Hedwig te Molder, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Hedwig te Molder

Hedwig te Molder is full professor Language and Communication at VU University Amsterdam and is specialized in science communication. She studies how people communicate issues of science and technology in their everyday lives, using Discursive Psychology and Conversation Analysis. She has a special focus on the changing role of experts and expertise in an alleged 'post truth' society. Domains of application are nutrition practices in lower SEP-groups, childhood and COVID-19 vaccination, and health effects of livestock farming in rural areas. In these controversial areas, her applied interest lies with making the shift from debate to dialogue.

In 2007, Hedwig received the Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association for Conversation and Cognition (Cambridge University Press, with Jonathan Potter). In 2009, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), in 2015 a Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna and in 2017 a senior Fulbright Scholar at Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, USA. She chairs the social ethical committee of the COGEM, the scientific advisory board for the Dutch government on genetic modification, and is a member of the Executive Board. Together with Noëlle Aarts (Radboud University), she founded the Centre for Dialogue.

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