Lisa Storm Villadsen

Lisa Storm Villadsen


Primary fields of research

My primary research interest concerns rhetoric's role in public life. I am especially interested in how rhetoric reflects and reveals the norms undergirding messages and discussions in the public realm, primarily in a political context. This is why I do most of my work in these areas: 

  • Rhetorical criticism
  • Rhetorical citizenship
  • Public debate and dissent


Current research

I am currenty working on projects on:

  • Political debate, broadly conceived, incl. dissent 
  • Rhetorical citizenship as a theoretircal and critical approach
  • Norms for public debate, incl. listening offentlig debat
  • Official apologies in collective memory



At the BA level I teach Rhetorical Criticism 

At the MA level I teach Debate Culture and Rhetorical Citizenship. 


I have previously taught:

BA: Introduction to Rhetoric, General Rhetoric I and II, Speech workshop, Public Speaking, Rhetorical Theory and Analysis, Introduktion til Retorik, Philosophy of Science for Rhetoric, Apologia and Official Apologies.

KA: Rhetoric and the Postmodern, Rhetorical Citizenshio, The Rhetoric of Official apologies.

At the Ph.D. level I have taught at Ph.D. courses in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Belgium on topics such as rhetorical criticism, rhetorical agency, political rhetoric and rhetorical approaches to text analysis. 


Most recently I have advised at the BA, MA and PhD levels on these topics:

  • Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Moderaternes election campaign rhetoric in a constitutve perspective. 
  • The tv program "Ellen Imellem" and 'cross cutting' conversations
  • Inger Støjberg's rhetorical power
  • The concept WOKE
  • The concept parresia in contemporary rhetoric 
  • Populism in Social Democratic political rhetoric  
  • The pharse "taking care of Danmark" in political rhetoric
  • Anger as a rhetorical form  

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Dronningen taler

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm (ed.), 25 Nov 2022, København : Gad. 160 p. (Dansk Sprognaevn. Skrifter, Vol. 53).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyCommunication

  2. Published

    “I ser til i realtid”: Præsident Zelenskijs retoriske balancegang mellem appel og anklage

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm, 5 Apr 2022, 2 p. Retorisk arena

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  3. Published

    Populist Rhetorics: Case Studies and a Minimalist Definition

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm (ed.) & Kock, Christian Erik J (ed.), 20 Jan 2022, Palgrave Macmillan. 247 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Argumentum ad solidaritatem: Rhetorical Leadership Strategies in Scandinavia During COVID-19

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm, Bjørkdahl, K., Vigsø, O. & Kjeldsen, J. E., 23 Oct 2021, Communicating COVID-19: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Lewis, M., Govender, E. & K. H. (eds.). Schweiz: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 163-184 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    One Word to Rule Them All: ‘Civic-Mindedness’ and Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen’s Nationalist Covid-19 Rhetoric

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm, 26 Feb 2021, In: Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics. 6, 2, p. 229-248 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    The Rhetoric of Official Apologies: Critical Essays

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm (ed.) & Edwards, J. (ed.), 23 Oct 2020, Maryland: Lexington Books. 264 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship

    Kock, Christian Erik J (ed.) & Villadsen, Lisa Storm (ed.), 1 Jun 2015, Leiden University Press. 349 p. (Rhetoric in Society).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation

    Kock, Christian Erik J (ed.) & Villadsen, Lisa Storm (ed.), 2012, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. 352 p. (Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation, Vol. 3).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Copenhagen APPLY Training School: Deliberation, dissent, and norms of argumentative engagement

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm (Speaker)

    29 Oct 2021

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. Deliberation, dissent and norms of argumentative engagement

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm (Organizer), Bengtsson, Mette (Organizer), Pietrucci, Pamela (Organizer) & Kock, Christian Erik J (Organizer)

    26 Oct 202129 Oct 2021

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. RSA Summer Institute Workshop

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm (Invited speaker)

    2 Jun 20214 Jun 2021

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  4. Dansk Sprognævns Repræsentantskab (External organisation)

    Villadsen, Lisa Storm (Member)

    9 Apr 202131 Dec 2024

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

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