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Christian Erik J Kock

Christian Erik J Kock

Professor

Christian Kock is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Copenhagen. He has done research on political argumentation and debate, the history of rhetoric, rhetorical citizenship, credibility, journalism, literary studies, aesthetics, linguistics and writing pedagogy. Han initiated the Academic Writing Center af the University of Copenhagen, has been a Visiting Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, and is author, editor, co-author or co-editor of c. 20 books in rhetoric, linguistics, argumentation, journalism, political debate, and literature, as well as numerous articles for scholarly as well general audiences. He is frequently used as a commentator on rhetoric and political debate in the media. He has chaired or served on various committees under the Ministry of Education and the Minsistry of Culture. His main non-academic interest is music; he has played in, chaired or served on the board of various ensembles and organizations in classical music.

Career:

Teaching assistant in English, Danish and German at the University of Copenhagen 1969-1974

Freelance journalist and writer 1971-1980

Research scholar, English, 1974-1975

Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, 1975-1979

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, 1979-1987

Associate Professor, Rhetoric, 1986-1997

Visiting Professor, English and American literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1986-1987

Director, Academic Writing Center, 1992-1996

Professor, Rhetoric, 1997-

Primary Investigator, the "Good News" Project, financed by "Dagspressens Fond", 1999-2002

Director, the research group "Debate Culture", 2011-2017

 

Publications

Books:

  • Tjekkisk strukturalisme (1971).
  • Litteraturoplevelse (1974)
  • The Theory of Presupposition Failure (with Peter Harder) (1976) 
  • Engelsk verslære (1980) 
  • Litteraturlæsning (with Carsten Elbro) (1984)
  • Skriv kreativt (with Birthe Tandrup) (1989)
  • Retorik der flytter stemmer (with Charlotte Jørgensen and Lone Rørbech) (1994)
  • Professionel litteraturlæsning (1996)
  • Skrivehåndbogen (with Eva Heltberg) (1997)
  • Forstå verden: Politisk journalistik for fremtiden (2002)
  • Den gode opgave (co-author) (2005)
  • Skriv i alle genrer (with Birthe Tandrup) (2006)
  • Retorik poetik (2008)
  • De svarer ikke: Fordummende uskikke i politisk debat (2011, new ed. 2013)
  • Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation (with Lisa Villadsen) (2012)
  • Ordets magt: Retorisk teori der holder (2012)
  • Retorisk praksis (2013)
  • Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship (with Lisa Villadsen) (2014)
  • De lytter ikke: Politikernes udenomssnak - spot den, stop den (with Magnus Boding Hansen) (2015)
  • Rhetorical Deliberation: Arguing about Doing (2017)

Articles:

C. 200 articles for scholarly and general audiences on rhetoric, argumentation, rhetorical citizenship, political rhetoric and debate, written composition, literary theory, linguistics, music, aesthetics

 

Awards:

”Undervisningsmiddelprisen” (”Teaching Materials Award”) for Skrivehåndbogen, 1998

Stipend, "Einar Hansens Forskningsfond”, 2006

Det Humanistiske Fakultets formidlingspris, 2015

”KOM-prisen”, 2017

 

Primary fields of research

Rhetorical theory, The history of rhetoric, Aesthetics, Literary theory, Argumentation, Political debate, Rhetorical citizenship

Current research

Publilc debate in Denmark, Deliberative democracy, Rhetorical citizenship, Argumemntation theory, Aesthetic experience

Teaching

Has taught argumentation, argumentation theory, rhetorical citizenship, publilc debate, the history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory and analysis, rhetorical didactics, written communication, aesthetic theory and analysis. Has supervised PhD and MA projects in all these areas as well as in journalism and forensic argumentation

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Defining Rhetorical Argumentation

    Kock, C. E. J. 10 Dec 2013 In : Philosophy and Rhetoric. 46, 4, p. 437-464 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    Ordets magt. Retorisk tænkning der holder: 1: Til 1900

    Kock, C. E. J. 1 Nov 2012 Frederksberg: Samfundslitteratur. 266 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. Published

    De svarer ikke: Fordummende uskikke i den politiske debat

    Kock, C. E. J. 16 Feb 2011 København: Gyldendal Akademisk. 225 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  4. Published

    The difference between the rhetorical and the philosophical concept of argumentation

    Kock, C. E. J. 2010 Lebenswelt und Wissenschaft. Gethmann, C. F. (ed.). Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, p. 451-464 14 p. (Deutsches Jahrbuch Philosophie, Vol. 2).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  5. Published

    Constructive Controversy: Rhetoric as Dissensus-oriented Discourse

    Kock, C. E. J. 2009 In : Cogency. 1, 1, p. 89-112 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  6. Published

    Choice Is Not True Or False: The Domain of Rhetorical Argumentation

    Kock, C. E. J. 2009 In : Argumentation : an international journal on reasoning. 23, 1, p. 61-80 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  7. Published

    Kynismesyndromet

    Kock, C. E. J. 2009 In : Rhetorica Scandinavica. 49/50, p. 51-71 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  8. Published

    Norms of Legitimate Dissensus

    Kock, C. E. J. 2007 In : Informal Logic. 27, 2, p. 179-196 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  9. Published

    Ned under overfladen i den politiske debat: via undervisning i argumentation

    Kock, C. E. J. 2010 In : Kvan - et tidsskrift for læreruddannelsen og folkeskolen. 30, 88, p. 58-68 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  10. Published

    Fornuftig uenighed

    Kock, C. E. J. 2008 In : Rhetorica Scandinavica. 48, p. 64-83 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  11. Published

    Multiple Warrants in Practical Reasoning

    Kock, C. E. J. 2006 Arguing on the Toulmin model: New essays on argument analysis and evaluation. Hitchcock, D. & Verheij, B. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 247-259 23 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  12. Published

    Kan man opstille adfærdsregler for offentlig debat?

    Kock, C. E. J. 2008 In : MedieKultur. 44, p. 58-65 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  13. Published

    Forstå verden: Politisk kommunikation for fremtiden

    Kock, C. E. J. (ed.) 2002 Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur. 319 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  14. Published

    Types of Warrant in Practical Reasoning

    Kock, C. E. J. 2005 The Uses of Argument: Proceedings of a conference at McMaster University 18-21 May 2005. Hamilton, Canada, p. 269-278 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  15. Published

    Rhetoric in Media Studies: The Voice of Constructive Criticism

    Kock, C. E. J. 2004 In : Nordicom Review. 25, (1-2, p. 103-110 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  16. Published

    Troværdighed - hvad taler vi om?

    Kock, C. E. J. 2004 Spin, selvfremstilling og samfund - public relations som reflekterende praksis. Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur, p. 279-305 27 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  17. Published

    Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation

    Kock, C. E. J. (ed.) & Villadsen, L. S. (ed.) 2012 University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. 352 p. (Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation, Vol. 3).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  18. Published

    A Tool for Rhetorical Citizenship: Generalizing the Status System

    Kock, C. E. J. 2012 Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation. Kock, C. & L. V. (eds.). University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, p. 279-295 17 p. (Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation, Vol. 3).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  19. Published

    Generalizing Stasis Theory for Everyday Use

    Kock, C. E. J. 11 Feb 2011 Bending Opinion: Essays on Persuasion in the Public Domain. van Haaften, T., Jansen, H., de Jong, J. & Koetsenruijter, W. (eds.). Leiden: Leiden University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Selected activities

  1. Undervisningsministeriet (Ministeriet for Børn og Undervisning) (External organisation)

    Kock, C. E. J. (Member)
    5 Mar 2007 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership in committee, council, board

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