public self-expression and public identity ‘work’. In Media Studies Volume 4. Edited by Fourie, P.J. Lansdowne: Juta.
Burger, M. 2015. Talk radio as the soundtrack of our lives: participatory HIV/Aids communication, public self-expression and Positive Talk. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/Aids, 12(1): 66-75. DOI: 10.1080/17290376.2015.1122547 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17290376.2015.1122547
Burger, M. 2015. Public self-expression, identity and the participatory turn: the power to (re)imagine the self. Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research, 41(3), pp 264-286. ISSN 0250-0167 (print), ISSN 1753-5379 (online). DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2015.1093318. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02500167.2015.1093318
Burger, M. 2015. Mapping the field: participatory HIV/Aids communication and public self-expression as a way forward. Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa, 34(2): 19-29.
Burger, M. 2015. Editorial. Introduction for a special issue on ‘The participatory turn and self-expression’. Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research, 41(3): 259-263. DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2015.1093317.
Burger, M. 2015. Conceptualising communication: theory and method. In Introduction to communication studies. Edited by Steinberg, S. & Angelopulo, G. Lansdowne: Juta. ISBN: 1-4851-0271-5
Burger, M. 2015. A future direction for HIV/Aids communication: participation, HIV-positive celebrities and their public self-expression. Communitas: Journal for Community Communication and Information Impact, 20: 200-217. ISSN: 1023-556.