Department of Communication Science

Dr Christo Cilliers

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Communication Science
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6282


  • LBA, BA(Hons) Unisa
  • MA, Communication Management (UP)
  • DLitt et Phil (Unisa)

Fields of academic interests

Research interests:

  • Media studies (representation, violence, race, gender, terrorism, HIV, gay issues)
  • Cultural studies
  • Health communication – HIV; health communication campaigns; integrated health communication marketing

Field of Specialisation

  • Gender and representation in the media
  • Media studies (representation: violence, race, gender, terrorism, HIV & gay issues)
  • Media issues of:  Masculinity, Gay and HIV
  • Visual communication; discourse analysis
  • Semiotics


Book chapters:

  • Cilliers, C.P. 2008.  The media and sexual orientation:  the portrayal of gays and lesbians in Fourie P.J. (2008).  Media Studies:  Policy management and representation.  Cape Town:  Juta.


  • Communication of health issues in the media; health campaigns
  • Masculinity and gay issues in the media/film