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Research interests

I am active in a number of fields - linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and literacy research - and concerned with issues of language, culture and globalization, especially (a) the emergence of 'superdiverse' environments and (b) issues of social and cultural inequality that accompany these globalization processes, with (c) an eye on the social-theoretical implications of all this. I investigate superdiversity in both online and offline contexts. As for the latter, my work has addressed issues and phenomena in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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External positions


1 Oct 1997 → …


  • Anthropology
  • Superdiversity
  • Globalisation
  • Social Media
  • Super-Diversity
  • Sociological Theories
  • Africa
  • Sociolinguistics

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Research Output 1998 2018

Capitalization of Feminine Beauty on Chinese Social Media

Kunming, L. 2018 S.l.: [s.n.]. 165 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access

Dialogues with ethnography: Notes on classics, and how I read them

Blommaert, J. 5 Jan 2018 Multilingual Matters. 171 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

research method

Does context really collapse in social media interaction?

Blommaert, J. & Szabla, G. 3 Jul 2018 In : Applied Linguistics Review. 9, 4, p. 1-29 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

social media
Communication in general
symbolic interactionism
communication research

Durkheim and the Internet: Sociolinguistics and the Sociological Imagination

Blommaert, J. 12 Jul 2018 London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

Open Access
sociology of communication
group integration
Social Norms
social media

Activities 2000 2015

  • 16 Editorial activity
  • 10 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk

Language in Society (Journal)

Blommaert, J. (Editor)
1 Jan 2015

Activity: Editorial activityScientific

Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics 2015

Blommaert, J. (Keynote speaker)
14 Mar 2015

Activity: Oral presentationScientific

AILA World Congress

Blommaert, J. (Keynote speaker)
14 Aug 2015

Activity: Oral presentationScientific

AESLA International Conference, Sevilla, Spain

Blommaert, J. (Keynote speaker)
3 Apr 2014

Activity: Oral presentationScientific

Prizes / Recognition

Margaret Metzger Prize

Jan Blommaert (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Nomination, Huibregtsenprijs 2013

Jan Blommaert (Recipient), 7 Oct 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Shortlisted, BAAL Book Prize

Jan Blommaert (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)