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    5037 AB Tilburg


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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 2019

Invisible Lines in the Online-Offline Linguistic Landscape

Blommaert, J. & Maly, I., 2019, (Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies; no. 223).

Research output: Working paperOther research output

Open Access

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

Activities 2000 2018

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

New modes of interaction, new modes of integration

Jan Blommaert (Speaker)
8 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

The sociolinguist as specialized sociologist: contemporary forms of social integration reconsidered

Jan Blommaert (Speaker)
5 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

The care of the selfie

Jan Blommaert (Speaker)
23 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

How light are light groups?

Jan Blommaert (Speaker)
28 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Society in language: the sociological consequences of sociolinguistics

Jan Blommaert (Speaker)
4 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Prizes / Recognition