Inauguration Prof. Dr. Peter Feindt

Peter Feindt will give his inaugural address, entitled 'The reflexive turn in Strategic Communication', on Thursday 6 November 2014. The lecture will take place at the University Auditorium.

Organised by Strategic Communication, Knowledge Technology and Innovation, Philosophy, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Thu 6 November 2014 16:00 to 18:00

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

Its conceptual roots in Clausewitz’ theory of warfare and ‘strategic management’ link the term ‘strategic communication’ to agonistic, competitive and technocratic notions of society. But strategy requires a constitutive relationship to an organisation’s or individual’s environment. In the globalised network society of the early 21st century, the parameters of strategic communication – issues, relations, identities, themes and meanings – have become the object of dynamic co-construction between individuals/organisations and their partners, competitors and audiences. This suggests a reflexive turn in strategic communication.

Professor Feindt is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in political science, economics and philosophy. He has a long-standing interest in reflexive governance, conflict resolution, deliberative participation and creative and collaborative problem-solving, both as a practitioner and as academic teacher and researcher.  

His research addresses environmental and technology conflicts; public participation and conflict management; political communication and collaborative governance; the interplay of planned and unplanned transitions; policy discourse and narratives; and inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration. He also has a broader intest in environmental, agricultural and food policy, democracy and participation, multi-arena governance, political communication, and sustainability politics.

Over recent years, he has increasingly become involved in biodiversity policy, with a particular focus on issues of agricultural reform and biopatenting.